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Gurudev Bahgvan Ravidas Ka Sanchipta Jivan-Parichay ’ (A Brief Biography of Gurudev Bahgvan Ravidas)

Booklet: Gurudev Bahgvan Ravidas Ka Sanchipta Jivan-Parichay ’ (A Brief Biography of Gurudev Bahgvan Ravidas)
Author: Maikulal
Publication: Maikulal Varishtha Chintasheel Nagrik, Lucknow.
Edition: 2005
Price: Rs. 10/-
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Amidst controversies surrounding Ravidas’ birth, 1451 A.D. is commonly accepted. Born in the family of cobblers in Varanasi, he is known by various names among his followers. Santokha and Kosadevi were his parents, and Lona, his wife. A follower of Ramanand, he became the voice of the masses, preaching equality, fraternity, and preferring humanism above all. His discourses and poetic effusions provide dignity to the oppressed and downtrodden, encouraging them to articulate their desire for dignified existence. His contemporaries were Kabir and Guru Nanak. The royal families of Kashi and Chittor were his disciples. With spiritual perfection, he performed miracles, dying at the age of 116 years. Fanatics destroyed manuscripts containing his preaching. In the primitive society, those who made leather clothes were known as Chamars. Thus, they were the first makers of dress. Ironically, leather-made items by Chamars are widely appreciated, but the society treats them with contempt. These insults and iniquities can be overcome if Chamars convert to Buddhism and follow its ideals.

 

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