The biography below was written by Baba Harnam Singh Ji Dhumma, Mukhi of Damdami Taksal and is written in the Sri Raag and Maajh Raag Steek by Damdami Taksal.
Sant Giānī Inderjīt Singh Raqbe Walae
Sant Gianī Inderjīt Singh Jī is from the village of Raqba within the district of Ludhiānā. However his birth took place at his maternal village which was Kālakh Mājrī Nazdīk Ahmedgarh within the district of Ludhiānā. The birth took place on Wednesday the 9th of September 1936 from the pure womb of Mātā Gurbachan Kaur. His fathers name was Bābā Hardit Singh Ji and his grandfather’s name was Sardār Rūr Singh. His parents were Gurmat followers, lovers of Gurbānī, devotees of the house of the Gurū. They completed his birth rites in accordance with Gurmat custom and during that time in the village were Sant Giānī Gurbachan Singh Jī Khālsā who were carrying out the Kathā of Gurbani. After carrying out the birth rites the great saints uttered the following Mukhvāk;
ਧਨਾਸਰੀ ਮਹਲਾ ੪ ॥
ਇਛਾ ਪੂਰਕੁ ਸਰਬ ਸੁਖਦਾਤਾ ਹਰਿ ਜਾ ਕੈ ਵਸਿ ਹੈ ਕਾਮਧੇਨਾ ॥
ਸੋ ਐਸਾ ਹਰਿ ਧਿਆਈਐ ਮੇਰੇ ਜੀਅੜੇ ਤਾ ਸਰਬ ਸੁਖ ਪਾਵਹਿ ਮੇਰੇ ਮਨਾ ॥੧॥ (ਅੰਗ ੬੬੯-੬੭੦)
From the first letter of this Mukhvāk his name of Inderjīt Singh was adopted. When he was growing up his parents realised his was very intelligent, due to this he educated his son in Metric and later enrolled him in a technical course. He later went with Master Mehar Singh and Bhāī Gurdayāl Singh to the village Hisowāl where they heard the Kathā by Sant Giānī Gurbachan Singh Jī on the following Mukhvāk;
ਬਿਲਾਵਲੁ ਮਹਲਾ ੫ ॥
ਪਿੰਗੁਲ ਪਰਬਤ ਪਾਰਿ ਪਰੇ ਖਲ ਚਤੁਰ ਬਕੀਤਾ ॥ ਅੰਧੁਲੇ ਤ੍ਰਿਭਵਣ ਸੂਝਿਆ ਗੁਰ ਭੇਟਿ ਪੁਨੀਤਾ ॥੧॥
ਮਹਿਮਾ ਸਾਧੂ ਸੰਗ ਕੀ ਸੁਨਹੁ ਮੇਰੇ ਮੀਤਾ ॥ ਮੈਲੁ ਖੋਈ ਕੋਟਿ ਅਘ ਹਰੇ ਨਿਰਮਲ ਭਏ ਚੀਤਾ ॥੧॥ ਰਹਾਉ ॥
ਐਸੀ ਭਗਤਿ ਗੋਵਿੰਦ ਕੀ ਕੀਟਿ ਹਸਤੀ ਜੀਤਾ ॥ ਜੋ ਜੋ ਕੀਨੋ ਆਪਨੋ ਤਿਸੁ ਅਭੈ ਦਾਨੁ ਦੀਤਾ ॥੨॥
ਸਿੰਘੁ ਬਿਲਾਈ ਹੋਇ ਗਇਓ ਤ੍ਰਿਣੁ ਮੇਰੁ ਦਿਖੀਤਾ ॥ ਸ੍ਰਮੁ ਕਰਤੇ ਦਮ ਆਢ ਕਉ ਤੇ ਗਨੀ ਧਨੀਤਾ ॥੩॥
ਕਵਨ ਵਡਾਈ ਕਹਿ ਸਕਉ ਬੇਅੰਤ ਗੁਨੀਤਾ ॥ ਕਰਿ ਕਿਰਪਾ ਮੋਹਿ ਨਾਮੁ ਦੇਹੁ ਨਾਨਕ ਦਰ ਸਰੀਤਾ ॥੪॥੭॥੩੭॥ (ਅੰਗ ੮੦੯-੮੧੦)
He heard the Kathā of this Mukhvāk, due to the deep effect it had on the mind of Sant Gianī Inderjīt Singh Jī he left his education. On Wednesday the 4th of May 1955 he secretly left at 0500 hours for Takhat Srī Hazūr Sāhib. At Hazūr Sāhib he met Bābā Sher Singh Jī who was the student of Brāhmgiānī Bābā Mit Singh Jī. Also the head priest at the time was Bābā Harnām Singh from the village Mūlovāl from the Sangrūr district who had learned knowledge from the great soul Sant Sundar Singh Jī Bhindrā Walae and had been in the congregation of Sant Attar Singh Jī Mastuānā Walae and Bābā Mit Singh Jī. For 15 years he served at the location of Mātā Sāhib Devā. Within their congregation they carried out selfless service and performed penance. At that time the great knowledgeable, the greatest of the Nirmal order, Sant Bābā Nikā Singh Jī of Nirmal Bagh, Hardwar came and Sant Inderjīt Singh Jī got to remain in his congregation. He was staying at Gobind Bagh at Hazūr Sāhib when Sant Inderjīt stated that he wished to learn knowledge from Bābā Jī, Bābā Nikā Singh sat him close and advised him that if he wanted to learn this divine knowledge then he should join the congregation of Sant Giānī Gurbachan Singh Jī Khālsa from where he could learn everything. From these words he began to desire the congregation of Sant Gurbachan Singh Jī. He found out the details of Sant Gurbachan Singh Jī’s programme from Bābā Surjīt Singh Sodhī.
