Guru Ram Das Ji

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa
Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

Sat Nam Readers!

Today’s blog post will share what I have learned about our fourth Guru – Guru Ram Das Ji.   Please forgive any mistakes I made.  The fact that there are two pictures in this post may be a bit of a spoiler but aside from the Harmandir Sahib, our fourth Guru was important in many other ways.

Bhai Jetha Ji was born on October 9, 1534 in Chuna Mandi, Lahore, in what is now Pakistan.  His father was Hari Das and his mother Anup Devi.  He was orphaned and came be a Sikh of Guru Amar Das Ji.  He became Guru on either August 30th or September 1st, 1534 and served as Guru for seven years.

As you will remember from the post about Guru Amar Das Ji, Bhai Jetha Ji married Bibi Bhani, the daughter of Amar Das and so was the son-in-law of the third Guru.  Together they had three sons, Prithi Chand, Mahadev and our fifth guru Guru Arjan, who was Arjan Mal at his birth.

Guru Ram Das Ji was 40 years old when he ascended to the guruship.

There is a famous example of the humility of the Gurus.  When Siri Chand (you may recall that he was the son of Guru Nanak Dev Ji) came to visit Ramdaspur, he laughed at the long beard worn by Guru Ram Das Ji and asked why Guruji needed such a long beard.  Guruji bent over and cleaned the feet of Siri Chand with his beard and said that the beard was useful to clean the feet of Maharaj like Siri Chand.  Siri Chand then again felt ashamed of his ego.

Harmandir Sahib at Amritsar, Punjab, India
The Golden Temple

He is the author of the Laava, the four hymns used in Sikh marriage ceremonies.

Guru Ram Das Ji was also committed to spreading the word of God through Sikhi, rather than keeping the word to himself.

He also founded the town of Ramdaspur on land he bought for 700 rupees from the owners of the village of Tung.  Ramdaspur later became Amritsar, Sikhi’s holiest city.

Guruji left us almost 700 bani as well.  He is the author of many beautiful bani, for which is he is very well known.

Perhaps his most prominent legacy though is the Harmandir Sahib, the Golden Temple at Amritsar.  He designed the temple but would not live to see it completed.

Guruji’s gifts to us in his seven years before his death included our holiest city and our holiest temple, the banis used for our weddings along with hundreds more beautiful pieces of poetry found in the Guru Granth Sahib.

To learn more about our Guru Ram Das Ji, I recommend the Basics of Sikhi channel on YouTube.  Also, our 11th Guru – the Guru Granth Sahib is a great place to read some of our fourth Guru’s poetry.  English translations are available for free online.

Sat Nam Readers.  Tomorrow things get even more interesting with Guru Arjan Ji.