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.
- 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
Baba Avatar Singh ji
Baba Avtar Singh Ji was born on December 31, 1899, in a small village called Latifal in the Jhelum District, which is now located in Pakistan. He was born to Shri Mukha Singh Ji and Smt. Narayani Devi Ji.
In 1918, Baba ji tied the knot with Jagat Mata Budhwani Ji at their ancestral house in Neela village.
It was on May 25, 1929, when Baba Avtar Singh Ji met Baba Buta Singh, his spiritual guru, in Peshawar. At that moment, he experienced an intense feeling of joy and praised his Master and Nirankar, the Formless God, who he saw all around him. From then on, Baba Avtar Singh Ji completely surrendered himself to Baba Buta Singh Ji and devoted his life to following him.
After Baba Buta Singh Ji, Baba Avtar Singh Ji took up the mantle and spread the divine message from 1943 to 1962. He tirelessly worked to uplift humankind by disseminating the divine word. Despite facing opposition from other religious groups, he remained steadfast and focused on his work. He countered hate with his profound spirit of love and humility. His ability to persuade his critics was exceptional, and there were several instances where people who initially opposed him became followers after hearing him speak.
Although many of his devotees wished to give Baba Avtar Singh Ji a grand funeral with sandalwood and other luxuries, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji explained that a deceased person is simply a lifeless body, whether they are ordinary or holy. Therefore, Baba Avtar Singh Ji was given a simple funeral at the electric crematorium in Delhi.
Jagat Mata Budhwanti Ji
On August 5th, 1904, Sardar Lachhman Dass Ji’s family welcomed a beautiful baby girl in village Neela, Tehsil Chakwal, Distt. Jehlum, which is now in Pakistan. This delicate baby was named Budhwanti and was later known as Jagat Mata throughout her life. Budhwanti, fondly nicknamed as Budhan, grew up with immense love and care. She had an elder brother named Sardar Buta Singh Ji, who was born on June 15th, 1901.
Tragedy struck when Budhan was only 4 years old and her father passed away. Her mother did her best to raise the children with love and care. She even donated her own Haweli (home) to open a primary school in the village of Neela for their education. However, Budhan was left orphaned at the age of 7 when her mother passed away. After their parents’ death, their paternal aunt, Lachhmi Ji, took them to her house in village Sayiad, Distt. Jehlum, which is now in Pakistan.
Budhan got married to (Shehnshah) Avtar Singh Ji at the age of 14 in 1918.
Even before receiving God-knowledge, Jagat Mata Budhwanti was known for her empathy and affection towards everyone. She worked selflessly for the welfare of others. She loved the workers of the Mission’s workshop so much that she would wash their clothes, take care of them like a mother, arrange their marriages, and provide them with everything they needed to start their married life smoothly. After achieving God-knowledge, serving the Satguru, devotees, and every worker became her ultimate goal.
Jagat Mata’s dedication to Satguru Baba Buta Singh Ji was remarkable. She convinced him to stay at their house with his spouse, Gunwanti Ji, and his mother-in-law. It is not easy to be ever reverential to the Satguru and his family, but Jagat Mata did this with utmost respect. She honored every aspect of the Lord Master and left no stone unturned in serving the Satguru and his loved ones day and night.
Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji
On December 10, 1930, Baba Gurbachan Singh was born in Peshawar, which is now part of Pakistan. He was showered with immense love and affection from his friends, Baba Avtar Singh Ji and Jagat Mata Budhwanti Ji, as well as the true master Baba Buta Singh Ji, who lived with the family at that time. Even as a child, Gurbachan exhibited rare and remarkable qualities, including sensitivity towards others’ pain and suffering, compassion for the afflicted, avoidance of conflict and ill-will, and appreciation for others’ positive qualities.
After completing his Middle education in Peshawar, he graduated from the Khalsa School in Rawalpindi. However, due to the chaos surrounding the Partition of India, he was unable to pursue further studies. Nonetheless, he gained rich and diverse life experiences through his intelligence and wisdom.
During the chaotic period following the Partition, parents were eager to shed their pressing responsibilities as quickly as possible. Therefore, Bhai Manna Singh solemnized the marriage of his son, Kulwant Kaur Ji, to Gurbachan Singh Ji on April 22, 1947, in a simple ceremony. Kulwant Kaur Ji, who later became known as Nirankari Rajmata, marched alongside her husband, and the couple devoted themselves to the well-being of humanity.
Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji believed in prompt execution of both short-term and long-term goals. He implemented his vision by taking small steps rather than relying solely on long-term plans to materialize.
