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SANT BABA SUNDER SINGH JI BHINDRAWALE

The 11th head of Damdami Taksal, the theosophist, Giani Sunder Singh Ji Khalsa was born on 8th Bhadron 1940 Bikrami (according to 1883 A.D.) on Wednesday in village Bhindar Kalan, district Ferozepur. He was perfect in his religious education. The name of his father was Baba Khazan Singh and that of his mother was Bibi Mehtab Kaur.

When he was of six or seven years, his parents, who were puran Gursikhs, said that he should start working as a cattleman, so as to be true to the words of Sri Guru Nanak:

One should toil and be bountiful.

Along with this, he was made to learn Panj Granthi, Twenty-two Ballads (Vars), writings of the devouts and Das Granthi. With the sincere efforts of his father, he was in a position to read Sri Guru Granth Sahib at the age of 9-10 and became an Akhand Pathi. He could read the holy Granth without any flaw. Afterwards he got himself baptized from the Panj Piaras and became a perfect Sikh. Till the age of 17 he worked hard at home and toiled for his livelihood and for contributing towards the common family pool. At the age of eighteen he left his home to find the ideal of his life and to attain ultimate reality or to get the eternal knowledge. After meeting innumerable Sadhus and saints he came into contact with Sant Bishan Singh Murale Wale. He spent a lot of time in his company. It was here only that he found the inner meaning and real depth of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. He came to know the hidden aspect of the scriptures of the great Gurus and attained ultimate reality. He was glowing with the inner light in the first two years only and had the practical knowledge.

Before he left for his heavenly abode, Sant Bishan Singh said to Giani Sunder Singh, "O ! Sikh of the great Guru ! ask me anything you want. Remove any doubt you have got in your mind."

On this, Giani Sunder Singh Bhindranwale requested with perfect humility and humbleness, "Please bestow upon me whatsoever you please." Baba Bishan Singh said most affectionately, "You preach the teachings of the Gurus for whole of your life. Impart the inner meaning of the Gurbani to the Sangat. Bring the people into Sikh fold. Sri Guru Nanak and Sri Guru Gobind Singh will be benevolent to you." On 13th Magh 1962 Bikrami, Sant Giani Bishan Singh himself performed the ceremony of Dastar Bandi to Giani Sunder Singh Bhindranwale. This ceremony took place in village Murala's Gurdwara.

Being true to the words of his predecessor, Giani Sunder Singh Bhindranwale' preached the Gurbani far and wide. He motivated the people to earn their livelihood with the sweat of their body. He advised the people not to fall prey to the so-called illumines and to be away from superstitions. Along with this he dwelt upon the Sikh way of living. He used to be in his deep meditation and recitation of the Gurbani i.e. the sacred scriptures for most of his time. While delivering the religious discourse, his voice used to become so melodious that the audience would be spell bound. He would leave a deep impression on the hearts of his listeners. Once, he was giving his usual religious discourse, people were sitting under a canopy. There was a pin-drop silence in the Pandal. The eternal nectar practically started flowing from the vast canopy, though there was no clouds in the sky. When the canopy was thoroughly checked, it was found that on its upper side there was still eternal nectar. Certain people tasted it and found that it was very sweet.

So they were wonder-struck.

Sant Sunder Singh advised his students that along with the recitation of the Gurbani, they should learn the use of various weapons, and he equipped with them. Thus he carried forward that programme of education in weaponry which was initially begun by Sri Guru Gobind Singh himself for doing away with evil forces.

In respect of five K's i.e. Sikh symbols he would say that they are not only the outer symbols of a Sikh but they are the expression of our inner temperament as well. They were bestowed upon the Sikhs by the Guru himself. Rather the Guru had ordered to adorn them. So many Sikhs have gained from these five K's and will be doing the same in future as well.

He was ill in 1986 Bikrami badly, but he was still mentally very alert. He would concentrate himself in 'Waheguru's' name and thus would be under the heavenly spell. He offered the service of the Damdami Taksal to his pupil Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa during his life-time only. Giani Gurbachan Singh Khalsa was very obedient and a perfect devout. During his life-time he was very near to his predecessor, Giani Sunder Singh Ji Bhindranwale.

According to the will of the Almighty, Akal Purkh, Giani Sunder Singh was listening the Kirtan in Gurdwara Sachkhand of the village Boparai. At about eight fifteen he left for his heavenly abode on 15th February 1930 i.e. according to 4th Phagun 1986 Bikrami.

He taught Sri Guru Granth Sahib along with the meaning and explanation for twenty-one times. He taught about 1300 people, out of whom 1000 were Pathis, 200 preachers and 100 Gianis. He used to manage the rent, fare etc. of his pupils at his own arrangement. Thus he served the Guru Panth for whole of his life.

       
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