Thursday, 24 February 2011

Guru Ramdas Ji’s Daily Routine at Amritsar

Taken from Poori Hoi Karamat by Pr. Satbir Singh
Translated by admin


Guru Ramdas Jee used to get up at Amritvela with one pehar of the night remaining. He would have an Ishnaan with cool water and then sit in samadhi. He would then still within Amritvela make his way from Guru Ka Mehl to where is now Harmandar Sahib. The Deevan used to start, sangata would already be there in anticipation. Keertan would happen, after the samapati of keertan the call would go out for langar. Guru Jee would go with the sangat to the langar. Everyone whether low/high caste or rich/poor would get the same food.

Guru Sahib would too sit with the sangat and eat. Afterwards Guru Jee would rest and then after getting up he would go and see the construction work that was happening. He would do seva like before (meaning before he became Guru Jee).


Guru Jee would take an Ishnaan again and go and sit with the sangat. The sangat used to gather in the afternoon, Katha used to occur at this time. Guru Jee himself used to do Katha. Whatever question’s sangat had were answered through Gurbanee.

Out of the Updesh that were given were

--------Live in fear for rehat, if so you will not need to fear for anything else


-------The example of sandalwood was given for the working of simran, it needs to be rubbed continuously for you to able to smell the fragrance, this is the same method needed for simran to attain the fragrance from your jeevan
ਗੁਰਮੁਖਿਜਾਇਲਹਹੁਘਰੁਅਪਨਾਘਸਿਚੰਦਨੁਹਰਿਜਸੁਘਸੀਐ॥ ੨ ॥

-------When your soul begins to receive fruit then your prem for Akaal Purkhs increases


-------Following pangtee was repeated in completeness

ਜੋਹਮਰੀਬਿਧਿਹੋਤੀਮੇਰੇਸਤਿਗੁਰਾਸਾਬਿਧਿਤੁਮਹਰਿਜਾਣਹੁਆਪੇ ॥
ਹਮਰੁਲਤੇਫਿਰਤੇਕੋਈਬਾਤਨਪੂਛਤਾਗੁਰਸਤਿਗੁਰਸੰਗਿਕੀਰੇਹਮਥਾਪੇ ॥

Guru Jee repeated ਕੋਈ ਬਾਤ ਨ ਪੂਛਤਾ many times this would pierce the hearts of the arrived sangat

-------Warning was given to Manji-daars when they asked for advice, Guru Said it is true that ਕੋਈਕਰਿਗਲਸੁਣਾਵੈਹਰਿਨਾਮਕੀਸੋਲਗੈਗੁਰਸਿਖਾਮਨਿਮਿਠਾ॥ but remember that if you act against SatGuru Jee’s wishes and start your own practice then these Sikhs will not come near you. Don’t forget that anyone involved in corruption will receive pain. However if you follow Guru Jee’s maryada with love then Sikhs without question will help you

ਵਿਣੁਸਤਿਗੁਰਕੇਹੁਕਮੈਜਿਗੁਰਸਿਖਾਂਪਾਸਹੁਕੰਮੁਕਰਾਇਆਲੋੜੇਤਿਸੁਗੁਰਸਿਖੁਫਿਰਿਨੇੜਿਨਆਵੈ ॥
ਗੁਰਸਤਿਗੁਰਅਗੈਕੋਜੀਉਲਾਇਘਾਲੈਤਿਸੁਅਗੈਗੁਰਸਿਖੁਕਾਰਕਮਾਵੈ ॥
ਜਿਠਗੀਆਵੈਠਗੀਉਠਿਜਾਇਤਿਸੁਨੇੜੈਗੁਰਸਿਖੁਮੂਲਿਨਆਵੈ ॥
ਬ੍ਰਹਮੁਬੀਚਾਰੁਨਾਨਕੁਆਖਿਸੁਣਾਵੈ ॥
ਜਿਵਿਣੁਸਤਿਗੁਰਕੇਮਨੁਮੰਨੇਕੰਮੁਕਰਾਏਸੋਜੰਤੁਮਹਾਦੁਖੁਪਾਵੈ ॥ ੨ ॥

--------Don’t create groups because these will create obstacles for the Panth


--------Emphasis was given to the importance of Gurbanee and life without Naam was a waste. Never hesitate to do Naam because you never know if your next breath will
come or not.

ਹਰਿਜਪਦਿਆਖਿਨੁਢਿਲਨਕੀਜਈਮੇਰੀਜਿੰਦੁੜੀਏਮਤੁਕਿਜਾਪੈਸਾਹੁਆਵੈਕਿਨਆਵੈਰਾਮ ॥
ਸਾਵੇਲਾਸੋਮੂਰਤੁਸਾਘੜੀਸੋਮੁਹਤੁਸਫਲੁਹੈਮੇਰੀਜਿੰਦੁੜੀਏਜਿਤੁਹਰਿਮੇਰਾਚਿਤਿਆਵੈਰਾਮ ॥

--------Never worry about things, have faith in Akaal Purkh and no one else. When he becomes ours then let him worry about us. This is the big reward of Naam


--------Keep your Jeevan both at home and outside, those that keep love for Akaal Purkh while in gristhi are praise worthy.

ਜਿਤੁਗ੍ਰਿਹਿਗੁਨਗਾਵਤੇਹਰਿਕੇਗੁਨਗਾਵਤੇਰਾਮਗੁਨਗਾਵਤੇਤਿਤੁਗ੍ਰਿਹਿਵਾਜੇਪੰਚਸਬਦਵਡਭਾਗਮਥੋਰਾ ॥
ਤਿਨ੍ਜਨਕੇਸਭਿਪਾਪਗਏਸਭਿਦੋਖਗਏਸਭਿਰੋਗਗਏਕਾਮੁਕ੍ਰੋਧੁਲੋਭੁਮੋਹੁਅਭਿਮਾਨੁਗਏਤਿਨ੍ਜਨਕੇਹਰਿਮਾਰਿਕਢੇ ਪੰਚਚੋਰਾ ॥੧॥

---------Sat Sangat at Amritvela is very important and drilled this through saying


---------Filth is lifted in Sat Sangat through

---------Keeping faith was repeated many times


After katha Guru jee would go for a walk. At sunset Sodar De Chounki was followed by keertan. The Bhag of the fortunate ones would wake when listening to the Keertan Raag.
Guru Ramdas Jee’s eyes were immersed in love all the time, they were filled with nectar. A vessel was always with him collecting this nectar from the loved filled eyes. Once it was full Guru Sahib used to drink it. No one was allowed to disturb him while listening to keertan.

After keertan everyone would have langar. When everyone would depart to their resting quarters, Guru jee would make sure that everyone that had come got a place to rest. After everyone’s needs were met only then would Guru Jee would go back to Guru Ka Mehl.

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