However, despite the historic Karnal verdict in the Amritsar case, which acquitted all the accused Nirankaris, including Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, the opposition did not end. They first attempted on his life in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and later near Durg in Madhya Pradesh.
Ultimately, Baba Ji fell to their bullets in Delhi on April 24, 1980. Naturally, every peace-loving person condemned the senseless act of the fanatics as an attack on peace and love by the forces of hatred and violence. It was another stain on human history, as noted by intellectuals, and peace-loving humanists felt that humanism had been devastated.
NIRANKARI RAJMATA KULWANT KAUR JI
Nirankari Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji exemplified unwavering love, empathy, dedication, and integrity. She fulfilled every role and responsibility with profoundness and spiritual disposition, evident from her childhood. At the tender age of eight, she was blessed with God-Knowledge by Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh. Rajmata Kulwant Ji lived her entire life with full divinity.
She married Gurbachan Singh Ji, who later became the third Satguru of the Mission. Fearlessly following in the footsteps of her masters, she spread the message of the Nirankari Mission, not just through words but also with her actions. She maintained humility in behavior and held her Satguru above all worldly connections.
Rajmata Kulwant Ji’s contributions to mankind were recognized through various honors and awards. Her historical poems and songs will remain etched in the memory of devotees for generations to come, carrying sublime messages of true devotion.
Baba Hardev Singh Ji
Baba Hardev Singh Ji, born on February 23, 1954, in Delhi, was blessed to be born in a family that valued both worldly and spiritual blessings. His parents, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji, and his grandparents, then Satguru Baba Avtar Singh Ji and Jagat mata Budhwanti Ji, provided him with an abundance of blessings. From a young age, Hardev Ji exhibited thoughtfulness and sobriety, with a curious and observant nature. He demonstrated respect for priests and showed the attribute of humility.
Hardev Ji’s interest in congregations and listening to discourses became increasingly evident as he grew older. He was known for his pure, kind, and funny personality, and was neither a spend-thrift nor emotional. He received his basic education at home and quickly learned the alphabets of both Hindi and English, as well as counting. Later, he attended Rosary Public School, Sant Nirankari Colony, Delhi, where his sweet nature and intelligence won over educators and fellow students. He was often found thoughtfully sitting in class with his eyes half-shut, but he was always attentive and responsive to what was being taught.
In 1963, Baba Hardev Singh Ji attended Yadvendra Public School, Patiala, a boarding school of national fame, where he passed the senior school exam in 1969. His cooperative and compassionate nature made him popular with both teachers and fellow students. Throughout his school years, his mother, Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji, supplemented and cemented his education with spiritual guidance. Baba Hardev Singh Ji also developed an enthusiastic interest in hiking and horseback riding, which instilled the traits of patience and persistence in his life.
After finishing his schooling, Baba Hardev Singh Ji returned to Delhi to pursue further education at Delhi University and became actively involved in the socio-spiritual activities of the Nirankari Mission. He was a regular attendee of congregations (Satsang) and service to others (Sewa), and his humility earned him the name ‘Bhola Ji.’
In 1971, Baba Hardev Singh Ji joined the Nirankari Sewa Dal as its main focus and enjoyed serving in the cotton Khaki (brown) uniform. He also organized the “Youth Forum” in 1975, which promoted honest and simple living, service with love and dedication, refraining from incurring unnecessary expenses, and practicing prohibition.wikipedia
On November 14, 1975, on the eve of the 28th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam in Delhi, Baba Hardev Singh Ji married Savinder Ji, daughter of committed saints Shri Gurumukh Singh Ji and Smt. She was born on January 12, 1957, and was well-educated.
Baba Hardev Singh Ji became the spiritual mentor of the Mission under adverse circumstances when his Spiritual Master and a crusader for unity, peace, and truth, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, was murdered by the bullets of some unwanted elements on April 24, 1980.
When the world learned of the sudden loss of Baba Ji, every peace-loving person felt helpless and shaken. Condolence messages poured in from people of every walk of life. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, said, “Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj always endeavored for the welfare of humanity. He provided the Mission with 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 life.”
Savinder Hardev Ji
Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji was born on January 12, 1957, in a family residing on Rohtak Road in Delhi, to Shri Manmohan Singh Ji and Mata Amrit Kaur Ji. However, she was raised by Shri Gurmukh Singh Ji and Madan Mata Ji, belonging to Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh. After Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj’s sudden demise in a car accident, her holiness Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji took over as the spiritual head of the Sant Nirankari mission.
