Baba Sahib Singh Ji was the third leader of this institution and was also a descendant of the first Sikh Guru, Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj. Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi were around during the Sikh Raaj (Sikh reign) and were closely affiliated with Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi often warned Maharaja Ranjit Singh of the coming period and the crooked tricks of the British and the Dogra’s.
One Universal Creator God. By The Grace Of The True Guru:
(3) Baba Sahib Singh Ji (Bedi)
Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi was born on Chet Sudi, Panchmi, Aitvaar (Sunday) on Sammat 1812. Baba Ji was born at Oona Sahib at amritvela in the house-hold of Baba Ajeet Singh Bedi and Mata Saroop Kaur. Baba Ajeet Singh Bedi was on a poorab val at the time and had received news of the birth of Baba Sahib Singh Ji whilst at Sri Patna Sahib. Upon hearing the news, Baba Ajeet Singh arranged for Karaah Prashaad Di Degh to be made and done Ardas in the lotus feet of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. Young Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi was brought up in a Gursikh manner and was were practising meditation from a very young age. Even the teachers that Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi was sent to acknowledged the fact that they were a special being with God-like qualities. Whoever would meet with Baba Ji would insist that they were a Holy being.
Baba Sahib Singh Ji’s soul was thirsty for the gift of Amrit. Following the orders of Sardar Natha Singh, Baba Sahib Singh Ji travelled to Anandpur Sahib, where they humbly requested Baba Sobha Singh Ji (Sri Anandpur Sahib Wale) to administer them with the blessed gift of Amrit. Upon receiving Amrit and the mantar of Waheguru, Baba Sahib Singh Ji asked Baba Sobha Singh Ji the path to obtaining Waheguru. Baba Sobha Singh Ji asked, “You belong to the Bedi Clan and are thus seated on a very high position already. You have been administered with Amrit, the mantar of Waheguru and the rehat maryada, what else do you require?” Baba Sahib Singh Ji humbly asked: “I wish to come to be blessed in the same manner, that Bhai Daya Singh Ji was blessed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji!”
Baba Sobha Singh Ji understood that the successor to the gift of the leadership of this brilliant institution had arrived. Baba Sahib Singh Ji was asking for the gift themselves and Baba Sobha Singh Ji knew that they were not only worthy of it, but would add to it’s greatness. Baba Sobha Singh Ji blessed Baba Sahib Singh Ji with the Khajana of knowledge and spiritual wisdom within the Bhai Daya Singh Ji Samparda. Baba Sahib Singh Ji was declared the next head of the Samparda and Baba Sahib Singh Ji had become imbued with the Naam of Waheguru. Baba Sahib Singh Ji’s name began to travel across the Sikh community.
A few Sikhs came from Kashmir and took Baba Sahib Singh Ji with them. Baba Sahib Singh Ji preached the philosophies of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji amongst the Kashmiri Sikhs. Baba Sahib Singh Ji taught them to work honestly, to share what they have, to meditate on the Lord Waheguru’s name and do be without fear and to be without hatred. During this period, Baba Sahib Singh Ji learnt that their father had left for his heavenly abode at Sri Patna Sahib. Baba Sahib Singh Ji completed the bhog of the Sri Sehaj Paath and arranged a large Langar for the Sikh Sangat.
It was from a very young age that Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi were faced with the Grisst (household) lifestyle. Baba Sahib Singh Ji continued to join the Sikh Sangat with the path of Sikhi and at the same time maintained a household lifestyle. It was during this period time of the time that emperors such as Abdali, Duraani, Mughal’s, Pathaan’s and shortly afterwards the British, engaged in robberies and atrocities on innocent civilians. Baba Sahib Singh Ji acknowledged that this would cause a lot of pain and sorrow upon the Sikhs of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and knew that blessed land upon with the Gurus had lived would be taken over under corrupt governments and rulers. In preparation, Baba Sahib Singh Ji began to collect several weapons and horses at Sri Oona Sahib. Baba Sahib Singh Ji would arise early in the ambrosial hours and meditate for hours on end, then would request the Rababiya Sikhs to perform Kirtan and themselves participate. Baba Sahib Singh Ji had become so addicted to the Lord Waheguru that they would forget to eat and drink and would not feel hunger or thirst. From the start Baba Sahib Singh Ji ate very little.
