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Ravidassia, a religion started by an Indian saint of the 14th-15th century, Guru Ravidass, has grown around his spiritual belief and lessons of universal brotherhood, tolerance, and message of loving your neighbour as a force for creating a just and humane society. In the Amritbani, which many Ravidassia's call the Amritbani Guru Ravidass Ji, contains 240 hymns by Guru Ravidass from the teachings of Guru Ravidas along with his teachings have been included. A common belief in the Ravidassia community is that Guru Ravidass disappeared from the world, leaving behind only his footprints.

In 14th century India, Guru Ravidass, a Dalit by birth, taught monotheistic spirituality and spread the message of equality through emancipation from the Indian caste system. He devoted his life to the service of India's suffering and sought to eradicate social inequalities, preaching love, compassion, mutual tolerance, universal brotherhood and oneness of mankind through his life and philosophy and working to bring social equality through the spiritual or Bhakti way. "Guru Ravidass was one of the greatest saints of the Bhakti movement whose teachings focused on equality of mankind and universal brotherhood," said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

A portrait of Sri Guru Ravidass Ji

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Begumpura is a term coined by Shri Guru Ravidass Ji, in the 15th Century, Banaras, India. “Begampura”. Be-gam-pura, or the land without sorrow. The spirit of the verse is this: Begampura is the name of the city where there is no suffering or anxiety, no fear or downfall/ Begampura is the city where there is sovereignty of god/ Where there is lasting peace and safety for all/ All are equal, no one is second or third[6]. In the end, Guru Ravidas' bhajans reflect both a sense of poverty and caste humiliation and a desire to find a utopia without suffering, taxes or property; one that is, in the hymn “Begumpura” Guru RavidassJi postulates the world of his dreams. There willbe no distress, no tax, no restriction from going and coming, no fear in the world. It will be anideal place to live in. The preamble of the The Human Rights Charter of the United Nations has been prepared inconformity with theme of this hymn of Sri Guru Ravidass Ji. above all, a Begumpura or 'Queen City' of companionship:

The regal realm with the sorrowless name they call it Begumpura, a place with no pain, no taxes or cares, none owns property there, no wrongdoing, worry, terror, or torture. Oh my brother, I've come to take it as my own, my distant home, where everything is right... They do this or that, they walk where they wish, they stroll through fabled palaces unchallenged. Oh, says Ravidas, a tanner now set free, those who walk beside me are my friends

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Guru Ravidass (also Raidas, Rohidas and Ruhidas in eastern India) was a North Indian Sant mystic of the bhakti movement who was active in the 15th century CE. Venerated in the region of Uttar Pradesh as well as the Indian state of Maharashtra, his devotional songs and verses made a lasting impact upon the bhakti movement. He is often given the honorific "Bhagat" or "Sant". He was a socio-religious reformer, a thinker, a theosophist, a humanist, a poet, a traveler, a pacifist and a spiritual figure before whom even head-priests of Benaras lay prostrate to pay homage.

He was a shoemaker of the Kutbandhla Chamar caste. His devotional songs were included in the Sikh holy book, the Adi Granth, by the fifth Sikh Guru, Guru Arjan Dev.[3] There is also a larger body of hymns passed on independently that is claimed and attributed to Ravidas by some. Ravidas was subversive in that his devotionalism implied a leveling of the social divisions of caste and gender, yet ecumenical in that it tended to promote crossing of sectarian divides in the name of a higher spiritual unity.[4] He taught that one is distinguished not by one's caste (jāti) but by one's actions (karma) and that every person has the right to worship God and read holy texts. He opened a frontal attack against the system of Untouchability. He rejected the tradition of Brahmin mediator to reach the Supreme Being. He also said that one need not to hide his caste or leave his low profession to reach God. He became a model for his fellow beings to overcome the hierarchical barriers of Brahminical social order and to establish Begumpura - a state without fear and sorrows. Guru Ravidass elevated the status of the labour by emphasizing on the fact that honest labour is empowering.

