11 March 2009: Parkash diwas:

Satguru Balak Singh Ji Ė (the guardian of Sikhism).

SatGuru Balak Singh Ji was born in March 1784 A.D. corresponding to full moon of Chetra, 1841 Bikrami, in Sarwala, District Camblepur. His father was Baba Dial Singh and mother Mata Bhag Bhari. He was a sage by birth with unusual habits, in his childhood he was very calm and serene in nature and loved to remain in solitude. He would spend most of his time in reciting hymns in praise of God. He loved to remain in the company of Saintly persons rather than the boys of his age. As he grew up, he abjured all the worldly pleasures and gaudy things. He would spend most of his time in deep meditation. In April 1812 while he was in deep meditation on the bank of river Haron, Guru Gobind Singh Ji along with his five disciples appeared there in person and blessed him with Gurgaddi. Guru Gobind Singh Ji said, "I will reappear in my 12th incarnation in the family of a carpenter. Then my name would be Ram Singh and my village would be on the banks of Sutlej River. I will then take this Gurgaddi back from you".

 

Giani Gian Singh Ji had narrated this fact in his famous opus Panth Prakash in the following words:

Nevertheless,
The Tenth Master appeared in person And informed him:
Ram Singh is my incarnation partaking of an element of mine.
I have, therefore entrusted him, and none else, with my authority.
The Masterís message was clear and firm.

(Panth Parkash-1st Edition)

According to Giani Gian Singh:

The Namdhari Sikhs regard Satguru Balak Singh Ji, the 11th incarnation of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Satguru Balak Singh Ji shifted to Hazron in 1828 Bikrami and set up a shop there. He earned his living by honest and simple labor. The poor people particularly benefited as they could get every thing cheapest rates. His fame spread far and wide. He now started delivering regular religious discourages which transformed innumerable drunkards, smokers and meat eaters into saints and pious persons. Satguru Balak Singh Ji now all the more absorbed himself in deep mediation for hours. One day Guru Balak Singh Ji was in deep Mediation, when the Creator appeared in person and asked him to devote himself for the welfare of the suffering humanity. He should meditate on Naam Simran himself and inspire others to do the same. Satguru Balak Singh Ji replied humbly:- "O Lord! My only desire is to worship and be one with you, so as never to be separated again. Kindly entrust this task to someone else".

"Guru Gobind Singh has already bestowed upon you the Gurgaddi. You only have to carry on this duty till the arrival of Thakur Ji (Sri Satguru Ram Singh Ji)", the Lord replied. Thence onwards, he started preaching Sikh tenets and blessing the people with Naam: Religion of Naam and of the Guruís.

Giani Gian Singh ji has narrated this fact in Panth Prakash in the following words:

The Spiritual message that Balak Singh delivered was of immense benefited men and women.
It helped them swim across the Vast Sea of Existence.
And the Creator Himself had revealed His Word and charged him
to spread It for the purification human life.

(Panth Parkash-1st Edition)

The people held him high esteem and felt salvation in his words. Sri Ram Sahi Ji, Baba Sangta Ji, Dhani Ram Ji were some of his devotees, who reached spiritual heights and became saints of high caliber. Thus a large number of Sikhs became his disciples and devotees. The spiritual following his Gursikhi Maryada and Sikh tenets, they were able to swim across the vast sea of existence. Naam blessed by him was the destroyer of evil and led a life of renunciation; he was an awakened soul and always recited Gurbani in his congregation. Satrguru Balak Singh Ji preached his disciples to always follow the path of righteousness, truthfulness, honesty and selfless service to the weaker section of the society. He made it obligatory for all his followers to get blessed with Naam from the Guru, mediate upon it and recite Gurbani daily. He left for his heavenly abode on 6th of December in 1862.

Avtar Or Parkash Diwas

Pagan Sudi 15, 1841 Bikrami

Date of Birth

March, 1784

Place of Birth

Village Sarwala

Gurgaddi Diwas

1812 / Vaisak Sudi 10, 1868 Bikrami Village Hazron

Joti Jot Diwas

6th Dec. 1862 / Maghar Sudi 1919 Bikrami Hazron

Father

Baba Dayal Singh Jee

Mother

Mata Bhagbhari Jee

Wife/Wives

Mata Totti Jee

Children

None