One day, Baba Ji sat in Smaadhi outside and did not rise. Midday passed, the evening passed and yet again it had become night. 3 days had now passed and Baba Sahib Singh Ji had not awoken from their Spiritual meditation. On the third day, a land-owner had prepared a meal for Baba Sahib Singh Ji to eat and upon seeing the meditation of Baba Sahib Singh Ji, stopped. The land-owner made a decision in his mind that unless Baba Ji consumed the meal, that he leave Baba Ji and will not eat either. After 2 hours had passed, Baba Ji opened their eyes and asked the land-owner to bring the meal that had been prepared. Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi told the land-owner – “We had made a decision in our mind that we shall practise meditation excessively and not eat for a long time. However, seeing your love and devotion, we decided to fulfil your wants and needs.” Whenever Mahapurkh become happy at the love and devotion of their devout Sikhs, they pray to Waheguru that their well-being is sought out for.
Baba Khuda Singh Ji’s birth had also taken place with the blessings of Baba Sahib Singh Ji. Once when travelling to Delhi, Baba Sahib Singh Ji stopped at Shamghar Nagar. The Sardar’s of this town done a lot of seva of Baba Sahib Singh Ji with the utmost love and devotion as possible. On the 2nd day as Baba Sahib Singh Ji were about to leave, the head Sardar humbly requested for Baba Ji to bless them with a child, as they had none. The Ardassiya Sikh of Baba Sahib Singh Ji was given an order by Baba Ji to do ardas that Sardar Natha Singh be blessed with the gift of a child. After the ardas, Baba Ji began to laugh and said, “Sardar Natha will definitely have a child, but will he be worthy of us?” Sardar Natha Singh asked what the child should be called, and Baba Sahib Singh Ji said that the name given be Khuda Singh. Through this Baba Khuda Singh came to become a very chardikala Mahapurkh who were respected throughout the Sikh Kaum.
It was through the blessings of Baba Sahib Singh Ji blessed Maharaja Ranjit Singh with the Sikh Empire and it’s Kingdom. Baba Ji was travelling from Raaval Pindi and had heard news that Sardar Maha Singh Gujranwale of the Shukarachariya Misl and passed away and Ranjit Singh would be given the Dastaar-Bandi. With the Doonghi-Drissti (deep visions) of Baba Sahib Singh Ji, they had already acknowledge the future of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Baba Sahib Singh Ji arrived at the Bhog ceremony. At this point, the mother of Maharaja Ranjit Singh brought him to Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi. She told Baba Ji that her son was still young and innocent and lacked certain capabilities of a leader of an army. She requested that her son be blessed and protected. Baba Sahib Singh Ji then said – “O mother, the path that your son shall take will not even be able to be stopped by the river of Sindh! He will attain victory and no shall be able to defeat him. You have accepted the true Guru and so your protection will be done by Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj themselves!”
Upon the Dastar-Bandi ceremony of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi put a Talwaar around the neck of Maharaja Ranjit Singh and so during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, his life was always in high-spirits. As Baba Sahib Singh Ji saw the hunger across Punjab, Baba Ji donated 1000 rupees towards Langar Sewa and at this same given time, Maharaja Ranjit Singh had captured Lahore and Pishaavar.
Baba Sahib Singh Ji then met with Maharaja Ranjit Singh and said, “How sad is it that the devotees have everything they need, yet the Langar of Guru Nanak Dev Ji be empty of Daal and Roti? If we are unable to maintain the maryada of Langar within the Janam Asthaan of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, then what can other communities expect from us?” Upon hearing this, Maharaja Ranjit Singh donated 1000 acres of land towards Sri Nankana Sahib, which is still in the name of the Langar even today.
In this method, Baba Sahib Singh Ji Bedi Oona Sahib Wale spread the teaching and philosophies in the corners of Punjab. They held discourse sessions and opened Sikh centres across Punjab. These centres are today known as Damdama Sahib Baba Sahib Singh Ji. Baba Sahib Singh Ji always participated and played their part wherever possible and until their last breaths enjoyed the bliss of being one with Waheguru.
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