Sant Nirankari Mission

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Sant Nirankari Mission
Sant Nirankari Samagam.jpg
Sant Nirankari Samagam at Sant Nirankari Colony, New Delhi on 16 Nov 2014
AbbreviationSNM
Formation25 May 1929; 92 years ago (25 May 1929)
Purpose"Universal Brotherhood"
HeadquartersSant Nirankari Colony, Delhi
- 110 009. India.
Main organ
Sant Nirankari Mandal
Websitewww.nirankari.org

The Sant Nirankari Mission is a spiritual organisation based in Delhi, India.

It was founded in 1929 by Baba Buta Singh.[1][2]

It has more than 3000 centers and millions of followers across the world.[citation needed] Satguru Mata Sudiksha ji, the daughter of Hardev Singh,[3] is the sixth spiritual head of the Mission since 17 July 2018.

History[edit]

The Sant Nirankari Mission had its formal beginning on May 25, 1929, the day when Avtar Singh met Buta Singh. Avtar Singh joined Buta Singh in taking this mission to the masses.[4][5] In 1943, Buta Singh passed on his position to Avtar Singh.[6] Avtar Singh moved to Delhi after partition, getting his group registered as the "Sant Nirankaris" in 1948.[1] He would be succeeded by Gurbachan Singh in 1962.

Gurbachan Singh was assassinated in 1980, and was succeeded by Hardev Singh Ji.[7]

In 2016, Savinder Hardev Ji succeeded Hardev Singh Ji as the Spiritual Head of the Mission.[8] In 2018, she declared Sudiksha Savinder Hardev Ji as the sixth spiritual leader, days before she succumbed to her deteriorating health.[9]

Baba Buta Singh Ji (1873 - 1943)[edit]

Baba Buta Singh Ji was born in Hadwal village of present-day Pakistan. He was spiritually inclined since childhood. He was fond of holy scriptures. According to the official biography, in 1913, during a congregation, while he was singing a spiritual hymn, tears rolled down from his eyes. Bhai Sahib Kahan Singh Ji asked Buta Singh Ji- "Do you know the one you are calling? Only knowing him in absoluteness can actually make your prayers meaningful"

Baba Buta Singh Ji realized that he had found "a true guide and mentor." He received God-Knowledge from Kahan Singh Ji right there. Thereafter, for 14 years he travelled to various places to spread the knowledge he learned from Kahan Singh Ji. In 1929, he established the Sant Nirankari Mission by himself. Before his death in 1943 at Kohmari, Baba Buta Singh Ji handed over its responsibility to Avtar Singh Ji.[10]

Baba Avtar Singh Ji (1899 - 1969)[edit]

Baba Avtar Singh Ji was born on December 31, 1899 in Latifal village of present-day Pakistan. In May 1929 he met Baba Buta Singh ji. In 1943, Baba Buta Singh Ji handed over the organization to Baba Avtar Singh Ji before death.

After the 1947 Indo-Pak partition, Baba Avtar Singh Ji established the Sant Nirankari Mandal in Delhi, India. In 1962, Baba Avtar Singh ji entrusted it to Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji. He died on September 17, 1969.[11]

Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji (1930 - 1980)[edit]

Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji was born on December 10, 1930 to Baba Avtar Singh Ji and Mata Budhwanti Ji, in Peshawar, a city in present-day Pakistan. He was married to Kulwant Kaur Ji.

Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji took over the organization in 1962. Following a clash with Sikhs, he was assassinated in 1980.

Baba Hardev Singh Ji (1954 - 2016)[edit]

Baba Hardev Singh Ji was born on February 23, 1954 in Delhi with Gurbachan Singh Ji and Kulwant Kaur Ji as parents. After the assassination of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji in 1980, he condoled the devotees of the Nirankari Mission and became the next head. He was honored by the United Nations (U.N.O.) with special consultative status in 2012, which was later upgraded to general consultative status in 2018.

He died on 13 May 2016 in an accident, when he was travelling to attend a spiritual gathering in Canada with his son-in-law.[1][12]

Mata Savinder Hardev Ji (1957 - 2018)[edit]

Mata Savinder Hardev Ji was born on January 12, 1957. She was the wife of Hardev Singh ji. After the death of her husband, she became the fifth head of the organization.

Before her death, she handed over the organization to her daughter Mata Sudiksha Ji due to her deteriorating health. She died on August 5, 2018[13]

Mata Sudiksha Ji Maharaj (1985)[edit]

She was born on 14 March 1985. She is the youngest of three sisters. She has done her bachelor's degree in psychology. Her mother handed over the organization to her on 16 July 2018.[1]

She is now the sixth head of the Nirankari Mission.

Beliefs[edit]

The Sant Nirankari Mission aims at self-realization through God-realization.[14] Human being has been described as superior to all other species created by God. It is the human being alone who has been bestowed with intellect that enables him to distinguish between the eternal Truth and the transient existence, reality and non-reality, desirable and the undesirable. For this, however, one must be familiar with what is true, real and desirable.

