A great devotee of Sikhism, Baba Nand Singh Ji was born
in 1870 A.D. at Sherpur Village, Jagraon, in Ludhiana District
of Punjab. His father was Sardar Jai Singh while his mother
was Sardarni Sada Kaur. Right from childhood days, he had
an urge for devotion to God. His nature was that of a hermit,
a "Yogi" but he had an extra glow on his face.
Upon seeing the glow on his face, one could feel that he
was a great soul sent by God into this world to deliver
the message of Ultimate Truth. At the age of five, he often
used to wake up in the middle of the night and go out for
meditation. Once his parents on not seeing him in his bed
got worried and started looking for him. They were surprised
to see him sitting on the edge of the well with his eyes
closed and in deep meditation. He was perched precariously
and any slight movement due to his sleepiness/drowsiness
would have resulted in his falling into the well. Upon seeing
the glow on his face and the manner in which he was in deep
meditation, the apprehension of the parents disappeared.
The whole episode led them to believe that their child was
a great soul who would one day become a great saint and
who will show the way to Ultimate Truth to the world.
Baba Nand Singh Ji, in his youth, adopted the profession
of his fore fathers, but in reality he was deeply devoted
Baba Ji left his house and started
to do "sewa" at Gurdwara Sahib in Ferozpur. There
he met Sant Baba Harnam Singh Ji, Bhuchon Wale. Sant Ji
observed that the young Baba Nand Singh had the characteristics
that must have been acquired by long and deep meditation
and devotion. He also seemed to possess the spirit of sacrifice
and always ready to serve. This made Sant Harnam Singh Ji
show the young Sant Baba Nand Singh the way to complete devotion
and the correct path to divine knowledge leading to the
ultimate Union with God. Sant Ji also made him realise that
only that part of the life which was spent in the devotion
and service to God was considered successful. He further
stressed that one should do good deeds for the welfare of
humanity and that the youth age once passed never returns
in life while old age never leaves. Therefore youth should
not be wasted but one should make the maximum use of it
to do service to God and mankind.
The above advice and instructions changed the life of Baba
Nand Singh Ji and made him to go to the forest for further
meditation. He commenced his meditation without considering
the local weather conditions. Furthermore he did not go
anywhere for his food. He believed that He, "Waheguru"
on whom he was devoting and meditating, shall definitely
take care of all his needs. With this strong belief in mind,
he sat in deep meditation. Somehow the food came from one
source or other at the required times.
After a period of meditation, he returned from the forest
and camped just outside the village and continued with his
meditation irrespective of the local climatic conditions.
The villagers upon observing this built a temporary house
for him. After sometime the people from Kalera Village came
and requested him to visit their village. He accepted their
invitation and set out for Kalera. On the way he stopped
at a well which was between Kaunke Village and Kalera and
decided to camp there. The villagers over there made a small
hut for Baba Ji and Baba Ji started his meditation.
Baba Nand Singh Ji later established his "Dera"
(centre) near Kalera in Punjab. He led a simple life and
continued with the same principles of deep meditation. The
food for the "Dera" would come from different
devotees though no cooking was done at the "Dera"
itself. This practice is still continued by the "Dera"
now popularly known as Nanaksar. The food, "langar",
is not prepared at Nanaksar but it is
sent by the nearby villages and no matter how big the congregation,
never ever has has there been a shortage. No monetary offerings
are ever made in front of the Guru Granth Sahib at Nanaksar,
as the usual practice is at other Gurdwaras, but never a
shortage of funds has occurred there.
Baba Ji did not use
any money on himself. He always served the community
with true love and affection. It is said that once Maharaja
Bhupender Singh of Patiala came to offer one lakh rupees
for the Gurdwara fund but Baba Ji politely refused the offer.
This was the first time someone had ever declined the offer
of accepting money for a religious place from a Maharaja
and of course the Maharaja felt bad and told Baba Ji, "You
will not find a donor like Bhupender Singh". To this
Baba Ji replied, "You will not find another person
who is prepared to sacrifice everything and yet be fully
committed like Nand Singh". This made the Maharaja
humble and respectful and he bowed his head before Baba
Ji. Baba Ji left for his heavenly abode in 1943 (13 Bhadron
Sanmat 2000) at the age of 73.
- Be a True Sikh.
- Do charity, speak the truth and embrace humility.
- Emphasized on Naam Simran (Meditation).
- Have faith on Akalpurkh alone.
- Choose a charitable cause and pursue it with selfless devotion.
- Have Love for all and every one.
- Have faith and respect for Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji as the Living Sikh Guru.
- Praise only Guru Nanak Dev Ji; criticise and condemn only oneself.
- Pray before Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj only for all blessings and effacing of sufferings.