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Harr Nishaan, a symbol of Ravidassia religion in Hindi
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Harr Nishaan, a symbol of Ravidassia religion in Hindi

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Ravidassia (book)

Outline of Ravidassia

History of Ravidassia: Timeline Miracles Guru Ravidass as a Promising Student Brings a Dead Son Alive Rescues Brahman Boy Floating Pathri in River Ganga Janjus of Four Yugs Bhallanath Killing against Guru Ravidass Disgrace Military History

Major Figures: Guru RavidassDisciples Raja Pipa Raja Nagar Mal Rani Jhalan Bai Meera Bai Bibi Bhanmati Karma BaiSant Kabir Tarlochan Sain Dhanna Sant Ramanand

Ravidassia Leaders Sants: Ravidassia Sants Sant Ramanand Ravidassia Sant Samaj

Guru Ravidass Udasis: Udasi-1 Udasi-2 Udasi-3

Dharma or Concepts: Ravidassia MythsReligious Terminology

Texts: Religious Holy BookAmritbani Guru Ravidass Ji

Symbols: Religious SymbolHarr NishaanSaunh

Festivals: Religious FestivalsRavidassia ArtiGuru Ravidass Jayanti

Ultimate Pilgrimage/Bhawans/Mandirs/Gurudwaras (Temples): Religious PlacesShri Guru Ravidass Janam Asthan Mandir • BegumpuraRavidassia DerasList of Ravidassias Religious Places

Belief and Practices: RavidassiaMeditation in the Ravidasi FaithRavidassia ArtiRavidassia Tenets

Famous Ravidassias: RavidassiaList of Famous Ravidassias

Countries and Regions Guru Ravidass Jayanti Religious Social Organisation:Dera BallanShri Guru Ravidas Mission London

Movements: Religious MovementsBhakti MovementsRavidassia Movements • Panjab Ad-Dharmi Movement • Uttar Pradesh Jatav Movement • Madhya Pradesh Ahirwar Movement • Chhattisgarh Satnami Movement • Andhra & Karnatka Madiga Movement

Terminologies: Religious TerminologyNaamDaanSewadarsSmagamShobha Yatra

Conflicts: Religious ConflictsVienna Attack

Newspapers: Religious NewspaperBegumpura Shaher

Castes and Gotras:List of Ravidassias Gotras

Politics: Begumpura Lok PartyPolitical view of Ravidassias

Literature:List of Books on Ravidassias

Contributions:Ravidassia Relationship with SikhismRavidassia Relationship with HinduismRavidassia Relationship with MuslimsRavidassia Relationship with Christianity

Related topics: CriticismComparative StudiesCultural elements

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56 news items

Fri, 13 Nov 2015 16:56:15 -0800

Protest by Indo-Canadian Ravidassia Community. The Indo-Canadian Ravidassia Community Vancouver is holding a protest against caste-based atrocities in India on November 15 at 1:30 p.m. at Vancouver Art Gallery. South Asian Seniors: Iron Deficiency & ...
Times of India
Fri, 03 Feb 2012 17:43:41 -0800

JALANDHAR: Two years after announcing the founding of Ravidassia religion by Dera Ballan, the Asi-Dharmi community has finally installed Amrit Bani Granth at the Guru Ravidass dham - the biggest and most opulent upcoming shrine of the community - in ...
Indian Express
Wed, 03 Feb 2010 12:18:51 -0800

With no end in sight to the controversy relating to declaration of separate religion by Dera Sachkhand Ballan for the Ravidassia community, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee has called an emergency executive meeting on Thursday at its ...

Chandigarh Tribune

Chandigarh Tribune
Thu, 22 Oct 2015 00:50:52 -0700

Ravidassia would follow their Ravidassia Religion tenets and Sikhs follow theirs. Sikh terrorists had no right to enter religious places of other religions and commit murders and slash the congregation. Your gurus told you not to follow caste system ...

SikhSangat News

SikhSangat News
Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:52:10 -0700

As per the India religious census data of 2011, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner on Tuesday, the total population of India back in 2011 was 1.21 billion people. Currently in 2015 the population of India is estimated to be just ...

Punjab News Express

Punjab News Express
Mon, 28 Sep 2015 04:20:21 -0700

The systematic exclusion of sehaj-dhari non-Punjabi Sikhs from the Sikh population figures from the 1950 definition of a Sikh, has had a devastating effect on numbers. With one stroke exluding tens of millions of Ravidassia's, Kabirpanthi's, Satnami's ...

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:11:15 -0700

In Punjab, which has the highest percentage of SCs (around 30%) among all states, the BJP has set the ball rolling for the 2017 assembly polls by giving a ministerial berth to the Hoshiarpur MP, who is a Ravidassia community leader. “The high command ...
Times of India
Fri, 04 Nov 2011 17:44:41 -0700

The visits assume significance as Sant Nirmal Dass was in the forefront to oppose the announcement of founding a separate religion -- Ravidassia -- with a separate granth by Dera Ballan in January last year. He had announced that he and other sants of ...

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