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Birthday of Guru Ram Das

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Guru Ram Das was the fourth of the Sikh Gurus.

A guru is a person who has great knowledge and wisdom, and who is able to show others light (knowledge) by

 

destroying darkness (ignorance).

The Nanakshahi calendar is the calendar that has been used by the Sikh people since March 2003.   It was named after Guru Nanak, who founded Sikhism.  This calendar has the same year length as the Western calendar (365 days 5 hours 48 minutes 45 seconds).  However, it contains 5 months of 31 days followed by 7 months of 30 days, with a leap year every 4 years in which the last month (Phagun) has an extra day.

Guru Ram Das was accused before the Mughal royal court by jealous Hindus of slandering both the Hindu and Muslim religions, because he preached Sikhism.  His defence was: "Birth and caste are of no avail before God. It is deeds which make or unmake a man. To exploit ignorant people with superstitions and to call it religion is a sacrilege against God and man. To worship the infinite, formless and absolute God in the form of a totem, an image or an insignificant or time-bound object of nature, or to wash one's sins not through compassion and self-surrender, but through ablutions; to insist upon special diets, languages and dresses, and fads about what to eat and what not, and to condemn the mass of human beings, including women, to the status of sub-humans and to deny them the reading of the scriptures and even work of every kind is to tear apart man from man. This is not religion, not is it religion to deny the world through which alone man can find his spiritual possibilities."

The Emperor Akbar was greatly impressed by the tenants of Sikhism as explained by Guru Ram Das and dismissed all of the charges.

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