Spiritual Guide | Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji
Her Holiness Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji, spiritually succeeded Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj as Head of the Sant Nirankari Mission following his sudden merger into the Almighty Nirankar in a car crash in Canada on May 13, 2016. No doubt Satguru manifested in Her Holiness right from that moment, Sadh Sangat could see her identified with the same at a brief ceremony in Ground No. 8 in Delhi on May 17, at about 11.00 pm. Rev H.S. Upashak Ji, General Secretary of the Mission in UK made the announcement, the President of the Sant Nirankari Mandal Rev. JRD ‘Satyarthi’ Ji presented the White Scarf (Dupatta), the symbol of Satguru’s spiritual powers, and Holy Sister Niranjan Ji welcomed her with a garland of flowers. Thousands of devotees who had assembled for Baba Ji’s Antim Darshan hailed Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji with loud acclamation (Jai Ghosh).
Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji was born on January 12, 1957 in the family of Shri Manmohan Singh Ji and Mata Amrit Kaur Ji residing at Rohtak Road in Delhi. Later, the family shifted to Yamuna Nagar. The child Savinder was, however, adopted and brought up by Shri Gurmukh Singh Ji and Madan Mata Ji belonging to Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh. They had no child of their own. The two families were related to each other as Shri Manmohan Singh Ji was the son of Madan Mata Ji’s brother Shri Manohar Singh Ji. Since both the families were closely associated with the Sant Nirankari Mission, they sought the blessings of the then Head of the Mission, Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji, which made this emotional arrangement a divine destiny for the child Savinder.
Savinder Ji’s primary education took place in Farrukhabad. Thereafter, in 1966 she was sent to an Irish institution, the Convent of Jesus and Mary in Waverly, Mussoorie from where she passed the Indian School Certificate Examination (Senior Cambridge, equivalent to Senior Secondary), in 1973.
At school, Savinder Ji was a brilliant student. She scored more than 90 per cent marks in every examination. At senior secondary level, besides English Language and Literature, the subjects she studied included History, Geography, Hindi and Human and Social Biology. Her school teachers - Ms. P. Dias and Mrs. Beena Bhardwaj recall the days of her childhood and say that she was a very intelligent and hard working student and won the hearts of all the nuns and teachers because of her polite and respectful behaviour.
For higher education, Savinder Ji joined the Daulat Ram College in Delhi. She was, however, married to Baba Hardev Singh Ji at a simple ceremony, on the eve of the 28th Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam in Delhi on November 14, 1975. In this way, she became a part of the holy family of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and Nirankari Rajmata Kulwant Kaur Ji as their gracious daughter-in-law. They took the young couple with them on their month long world salvation tour in December, 1975, which covered UK, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium and Austria. Again in 1976, Savinder Ji and Baba Hardev Singh Ji accompanied Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and Rajmata Ji on a two month world salvation tour that took them to Kuwait, Iraq, Thailand, Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Austria and UK. These two tours were a great source of learning how to serve the True Master who was also her father-in-law and Rajmata Ji became her role model for this. She also learnt how to look after the VIPs and saints coming to seek blessings from Satguru.
When Baba Hardev Singh Ji took over the responsibility as the Spiritual Head of the Sant Nirankari Mission in 1980, Savinder Ji started being addressed by Nirankari world as Pujya Mata Savinder Ji. She shared the dais with Baba Ji and Rajmata Ji and blessed the devotees who paid their obeisance at her holy feet as well. She moved shoulder to shoulder with Baba Ji during all his salvation tours in India and abroad and participated in every congregation and Samagam addressed by him. She took full care of Baba Ji’s personal needs. Whenever some people came to Baba Ji for blessings, she would be there to shower the motherly affection. She looked after the visitors as any devoted housewife would do in the case of close relations and important guests.
Her Holiness Mata Savinder Ji always regarded Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj as Satguru first. All other relations would come later. They had three daughters Samta Ji, Renuka Ji and Sudiksha Ji, but her love and care for them never came in the way to serve the Mission along with Baba Ji. Besides every nook and corner of the country, Baba Ji’s salvation tours took her around the world also. In India she travelled through difficult terrains and dined and stayed at small houses of devotees in remote areas.
Besides those mentioned earlier, the other countries Mata Ji visited along with Baba Ji, and many of them repeatedly, include: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Bahrain, Oman, Holland, Portugal, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Doha Qatar, China, Indonesia, Ireland and Greece, While travelling abroad, Her Holiness not only shared the sacred dais with Baba Ji but also the Honours and Awards he received from different organizations and institutions. At times she was honoured separately also. For example, she was greeted as Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation, North America and the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace.
Her Holiness Mata Savinder Hardev Ji has always been kind to Sewadars. She bestowed her motherly love and care not only on Sewadars but their families also. She blessed the brides and bridegrooms at mass-marriages so that they find all that’s needed to make their married life happy, prosperous and blissful.
Her Holiness has always encouraged the devotees towards service of humanity by participating in the same herself. Often she donated her blood at the Blood Donation Camp in Delhi on April 24 organized on Manav Ekta Divas to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and hundreds of devotees who laid down their lives while crusading for truth, love, tolerance and unity.
On June 5, 2009, the International Environment Day, Mata Ji led a special cleanliness drive in Mussoorie where Safai Karamcharis (scavengers) of the Municipal Corporation had gone on strike. In December the same year, she visited the Tihar Jail in Delhi and distributed gifts among women and children. She showed such gestures towards them later on also on several occasions. On October 26, 2014, Mata Ji joined the Run for Oneness from National Stadium to Connaught Place in Delhi which served as a great source of inspiration for thousands of men and women participating in the event.
Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji has always remained an important source of inspiration for the younger generation. She has her own pleasant way to attract them towards the Mission and persuade them to take part in various activities, rising above all kinds of worldly considerations normally baffling the modern youth.
In this way, today when Her Holiness Mata Savinder Hardev Ji leads the Sant Nirankari Mission as its Spiritual Head, she has the advantage of understanding its needs thoroughly. She pledged on the very first day to take it to the heights where Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj wanted to take it. She knows every Pracharak and Prabandhak in India and abroad personally. She has already asked them to strengthen their mutual love and cooperation and help her in this pious endeavour. Just like Baba Hardev Singh Ji treated the assassination of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji in 1980 as the will of God, she has also treated the tragic separation of Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj in physical form as a divine destiny and exhorted every devotee to keep on marching with the same enthusiasm and steadfastness and take this light of spiritual knowledge to every nook and corner of the world and remove the darkness of ignorance