Ordinarily we find everything surrounding us, occurring in day-to-day life and everything we do as true, real and a matter of fact. But looking at all this carefully, we shall find that these realities are not ever-lasting or eternally constant. They change with the change of time, place and person. What we need, therefore, is the Ultimate Truth, the Ultimate Reality, infinite and eternal, beyond time, beyond birth and death, beyond places – the same everywhere, and beyond all identities – the same for everyone, irrespective of one's caste, colour, race, religion or nationality etc.[15]

And this Ultimate Truth, Ultimate Reality; this supreme, eternal and infinite entity is God. In His formless existence, it is He who was there when nothing existed, He is there when everything exists and He shall be there when there will be nothing – animate or inanimate. Hence the principal aim of human life is to know this formless, attribute-less omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent God.[16] This is what we are living for. Once it is accomplished and God gets associated with our thoughts, words and actions, we know what is true, real and desirable.

Therefore, one must link the mind with God all the time at all places and in all circumstances. This makes life meaningful, joyous, and content. This leads to a state of complete harmony and makes life happy here and earns the bliss that is eternal, hereafter.[17] The devotees of the Mission practice spirituality through regular congregations held at various centres of the Mission. An annual congregation called Sant Nirankari Samagam is also held at Sant Nirankari Spiritual Complex, Samalkha[18] where lakhs of devotees gather to share their thoughts on spirituality.

Sampuran Avtar Bani[edit]

‘Sampuran Avtar Bani’ is key to the ideology of the Sant Nirankari Mission. Named after its author, Nirankari Baba Avtar Singh Ji, it was first published under the title of ‘Avtar Bani’ in 1957. Its enlarged version was, however, published in 1965 as ‘Sampuran Avtar Bani’ – the complete Avtar Bani. Originally written in easy Punjabi verse, with some stanzas in Urdu and Sindhi, Sampuran Avtar Bani explains the message of the Mission in all its aspects. Even though not worshipped as a holy religious book, every Nirankari values it for its authenticity. Sampuran Avtar Bani has already been published in Gurumukhi, Devnagari, Urdu and Roman scripts. It has also been translated and published in English (prose) and, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Nepali, Marathi, Garhwali, Haryanavi, Sindhi and Telugu (all verse).[19]

Sampuran Hardev Bani[edit]

Dive inside this world of bliss, to seek the wisdom that you should not miss. It holds endless fun combined with interesting stories, that will bring you millions of glories.[20]

Nirankari Museum[edit]

The Nirankari Museum was inaugurated by fourth satguru of the Mission, Baba Hardev Singh Ji, on 22 February 2005. The museum is located within the Sant Nirankari Sarovar Complex in New Delhi. It depicts the history and key teachings of the Mission through audio-visuals and pictures.[21][22]

Nirankari Sant Samagam[edit]

The Nirankari Sant Samagam,[23] which is a term used to describe a large scale spiritual gathering, is held on over 1400 acres of Sant Nirankari Spiritual Complex land at Samalkha, Haryana, India. It is one of the highlights in the annual diary of every member of the Mission where they congregate once a year in perfect harmony and with great enthusiasm. The Samagam is truly and unique occasion where people from various cultures, faiths, backgrounds and walks of life get together and join in prayer and remembrance of one Formless God who is known as Nirankar.

There are 1,000's of Sevadal units (Selfless Volunteers) from all over the world who engage in selfless service at this occasion and work tirelessly throughout the course of the year in order to manage the noble work of the Mission.

This further promotes the feeling of community contribution and service by engaging youth and the elders alike.

Community Contributions[edit]

The mission has been contributing to social welfare and community development through its social welfare department, as also through Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation (SNCF).[24][25] The underlying principle here is to heal, enrich and empower the world, by serving with humility.

The Mission operates many schools, colleges and other educational institutions in various cities of India. Along with this, vocational institutes for youth have been set-up for up-skilling. Youth empowerment and women empowerment programs are also organized regularly.

In the realm of health, the mission has organized various health check-up camps, eye check-up camps and has rendered medical assistance to disabled and elderly. Blood Donation camps[24][26] have been organized for almost about 3 decades now and this journey is on-going. Even during the extremely trying times of COVID-19 pandemic;[27][28] the mission organized many safe and well-controlled blood donation camps in various parts of India.

The devotees of the Mission are also involved in tree plantation drives and cleanliness drives along with providing relief and rehabilitation to natural calamity affected brothers and sisters.[24] All these efforts of selfless service are done by the volunteers of the Mission, who form a disciplined group in the form of Sant Nirankari Sewadal (SNSD), established in 1956.

The Mission is also coming up with Sant Nirankari Health City (SNHC),[29] a huge super specialty hospital in North Delhi, India, to cater to the comprehensive wellness and health of the community.[15]

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References from Sant Nirankari Mandal website[edit]

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