Sant Kirpal Singh
Sant Kirpal Singh Ji (Feb. 6, 1894-Aug. 21, 1974) was born to a Sikh family in Sayyad Kasran, district Rawalpindi of Punjab. After his studies at the Edwards Mission School of Peshawar he joined government service where he ended up working in the Military Accounts Department. He married Bibi Krishna Wanti in 1910. Darshan Singh was born to them in 1921 and Jaswant Singh in 1927.
He decided 'God first and the world next'. He began seeing his future Master, Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji of Beas, before even meeting him in 1924 and being initiated. He published Gurmat Siddhant in his Master's name and initiated over 200 people in the presence of his Master. Hazur Baba Sawan Singh passed his spiritual wealth to Sant Kirpal Singh who left his Master's Dera after Hazur Maharaj Ji's death.
He meditated and met holy men at Rishikesh for 5 months and on 2nd December, 1948, started his mission and began giving initiations. He set up 'Ruhani Satsang' (science-of-the-soul) in 1949 at Delhi. 'Sawan Ashram' at Gurmandi was dedicated in 1950. He made World tours in 1955, 1963 and 1972 and was elected President of the 'World Fellowship of Religions' and organised its Conferences in 1957, 1960, 1965 and the 'Unity of Man Conference' in 1974. He wrote 12 books and many booklets on comparative religion and spirituality. The 'Master', Sant Kirpal Singh Ji
- Was honoured by the Pope with the 'The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller'.
- Visited the Ardha-kumbha mela at Haridwar and gave Satsangs.
- Set up 'Manav Kendras' at both Dehradun and Kandhari.
- Addressed the Indian Parliament and announced the dawn of 'Sat yuga' (The Era of Truth) in 1974.
A very brief statement on his mission in his own words, , "To fill the human heart with compassion, mercy and universal love."
An American interviewer described him thustly, "He is a man with a deep respect for all religious beliefs, he always carries a book on "The Sayings of Jesus," and frequently quotes from the Bible and the Koran. He is a Sikh."
Referred to as 'The Master' by many of his folowers he passed away on 21st August, 1974 after handing over his spiritual mantle to Sant Darshan Singh Ji two days earlier.