SNM President Rev. JRD Satyarthi Ji Passes Away

SNM President Rev. JRD Satyarthi Ji Passes Away

Rev JRD Satyarthi, President, SNM

Rev. JRD Satyarthi Ji, popularly known as Shastri Ji passed into eternal abode at 5.55pm today (29.01.2018) in Delhi. The end came in Hospital where he was admiited 8 days ago. He was 86. The Cremation will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The last journay of the body will start from Sant Nirankari Colony at 10.30am and the creamation will take place at 11.00am at Nigam Bodh Ghat CNG Crematorium.

A special congregation to pay tributes to Rev. Satyarthi ji and take inspiration from his life will be held in the Holy presence of Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji Maharaj from 3.00pm to 5.00pm the same day.

Rev. Jai Ram Dass Satyarthi also addressed as Shastri ji was born in village Jodhan in District Jhang, now in Pakistan, in 1928 even though his date of birth in the Matriculation Certificate is recorded as May 4, 1932. His father Baghmal Ahuja and his mother Jeevan Devi belonged to a lower middle class. Jeevan Devi died when Jai Ram Dass was only 5 years old.

Child Jai Ram Dass received his primary education in the nearby village Chak No. 25 and then shifted to Kashi Ram Arya High School in Sargodha. Here the life was really tough for Jai Ram Dass. He washed the utensils in the house of a teacher who gave him food and shelter in lieu thereof. He continued to stay with the family of the teacher till his father also came to Sargodha and started a small shop there.

During the partition of the country in 1947, the family shifted to Delhi and settled in Kalka Ji. Jai Ram Dass, however, joined the Arya High School in Panipat, from where he did his Matriculation from Punjab University in 1949. Later, he passed the Prabhakar Examination from the same university in 1953. The degree of Prabhakar is equivalent to BA (Hons) in Hindi.

With his own not a very strong economic condition, Jai Ram Dass was always keen to participate in social work. While in Sargodha he became a member of the Arya Kumar Sabha as also the Arya Veer Dal. Pandit Khushi Ram Ji of the Arya Kumar Sabha inspired Jai Ram Dass towards public speaking. He trained him so much that he won the first prize in a debate held in DAV College, Lahore in 1946. The prize came in the form of the famous book on Arya Samaj – ‘Satyarth Prakash’. This turned Jai Ram Dass ‘Ahuja’ into Jai Ram Dass ‘Satyarthi’.

In Arya Veer Dal Jai Ram Dass used to attend Shakha for physical exercises and other lessons in discipline. Naturally, this added another dimension to his young brilliant personality.

Immediately after completing his Matriculation, Rev. Jai Ram Dass Satyarthi joined New Delhi Municipal Corporation as Shift Incharge, Electric Sub-Station. Simultaneously, he took keen interest in social work in Kalka Ji, along with other youth of the colony. In 1953, he was married to Ram Dulari who had been a student of Rev. Satyarthi Ji at one time. She was also Prabhakar in Hindi. She came from a comparatively non-affluent family and Rev. Jai Ram Dass preferred her as against a girl from a very rich family.

Rev. JRD Satyarthi was very fond of reading religious books. He studied Upnisads, Shastras and other religious books, specially related to the Arya Samaj philosophy. Even though he did not study Sanskrit as a part of his formal education, he loved to render various Mantras during religious ceremonies in their original Sanskrit version. All this knowledge paid him a lot when he joined the Sant Nirankari Mission later.

Rev. JRD Styarthi’s elder brother Rev Sohan Lal Ji was the Mission’s Mukhi in Kalkaji. He was, therefore, quite familiar with Nirankari saints and their congregations. In fact, he assisted Rev Sohan Lal Ji in organizing congregations, specially at their residence. His deep love for Arya Samaj, however, made him reluctant to receive Brahm Gyan, which he ultimately did in 1957 through Rev. B.S. Kamla Ji of Mehrauli. Initially, he had many doubts about Brahm Gyan and debated it with various saints including Prof J.S. Puri and Rev. Nirmal Joshi Ji. At one stage he approached Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji and sought clarifications. Baba Ji removed all his doubts and hence he increased his interest in the Mission, so much so that he would not only address the congregations but conduct them also.

Incidentally, in one of the congregations where Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji was present, the Stage Secretary addressed him as JRD Shastri instead of JRD Satyarthi. Baba Ji liked this mistake and said it would be easier to call By the time Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji became the Head of the Mission, Rev. Satyarthi Ji had already dedicated himself to the Mission whole-heartedly. He shifted to the Sant Nirankari Colony in January, 1965. This brought him close to Guru Parivar and he started helping Holy Sister Niranjan Ji in her studies. At that time, she was a student of 7th class and Rev. Satyarthi Ji continued to help her till B.A. (II year). He also helped Holy Sisters Manmohan, Jagjit and Swaran in their studies, particularly in Hindi. In fact, Rev. Satyarthi Ji was assisting Rev. Mata Soma Ji as the second guardian to Holy Sisters. He also looked after the requirements of (Baba) Hardev Singh Ji while he was in school.

Rev. Satyarthi Ji accompanied Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji on his spiritual tours regularly since 1965 on his spiritual tours, arranged meetings with individual saints, social writers, VIPs and the Media and conducted congregations. He would take leave from his office so frequently that the authorities got thoroughly disgusted with his performance. From 1973 he remained absent for almost five years. So, he was dismissed from service in 1979.

