Swami Shiv Dayal ji -
Swami Shiv Dayal Singh, popularly known as Soamiji Maharaj, was somewhat of a mystic. He imagined the human soul to be Radha, whose goal is its merger with her Soami, the eternal reality, hence the name Radha Soami. This is somewhat in keeping with the Vaishnav tradition, which too lays emphasis on vegetarianism and refraining from alcohol.
Soamiji Maharaj was not much in favor of spreading his thoughts or woo disciples to his fold. In fact, he ruled out systematic advertisements for his newly founded satsang in Agra. He used to insist that anyone who chose to follow him must give up non-vegetarian food, abstain from alcohol, lead a high moral life and engage in over two hours of shabd yoga meditation.
Baba Jaimal Singh Ji -
Baba Jaimal Singh ji was born in village Lath Ghuman near Batala, Distt. Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, in July, 1839. His father was Sardar Jodh Singh ji and mother was Sardarni Daya Kaur ji. She was a devotee of Bhakt Naamdev ji, and Baba ji started visiting him at the age of four.
At the age of five he started his education with Baba Khem Singh ji, a Vedanti sage. Within two years he became a good reader of Guru Granth Sahib and read Dasam Granth also.
At the age of 12-13 years he again started studying Guru Granth Sahib at home and came to the realization that this holy book rejects Praanayaam, Vairagya, Hathyog, Jap-tap, places of pilgrimage, fasting and rituals. He reached the conclusion that a perfect Master, a Satguru who practices 'Anhad Shabad' is needed to realize God. He started the search for a Perfect Master per the description in Guru Granth Sahib. In Swami ji of Agra, he found the Perfect Master, and was initiated by him 1856.
Swami ji ordered Baba Jaimal Singh ji to start initiating devotees in Punjab, in Oct 1877. Swami ji advised him not to interfere with the religious choice of a devotee. Then Swami ji took off his own turban and handed it over to Baba ji and permitted him to depart. This was their last meeting.
Baba Jaimal Singh ji retired from the Army on June 7, 1889 and started living in his village, and later built a hut in village Bal Saran at the bank of river Beas, Punjab, India, and started living there. Slowly number of devotees increased and one of his devotees donated three beeghas of land for Dera.
Once he went to Mari Pahar, a city in H.P., where he initiated Babu Sawan Singh ji the second Satguru of dera Beas.
Baba Jaimal Singh ji spent his whole life for in the service of Dera Beas and its devotees. He left his mortal body on Dec 29, 1903.
Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj -
Maharaj Sawan Singh Ji, succeeded Babaji Maharaj after the latter's demise on 29th of December 1903. And he immediately got busy with the business of propagating the teachings of the Radhasoami movement, winning followers from as far as Europe, North America, Africa and Asia of course. His tenure saw immense progress in the fortunes of the Beas ashram. In His time, 1903-1948, the Dera made phenomenal progress in all its aspects. The Beas ashram grew both in fame and size, with its boundaries growing to several thousand square yards. Initially, on its properties were built a number of small rooms. This cluster later took shape of a huge colony of beautiful houses.
Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj -
Sant Thakar Singh Ji Maharaj -
Sant Thakar Singh (March 26, 1929 - March 6, 2005) was a spiritual teacher in the Sant Mat lineage of contemporary saints. Initiated by Sant Kirpal Singh in 1965, he began work as a Satguru himself in 1976, following the passing of his beloved Master. Sant Thakar Singh distributed what he paraphrased from his own Master as, "a practical form of spirituality which is not connected to any particular religion, sect, or thought."
While he was born into Sikhism, and wore the traditional Sikh garb all his life, he gave up its traditional outer practices soon after initiation and devoted himself wholly to the inner, esoteric practice of listening to the Spiritual Sound Current, the Shabd, Naam, or Word manifestation of God as described in the world's major scriptures. Continuing his Master's emphasis on the unity of all religion, Sant Thakar Singh frequently referred to the Holy Bible when addressing Westerners, the Adi Granth, Ramayana and other Indian scriptures in India, and the Qur'an when addressing Muslim people. He gave thousands of talks in his 30 years as a Master, his message being one of transcendence of the material and devotion to God, the "unchangeable permanence behind all things".
Sant Baljit Singh Ji Maharaj -
"Step into the wide-open cosmos and start a new way of life. Lose yourself in the love of God And become enchanted with him. There is only one purpose in life. Once you absorb yourself in his love you will have no reason to leave his lap. The truth is within, not outside."
— Sant Baljit Singh
Posted By : Ved Bhushan on Jun 14, 2012