Prakash Utsav of Guru Ram Das Ji – 4th Nanak – Sunday, October 7, 2012

Guru Ram Das JiGuru Nanak Foundation of America will be celebrating the birth-anniversary of Guru Ram Das Ji, the fourth Guru of Sikhism.  The celebration will occur on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

We are fortunate to have the Jatha of Bhai Gurbaksh Singh “Shaant”, our visiting Raagis for the month of October 2012.  He will be performing Kirtan from 12:30 to 1:15 PM during the Sunday diwan.

A Brief History of Guru Ram Das Ji
Guru Ram Das (Friday October 9 1534 – Saturday 16 September 1581) was the fourth Guru of Sikhism.  He became Guru in September 1574 following the third Guru, Guru Amar Das Ji. Guru Ram Das’ original name was Bhai Jetha.  Ram Das means ‘servant of God’.

Guru Ram Das Ji was married to Bibi Bhani Ji (daughter of Guru Amar Das). Together, they had three sons: Prithi Chand Ji, Mahadev Ji and Arjan Sahib Ji. Prior to Guru Ram Das ji’s death, his youngest son became the next Guru – Guru Arjan Dev Ji.

When he was became the fourth Guru Ram Das shifted to Ramdaspur  the holy colony which later developed and became the centre of the Sikh faith.  The city is now known as Amritsar.  The foundation of Ramdaspur was laid in 1577 by Guru Ram Das when he inaugurated the digging of the holy tank Amritsar (amrit = nectar, sar = pool) on a piece of land which was acquired during the time of Guru Amar Das.

The Guru Granth Sahib contains 688 Hymns from Guru Ram Das.  Guru Ji’s Bani is also part of the daily prayers of the Sikhs specifically, Rehras Sahib and Kirtan Sohila.  Guru Ram Das Ji also composed the Sikh marriage ceremony, the Anand Karaj, a four Lawan (stanza) hymn.

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