Kirpal Singh



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Sant Kirpal Singh
Function: 
Saint
Traditions: 
Sant Mat, Surat Shabd Yoga, Ruhani Satsang
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
February 6, 1894
Place of Birth: 
Sayyad Kasran, Punjab, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
August 21, 1974
Other Related Gurus: 
Sant Darshan Singh Ji, Sant Baba Jamail Singh, Sant Hazur Singh Ji

Biography

Param Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj, appointed by Hazur Baba Sawan Singh Ji Maharaj as his successor, spread the teachings of Sant Mat all over the world through three world tours and travel in India. To make mysticism understood by people in the west, he presented spirituality as a science, one that could be practiced as an experiment within the laboratory of human body.

It is said that he devoted his entire life to love of God and service to humanity, demonstrating how it was possible to live a normal life in the world, attain spiritual enlightenment, and serve humanity. He devised an introspection diary for his initiates, a tool to help them analyze their lives in order to develop the qualities of nonviolence, truthfulness, purity, humility, and selfless service. During his mission, he initiated over 80,000 people into the Mysteries of the Beyond.

He believed in human unity and world peace. In 1956 he gave the inaugural address to the Ninth General Session of UNESCO held in New Delhi, India. His speech, “World Peace in the Atomic Age,” is believed by his followers to be a road map for obtaining and maintaining world peace. Kirpal Singh’s ability to unite people of different religions based on the commonality of all faiths resulted in his being unanimously elected President of World Fellowship of Religions Conferences held in 1957, 1960, 1965, and 1970. These conferences brought heads of different religions together in order to understand one another in a spirit of love and respect.

He founded Sawan Ashram in Delhi and in 1969 established Manav Kendra, a center to help people develop physically, mentally, and spiritually, while practicing service to humanity and the environment.

In February 1974, he convened the first Unity of Man Conference (now called the Human Unity Conference) in Delhi, aimed at uniting people not only at the level of religion, but at the level of their common humanity. He taught that God is one, though called by different names in different countries and religions. It was his lifelong work to help break down the barriers that separated people and unite them as one common family.

His books gained popularity and inspired people to develop spiritually. Among those are: Crown of Life; A study in Yoga; Prayer: Its Nature and Technique; and Naam or Word, all of which bring out the underlying similarities in different religions.

Numerous religious, civic, and social heads honored his work. He was the first non-Christian to be awarded the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta. On his tours he met with Pope Paul VI in Rome where they exchanged views on world peace. In Colombia, South America, he addressed the Council of Cali.

In India, leaders came to him to share ideas on peace and unity. He met with Mr. Jawahar Lal Nehru and Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri, the first and second prime ministers of India, and Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, and Dr. Zakir Hussain, the first, second, and third presidents of India. He also met with Mrs. Indira Gandhi on several occasions. In August 1974, he addressed the Indian Parliament, giving them his message of peace and hope for the future of humanity.

Teachings

All nature is beautiful except when tormented by the hand of man. "Who are you? ..."

To earn one's living is essential, it is imperative; but it must be done by honest means.

One can reduce the weight of karma by becoming the conscious co-worker of the Divine Plan, and this is the only way.

You'll find, the fewer wants we have, the happier we are. So cut down your wants, cut down your desires.

We eat more than what is required generally. We eat too much. We die of too much eating rather than of hunger.

Always keep your tongue under control." This is one thing. The wound given by a sword will be healed in a month or so, but the wound given by the tongue is not healed.

So it is infinitely better to practice than to preach. First live, then say.

So actions speak louder than words; and thoughts are even more potent. You are not to tell others that, "I am a flower; the flower is very fragrant." Let the flower emit that fragrance, and let others say that the flower is fragrant. Let your lives prove that you have something higher.

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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The Crown of Life: A Study in Yoga

by Kirpal Singh

(Paperback)

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Pro Opinions

The touch-stone of spirituality

NIDHI PARKASH's picture

Baba Kirpal Singhji is the harmony of various aspects of life and his Holy life reminds to the followers of sant mat the lives of ancient Indian saints who manifest harmonies of various forms of human