Guru Amar Dass Ji

Sri Guru Amar Das Ji


For their religious scriptures Guru Amar Das collected an anthology of writings including hymns of Guru Nanak and Guru Angad and added his own as well as those of other Hindu saints whose poems conformed to the teachings of Sikhism. All of these were in Punjabi and easily understood by the common people. When a learned Brahmin once questioned the Guru; “Why do you impart instruction to your disciples not in Sanskrit, the language of gods in which all the Hindu lore is written, but in their mother-tongue, like Punjabi, the language of the illiterate mass.” To this Guru Amar Das replied; “Sanskrit is like a well, deep, inaccessible and confined to the elite, but the language of the people is like rain water – ever fresh, abundant and accessible to all.” He said; “I want my doctrines to be propagated through every language which the people speak, for it is not language but the content that should be considered sacred or otherwise.”

Name: Sri Guru Amar Das Ji (Bhale Lineage)
Place of Avtar: Basar ke (San Sahib)
Date of Avtar: 1526 Bikrami, Friday 5th May, 1469
Parents: Mata Lashmi Ji, Baba Tej Bhaan Ji
Wife/consort: Mata Ramo Ji
Ascension to Guruship: 1609 Bikrami, Chet, Khadoor Sahib, 25th March 1552 AD
Ascension to Sach Kand: 1631 Bikrami, Bhaadron, Goindval Sahib, 1st October, 1574 AD
Kin: Sons – Baba Mohan Ji, Baba Mohri Ji. Daughters – Bibi Dhani Ji, Bibi Bhani Ji
Lifespan: 105 years, 4 months, 1 day
Guruship: 21 years, 5 moths, 14 days

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