In 1965, Rev. Satyarthi Ji was on his first tour with Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji in Dhulia (Maharashtra). A large number of seekers of truth expressed their desire to receive Brahm Gyan from Baba Ji. Baba Ji obliged a number of them and then asked Satyarthi Ji to award Brahm Gyan to the remaining. This made Satyarthi Ji a Gyan Pracharak with authority to reveal Brahm Gyan on behalf of Satguru.

The hectic and wide-spread spiritual tours with Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and later on with Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, took Rev. Satyarthi Ji not only to the various parts of the country but abroad also. He toured UK and some other countries of Europe independently also. During Samagams in Delhi and elsewhere Rev. Satyarthi Ji conducted the proceedings single-handed. No wonder, he emerged as the most informed preacher of the Mission. He could clarify any point related to the philosophy of the Mission particularly because he had the advantage of close proximity to His Holiness.

With the blessings of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, Rev. Satyarthi Ji became one of the founder Members of the All India Working Committee when it was constituted in 1979. He also took over as PS to His Holiness formally the same year. He served in this capacity not only Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji but continued to perform this responsibility with Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj also.

Rev. JRD Satyarthi was nominated as a Member of the Executive Committee by Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj in 1997 and given the charge of Prachar Vibhag along with Preachers’ Training, in addition to his responsibilities as PS to His Holiness, of course. In 1999, he relinquished the charge of Prachar Vibhag but retained Preachers’ Training and his responsibilities as PS to His Holiness. In addition, he was made Member Incharge Publications and Computer & Internet Departments. In 2002, Rev. Satyarthi Ji took over Prachar Vibhag along with Preachers’ Training and PS to His Holiness. In 2006, he became President of the Sant Nirankari Mandal along with PS to His Holiness. In 2007, he was given the charge of Prachar Vibhag again which he relinquished in 2008. He continues as President of the Sant Nirankari Mandal and PS to His Holiness till date.

Rev. Satyarthi Ji has made a solid contribution to the Mission’s literature and magazines. He was the editor of ‘Sant Nirankari’ Hindi for a number of years since early 60’s. His first gift to the Publications Department was his small book ‘Andhkar Se Prakash Ki Oar’ in Hindi. It tells his own story in three parts – before Brahm Gyan; understanding Brahm Gyan; and the change after Brahm Gyan. It was first published in 1976 and the Publications Department has reprinted it about 50 times by now. In 1977 he compiled and edited a book of educative short stories, which was published under the title – ‘Maine Padha, Aap Bhi Padhen’.

In October, 1982 Rev. Satyarthi Ji gave the Mission a very important book titled ‘Gurudev-Hardev Part – I’ in Hindi. It is based on the spiritual tours and meetings with devotees and other people from various shades of life, by His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj. It covered the period from April 1980 to August 15, 1982. ‘Gurudev-Hardev Part – II’ covering the period from August 1982 to January 1984 was, however, brought out in October 2000. The book is in great demand and is being translated and published in several other languages.

In November, 1999, Rev. Satyarthi Ji authored two titles – ‘Kulwant’ and ‘Puranattav Ki Oar’, both in Hindi. ‘Kulwant’ is the only book in the Mission’s literature so far dealing with Nirankari Rajmata Ji’s life and discourses. ‘Puranattav Ki Oar’ is an easy presentation of ‘Ishavasya Upanisad’ with special reference to the Mission’s ideology.

Another popular addition to the Mission’s literature by Rev. JRD Satyarthi is ‘Shahenshah’ authored by him in November, 2000. It deals with Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji’s life and teachings with special reference to Sampuran Avtar Bani. The book is loved for its authenticity as also the beauty of language. Similarly, Rev. Satyarthi Ji gave the Mission a book on the life and teachings of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji under the title of ‘Jeevant Shikshak’ which was published by the Publications Department in January 2002.

In November 2002, Rev. Satyarthi Ji authored ‘Avtar Bani Shabdarth’. It contains Hindi meanings of key words in Sampuran Avtar Bani Punjabi. It is proving a great help to the Mission’s preachers and translators.

From April, 2000, Rev. JRD Satyarthi visited UK and some other countries of Europe and addressed a large number of congregations. Rev. H.S. Upasak of UK who was with him all the time felt so much impressed by his views that he wrote a book on their basis in Punjabi. Titled ‘Sach De Raah Te’, it was published by the Publications Department in November, 2000. More recently he wrote MAA TUJHE SALAM as a tribute to Raj Mata Ji.

With Rev. Satyarthi Ji, the family was always a second consideration; he gave the Mission and the Satguru his first preference.

Rev. Satyarthi Ji is thus an ideal Gursikh completely dedicated to the Mission in general and Satguru in particular. He acknowledges that whatever he is, it is because of the Satguru’s benevolence and grace. Even his destiny he owes to Satguru. We all remember the attack by extremists on Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji’s caravan of vehicles near Durg in the Chattisgarh Region in March, 1980. Rev. Satyarthi Ji who was also a member of the entourage was sent back to Delhi from Hyderabad. And during the attack Behn Neelam who was shot dead by extremists was occupying the same seat that was usually occupied by Rev. Satyarthi Ji.

Similarly, Rev. Satyarthi Ji was very much present in Amritsar on April 13, 1978 and conducting the stage as usual when the extremists attacked the Samagam venue, followed by police firing in which 19 precious lives were lost. The Police detained about 60 leading saints of the Mission, but spared Rev. Satyarthi Ji because he was appealing to the devotees from the stage to disperse peacefully.

It was a pleasure for anyone to talk to Rev. JRD Satyarthi. He has love and compassion for everyone. Spirituality has always overwhelmed his thought, speech and action.

 

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