Friday, October 09, 2009

Celebrating the Birthday of Guru Ram Das - October 9

Yogi Bhajan gave us a special sadhana in honor of the birth of Guru Ram Das. This sadhana is a 2½ hour recitation of the complete Shabad (sacred song) of "Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru." We practice this Shabad to ignite the power of our prayer. As Yogi Bhajan said, "Any move you make, you must pray because that ignites the power. Ignite the power and then go. Let God take care of it." Guru Ram Das is the Lord of Miracles and so on this day pray for your miracle!

About Guru Ram Das

Guru Ram Das began his life as a humble orphan named Jetha. He used to sell wheat berries in the street near the home of the third Sikh Master, Guru Amar Das. One day, Guru Amar Das called the boy into see him. He saw the spirit of Jetha, his Light, his humility, service and love.

"Guru Amar Das said to him, ‘You are not an orphan. You shall be the savior of orphans. All spiritual orphans shall be saved at your home. Jetha, this world is burning in anger and the mesh of lust. People have left God. They have forgotten the Purkha and the Praakirtee. They are all orphans. You shall be the savior of all spiritual orphans. I will marry my daughter to you and you shall be my son-in-law. Therefore, as a custom, I have to respect you.' Guru Amar Das folded his hands, and requested the boy to go and ask his relatives if they could honor him by accepting this relationship. Can you believe from where destiny starts and to where it leads? A miracle happened which never happened before and never has happened since. Jetha, that little orphan boy, became Guru Ram Das. When God smiles at you, you need not go to God; God comes to you." - Yogi Bhajan. (Published in Sikh Dharma Magazine. Vol. III No. 4 Winter 1978)

When we meditate on the Shabad, Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru, we are placing ourselves in the position of witnessing this miracle - of how the hand of the Divine arranged the affairs of a humble, bright and beautiful soul. We are calling on the Subtle and Radiant body of Guru Ram Das to bless us so that we can be part of that miracle. As Guru Ram Das was carried across his karmas to this destiny, so his blessing can touch us and carry us across, as well. This is the power of chanting Dhan Dhan Ram Das Guru.

For a brief biography of Guru Ram Das, click here >