The Multifarious Faces of Sikhism
throughout Sikh History
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Balak Singh gave arise to two offshoots of
within Sikhism. The first was through his nephew,
Kahn Singh, which emphasized meditation through
particular form of ‘Sagrasi’
meaning ‘Sas Grasi’
‘training’). This school of thought
is almost extinct today. The followers of Kahn
Singh are known as ‘Neeldhari’
because they wear deep blue ‘Patka’
(small bandana-like head covering).
Sant Harnam Singh Ji
One of the respected saints of the 'Neeladhari'
Sikhs, also known as 'Kile Waley'
The Neeldharis only acknowledge the spiritual
authority of Baba Balak Singh, and do not give
any credence to Baba Ram Singh
(1816-1885) who would later give arise to the
main offshoot of Baba Balak Singh’s thought.
Ram Singh Namdhari
Believed by Namdhari Sikhs to be the incarnation
of Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Ram Singh was another disciple of Balak Singh
and it was he who kept Balak Singh’s teachings
alive. Extra dynamism was given to Ram Singh’s
cause when his followers began to claim that
Ram Singh was in fact the actual incarnation
of Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh.
Akali Nihang Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj
An unfinished painting of the tenth Sikh Guru
done in the Pahari style, circa 1800