Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Giani Sant Singh Maskeen : Lifestyle and Background

Background : Giani Sant Singh Maskeen

It’s said that background and events that occur in one’s life have a deep impact on the personality and thinking of the person. It can be considered true in case of Sant Singh Maskeen too. Sant Singh Maskeen belonged to a modest Sikh family and was the only son of Kartar Singh and Ram Kaur ( Sant Singh Maskeen’s Parents). He completed his primary education at Governement Primary school but due to partition of India his secondary education was interrupted. Partition of India was a very unfortunate incident in the history of India and the atmosphere during partition was very violent as there were riots and mass killings everywhere. Sant Singh Maskeen had to leave western part of Punjab and had to move to India due to this turmoil. After the 1947 partition of India Sant Singh Maskeen moved to Alwar in Rajasthan where he then spent most of his life.

Sant Singh Maskeen

called it God’s grace that they reached India safely because thousands of Hindus and Sikhs were murdered by muslims on their way to India. Sant Singh Maskeen along with his family reached Alwar in Rajasthan safely where he lived for the last 57 years of his life. Partition of India was a very hard time for families who had to leave their ancestral homelands.

Other than partition of India the other event that had a major impact on Giani Sant Singh Maskeen was the death of his father in 1952. After the passing of his father Sant Singh Maskeen became very sad and disconnected himself from the world. He became very lonely and sad and eventually left home to learn about Sikhism and gurbani. This can be considered as a turnaround point in Sant Singh Maskeen ji’s life. He became very engrossed in Gurbani and soon became a narrator.

Sant Singh Maskeen

Sant Singh Maskeen

then started preaching Gurmat and teachings of Sikhism and gurbani. He had to face difficulties and had to struggle a lot because he was not financially very sound. He however was not among those men who give up hopes easily. Sant Singh Maskeen used to walk long distances to attend gurmat samagams and to attend religious meetings and congregations. He remained firm in spreading the teachings of Guru Granth Sahib and had to face a lot of challenges but he remained strong and never gave up. His only source of income was whatever offered by the sangat out of respect and affection.

Sant Singh Maskeen was very concerned about management of gurudawaras and always insisted on a proper system of management of Gurudwaras. He insisted that this was the main cause of fighting among Sikhs and this should be resolved and a proper system of management be constituted.

Sant Singh Maskeen was known for his simpicity and humbleness,he was a very simple person and an advocate of simplicity. He used to wear simple clothes and a black turban. He preferred the meal at langar to lavish meals. Sant Singh Maskeen is a true example of simple living and high thinking. He was a down to earth and a very simple person. It would be very difficult to fill the void that has been created by the death of Panth Ratan Giani Sant Singh Maskeen.

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He led a difficult life but never complained to that almighty . Tera bhana meetha laage.

He was one of the GEMS rarely born on earth. I wish I would have met him.

Truly a saint with very open and advanced thoughts.

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