Guru Amardas, the third master , was born at basarke in Amritsar district on May 5, 1479. His father tej Bhan and Mother bakht kaur, were orthodox hindus. Before coming in contact with Guru Angad dev ji, He was a strong Believer in the Vashanav Faith. He used to fast, go on pilgrimages and observe several ceremonies. Despite all this, his mind remained restless, as if in search of something. Perhaps his mind was looking for a Guru. the Following lines express his quest for a spiritual master:
How can a lotus bloom,
without the sight of the sun, and how can man obtain salvation
Without a Guru.
One Fine mornign he was lying on his bed on the roof of his house when he heard the hymns of Guru Nanak being sung by Bibi Amro, daughter of Guru Angad dev ji, who had recently been married to his brother’s son. He sprang from his bed as if under a powerful spell and headed straight for his brother’s house next door.
He hastened to Bibi Amro and asked,”whose humns were you reciting and who taught you these Beautiful Hymns?” She replied, ” These Hymns are composed by Guru Nanak dev ji and My father Guru angad dev ji has Instructed me to recite them daily after my morning bath.”
After Hearing these hymns,Amardas ji had a great desire to meet Guru Angad in person. At last, a visit was arranged and Bibi amro accompanied him to her father’s house. Guru angad stood up to receive him repectfull as he was his daughter’s uncle in law and also twenty years his senior. But Sri Amardas fell at Guru Angad dev Ji’s feet and said humbly, I have not come here as relative of yours. I have come here to be your servant. Accept me as your sikh and grant me the honour of serving you.”
From that day onwards, Amardas ji started living in khadur sahib. Daily he listened to the humns of the Guru and Took food in the ‘Gur ka Langar’. He used to rise early in the morning and Fetch water from the river for the Guru’s Bath. He always discharged his duties with great joy and satisfaction.