Sant Ravidas Jayanti was celebrated on February 19th. This year is said to be the 642nd birth anniversary of Guru Ravidas.
About Guru Ravidas
• Guru Ravidas was a saint in the era of bhakti movement who is believed to be born in 1377 C.E.
• His birthplace in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi has now been named Shri Guru Ravidas Janam Asthan and has become a major place of pilgrimage for the followers of Guru Ravidas.
• He belonged to a (so called) “untouchable” caste.
• The saint chose to focus on spiritual pursuits and also penned several devotional songs which made a huge impact in the Bhakti movement during the 14th to 16th century CE
Teachings of Guru Ravidas
Guru Ravidas spoke against the caste divisions and spoke of removing them to promote unity.
He taught about the omnipresence of God and said that a human soul is a particle of God and hence rejected the idea that people considered lower caste cannot meet God.
He said in his teachings that the only way to meet God was to free the mind from the duality.
The Adi Granth of Sikhs, in addition to the Panchvani (of Dadupanthis) contains some of his compositions.
His teachings resonated with the people, leading to a religion being born called the Ravidassia religion, or Ravidassia Dharam based on his teachings.