Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji (1930-1980)
Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji was one of the greatest reformers who lived and died for the cause of humanity through spiritual awakening. He dedicated his life towards the human society so that he could preach the values of unity and spread the message of peaceful co-existence, love and harmony. Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji’s gurus, Baba Avtar Singh Ji (who was his father) and the founder of the Sant Nirankari Mission, Baba Buta Singh Ji sparked in him the feeling of spirituality and taught him to follow and practice selfless service, surrender to the divine will and truthful living, free from any kind of hatred or jealousy. This came as a turning point in his life and he became an ambassador of spirituality, a living example of divine truth.
Baba Gurbachan Singh was born on December 10, 1930, in Peshawar (now in Pakistan). As a child, Gurbachan possessed great human qualities like sensitiveness to human sorrow and suffering, sympathy for the grieving, resolving disputes and establishing harmony. During partition, young Gurbachan served the migrants selflessly and devotedly which displayed his strong belief in unity and peace.
Manav Ekta Diwas or the World Unity Day should be considered crucial as this day is proposed to spread the message of unity and humanity in today’s fast-moving society where people are least bothered about their fellow men and ignore the sorrows and grievances of others. The situation really calls for the human race to seek the shelter of true spiritual masters so that man knows the true value of humanity and lives accordingly.
Sant Nirankari Mission
Following some distinctive and unique teachings, customs and rituals, the devotees of this panth have gained a separate identity as “Nirankaris”. Sant Nirankari Mission not only develops the religious and spiritual values among people but also cares for their social life by providing free medical aid and arranging blood donation camps to help the mankind throughout the globe. “Dhan Nirankar” [Shapeless birth less God is great] are the words used by Nirankari to great each other in the meeting.
History of Sant Nirankari Mission
In 1929, Baba Butasingh Ji along with Baba Avtarsingh ji dedicated their life for spreading the Braham-Gyan ” Without Knowing the God, Worship of God is meaningless”. Both lived their lives to help people and spread the message of unity.
The word Nirankar has originated from ”Nirankar” which means without any Aakar [shape] & bodiless which is only the God. Sant Nirankari Mission strongly believes that only an enlightened guru who has the knowledge of Braham-Gyan can help you to reach God.
Panch Prans [Five Principles]
Today Sant Nirankari Mission is a well-known organization, spread across the globe. About 1500 branches of the mission are functional all over the world [almost 200 outside India]. There are about 600 Satsang bhavans where satsangs are held daily. Mission strongly believes that every human being irrespective of caste or nationality must feel the divine pleasure in day to day life, for which five principles must be observed by every one. These principles which are also called ” Panch Pran” or the Five oaths are:-
Sant Nirankari mission is not only a spiritual organization but it is also engaged in many social activities. In our country, the mission is one of the institutions which conducts large-scale Blood Donation camps on a regular basis. Also, the mission is running about 150 charitable hospitals in various Satsang bhavans in a number of cities. It is also working towards the welfare of poor and needy widows by conducting stitching & embroidery classes.
On the Manav Ekta Diwas, Sant Nirankari Mission and people associated with it organize various charitable events all over the world. Large blood donation camps are organized where hundreds of people come and donate their blood which is given to the government hospitals so that lives can be saved. This blood donation drive is very popular on this day because Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji said that ‘Blood should flow in veins, not in drains’. Since his teachings stress on unity and humanity, people engage in social services and other charitable activities. The community also works to provide clean living conditions to the downtrodden, provide food and clothing to poor and hungry and takes time out to preach the message of Baba Ji. The young saints sing devotional songs and present their thoughts on Oneness. The members make sure that this day is dedicated to serve the mankind and work for being united and strive hard to attain inner peace and spirituality.
Different programs are organized to observe Manav Ekta Diwas or Human Unity Day at places like United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Nepal, Bahrain, Kuwait etc.
•Devotional and spiritual song competitions can be conducted at school level where children can participate in groups.
•Theme based Poster making competition can be conducted.
• Plays and dramas about unity and oneness can be conducted in schools and colleges.
• A day out activity can be conducted where children can be taken to streets and other public places and conduct cleanliness drive.
• Schools can collect old books and clothes from children and donate them to poor.
It’s been 35 years since Baba Gurbachan Singh ji left this world but his teachings are still alive in the minds of the people. Today in this materialistic world where people are gradually becoming cold-blooded, it is necessary for us to understand the importance of unity and human values so that people should not lose their faith in mankind.
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