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The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism throughout Sikh History
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Samparda Bhindra cont'd

Giani Kartar Singh informs us that Baba Sundar Singh also learned ‘Kirtan’ (singing of Sikh scripture) from Pundit Jawala Das Udasi. Giani Kartar Singh also spoke of another non-Amritdhari Khalsa Sikh Udasi who taught Baba Sundar Singh Ji:

‘Then he learned ‘Brahm Vidiya’ (knowledge of all pervasive God) from Giani Bhagat Ram Ji of Hamidi.’
‘Khalsa Jiwan Ateh Gurmat Reht Maryada’, by Giani Kartar Singh, Pa.22

In 1905, Baba Sundar Singh eventually became the ‘Shish’ (student) of the renowned Nirmala Sikh saint, Sriman 108 Baba Bishan Singh Ji. In time, Baba Bishan Singh Ji ‘Murale Waley’ would train Baba Sundar Singh to carry on the tradition of Sikh ‘Santhia’ (the tradition of correct reading and interpretation of Sikh scriptures).


Sriman 108 Baba Bishan Singh Ji Nirmala 'Murale Waley'
Baba Bishan Singh was a master scholar, poet, and historian

Another Nirmala saint, Sriman 108 Baba Gulab Singh Nirmala also taught Baba Sundar Singh during this time. The eminent Sikh scholar, Dr. Trilochan Singh wrote the following after interviewing Baba Sundar Singh’s brother, Baba Inder Singh, and his successor Baba Gurbachan Singh thus:

Sant Sundar Singh, founder of Bhindranwale Taksal was student of Sant Gulab Singh, a Nirmala Saint and actually belonged to the Amritsali Taksal. I had the opportunity to meet Sant Inder Singh, brother of Sant Sundar Singh many times and got first-hand material about the Saint’s life from Sant Gurbachan Singh. Sant Inder Singh died at the age of 104.’
‘The Turban And Sword Of Sikhs, by Dr. Trilochan Singh, Pa.390


Sriman 108 Baba Inder Singh Ji 'Bhindra Wale'
Baba Inder Singh, brother of Baba Sundar Singh Ji was over 97 years of age when this photograph was taken

From approximately 1910 onwards, Baba Sundar Singh became an itinerant Sikh preacher. Although Baba Sundar Singh was a Nirmala Sikh, he was to some extent influenced by the Tat Khalsa Singh Sabhia mentality that was in existence at the time. It was Baba Sundar Singh Ji who was amongst those prominent Sikhs who spearheaded the ‘Singh Sabha’ movement amongst the rural Sikh population:

‘The Singh Sabha movement first for many years remained confined to towns in particular Lahore and Amritsar. But in 1903-4 it began to gather strength in the villages. At the beginning some Sikh Sants gave this movement a new lease of life and made it powerful. Amongst whom written in the pages of history in gold names of ‘Brahm Giani’ Sant Attar Singh Mastuana (a Nirmala Sikh), Bhai Randhir Singh Ji Narangwal (of Akhand Kirtani Jatha fame), Sant Magar Singh Ji Ram Garh, ‘Brahm Giani’ Sundar Singh Ji Bhindranwalla etc. - holy men their names shine like the north star.’
‘Ethas Dam Dami Taksal, ’, by Didar Singh Khjal, Pa.117


Sriman 108 Baba Attar Singh Ji Nirmala 'Mastuana Waley'
Baba Attar Singh, one of the key figures of the Singh Sabha movement, was a
'Shish' of Bhai Boota Singh Nirmala, 'Mahant' of the Nirmala dera of Bhai Ram Singh Nirmala, in the village of Chima

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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