Savinder Ji received her primary education in Farrukhabad and later moved on to complete her schooling from the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Mussoorie in 1973, where she successfully passed the Indian School Certificate Examination (Senior Cambridge, equivalent to Old Secondary). She was an exceptional student, and her thoughtful and respectful demeanor won the hearts of all the nuns and teachers. She also attended Daulat Ram College in Delhi.
As a devoted wife, Mata Savinder Ji always put Satguru Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj first. They had three daughters, Samta Ji, Renuka Ji, and Sudiksha Ji, but her love and care for them didn’t hinder her service to the mission. She accompanied Baba Ji on his salvation tours around the world, enduring difficult terrains, and living in small houses of devotees in remote areas.
Mata Savinder Ji was honored as an Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation, North America, and the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. She was a loving mother figure to not only Sewadars but their families as well. She blessed all the brides and grooms at mass-marriages so that they could lead a happy, comfortable, and fulfilled married life. Her Holiness always encouraged devotees to participate in the service of humanity. She was an exceptional leader and regularly donated her blood at the Blood Donation Camp in Delhi.
A preacher of unity, love, and peace, Mata Savinder Ji followed in the footsteps of Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, motivating devotees to remain firm in their faith. She was a servant-leader until her last breath, always putting her followers’ interests first.
Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji left an indelible mark on the hearts of many and will always be remembered for her dynamic teachings of peace and love.
One year ago, during a sermon in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sudiksha emphasized the importance of a happy family environment for children to develop their character as they grow up. The young spiritualists at the gathering in Dehra Dun also emphasized that following the teachings of a true master would help children focus better on their academic studies.
Now, Sudiksha has been appointed as the leader of the Sant Nirankari Mission, a Sikh reformist organization that has been in existence for nine decades. The organization promotes the importance of a guru for realizing God as a formless entity that remains constant even in changing times. In Burari, a neighborhood in north Delhi where the Mission is headquartered, Sudiksha officially took over as the spiritual head of the organization, replacing her mother Mata Satvinder, who was also in attendance.
Although Sudiksha often emphasizes the importance of children and the guru in her speeches, it is worth noting that she was born to parents who were already members of the sect, which was founded in 1929. Mata Satvinder led the Nirankari Mission for two years from May 17, 2016, four days after the death of her husband, Hardev Singh, in a highway accident in Canada. Hardev Singh, who was 62 years old, had been the head of the sect for 36 years until his death.
The tragedy also resulted in Sudiksha becoming a widow, as she lost her husband Avneet Setya, who was 29 years old at the time and an actor by profession, in the same car accident. Sudiksha was in New York at the time, and the couple had only been married for a year.
The Nirankari Mission, which has over 2,000 branches worldwide, has many devoted followers, but also its share of critics who view it as a heretical version of Sikhism. However, supporters like Anand Tyagi see the organization as an all-embracing spiritual movement that transcends caste, color, and creed. Detractors, such as Gautam Pandit in an online discussion, criticize the Mission for ridiculing and making tongue-in-cheek remarks about other religions, including Hinduism. They find it hypocritical to view the Baba as God while simultaneously proclaiming that the Almighty has no shape.
Despite the criticisms, the Nirankari Mission has been expanding its reach, especially in recent years. In 2012, the organization held its first international meeting in Birmingham, UK, seven years after Hardev Singh inaugurated the Nirankari Museum in Delhi. The organization is also involved in activities such as blood donation and charity. Last year, the Mission published a 301-verse book, Hardev Bani, featuring the ideas of Sudiksha’s father.
Nirankari followers ardently feel that their new spiritual mind can further go ahead with the movement.
The Sant Nirankari Mission
The Sant Nirankari Mission is a global spiritual movement that aims to enrich the lives of its followers by providing them with spiritual enlightenment. The organization promotes the concept of realizing God as the Supreme Father, and seeks to foster a sense of universal brotherhood and oneness.
The Mission was founded by Baba Buta Singh Ji in Peshawar on May 25, 1929. Its primary objective was to spread the message of realizing God among those who were following various dogmas, rituals, false beliefs, and superstitions.theindiapost
After Baba Buta Singh Ji passed away in 1943, Baba Avtar Singh Ji succeeded him as the Head of the Mission. Satguru manifested himself in Baba Avtar Singh Ji, and similarly, in Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji after him. Following the supreme sacrifice of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji on April 24, 1980, His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj took over the divine responsibility.
The Mission has a timeless message of truth that has spread across the world, and the organization is dedicated to its followers’ spiritual and personal growth. The Mission has been actively involved in numerous charitable and humanitarian activities, including blood donation drives, and has a significant following worldwide.