A GREAT MASTER
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 and Jagat Mata Budhwanti as also from the True Master, Baba Buta Singh, then residing with the family. 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 all disputes and discords and malice as also appreciation of fine traits in others. All this could well be corroborated by numerous instances of his childhood. On return from school, when he received from his usual pocket money, he would persuade him to oblige his companions as well. Thus, his mind was free from the sense of duality and discrimination. While messing together, his friends would quickly grab all dainty dishes, leaving this simple child rather hungry at times. On inquiry by the mother, he would, however, never complain but simply smile. His generous disposition would not permit him to malign anyone. Unlike the common run of boys, he would never make any demand. On the contrary, he enjoyed sharing things with others. CHILDHOOD Gurbachan was a shining student. After doing his Middle from Peshawar, he ‘matriculated’ from the Khalsa School, Rawalpindi, He could not pursue his studies further, because of the turmoil following the Partition of India. He, However, acquired rich and rare experience of practical life by his wisdom and intelligence. Like savants and great men, he would think more and speak less. PARTITION During the turbulent days preceding the Partition, everybody wished to be relieved of his pressing parental responsibilities speedily. Accordingly, on April 22, 1947, Bhai Manna Singh solemnized the marriage of his daughter, Kulwant Kaur, with Gurbachan Singh at a simple ceremony. Kulwant kaur who subsequently became popular as Nirankari Rajmata, marched shoulder to shoulder with her husband. she proved to be an ideal wife and lifemate. Surely, the couple had been united by the Almighty for the well being of humanity.
During the ongoing massacre following the Partition, the Hindus and Muslims forgot their centuries-old co-existence and amity. Leaving their hearths and homes, they migrated to India or Pakistan. Forced by the circumstances even the Nirankari devotees, who believed in universal brotherhood, had to migrate to India. The two Governments had made arrangements for transporting people from one country to the other. Those rescued from villages and towns, were given shelter in various refugee camps, under military protection. For the migrants of the Rawalpindi area, a camp was set up at Wah. Baba Avtar Singh sent his own family and those of the Nirankari devotees to the aforesaid Camp and himself stayed back for a few days more in Rawalpindi. The adverse circumstances, however, soon forced him to migrate to Delhi by a plane. In the Wah camp Baba Gurbachan Singh himself assumed responsibility of looking after the refugee devotees. Baba Buta Singh and Baba Avtar Singh had already instilled in him the spirit of selfless service and self-sacrifice. The camp officer entrusted to the young Gurbachan Singh the job of looking after the inmates of the Camp. This step had a deeper significance. It was actually a test of his spirit of selfless service, self-sacrifice and justice. This spirit was displayed by him admirably in distribution of rations to the inmates of the Camp. Usually, everyone has a soft corner for his friends and relatives. However, he made it clear to his near and dear ones that they would not get any ration from the Camp till they consumed what they already had with them. Babaji’s spirit of selfless service and equal vision inspired all with love and faith in him. Thus he served the inmates for many days, with all dedication. One day if was announced on behalf of the Government that those desirous of migrating to...
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