- Grandfather: Avtar singh Ji
- Grandmother: Jaga mata Budhwanti Ji
- Father: Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji
- Mother: Kulwant Kaur
- Baba Hardev Singh ji
- Wife: Sawinder Kaur
- Daughter: Sudiksha Setya
- Daughter: Samta Ji
- Daughter: Renuka Ji
The Hardev singh family tree started from his grandfather Avtar singh ji as available in records was born in the family of Shri Mukha Singh Ji and Smt. Narayani Devi Ji. Babaji married Jagat mata Budhwanti singh ji. Both were blessed with a son, Gurbachan singh ji, who married kulwant kaur ji. Gurbachan singh ji and kulwant kaur ji had a son named Hardev singh ji. Hardev singh ji married Sawinder kaur. God was kind, hence they were blessed with three daughters, Sudiksha setya, Samta ji and Renuka ji.
- Baba Avatar Singh ji
Baba Avtar Singh Ji was born in a small village named Latifal in Jhelum District (now in Pakistan) on December 31, 1899 in the family of Shri Mukha Singh Ji and Smt. Narayani Devi Ji.
In 1918, Baba ji married Jagat mata Budhwani ji. The marriage took place at their hereditary house at village Neela.
On 25 May 1929 came the turning point in his life, when he met his guru Baba Buta Singh in Peshawar. Ecstasy took hold of him and he was all praise for its Master along with Nirankar, the Formless God all around. He surrendered himself completely to Baba Buta Singh Ji and devoted his life following Baba Buta Singh Ji.
Baba Avtar Singh Ji succeeded Baba Buta Singh Ji and preached the divine message from 1943 to 1962. He was working day in and day out trying to uplift the humankind through dissemination of the divine word. He faced opposition from other religion groups, but he stayed focused in his work. He countered the hate with his profound spirit of love and humility. He has excellent ability to convince his critics, if they decided to pay attention. There are various instances where critics, after hearing Baba Ji, combined the Mission and dedicated their lives to the propagation of its message.
Going by worldly norms, having been the spiritual mind of the Mission for roughly 20 decades, many devotees insisted that Baba Avtar Singh Ji be given a grand funeral with sandalwood etc.
But Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji explained that a deceased person is just a dead body if it belonged to an ordinary person, an intellectual, or a holy man. Hence, Baba Avtar Singh Ji was given a simple funeral at the electric crematorium at Delhi.
- Jagat Mata Budhwanti Ji
5th August, 1904, was the auspicious day when an extremely lovely, delicate, baby girl was born in the family of Sardar Lachhman Dass Ji, at village Neela, Tehsil Chakwal, Distt. Jehlum (now in Pakistan).
This baby was called as Budhwanti who later on won the epithet of Jagat Mata throughout her life span. Budhwanti, nicknamed as Budhan, was brought up with great affection and love. She had an elder brother, named Sardar Buta Singh Ji, who was born on 15th June 1901.
Budhan was 4 yrs of age when her father died. Her mother tried her best to raise the kids with love and care. For her babies education, donated her own Haweli (home ) to open a primary school in the village Neela. But Budhan was only 7 yrs of age when her mother died. After the death of her parents, both of them were brought up by their paternal aunt Lachhmi Ji,as she took both the children to her house in village Sayiad, Distt. Jehlum (Pakistan).
Budhan was only 14 yrs of age when she was married to (Shehnshah) Avtar Singh Ji at 1918.
Jagat Mata Budhwanti was full of empathy and affection for everybody. Even before receiving God-knowledge, she used to work everybody selflessly. She adored the workers of the Mission’s workshop so much that she would wash their clothes, look after them just like a mother, arrange their marriages and establish their married life by providing all the essentials to conduct their households smoothly. After achieving God-knowledge, service of the Satguru, devotees and every worker became her ultimate goal.
Because of the motherly affection and love, selfless dedication and service, she had been called Jagat Mata with of the Nirankari devotees. Her dedication to Satguru Baba Buta Singh Ji was so much that she succeeded in covincing him to stay at their house with his spouse Gunwanti Ji and his mother-in-law. It is not too easy to be ever reverential into the Satguru and also his family. However, Jagat Mata did this; she honoured every aspect of the Lord Master and left no stone unturned in serving the Satguru along with his loved ones, night and day.
- Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji
Baba Gurbachan Singh was born on December 10, 1930 at Peshawar (now in Pakistan). He acquired boundless love and affection from his buddy, Baba Avtar Singh Ji along with Jagat Mata Budhwanti Ji as also from the true master Baba Buta Singh Ji, living together with the household at that time. Right from his childhood, the child Gurbachan manifested infrequent and notable qualities. These qualities included sensitivity to one’s sorrow and suffering, sympathy for the affected, avoidance of disputes, discord and malice as also appreciation of fine traits of others.
After performing his Middle from Peshawar, he matriculated from the Khalsa School, Rawalpindi. But couldn’t pursue his studies further, because of the chaos leading to Partition of India. He, nevertheless, acquired rich and rare experience of life by his wisdom and intelligence.