He made a supplication at Takhat Hazūr Sāhib on the 1st of January 1959 and left. He made a pilgrimage at the temple associated to Bhagat Nāmdev Jī, Bhagat Kabir Jī and Gurdwarās associated to the Gurūs and Sikhs. When Sant Inderjīt Singh Jī arrived in Kānshī they met a number of Nirmal saints and he expressed his desire to gain knowledge to them. They advised him that if he removed his weapons and Bānā then they would teach him. He decided against this as he did not want the sin of disrespecting the Gurūs Bānā and Rehit, for this reason he decided against learning in Kānshi and headed for Punjāb.
On the 28th of February 1959 in the village of Raīkot near Ramghar within the district of Ludhiānā he joined the congregation of Jatha Bhindran, Damdamī Taksāl. Between the years of 1959 to 1967, during these 8 years he remained with the great soul (Sant Gurbachan Singh Jī) and learned the Shudh Pāth of Srī Gurū Granth Sāhib Jī, the Shudh Pāth of Sri Dasam Granth and with his hands wrote the commentary or the Gurūs history, Vedānt Granths along with writing the continues commentary uttered by Sant Gurbachan Singh Jī to the congregations. This was the most difficult of all and it required faith, sturdiness, meditation and a very quick intellect to write the commentary. Sant Inderjīt Singh Jī has all of these qualities within him. It took a daily up to 13 to 15 hours to write the commentary of the Srī Gurū Granth Sāhib Jī which took almost three years to complete. Due to this service you can read the commentary of the hukamnāmās which has already been released by other Singhs.
Above: Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji seated with a garland, surrounded by Singhs of Jatha Bhindran. Sant Giani Inderjit Singh Ji can be seen top left standing, with a round Dastaar.
Srī Nānak Parkāsh, Gurpartāp Sūraj Granth commentary and theVedāntic Granths have all been expounded with written commentaries.
In 1965 when the SGPC when the invocations to the Srī Gurū Granth Sāhib were being changed, with the permission of Sant Giānī Gurbachan Singh Jī a number of Taksāl students were sent correct the invocations. Sant Giānī Kartār Singh Khālsā, Sant Kartār Singh Premī, Sant Giānī Inderjīt Singh Jī, Sant Bābā Parmjīt Singh Mahīlpur Walae, Bābā Lahorā Singh and Bhagat Jaswānt Singh went and offered their complete services.
At the time of the troubles in Punjāb during the Punjābī Subā, Sant Inderjīt Singh Jī was also voluntary arrested and remained in prison.
Above: Singhs from Jatha Bhindran, infront of Akaal Takht, who volunteered to be arrested and spend time in Jail as protest. Sant Giani Inderjit Singh Ji can be seen third from the left, bottom row, wearing sunglasses.
In this manner during the tri centenary of celebrations at Srī Hazūr Sāhib with the backing of the Damdamī Taksāl between the dates of the 26th of September 2008 until the 26th of October 2008 uttered the Pāth of the Srī Dasam Granth at the Srī Dasam Gurū Shabad Vichār Parbodh Samāgam where the Santhiyā of the Srī Dasam Granth was completed. He is completing both great Sevā in this country and far off lands. He is still continually teaching those who wish to learn to this day and resides in Srī Nirmal Bungā in the village of Sahōrā where he teaches Gurmat Vidyā. One of the other great qualities that Sant Inderjīt Singh Jī possesses is the detachment to Māyā. Any money donated to him is put to other uses for the congregation.
Yearly at Gurdwārā Gurdarshan Parkāsh performs Akhand Pāth sevā in memory of Sant Gurbachan Singh Jī where he spends any Māyā he has received. he sees all of his personal wealth and possession as that of the Gurūs.
With each and every hair on my body I pay my salutations and respect to Sant Giānī Inderjīt Singh Jī.
- Harnam Singh, Mukhi Damdami Taksal, Jatha Bhindran