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Bodhisattva Guru Ravidas

Booklet : Bodhisattva Guru Ravidas
(Bodhisattva Guru Ravidas)
Author : Shailpriya Bauddhi
Publisher : Samyak Prakashan, New Delhi
First Edition: 2002
Price : Rs. 20/-
Pages : 55

Ravidas was a Buddhist, when he was a child only he ridiculed rituals of Brahmins and the institution of pilgrimage. He believed in dignity of human labour over ascribed status to Brahmins by birth. When he met Ramanand, the later was deeply impressed by him. Ravidas tutored him in the lessons of Buddhism. Later, he went to Rajasthan where the queen of Chittor, who had greatest regard for him, arranged his stay in the palace. But he was not allowed due to stiff opposition from Brahmins. Consequently, he stayed in a temple, which too was intolerable to Brahmins. When they insisted that he should provide proof of being a Brahmin for eligibility to stay there, he ripped open his chest showing that all human beings were created of the same substance; hence no social discrimination. Thus, he sacrificed his life for social equality and human dignity.


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