The name of Guru Ravidas ji comes in today’s time among the great devotees of God. In his time, Guru Ravidas ji opposed many social evils and did the work of making the whole humanity familiar with that ultimate truth.
He was born in Kashi on the full moon day of Magh on Sunday in Samvat 1433 in the house of devotee Raghu and Mata Ghurviniya. Since childhood, his mind was engrossed in the feet of Lord Rama. As he grew up, his mind kept getting engrossed in the name of Ram. He gained practical knowledge from the association of saints and sages.
This was a time when the practice of casteism in the society was increasing towards its peak. Bhakta Ravidas ji was also born in a lower caste according to the social structure of the time, so he used to do the job of making shoes and kept chanting the name of Ram in his breath. It is said that his teacher was Saint Ramanand ji, who introduced him to spiritual knowledge. In his words, Ravidas ji used to talk about helping and serving others, due to which a crowd of people started gathering around him.
It is said that once the people of the village were going to bathe in the Ganges. People asked the saint to walk too, but he said, I would definitely walk to bathe in the Ganges, but even after going there, if my mind remains here, then how will I attain virtue? If the mind is right, then it can get the virtue of bathing in the Ganges in the water of Kathote. It is said that after this incident, the proverb became popular that – If the mind is healed, then the Ganges in the chest.
The saint lashed out at the hypocrisy and hypocrisy in the name of devotion to God. In his words, he exhorted people of all religions to live with love. The message of the ultimate truth is reflected in his devotional hymns.
Krishna, Karim, Ram, Hari, Raghav, Jab Lag Ek Na Pekha.
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He used to say that it is very important to follow good conduct and good behavior for devotion to God. He gave a lot of emphasis on developing the qualities of humility and chivalry, treating others with love by giving up pride. In his hymn he says:
Say Raidas, your devotion is far away, you can get it if you run away.
Taji abhiman meti apa par, pipilak hawai chuni khawai.
Due to the teachings of the saint, people from many sections of the society became his devotees. Meerabai, a great Krishna devotee of Sanatan Dharma, was also a disciple of Saint Ravidas ji, to whom God had given darshan later. The servants of Ravidas ji felicitate him by calling him by names like “Satguru”, “Sant Raidas”, “Jagatguru”.
Looking at his great words and the divinity of his words, the fifth Guru of Sikhism, Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, has very respectfully included his words in the primary scripture of the sect, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. It is the gift of Saint Ravidas ji’s soft heart and devotion to God that even today people try to move towards the ultimate truth with the words written by him.
Scholars say that even today if we start walking on the path shown by Saint Ravidas ji, then surely we can start a new and noble life by attaining that Supreme Father Supreme Soul.
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