Guru Ram Das- The Fourth Guru

Guru Ram Das

  • Born on: September 24, 1534 A.D.
  • Born at: Chunni Mandi in Lahore now in Pakistan.
  • Jyoti-Jot Samae: On September1, 1581 A.D. at Govindval Sahib Dist. Amritsar.
  • Successor: Guru Arjan Dev
  • Wife: Bibi Bhani
  • Children: Guru Arjan, Baba Prithi Chand, Baba Mahan Dev
  • Grand Children: Guru Hargobind

His Messages :

  • Be true Sikh.

  • Imbibe the name of God.

  • Sing the glory of Gurus

Guru Ram Das was born on September 24, 1534 to simple God-fearing parents, Hari Das and Anup Devi of Lahore. Ram Das was popularly addressed as Jetha, being the first-born of his parents (Sanskrit word Jayeshth means the first).  He was married to Bibi Bhani the younger daughter of Guru Amar Das.

Guru Ram Das embodied humility, service, and deep devotion. His whole life was embodiment of love, devotion, dedication and service. All these noble sentiments are abundantly reflected in his writings.  He composed 688 Hymns which have various teachings for Sikhs, which were incorporated into Adi Granth by his son and successor, Guru Arjan Dev. Guru Sahib's Bani is also part of Rehras Sahib and Kirtan Sohila which are daily prayers of Sikhs.

The standard Sikh marriage ceremony known as the Anand Karaj is centered around a four-stanza hymn composed by Guru Ram Das. Guru Ram Das Sahib composed a beautiful bani called Laavan about the meaning of marriage to a Sikh couple - Effectively, the Guru defines a Sikh marriage in these 2 lines: "They are not said to be husband and wife who merely sit together. Rather they alone are called husband and wife, who have one soul in two bodies."

He was planner and creator of the township of Ramdaspur which became the Sikh holy city of Amritsar. In Amritsar, he designed the gurdwara Harmandir Sahib, which translates as "The Abode of God" also known as the Darbaar sahib. As a Guru, one of his main contributions to Sikhism was organizing the structure of Sikh society.

Before Guru Ji died, he nominated his youngest son, Arjan Dev, as the next Guru of the Sikhs. Guru Ram Das left his physical form on September 16, 1581.

Hymn's by Guru Ram Das:

One who calls himself a Sikh of the True Guru shall get up early morning and meditate on the Lord's Name. Make effort regularly to cleanse, bathe & dip in the ambrosial pool. Upon Guru's instructions, chant Har, Har singing which, all misdeeds, sins and pains shall go away.
- page 305 of the Guru Granth Sahib

ਆਸਾ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥ ਸਤਸੰਗਤਿ ਮਿਲੀਝ ਹਰਿ ਸਾਧੂ ਮਿਲਿ ਸੰਗਤਿ ਹਰਿ ਗਣ ਗਾਇ ॥ ਗਿਆਨ ਰਤਨ ਬਲਿਆ ਘਟਿ ਚਾਨਣ ਅਗਿਆਨ ਅੰਧੇਰਾ ਜਾਇ ॥੧॥
Aasaa, Fourth Mehl: Join the Sat Sangat, the Lord's True Congregation; joining the Company of the Holy, sing the Glorious Praises of the Lord. With the sparkling jewel of spiritual wisdom, the heart is illumined, and ignorance is dispelled. ||1||

ਹਰਿ ਜਨ ਨਾਚਹ ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਇ ॥ ਝਸੇ ਸੰਤ ਮਿਲਹਿ ਮੇਰੇ ਭਾਈ ਹਮ ਜਨ ਕੇ ਧੋਵਹ ਪਾਇ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
O humble servant of the Lord, let your dancing be meditation on the Lord, Har, Har. If only I cold meet such Saints, O my Siblings of Destiny; I would wash the feet of such servants. ||1||Pause||

ਹਰਿ ਹਰਿ ਨਾਮ ਜਪਹ ਮਨ ਮੇਰੇ ਅਨਦਿਨ ਹਰਿ ਲਿਵ ਲਾਇ ॥ ਜੋ ਇਛਹ ਸੋਈ ਫਲ ਪਾਵਹ ਫਿਰਿ ਭੂਖ ਨ ਲਾਗੈ ਆਇ ॥੨॥
Meditate on the Naam, the Name of the Lord, O my mind; night and day, center your consciousness on the Lord. You shall have the fruits of your desires, and you shall never feel hunger again. ||2||

ਆਪੇ ਹਰਿ ਅਪਰੰਪਰ ਕਰਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਆਪੇ ਬੋਲਿ ਬਲਾਇ ॥ ਸੇਈ ਸੰਤ ਭਲੇ ਤਧ ਭਾਵਹਿ ਜਿਨਹਹ ਕੀ ਪਤਿ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਥਾਇ ॥੩॥
The Infinite Lord Himself is the Creator; the Lord Himself speaks, and causes us to speak. The Saints are good, who are pleasing to Your Will; their honor is approved by You. ||3||

ਨਾਨਕ ਆਖਿ ਨ ਰਾਜੈ ਹਰਿ ਗਣ ਜਿਉ ਆਖੈ ਤਿਉ ਸਖ ਪਾਇ ॥ ਭਗਤਿ ਭੰਡਾਰ ਦੀਝ ਹਰਿ ਅਪਨੇ ਗਣ ਗਾਹਕ ਵਣਜਿ ਲੈ ਜਾਇ ॥੪॥੧੧॥੬੩॥
NNanak is not satisfied by chanting the Lord's Glorious Praises; the more he chants them, the more he is at peace. The Lord Himself has bestowed the treasure of devotional love; His customers purchase virtues, and carry them home. ||4||11||63||

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