During the turbulent days past the Partition, every parent desired to be relieved of the pressing responsibilities as speedily as you can. Accordingly, Bhai Manna Singh solemnized the marriage of his son, Kulwant Kaur Ji, with Gurbachan Singh Ji on April 22, 1947, in a simple ceremony. Kulwant Kaur Ji who then became popular since Nirankari Rajmata, marched shoulder to shoulder with her own husband. Surely, the couple had been joined with the Almighty for its wellbeing of humankind.
Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji believed in prompt execution keeping both short term and long term goals in your mind. He implemented his own vision by taking small steps rather than postponed short term actions only looking forward to long-term plans to materialize.
The resistance, however, failed to end with the historic Karnal verdict in the Amritsar case, acquitting all the accused Nirankaris, for example Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, honourably. They made an effort on his life first in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and near Durg at Madhya Pradesh.
Fundamentally, Baba Ji dropped to their own bullets in Delhi on April 24, 1980. Naturally, every peace loving man in stills and convicted the senseless act of their fanatics being an attack on calmness and love by the forces of hatred and violence. It was another blot in human history, said the intellectuals. And the Peace loving humanists felt that humanism was ravaged.
- NIRANKARI RAJMATA KULWANT KAUR JI
An epitome of undying love, empathy, unflinching dedication and integrity. Nirankari Rajmata Kulwant Kaur ji has been an excellent saint who lived around each role and responsibility depended on her profoundness. She had spiritual disposition and searching right from her childhood, and has been blessed with all God-Knowledge at an early age of eight years by Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh. Rajmata Kulwant ji spent his entire life at full divinity.
She married Gurbachan Singh Ji, that later became the third Satguru of their Mission. She also spread the message of the Nirankari Mission, following the footsteps of most her masters fearlessly, giving the clarion call not through words but also with action. She maintained reverence towards her satguru above all worldly connections, together with maintaining humility in behaviour.
Her contributions involving mankind were recognized through various honours and awards. Her historical poems and songs will stay etched in the memory of devotees for all eras to follow along, because sublime messages of true devotion.
- Baba Hardev Singh Ji
Baba Hardev Singh Ji was born on February 23, 1954 in Delhi in the family of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji. As a child, Hardev was fortunate to have worldly as well as spiritual blessings of his parents and additionally the then Satguru Baba Avtar Singh Ji along with Jagat mata Budhwanti Ji as his grandparents.
Since his childhood, hardev ji grew his thoughtfulness and sobriety. He saw every object and discovered every event with his curiosity but used to stay silent. Respect and regards for priests as well as the attribute of humility was noticed in him from the beginning.
Interest in congregations and listening into discourses also became conspicuous in him. The pure, kind and funny kid Hardev was not found spend-thrift and emotional.
Baba Hardev Singh Ji received his basic education at home. With his sharp wisdom, he learnt alphabets of both Hindi, English and counting very quickly. Afterward, he had done his schooling from Rosary Public School, Sant Nirankari Colony, Delhi, where by sweet nature and intelligence he cast spell on educators and fellow students. They say that boy Hardev was often found at the class sitting thoughtfully and sometimes with eyes half-shut. But he had been always discovered to be more fully attentive and responsive to the teacher taught.
In 1963, Baba Hardev Singh Ji was sent to the Yadvendra Public School, Patiala, also a boarding school and also an institution of national fame, there he passed the senior school exam in 1969. His co-operative and compassionate nature made him popular with all the teachers and the fellow-students alike.
His school education was both supplemented and cemented with spiritual touch received through the letters of his affectionate mother, Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji. Throughout his stay in the school, Baba Hardev Singh Ji also developed enthusiastic interest. With his class-fellows and maybe alone, he’d cover difficult terrains to accomplish certain places. This hobby included the trait of patience and persistence in his entire life. He was not found tired or stressed. He was likewise quite smothered in vehicle driving and horse riding.
On completion of the school instruction at Patiala, Baba Hardev Singh Ji returned to Delhi and started further instruction under Delhi University and took keen interest in the socio-spiritual activities of their Mission. He became very ordinary in congregations (Satsang) and service to the others (Sewa). His humility made him the name’Bhola Ji’.
Back in 1971, Baba Hardev Singh Ji combined the Nirankari Sewa Dal as its main focus and enjoyed himself functioning in cotton Khaki (brown) uniform. He coordinated “Youth Forum” in 1975, that centered on promoting honest and simple alive, service with love and dedication, refraining from incurring unnecessary expenses and practicing prohibition.
On the eve of the 28th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam at Delhi, on November 14 in 1975, Baba Hardev Singh Ji had been wed at a simple service to Savinder Ji, daughter of committed saints Shri Gurumukh Singh Ji and Smt. Produced on January 12, 1957, Savinder Ji was well educated.
Baba Hardev Singh Ji became the spiritual mentor of the Mission under adverse situation when his Spiritual Master and also a crusader for unity, peace and truth Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji was mudered by the bullets of a few unwanted elements on April 2-4, 1980.
