Sindhi Religious Faiths : Sant Nirankari Mission : Baba Hardev Singh
Nirankar blessed third successive generation of Baba Avtar Singh for being the spiritual leader and path guider for the common men as on the day of 23rd February 1954 at Delhi, Rajmata Kulwant Kaur, wife of third Nirankari Guru Baba Gurbachan Singh ji, have given birth to male child, who was named as "Hardev" and went to become the spiritual master for millions and millions. Early childhood of the kid was cared by grand parents Nirankari Baba Avtar Singh & Jagatmata Budhwanti Ji, both of them not only showered their worldly but also spiritual knowledge & powers upon the young Hardev, hence the growing kid at very early age learned about serving the humanity and guiding the masses on the roads of being unanimous with Nirankar - the unborn un shaped God. Probably this is the reason for which Baba Hardev singh Ji become more popular and lovable than any other Nirankari Satgurus.
After being taken the elementary education Hardev was send to Rosary Public School at Nirankari Colony Delhi and in 1963 to Yadvendra Public School - a residential school at Patiala. During the days of schooling beside being the scholar student Hardev developed an interest for photography, mountaineering, horse riding & skill -full vehicle driving and passed High school examination in 1969.
While taking college education at Delhi University Hardev have shown a keen interest in Sangat & Seva and in 1971 joined the "Nirankari seva Dal" as primary member by this time his humility has made him famous as "Bhola Ji" [innocent person]. This was 1975 which shaped him as friend, philosopher and guided for the masses as he organized "Youth Fourm" focusing on promoting truthful & simple living, service with devotion & love.
In the same year during the Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam at Delhi he got married with Sawinder Ji [Born on 12-01-1957] daughter of Smt. Madan Ji and Shri Gurumukh Singh Ji [native of farrukhabad U. P.] in a very simple ceremony. After the tragic death of Sat guru Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji on April 24, 1980, Bhola ji started looking after the Nirankari sangat and asked devotees to show tolerance in accepting verdict of destiny with peace and calm of mind.
Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj ruled out even the remotest thought of vengeance saying that 'it would go contrary to what Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji lived and sacrificed his life for'. He exhorted devotees to carry on his message of compassion, goodwill, love and Truth and pray for the welfare of one and all. The result was quite instantaneous and healthy. Nirankaris remained non- violent even in the face of serious provocations from miss-guided fanatics and extremists.
Baba Hardev Ji took the expansion of peace, love, universal brotherhood and Nirankari ideology as personal commitment hence an extensive tour was planed for various Indian cities and abroad as in views of Baba ji this will also work as the medicine for the Nirankari wounds caused due to tragic death of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji.
Today after 28 years, the foundation stone laid down by Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji is most beautiful humanity serving building in the form of Sant Nirankari Mission and this is all the way humble nature and co operative attitude of Baba Hardev Ji, working as the instrumental for this grand success. As per the will of Baba Hardev Singh Ji various centers of Nirankari Mission in all parts of globe are organizing "Blood Donation Camps" on "Manav Ekta Divas". Decentralization is yet another success of Baba Hardev Singh Ji, today Nirankari mission have 24 sectors in Delhi and country is divided into 36 zones, this has increased participation of devotees in the activities of the mission. Considering the high pollution of Delhi Baba Hardev Singh Ji decided to build "Santokh Sarovar Complex" with 5-acre reservoir of neat and clean water and another 20 acres of lush green lawns with rows of beautiful flower plants.
Among the religious Panth of Sindhis most probably Sant Nirankari Mission is leading from front in aspect of internet presence and having a web site from where devotees can have the information about the future but also can look into past with archive section, besides that various Nirankari literature is also available for online reading.
In a road accident in Canada Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj left the physical world on May 13, 2016. This appears will of Nirankar that "Main Tera" [May 13 in Hindi ] should get attached with the remembrance of Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj.