I practice Sikh Dharma, a religion which comes
originally from India. Sikh means someone who is a seeker, a student.
In our religion there were ten holy people called Gurus. The word Guru
comes from the roots "Gu" which means darkness, and "Ru" which means
light. So, a Guru is someone who can reveal infinity to you, who takes
you from darkness to light, who leads and pushes you to enlightenment. And enlightenment? That means to have and to live in inner peace and contentment.
The fourth of the ten Gurus was a man named Guru
Ram Das. He was renowned for his humility, his selfless service, his
devotional prayer, and his great healing abilities. Guru Ram Das is my
personal Guru, and I have named not only this site in his honor but
also my healing practice, the GRD Healing Arts Clinic, after him.
The story is told that when Guru Ram Das was
alive, people would travel from all over India to obtain his Darshan,
his blessing. The journey was called a Yatra, a spiritual undertaking
and spiritual discipline. A Yatra requires great devotion and
sacrifice--you would stop work during the time of the trip, you would
be tested all along the way. (In today's
terms, the hotel reservations being canceled, the gas would run out in
car, the engine would break down, you would get sick.) Each test would
hopefully remind you that you are a spirit with a body, not a body with
a spirit. What that means is that each test and trial would only be
placed there by God and
Guru to strengthen your devotion and determination to get to the Guru,
the source of spiritual wisdom.
When travelers would finally arrive in Amritsar,
Guru Ram Das's home, after their long journey, they would be met by a
very humble man who would escort them to their sleeping quarters, be sure
they were fed, and who would massage their feet in an attempt to soothe
the journey's pains
away. He would promise them that in the morning they would have the
Darshan and their inner prayers and outer quest would be fulfilled.
The Guru's disciples would get up in the morning,
they would dress themselves in their finest clothes, and do extra
cleanse their mind of the mundane so as to open themselves to the
blessing of the Guru's words. When at last they were presented to the
they would be shocked to realize that the humble servant who took care
them the night before was Guru Ram Das himself, his selfless service their