Baba Devi Sahab

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Baba Devi Sahab
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Nationality Indian
Other names Devi Sahab
Known for

Renowned Sant in the Tradition of Sant Mat

Born in 1841 and Departed in 1919.

Lived at Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Propounded the philosophy of Sant Mat and Advaita Vedanta His main motto: " This world is illusion. Death and birth are inevitable,meditate! Attain Liberation before burning on the pyre or entering into the grave."

Baba Devi Sahab (1841–1919) was one of the most eminent sants in the tradition of Sant Mat. He spread Santmat far & wide throughout North India and Pakistan.

Early life[edit]

It is said that his parents had been childless for a long time and that it was due to blessings of the legendary sage Sant Tulsi Sahab of Hathras, U.P., India that Baba Devi Sahab was born.[1] When Baba Devi Sahab was nearly four years of age Sant Tulsi Sahab visited his house again. He put his hand of blessing on the head of Baba Devi Sahab and prophesied that he would one day turn into a great sant molding significantly the lives of countless people spiritually. Some sources also mention that Sant Tulsi Sahab had also stated while touching Baba Devi Sahab's head that he had initiated the latter that way into Santmat's way of meditation, and as such Sant Tulsi Sahab is treated to be the Guru of Baba Devi Sahab.

Later life[edit]

Baba Devi Sahab lived a simple life as a postal clerk while practicing his spiritual discipline. He voluntarily retired early and lived his latter years in Moradabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh. He was a kind teacher and had a large following. Baba Devi Sahab says:

“You may remain Hindu, Muslim, Christian or a follower of any other religion. But while living the pleasures and pains of human life do not live even a single day without inner meditation.”[2]

Preaching[edit]

Baba Devi Sahab preached the oneness of God that indwells each & every being. That one only God, he taught, can be realised within by every human being regardless of one's caste, creed, region or religion by practicing inner meditation - meditation on inner light and meditation on inner sound also known as surat shabd yoga - learnt from a true adept or sadguru. While some other lineages of Santmat in due course of time took on different names relating to their founders or some other suitable terms like Kabir Panth, Dariya Panth, Radhasoami etc., Baba Devi Sahab preferred to continue with the more general and generic term Santmat. [3]

Baba Devi Sahab gave a clear exposition of the inner cosmology based on his own experiences of inner meditation. In the Preface to the Ghat Ramayan (Ghat Ramayan' is the name of a book popularly believed to have been authored by Sant Tulsi Sahab of Hathras, Uttar Pradesh, India. Baba Devi Sahab got the hand-written manuscript of Sant Tulsi Sahab of Hathras printed at Hathras itself in the year of 1896) of Sant Tulsi Sahab of Hathras, he has presented a precise chart of the fourteen inner planes. [4]

Baba Devi Sahab preached that it was by no other means save inner meditation which consisted mainly of the Yoga of Inner Light and the Yoga of Inner Sound that one could attain complete liberation from the shackles of transmigration. He would preach that selfless pure love, 'ishq' or 'bhakti' towards the God is of utmost importance. He cautioned people to very carefully and meticulously guard against the vices of jealousy and vainglory as these defile our mind.

Disciples[edit]

Baba Devi Sahab, who was the contemporary of Param Purush Puran Dhani Soamiji Maharaj (Shiv Dayal Singh) and Sant Rai Saligram Sahab Ji, had several disciples including Shri Nandan Das, but Maharshi Mehi Paramhans proved himself to be his most prominent disciple and the worthiest successor who organised the lineage of Santmat in a much more systematic way and took it to the dizziest of heights of fame & glory spreading its fragrance even overseas to countries like the USA, the UK, the erstwhile USSR, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Nepal etc.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Santmat Sadguru Baba Devi Life". Sadgurumehi.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  2. ^ Introduction to The Way of Sages
  3. ^ "Spiritual Awakening Radio/Sant Mat Satsang Podcast - Essential Teachings of Baba Devi Sahab of". Santmat.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Yahoo! Groups". Groups.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

References[edit]

  • Paramhans, Maharshi Santsevi (2000). "Baba Devi Sahab Ke Sansmaran" (first ed.). Bhagalpur, India: Akhil Bharatiya Santmat-Satsang Prakashan. 
  • Paramhans, Maharshi Mehi. Satyadev. "Satsang Yoga" (third ed.). Bhagalpur, India: Akhil Bharatiya Santmat-Satsang Prakashan.