Why Guru Ram Das?

October 6, 2023 |

Categories: Yogi Bhajan Lectures

Excerpted from the KRI October 2017 Newsletter

Yogi Bhajan loved Guru Ram Das as his Guru – the one who brought him from darkness to light. In October, we remember with love the passing of Yogi Bhajan on October 6th and also we celebrate the birthday of Guru Ram Das with devotion on October 9th. Guru Ram Das was a humble man, a great saint, and a selfless healer.

Once, Yogi Bhajan was asked. “Why Guru Ram Das?” In a lecture dated October 4, 1987, Yogi Bhajan answered,

“I said, ‘Yes, because the combination of the imperialness and the spiritual-ness.’ I am using two words. Combine them into one personality, as a total identity and blend, and that was the personality of Guru Ram Das.

“You look now at all sages, all messengers of God, all holy men, all identities, all great people, all avatars, whatever you want to see they shall be one thing in common, either they lived very unattached with the earth and guided and denounced, or they ruled and pronounced.

“Now starts a new era in the spiritual world; that of Guru Ram Das. He announced and pronounced God is bhakti and shakti blended in one identity and that is the essence of Guru Ram Das…

“This is the first time you are supposed to be spiritual, real and regal, and not an orphan before your desires. You do not know a real orphan. A real orphan is the one who has no control on his desires, who is weak within himself, who cannot command his grace against the race of time and space. What an unfortunate animal is that! That is why Guru Ram Das personality stands as a light. He tells us, ‘Be spiritual, be regal.’ In the duality of the world don’t let your personality fall apart.”

North America has experienced floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes recently. Our prayers and blessings go out to all those who have been affected by those events. This is a wonderful time to chant the mantra “Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru.” It always fills me up with comfort and ease. As Yogi Bhajan said,

“My prayer is this – you have walked unto the house of Guru Ram Das. May you love Guru Ram Das, may you feel Guru Ram Das, may you trust Guru Ram Das, may you be with Guru Ram Das, may you understand Guru Ram Das, and may you explore and not ignore Guru Ram Das. May you understand in the thought, action, deed, form, projection, reality, non-reality, and Divinity or Infinity, that you are nothing but a friend of Guru Ram Das, a student of Guru Ram Das.”

~Siri Singh Sahib, Yogi Bhajan on March 5, 1989.

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