This page is dedicated to posting a brief insight into Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj’s jeevan.
Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj took birth in a village known as Alowal (District Patiala) on the 5th of August 1905, in the household of Sardar Ram Singh Ji ‘Lambardar’ and Mata Rattan Kaur Ji. Sant Ji’s birth name was ‘Gulaab Singh’.
Sant Ji’s grandfather –Sardar Veer Singh ‘Chaudhary’ was a well known personality within the local area, and who was also a prominent and respected figure within the royal family of Patiala.
Sant Ji was brought up as thought they were a child of a royal family, upon their birth, the poor and holy-men were gifted with sweets and donations were given to several charities.
Sant Ji studied basic education of Urdu and Punjabi at a village named ‘Chulale’. They then continued their studies at a higher level at Patiala’s Model School. Sant Ji was regarded as very sharp and intelligent and would always finish in first position come the end of the academic year. As well as studying, Sant Ji had a lot of hobbies and took part in a variety of activities such as playing hockey. Sant Ji always had love for the Sikh Dharam and would daily recite nitnem (daily collection of Sikh prayers) from memory. Their sweet voice would encourage many to take part in religious prayer.
In 1923 Sant Ji, joined the ‘Kar Seva’ of the sarovar (holy tank) at Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, with their fellow classmates and teachers.
Sant Ji Maharaj were also part of the military and whilst at Patiala used to perform ‘Kirtan’ (singing of holy sermons) and play the ‘chimta’ (percussion instrument used in Kirtan) with their fellow companions within the army.
All of these companions were followers of Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji (Reru Sahib Wale) whose great deeds and amount of meditation had a great impact on all of these men, in particular Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj, Sant Baba Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj and Sant Baba Bhagwan Singh Ji (Reru Sahib Wale). The 3 were the closest companions and regarded each other as Gur-Bhai’s whilst under the seva of Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji.
Sant Ji Maharaj was very passionate about doing nitnem and engaging in mediation. During their meditation, they felt feelings of departure from the eternal Lord Waheguru and felt the need to become one with the Lord. Gulaab Singh (the first name of Sant Ji Maharaj) and Sant Baba Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj had both stayed in the army together and both yearned for the Lord. They decided to leave the army and join with Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Maharaj.
They both met with Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Maharaj and paid respect by touched their feet. The knower of past, present and future knew that Sant Ji Maharaj would be the light that would flourish the name of the Bhai Daya Singh Ji Samparda worldwide.
Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Maharaj asked Sant Ji Maharaj – “Have you reached Gulaab Singh? Where were you this long? It seems as though we have known each other a long time!” They saw each other and exchanged thoughts silently with each other from heart to heart, mind to mind and soul to soul.
Sant Ji Maharaj and Sant Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj were administered with the Amrit (Sikh baptism ceremony) and Sant Ji Maharaj’s name changed from ‘Gulaab Singh’ to ‘Isher Singh’. It was from this point that Sant Ji Maharaj began practising intense meditation.
After a number of years of faithfully doing seva (self-less service) of Sant Baba Attar Singh Ji Maharaj, it was the time For Sant Attar Singh Ji to leave. As per the previous maryada of the Bhai Daya Singh Ji Samparda, successors were never told to stay in the same place and instead to move in to other locations and continue the mission and prachaar of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Sikhi. Sant Attar Singh Ji gave the leadership of Reru Sahib to Sant Baba Bhagwan Singh and told Sant Ji Maharaj and Sant Baba Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj to move to Rara Sahib. Sant Ji Maharaj was given bachan (holy order) to practise Kirtan and join people with Sikhi and Amrit. Sant Baba Kishan Singh Ji was told to look after the Langar aspects of Gurdwara Karamsar, Rara Sahib.
It was from this point, that Sant Ji Maharaj joined in excessive meditation within the jungles surrounding Rara Sahib with Sant Baba Kishan Singh Ji Maharaj.
Sant Ji Maharaj, spent a number of years at Rara Sahib and following the bachan of Sant Attar Singh Ji Maharaj, began doing kirtan nationwide throughout India, In particular 3 main locations; Dhablan (Patiala), Hapur (UP) and Karamsar Rara Sahib (Ludhiana). Sant Ji also went worldwide and in 1974 and 1975 to England, UK. There are a lot of recording of the Divaans (sermons) done by Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji Maharaj which are available on several websites on the internet.
It was in 1973 that Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji (Pehowa Wale) and Sant Baba Mohan Singh Ji (Langara Wale) got the blessed time to stay with Sant Ji Maharaj. During this time both spent excessive time practising meditation and seva of the Sangat (congregation).
Approaching the days of August 25th/26th 1975, Sant Ji Maharaj spoke openly about their coming death and significance of the body and what our aim of life is, although the congregation didn’t understand directly what Sant Ji Maharaj was trying to say, Sant Ji Maharaj’s jatha all knew that it was their time to depart.
Sant Ji Maharaj left for their heavenly abode in between the time of the 25th August and the amritvela of 26th of August. It’s believed when Sant Ji Maharaj left their body, they were sitting in a lotus position, with their legs crossed and their mind last focused on the Lord Waheguru.
Sant Ji Maharaj left their body in Wolverhampton UK at the following Address and is available for darshan on weekends 9am-5pm and weekdays with appointment:
Baba Isher Singh Darshan House
61 Crowther Rd,
United Kingdom, WV6 0HZ
During the time of Sant Ji Maharaj’s heavenly abode, Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji had jus finished their BA Degree in Patiala and was getting ready to sign their degree.
As Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji were getting ready to sign their degree, there was a newspaper next to the table which read ” Sant Baba Isher Singh Ji has left for their heavenly abode”. It was at this point Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji left without signing their degree and entered a stage of Vairaag (spiritual emotional pain).
After the arrangements were made to transport Sant Ji Maharaj’s body from the UK to India, the followers of Sant Ji Maharaj arrived in their masses to have blessed vision of their beloved Saint. Sangat travelled from all over to Punjab firstly to Delhi Airport and then all the way to Rara Sahib where Sant Ji Maharaj would be taken from and then to Gurdwara Bibhaur Sahib where the Jal Pravaa (burial in water) would take place.
Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji travelled to Rara Sahib and often narrate that 50,000 Sikhs were administered to the Khalsa Panth through the Amrit ceremony (baptism).
From this day Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji and Sant Baba Mohan Singh Ji (Langara Wale) continued the mission that Sant Ji Maharaj left off and from 1975-1984 spent 9 years in intense meditation underground at Jurasi Sahib, Pehowa, Haryana.
Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji have done kirtan prachaar throughout the world in countries including –
– India (Throughout the entire country)
– America (New York, California, Chicago, Milwaukee, Indiana, Los Angeles, San Francisco)
– Canada (Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal)
– United Kingdom (England, Scotland)
– Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Riverland)
– France (Paris, Calais)
– Belgium (Brussels,)
– Italy (Milan)
– Germany (Frankfurt, Berlin)
– Holland (Amsterdam)
– Kenya (Nairobi)
Sant Baba Mohan Singh Ji have been given the duty of looking after all aspects of the Langar at Pehowa.
There are a lot of stories about Sant Ji Maharaj, Sant Baba Mann Singh Ji and Sant Baba Mohan Singh Ji that the humble sewadaars of ‘Sabh13’ aim to showcase in this blog.
If we have made any mistakes in writing the jeevan of Sant Ji Maharaj, then please tell us where and forgive us.
Nanak Naam Chardikala, Tere Bhane Sarbat Da Bhala
(O Nanak! Who ever chants the Name of the Lord will be in high-spirits, with your will may the whole world be blessed)
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh Jio!