Guru Ghasidas was the Indian philosopher & a social reformer of the late 18th century. He was born in Chhattisgarh, Raipur at village Girod. Chhattisgarh celebrates Ghasidas Jayanti(birthday) on 18th December every-year. His philosophy is similar to Sikhism and he promotes the ‘path of Satnam’ or ‘the path of truth’.
To promote his philosophy further, he created ‘Jaistambh’ or ‘Satya ka Stambh’. It is made with a white painted log of wood and a white flag on the top. Log of wood indicates a man and the white flag indicates truth. Its complete meaning is the man who follows the path of truth. He travelled extensively throughout the regions of Chhattisgarh to promote his philosophy and reach out to people.
Guru Ghasidas childhood was miraculous. Since his childhood, he had a long-lasting effect on the people. He saw the prevalent caste system in India and tried to eradicate the casteism. He tried incessantly to remove the principles of idolism and excess worshipping. He believed that one who follows the path of truth is above all. The blind faith could destroy the person’s innate qualities of decision making. Due to the caste system, an illogical system of inequality was common. People were blinded by caste and the higher caste took the opportunities to misguide and spoil the lower one. Ghasidas tried his best to remove the irrelevant systems of inequality, ill-treatment, addiction, injustice, untouchability and illogical faith & beliefs.
When most of Indians during that time were living their life in unnecessary fear, bondage, sufferings, and fate-predetermination. It was Guru ghasidas who as a lightman showed the people path of knowledge, non-violence and truth. He was a social reformer and a revolutioner. His philosophy has guided people towards spirituality and truth.
Today People are free in thought, beliefs and attitude because figure like Guru Ghasidas enlighten and escalated them towards truth, positivity and humanity.