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Tribute: 6th Barsi of Sant Baba Ajit Singh Ji


'ਗਿਆਨੀ ਅਜੀਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਵਰਿਆਮਾ। ਦਸੇ ਪਿੰਡ ਤਾਂ ਲਖੀਐ ਧਾਮਾ। ਕਥਾ ਵਖਿਆਨ ਕਰਤ ਬਿਧ ਨੀਕੀ। ਬੁਧ ਬਿਮਲਰਸ ਰਸਨਾ ਮੀਕੀ।' "Giani Ajit Singh is a Soorma Singh (Blind). If they told me of their pind (village), then I would know where they are from (Baba Ji never revealed where they were from until their last years). They explain Katha in a beautiful way. Their Budhee/ Mind is Pure, and their words are sweet." – Gurmukh Parkash Granth, Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa

Many times we read the words of praise from a student in regards to their Ustaad/Gurdev, but above we can see the pride and love Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji had while writing about their student, Giani Ajit Singh Ji. Sant Ajit Singh Ji were born in Jasee Pind (Bathinda) in 1921. They were like any normal healthy child until they reached the age of 5 when Baba Ji fell ill with a rare skin condition. His condition worsened and his eyesight was heavily affected. By the age of 5, Baba Ji had lost their sight completely. With time, Baba Ji's relationship with their parents began to weaken as they felt the love and affection normally received was fading. In turn, Baba Ji sensed they were burdening their parents. Their condition meant that finding work or getting married was near impossible, and so everything pointed to an unhopeful future. Baba Ji decided to leave home and embark on a journey to begin a solitary life.

Over time Baba Ji, despite being physically blind started taking Vidhya from various Mahapurakh, eventually learning from Sant Giani Gurdial Singh Ji Boparai Wale (who was one of the senior students of Sant Giani Sundar Singh Ji) and Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale, with whom Baba Ajit Singh Ji stayed 12 years. It is commonly known that Baba Ji had all of Aadh, Dasam Guru Granth Sahib Ji and Gurpartap Suraj Granth memorised. 1966 marked the 300th year Gurpurab celebrations at Patna Sahib. After learning all Vidhiya from Vadhai Mahapursh, Baba Ji attended the celebrations with the Jatha and Sant Ji. Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji stayed for a month delivering Katha to the Sangat, but after the Gurpurab celebrations were complete, Vadhai Mahapursh, along with the Jatha, were ready to leave and deliver Parchar elsewhere.

Saddened by their plans to depart, the Sangat pleaded with Sant Ji to stay, but they could not. Instead, Sant Ji resolved to leave Baba Ji at Patna Sahib in his stead. Baba Ji was astounded. How could they be asked to fulfil such an imperative duty to this vast Sangat? They would question their confidence and abilities, professing that their skills were only tailored for a smaller stage. But Vadhai Mahapurash’s faith and conviction in Baba Ji required them to stay. Whenever Sant Gurbachan Singh Ji would leave the Jatha to deliver Parchar elsewhere, they would authorise Baba Ajit Singh Ji to provide Katha, as this was their discipline, Sant Ji took great joy in listening to Baba Ajit Singh’s Katha and in turn they were respected as one of Sant Ji's greatest Kathakar. Staying true to Vadhai Mahapurash’s Bachan, Baba Ji would continue their Sewa at Patna Sahib for over 46 years, right up until their last breath. Baba Ji taught countless Vidhiaarthi, the foremost being Giani Amarjit Singh Ji, Head Kathakaar Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib.

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