Shiv Dayal Singh

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Shiv Dayal Singh
Shiv Dayal Singh Ji.jpg
Other names Soamiji Maharaj
Born 24 August 1818
Panni Gali, Agra, British India (present-day Uttar Pradesh, India)
Died 15 June 1878
Panni street, Agra, North-Western Provinces, British India (present-day Uttar Pradesh, India)
Senior posting
Title Param Purush Puran Dhani...Real Incarnation Of MallikSatguru of Sant Mat/Radhasoami tradition
Period in office (1861-1878)
Successor Salig Rām, Gharib das, Baba Jaimal Singh
Religious career

Shiv Dayāl Seth (called "Soamiji Maharaj" by followers and devotees) was born 24 August 1818 (Agra, Uttar Pradesh) and died 15 June 1878 (Agra). He was a Satguru of Sant Mat and Radhasoami tradition. Adherents believe him to be incarnation of Supreme Being Radhasoami Sahab.

Early life[edit]

At the age of five, Shivdayāl Seth was sent to school where he learnt Hindi, Urdu, Persian and Gurumukhi. He also acquired a working knowledge of Arabic and Sanskrit. His father, Shri Dilwali Seth was a Sahejdhari Khatri and Nanak Panthi.[1][2] His family including his father, mother, mother-in-law, sister and his wife Nārāini Devi (called "Rādhāji" by followers and devotees) were followers of Param Sant Tulsi Sahib of Hathras, India.[citation needed]


His marriage to Nārāini Devi (later known as Radha Ji), daughter of Izzat Rai of Faridabad was arranged at an early age. She was of a generous disposition and was very devoted to her husband. Shivdayāl was selected direct from school to act as a Persian expert to a government officer in Banda. As the job did not suit him, he gave it up and took another job as a teacher of Persian with a talukdar of Ballabhgarh estate. His spiritual cravings, however, were so intense that worldly attainments no longer attracted him and he gave up even this lucrative job. He returned home for devoting his entire time to religious pursuits.[3][4]


After the death of Sant Tulsi, Shivdayāl practiced Surat Shabd Yoga for 15 years in almost total seclusion in a room within a room. He started holding satsang publicly on Vasant Panchami (a spring festival) in 1861, and continued for 17 years.


Shivdayāl originally referred to the Supreme Being with the names "Sat Nām" (True Name) and "Anāmi" (Nameless). The term Rādhā Swāmi ("Rādhā"="Soul" and "Soami"="Lord", hence "Lord of the Soul") was used after Salig Rām became a disciple.[5][6] The yoga system taught by Shivdayāl is known as Surat Shabd Yoga.

Shivdayāl has described the secret of divine and True Name (Sat Nam).


His bani (poetical compositions) and sayings from satsang were published in two books after his demise. Both are called Sār Bachan or Sār Vachan (meaning 'essential utterances') :[7][8]

  • Sār Vachan Vartik (Sar Bachan in prose)
  • Sār Vachan Chhand Band (Sar Bachan in verse)

Sār Vachan Vartik is in two parts: part one being an introduction written by Rai Saligram and part two compiled of notes taken from the discourses of Shivdayāl, which he delivered in satsang up to 1878. They cover important teachings of the faith. His poems in Sār Vachan Chhand Band are replete with emotional appeal - a successful blending of popular poetic expressions from different languages of north India such as, Khari-Boli, Awadhi, Brijbhasha, Rajasthani and Gurumukhi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jivan Charitar Hazur Maharaj by Ajodhyā Parshād, p. 36.
  2. ^ Jivan Charitar Swāmiji Mahārāj' by Chacha Partap Singh, p. 6.
  3. ^ Life and Teachings of Swami ji Maharaj
  4. ^ Life and Teachings of Swami ji Maharaj
  5. ^ "The Faith that I had given out, was that of Sat Nám and Anámí. Rádhasoámí Faith has been introduced by Salig Rám" Biography of Soamiji Maharaj by Seth Pratap Rai. (Soami Bagh, Agra: Radhasoami Satsang, 1978), pages 135-136.
  6. ^ The Radhasoami Tradition by David C. Lane. Garland Publishing, Inc., New York, 1992.
  7. ^ Books by Swami ji Maharaj
  8. ^ Books by Swami ji Maharaj

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