History | Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji (1930-1980)
Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji was one of those great masters who lived and died for the noble cause of human unity through spiritual awakening. Throughout, he endeavored to transform the demoniac face of human society and inculcate the spirit of peaceful co-existence, love and harmony. He was pained to find people quarrelling and suffering because of hatred generated by ignorance, blind faith and superstition.
Fortunately, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji did not have to go out to learn the real purpose of human life, the reason for man's suffering and answer to his problems. His father, Baba Avtar Singh Ji and the founder of the Sant Nirankari Mission, Baba Buta Singh Ji blessed him with spiritual awakening and provided ample opportunity to him to imbibe and practice the noble traits of selfless service, surrender to the divine will and truthful living, free from any kind of hatred or jealousy. This turned his life into a practical version of spirituality, a living example of divine truth, so much so that Baba Avtar Singh Ji chose to see the Satguru manifesting himself in him and preferred to live as an ordinary follower of the Mission for the rest of his life.
Baba Gurbachan Singh was born on December 10, 1930 in Peshawar (now in Pakistan). He received boundless love and affection from his parents, Baba Avtar Singh Ji and Jagat Mata Budhwanti Ji as also from the then True Master Baba Buta Singh Ji, residing with the family at that time. Right from his infancy, the child Gurbachan manifested rare and remarkable qualities. These qualities comprised sensitiveness to human sorrow and suffering, sympathy for the afflicted, avoidance of disputes, discord and malice as also appreciation of fine traits in others.
Gurbachan was a shining student. After doing his Middle from Peshawar, he matriculated from the Khalsa School, Rawalpindi. He, however, could not pursue his studies further, because of the turmoil leading to Partition of India. He, however, acquired rich and rare experience of practical life by his wisdom and intelligence.
During the turbulent days preceding the Partition, every parent wished to be relieved of his pressing responsibilities as quickly as possible. Accordingly, Bhai Manna Singh solemnized the marriage of his daughter, Kulwant Kaur Ji, with Gurbachan Singh Ji on April 22, 1947, at a simple ceremony. Kulwant Kaur Ji who subsequently became popular as Nirankari Rajmata, marched shoulder to shoulder with her husband. Surely, the couple had been united by the Almighty for the well being of humanity.
During Partition, people were migrating to India. For the migrants of the Rawalpindi area, a camp was set up at Wah, near border. The Camp Officer entrusted to young Gurbachan the job of looking after the inmates of the Camp. The step had a deeper significance. It was actually a test of Gurbachan's spirit of selfless service, self-sacrifice and sense of justice which was displayed by him admirably. One day when it was announced on behalf of the Government that those desirous of migrating to India, could do so by aeroplanes, then available, all the devotees left for India, leaving their belongings to the care of Gurbachan Singh Ji. A few days later, he loaded all the belongings of the devotees in a goods train and reached India.
Following the migration, while Baba Avtar Singh Ji resumed the Mission's activities in Delhi, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji started business in auto-parts, first in Jalandhar in Punjab and later in Delhi. Simultaneously, he took keen interest in congregations. He would drive Baba Avtar Singh Ji to the places of congregations both in the morning and in the evening. Besides being at the service of the Satguru, he attended to devotees also.