Sardar Sawan Singh Ji
Maharaj Sahib was born on the 27th day of July, 1858, in the village of
Mehmansing-walla in the district of Ludhiana, the Punjab.
From early childhood he
was irresistibly drawn to seek the eternal abode. Born in a Sikh
family, Sawan was brought up with the sacred scriptures of his
religion, the Guru Granth Sahib (a compilation of mystical poetry
written by the Sikh gurus and other Indian and Persian mystics) which
spoke at length about an inner music and light that lead a soul back to
The turning point in
Sawan Singh's life came when he met his spiritual guru, Baba Jaimal
Singh, and took initiation under him in the path of surat shabd yoga
(union of the soul with the divine inner sound). Such was Sawan's
readiness that in just over nine years he became an acknowledged master
within the Sant Mat and Radhasoami traditions.
How did Huzur Sawan
Singh succeed in reaching Sach Khand, the eternal Realm of Truth
according to the Saints, which is beyond time and space?
First, by coming into
contact with an authentic master; second, by explicitly following the
instructions of his teacher (daily meditation, pure moral life,
surrender of the body/mind/soul to the living presence of Shabd, etc.);
and third, by realizing experientially that his real Self is neither a
body nor a mind but an effulgent wave of Consciousness.
Huzur Sawan Singh died
on April 2, 1948. According to his devotees he was not a resident of
this planet. Since childhood he had known that his real home was beyond
the spatial limitations of the universe.
He was a native of Sach
Khand, the Eternal Realm of Truth, a saint who showed humanity that
their origin was not of dust but of light-an unquenchable flame that
burns in every living being for that alone which is everlasting.
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