The moment the world came to understand about the unexpected stunt of Baba Ji to this Almighty Nirankar, every peace loving person felt helpless and shaken. Condolence messages started to pour from people of every walk of life. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee said that’Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj consistently endeavoured to the welfare of humanity. He provided the Mission a strong leadership for 36 years and blessed the world with spiritual awakening. The country has lost a wonderful spiritual master who always motivated people to imbibe the feelings of compassion and love within their lifetime.’
- Savinder Hardev Ji
Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji was born on January 12, 1957, in the family of Shri Manmohan Singh Ji and Mata Amrit Kaur Ji Living at Rohtak Road in Delhi. The child Savinder was, nevertheless, embraced and brought up by Shri Gurmukh Singh Ji and Madan Mata Ji Owned by Farrukhabad at Uttar Pradesh. Her Holiness Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji triumphed Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj as the Spiritual Head of the Sant Nirankari mission following his sudden union into the Almighty Nirankar at a car crash.
Savinder Ji’s primary schooling took place in Farrukhabad. In 1966, she has completed her schooling from Irish institution, the Convent of Jesus and Mary at Waverly, Mussoorie, in where she handed the Indian School Certificate Examination (Senior Cambridge, equal to Old Secondary) at 1973. Within her school years, she had been an exceptional student and won the hearts of each of the nuns and teachers because of her considerate and respectful behavior. Savinder Ji also attended the Daulat Ram College in Delhi.
Her Holiness Mata Savinder Ji has been a devoted wife who consistently regarded Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj as Satguru first. Their union was blessed with three daughters Samta Ji, Renuka Ji, also Sudiksha Ji, but her love and care for these came in the best way to serve the Mission along with Baba Ji. She remained fervent and focused on him, and Baba Ji’s salvation tours took her around the entire world. In India, she went through hard terrains and dined and remained small houses of devotees in remote areas.
Mata Savinder Ji was respected as Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation, North America, and also the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. She bestowed her motherly care and love not only on Sewadars but their loved ones also. She gave blessing to all the brides and bridegrooms at mass-marriages therefore that they find all that is required to create their wedded life joyful, comfortable and flirty. Her Holiness has always invited the devotees towards the service of humanity by participating in the same. An exceptional leader, she regularly donated her blood at the Blood Donation Camp at Delhi.
A preacher of unity, love, and peace, ” she followed in the steps of Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, encouraging devotees to remain steadfast in their own faith. Even until departure, she was a servant-leader who placed the interest of her followers in heart.
Her Holiness Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji left a fantastic imprint in the hearts of many and will forever be remembered for her dynamic teachings of peace and love.
- Sudiksha Setya
A year ago, when she addressed a congregation in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sudiksha had highlighted the demand for happy family atmosphere for kids to build their characters while growing up. To follow the teachings of a real master will help children focus better in their academic studies as well, the younger spiritualist’s told the July gathering at Dehra Dun.
Now, Sudiksha was appointed as the leader of the Sant Nirankari Mission–a nine-decade-old Sikh reformist organisation which propounds the essentiality of a guru for realisation of God as a formless existence which never changes in this changing times. In Burari of north Delhi, the city at which the Mission is now still headquartered, watched her officially taking over as the spiritual head of their organisation, so replacing her mum Mata Satvinder who was also attending the ceremony.
If Sudiksha’s speeches often do give emphasis to children and the guru, it is not still yet another matter she is herself born to parents that led the 1929-founded sect–in series. Mata Satvinder have been at the helms of the Nirankari Mission for two years from May 17, 20-16, four days following the departure of her husband, Hardev Singh, following a highway accident in Canada. The Baba, who was 62, had stayed the sect’s head for 3-6 years–till he met with his ending in a mishap near Montreal. It simply just happened weeks ahead of this Mission’s next Nirankari International Sangam at Toronto, another Canadian city.
That tragedy meant Sudiksha became a widow. For, she also lost her husband Avneet Setya, too. Even the 29-year-old along with his father-in-law were at the back seat of their car when the tyre-burst killed them. This time, Sudiksha was in New York, and the couple was married for barely a year. Setya, who was 29 then and was growing up in Chandigarh, was an actor by profession.
The Mission, which has more than 2000 sectors around the entire planet, appreciates the confidence of lakhs of followers as the movement has its share of critics that find Nirankari that a heretic variant of the core principles of Sikhism. Anand Tyagi, a supporter, for example, says the Mission an all-embracing spiritual movement (neither a brand new religion nor a sect of an current religion) which cutsacross all branches of caste, colour and creed. You can find detractors that view the Mission ridiculing, tongue in cheek, other religions, including Hinduism. To virtually see the Baba as God while simultaneously proclaiming that the Almighty has no shape is hypocritical, says a certain Gautam Pandit in an online discussion.
That apart, the Nirankari Mission, that has its infancy from spiritual guru Baba Buta Singh is enlarging base over the years–way more in recent times. When its very first international meet happened in 2012 at Birmingham in the UK, Hardev Singh had seven years before inaugurated a Nirankari Museum at Delhi. The organization has also been into activities like blood donation and charity. Last year, the Mission had brought a 301-verse book Hardev Banifeaturing the notions of Sister Sudiksha’s daddy.
Nirankari followers ardently feel that their new spiritual mind can further go ahead with the movement.