Ghasidas

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Guru Ghasi Das
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Born December 18, 1756
Girodpuri, Chhattisgarh, India
Died 1850
Nationality Indian

Guru Ghasi Das (1756–1850CE)[1] was an advocate of the Satnami sect of Hinduism in the early 19th century. Ghasi Das was a farmer in Girodpuri, Raipur district who preached Satnam particularly to the people of Chhattisgarh.[2] Ghasi Das's guruship was carried on by his son, Balakdas, Guru Ghasidas (1756-1836) was the founder of the Satnami community in Chhattisgarh. During his lifetime, the political atmosphere in India was one of exploitation. Ghasidas experienced the evils of the caste system at an early age, which helped him understand the social dynamics in a caste-ridden society and reject social inequity. To find solutions, he traveled extensively in Chhattisgarh.

Saint Guru Ghasidas[3] established Satnami community in Chhattisgarh, India based on "Satnam" (meaning "Truth") and equality. The Guru's teachings and philosophy is similar to Hinduism & Buddhism. Guru Ghasidas created a white symbol of truth called "jaitkhambh" - a white and straight piece of wood, with a white flag on a top. The white symbol indicating a white man who follows the truth "satnam" is always steadfast and is the white pillar of truth (satya ka stambh). The white flag indicates peace.

Childhood[edit]

He was born in the village Girodhpuri in the Raipur district on 18 dec 1756

Monuments[edit]

The Government of Chhattisgarh renamed a Sanjay National Park after his name,Guru Ghasidas National Park[4] and also open a Central University called Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ramdas Lamb (2002). Rapt in the Name: The Ramnamis, Ramnam, and Untouchable Religion in Central India. SUNY Press. pp. 52–. ISBN 978-0-7914-5385-8. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Raminder Kaur; John Hutnyk (15 April 1999). Travel Worlds: Journeys in Contemporary Cultural Politics. Zed Books. pp. 49–. ISBN 978-1-85649-562-2. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Mishra, Ishita (6 April 2016). "Govt book terms Baba Ghasidas as 'Harijan': Jogi jr". Times of India. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Chhattisgarh asked to propose tiger reserve status for Guru Ghasidas park". The Hindu. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2016.