Singh Sahib Giani Sant Singh Ji
Singh Sahib Giani Sant Singh Ji
Baba Ji was the Fifth mukhi of damdami Taksal . Baba Ji studied from Baba Mani Singh Ji.
After Bhai Gurdas Singh Ji left the world for Sach Khand, their younger brother Giani Bhai Sant Singh Ji was honored with the leadership of Damdami Taksal
Singh Sahib Giani Sant Singh Ji was the youngest son of Sant Giani Soorat Singh Ji. Giani Ji was taught Gurbmat Vidiya by his father and elder brother, Both are previous Jathedars (Leader) of Damdami Taksal. Baba Gurdas Singh Ji selected their younger brother Giani Sant Singh Ji as a new leader of Damdami Taksal. After that Baba Gurdas Singh Ji left the world for Sachkhand.
Singh Sahib Giani Sant Singh Ji had the honor of teaching the famous Sikh poets Kavi Bhai Santokh Singh Ji and Kavi Bhai Megh Singh ji. Giani ji was a great scholar, a true worshiper of Akal Purkh, and an enlightened Gursikh. They had great knowledge of the Sanskrit and Brij languages. Singh Sahib Ji would perform katha with great splendour and spirit. From 1790 AD Giani ji performed Katha of the daily Hukamnama at Sri Harmandir Sahib.
One day, Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh Ji (Ruler of Sikh Empire) after hearing the daily Katha of Singh Sahib Ji thought of testing him, the Maharaja knew that Singh Sahib Ji performed Katha daily and never missed this Seva. He sent two messengers requesting the company of Singh Sahib Ji to meet the Maharaja. Singh Sahib Ji respectfully sat the two down and served them food. After a while, Maharaja Ranjit Singh sent another two messengers, as Singh Sahib Ji still hadn’t arrived. Singh Sahib Ji treated the second two just as they did the first two. It had come the time to perform Katha at Sri Harmandir Sahib, Singh Sahib Ji took these four messengers with them to Sri Harimandir Sahib. With Singh Sahib Ji still not arriving at Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s palace, the Maharaja decided to go to Darbar Sahib himself. He was impressed with the discipline of Singh Sahib Ji that they didn’t miss performing the daily Katha just to see him.
Singh Sahib Giani Sant Singh Ji as well as being the Jathedar of Damdami Taksal was also the Head Granthi of Sri Harmandir Sahib (Priest of Golden Temple). They would always make themselves available to talk with and discuss issues with any Gursikh who would come and see them. They would also take part in the seva of cleansing the Parkarma (outer path), picking up the droppings of birds with their own hands. They would also pick up any hair and burn them as per the Rehat Maryada (Code of Conduct) of a Gursikh. Singh Sahib Ji would do Seva of Sri Guru Ram Das Sahib Ji’s Darbar (Court) with much passion. They had such great discipline that even when one of their grandsons passed away they still didn’t miss any of their daily Seva.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh once fell in battle and was injured. It was Singh Sahib Ji who picked him up on their back and brought him back to the fort. For the rest of his life, Maharaja Ranjit Singh didn’t forget this great deed. Singh Sahib Ji was the teacher of Shazade Kanwar Naunihal Singh. They also oversaw the Seva of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, when Sri Harmandir Sahib was covered in gold, they ensured that this was completed with the greatest respect for Guru Sahib Ji.
Singh Sahib Ji persuaded Bhai Desa Singh to complete the seva of covering the two Nishan Sahibs at Gurdwara Baba Atal Rai Sahib in gold. Singh Sahib Ji had great discipline and was complete in Seva and Simran (meditation). In the words of Kavi Megh Singh, Singh Sahib Ji was a great scholar and a strong athletic person. They left the world for Sach Khand in the year 1832 AD.
They left three sons:
- Bhai Deva Singh Ji
- Singh Sahib Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji
- Bhai Jodh Singh Ji
Bhai Sahib Bhai Gurmukh Singh became the head granthi at Darbar Sahib after them.