Guru Ghasidas Jayanti 2020: Guru Ghasidas Jayanti is annually observed on 18th December. This occasion is one of the most sought out days but especially for the people who hail from Chhattisgarh. As a Guru, his whole life was dedicated to the welfare of the people from Chhattisgarh’s small villages and tribes. Ghasi Das founded a socio-religious movement in Chhattisgarh and called it the Satnamis. It is said that on his way to Sarangarh, Ghasi Das attained true knowledge. Thus, he declared ‘Satnam’ and returned to his village.
Ghasidas was the teacher of the Satnami movement which gained prominence in the mid-1600s. The Satnami movement had its origin in the Sadhs, and it is also an offshoot of the medieval Bhakti movement.
He was born in the year 1756 in a Dalit family in village Girodhpuri of Raipur District (presently in Chhattisgarh) and died in 1836.
Guru Ghasi Das Teachings
The Guru’s teachings and philosophy are much like Sikhism. Guru Ghasidas created an image of reality referred to as “jaitkhambh” – a white-painted log of timber, with a white flag on the top. The shape indicates a white guy who follows the truth “Satnam” is usually steadfast and is the pillar of fact (Satya ka stambh). The white flag suggests peace.
Ghasi Das instigated a socio-spiritual order that discarded and helped in demolishing the hierarchical caste system from the society. This new order initiated by Ghasi Das through Satnamis concepts dealt with everyone as equal. Satnami principles country that ‘there is only one God’, that is defined as formless and limitless.
The spiritual career of Ghasi Das steadily moved to a brand-new stage while he withdrew to the forest for 6 months after which he returned to evangelize a new spiritual doctrine. Ghasi Das requested his followers to discard idol worship and all that was demanding.
From a very early age, Ghasi Das rejected social discrimination and tried to sort out the problems confronted by means of the backward community for locating solutions. And for this reason, Ghasi Das traveled expansively within the undivided state of Madhya Pradesh.