initiate of Hazur MaharajÂ
Param SantÂ KirpalÂ Singhji (1894 - 1974)
Kirpal SinghÂ (6 February 1894 â€“ 21 August 1974) was a spiritual Master (“Satguru“).
He was born in India, in a simple rural house, in the western part ofÂ PunjabÂ which now belongs to Pakistan. He earned his living as a government officer until his retirement and then he moved to Delhi where he founded his spiritual School “Ruhani Satsang” with its headquarters at “Sawan Ashram”.
He was the President of the â€œWorld Fellowship of Religionsâ€, an organization recognized byÂ UNESCOÂ which had representatives from all the main religions of the world. He wrote numerous books, many of which have been translated into numerous languages.
His basic teachings consist in establishing contact with God into expression Power, called Word in theÂ Bible, Naam, Shabd, Om, Kalma etc. in the other scriptures. The discipline of universal character taught by him is at the base of the spiritual experience which gave origin to all the main religions that have resisted the trials of time. It has been defined the Path of the Masters (Sant Mat), Meditation on the Divine Word or Yoga of the Sound Current (Surat Shabd Yoga).
From youth he undertook a spiritual seeking which lead him to variousÂ sufis,Â yogisÂ andÂ mystics, but he never accepted any of them as a Master, continuing to pray to God to obtain a divine inner manifestation. In 1917 his prayers were answered: in fact, he began to see during his meditations the radiant form of a figure of noble aspect who he supposed wasÂ Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion. In 1924 he metÂ Hazur Sawan Singh, the famous Saint of Beas, in his Ashram on the banks of the Beas River, and in him he recognized the Luminous Form that he had seen during the seven previous years. He was initiated into the spiritual discipline by Hazur, and from then on he dedicated the rest of his life to reaching the summits of Spirituality.
Already at the beginning of the 1930s Hazur Baba Sawan Singh would cite his name to those who asked if he had a disciple who had made great progress. In the same years, on inspiration from his Master, he began writing the “Gurmat Siddhant” (â€œThe Philosophy of the Mastersâ€), a monumental spiritual work in two volumes in the Punjabi and Urdu languages. It was published, upon request by Kirpal Singh, under the name of Hazur Sawan Singh, starting from 1935, and then edited in English in the 1960s in five volumes.
In the morning of 12 October 1947 Hazur Sawan Singh called his favorite disciple Kirpal Singh and entrusted him with the work of continuing his spiritual mission after him. The next month Hazur approved the project of the spiritual School presented to him by Kirpal, the â€œRuhani Satsangâ€ (School of Spirituality or Science of the Soul). At the end of a brief illness, on 2 April 1948 Hazur Sawan Singh left his mortal body.
After the passing of his Master, Kirpal went toÂ RishikeshÂ at the foot of theÂ Himalayan Mountains, where he spent the next five months in an almost continual state ofÂ samadhi, or absorption in God.
At the end of this period of intense meditation Kirpal Singh received an inner command from his Master: “Return to the world and bring my children back to me”. He moved toÂ Delhi, where people from Punjab were looking for refuge because of the division from Pakistan: there he began his spiritual and humanitarian mission, which would have made him one of the greatest Masters of all time.
In Delhi he founded his new School of spiritual research and realization called Ruhani Satsang (School of Spirituality or Science of the Soul), destined to have branches in many nations of the world and in 1951 he built the “Sawan Ashram” on the outskirts of the city, in the neighborhood of Shakti Nagar, where his spiritual talks (satsangs) were soon followed by thousands of people. In India he began to have visits from western disciples: the first was Rusel Jacque and his account of his sojourn of six months spent at the Ashram in 1959 (Gurudev: the Lord of Compassion) encouraged also others. At the beginning of the sixties the disciples that stayed at the ashram were forty to fifty people on an average, staying from three weeks to six months