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Building Begumpura Building Begumpura Guru Ravidas envisioned a society with people living in harmony without any sort of discrimination. Written by Balbir Madhopuri Updated: September 8, am Guru Ravidas praised work done by hand and gave it a special place in his writings. Many verses written by him are available outside of it, and imbued with the idea of god and nirgun formless darshan. His bani poetic compositions , a powerful voice against untouchability, caste and social injustice, has long been a source of ratiocination for the downtrodden to drive social change.

In his attempt to sensitise people though his verses, Ravidas held caste discrimination as a mental disease at the root of all social strife. He also held forth the idea of one god as the creator of the universe. In fact, Guru Ravidas, along with his contemporaries, launched a campaign using satsangs for a more equal society. Kabir and other saint-poets joined him. He gave a voice to the voiceless and made weavers, cobblers, barbers, butchers, washermen and others from the artisan community part of this wave.

Sant Ravidas used language that avoided hyperbole and was easily understood by the common folk. This is the reason his poetry became a weapon in the fight for equality. His people-friendly verses like Man changa tan kathoti vich Ganga If the mind is pure, then Ganga flows in the small earthen pot is part of lexicon.

As he took his writings to the far corners of a multi-religious country, Guru Ravidas told people to see Ram and Rahim, Krishna and Karim as one.

He put forth his views about Hindu-Muslim unity. There is no difference between the two. Ravidas says that there is no dispute between Ram and Rehman. Six centuries ago, Guru Ravidas held in his heart a pious desire to create a society where no one faced discrimination on the basis of caste, gender, social and economic status; where people would pay no taxes and enjoy the freedom to freely migrate to the places of their choice.

He envisioned a society with people living in harmony without any sort of discrimination. Hawley and Juergensmeyer, Guru Ravidas praised work done by hand and gave it a special place in his writings. Colouring leather, shoemaking tools, his caste are mentioned with pride.

In his poems, he presented his vision for a world with a democratic and socialistic set-up. In their opinion, Guru Nanak Dev changed the entire Bhakti tradition into a formidable wave.

He, like Guru Ramdas, praised his writings in his Bani, which is recorded in pages 1, and of the Guru Granth Sahib. It is also important to reflect on the reality of how the Ravidas community rediscovered this radical saint and how it once again attained a social revival.

Its copies were distributed among 36 lower castes Adi Dharmi community. For these castes that were then considered untouchables now Scheduled Castes it felt like a new lease of life.

In undivided Punjab, and even after Partition, there were several temples and gurdwaras where these castes were not allowed to enter.

This forced the Adi Dharmis to set up their own places of worship. As of now, Dalits have 10, temples or gurdwaras across 12, villages of Punjab. In neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, these religious institutions are called Adi Dwaras where the Adi Prakash Granth — which has 1, pages — is kept for worship. It is believed that Guru Ravidas was born near this city in the 14th century. He looks and listens, hears and speaks, and runs around.

This verse carries a deep meaning. While it warns an individual against being unjust, it also inspires him to do good. In another verse — Satsangati mil rahiye madho jaise madhup makhira Always stick together in prayer like honey bees — he asks the Dalits to band together like bees in a hive.

And if someone points a figure at you, then fight back as one to protect yourself. Madhopuri is a Punjabi poet and director, Punjabi Sahit Sabha. Click here to join our channel indianexpress and stay updated with the latest headlines For all the latest Opinion News , download Indian Express App.



Scholars state he was born in CE and died in CE. Mata Ghurbinia was his mother, and his father was Raghuram. He abandoned saguna with attributes, image forms of supreme beings, and focussed on the nirguna without attributes, abstract form of supreme beings. These poems are one of the oldest attested source of his ideas and literary works. Over time new manuscripts of Parcais of Anantadas were reproduced, some in different local languages of India. At another level, the legends are an inter-communal, inter-religious struggle with an underlying search and desire for social unity.


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