Rev Jrd ‘Satyarthi’ Ji Passes Away

Sant Nirankari Mission Loses A Versatile Genius

Rev JRD ‘Satyarthi’ Ji popularly known as Shastri Ji, President of the Sant Nirankari Mandal since 2006 as also the President of the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation since it was constituted in April 2010, passed into his eternal abode at 5.55 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Vinayak Hospital in Delhi, where he had been admitted on January 21. He was 86.

As the news spread through social media, devotees started pouring in enlarge numbers for Antim Darshan of their respected saint.

When the news came, Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji Maharaj was presiding over the 51st Annual Nirankari Sant Samagam of Maharashtra in Kharghar, Mumbai on its 3rd and concluding day. Referring to Rev Satyarthi Ji, Her Holiness said that he was a pillar of the Mission. We learnt a lot from him. We shall always continue to learn from his contribution particularly the literature.

In Delhi, the body was placed in Sant Nirankari Colony for Antim Darshan by devotees. Thousands of them continued to come day and night till 11:00 a.m. on February 1.

Before the body was taken to Nigambodh Ghat CNG Crematorium on February 1, almost all the Members of the Central Planning and Advisory Board, Executive Committee of the Sant Nirankari Mandal, Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation, Central Sewadal Adhikaris and several Zonal Incharges honoured ‘Satyarthi’ Ji by offering shawls and flowers on his body. Satguru Mata Ji who had specially flown from Mumbai to Delhi on January 31 evening, also offered flowers on the body before it was taken on its last journey.

The body was placed on a specially decorated open vehicle led in a procession with full Nirankari honours. The Sewadal in uniform followed by Mahapurushas walked in front of the Palki while thousands of devotees followed the same. The last rites were performed by ‘Satyarthi’ Ji’s son Vimlesh Ahuja Ji.

A special congregation to pay tributes to ‘Satyarthi’ Ji and take inspiration from his life was held the same day in Ground No.8 in the benign presence of Her Holiness Satguru Mata Savinder Hardev Ji Maharaj. Glorious tributes were paid to ‘Satyarthi’ Ji as a versatile genius of the Mission. He was remembered as a great scholar, preacher and writer as also a well-wisher of the Sewadars as well as the devotees. His approximity to Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji, Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, Baba Hardev Singh Ji and presently Satguru Mata Ji was mentioned repeatedly since this enabled him to understand Satguru as well as the Mission thoroughly which made him un authority to clarify the Mission’s ideology in its minute details. Satguru Mata Ji said that ‘Satyarthi’ Ji devoted about 70 years of his life to the Mission. He would come on a bicycle from Kalka Ji almost every day. Sometimes he might make 2 or 3 trips so that he gives maximum time to the Mission. During tours with Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj he would take care of the comforts of others and think of himself only in the last. Satguru Mata Ji called ‘Satyarthi’ Ji as an answer to every problem.

Rev Jai Ram Dass Satyarthi also addressed as Shastri Ji was born in village Jodhan in District Jhang, now in Pakistan, in 1928 even though his date of birth in the Matriculation Certificate is recorded as May 4, 1932. His father Bhagmal Ahuja and his mother Jeevan Devi belonged to a lower middle class. Jeevan Devi died when Jai Ram Dass was only 5 years old.

Child Jai Ram Dass received his primary education in the nearby village Chak No. 25 and then shifted to Kashi Ram Arya High School in Sargodha. Here the life was really tough for Jai Ram Dass. He washed the utensils in the house of a teacher who gave him food and shelter in lieu thereof. He continued to stay with the family of the teacher till his father also came to Sargodha and started a small shop there.

During the partition of the country in 1947, the family shifted to Delhi and settled in Kalka Ji. Jai Ram Dass, however, joined the Arya High School in Panipat, from where he did his Matriculation from Punjab University in 1949. Later, he passed the Prabhakar Examination from the same university in 1953. The degree of Prabhakar is equivalent to BA (Hons) in Hindi.

Jai Ram Dass was always keen to participate in social work. While in Sargodha he became a member of the Arya Kumar Sabha as also the Arya Veer Dal. Pandit Khushi Ram Ji of the Arya Kumar Sabha inspired Jai Ram Dass towards public speaking. He trained him so much that he won the first prize in a debate held in DAV College, Lahore in 1946. The prize came in the form of the famous book on Arya Samaj – ‘Satyarth Prakash’. This turned Jai Ram Dass ‘Ahuja’ into Jai Ram Dass ‘Satyarthi’.

In Arya Veer Dal Jai Ram Dass used to attend Shakha for physical exercises and other lessons in discipline. Naturally, this added another dimension to his young brilliant personality.

Immediately after completing his Matriculation, Rev Jai Ram Dass Satyarthi joined New Delhi Municipal Corporation as Shift Incharge, Electricity Sub-Station. Simultaneously, he took keen interest in social work in Kalka Ji, along with other youth of the colony. In 1953, he was married to Ram Dulari who had been a student of Rev. Satyarthi Ji at one time. She was also Prabhakar in Hindi. She came from a comparatively non-affluent family and Rev. Jai Ram Dass preferred her as against a girl from a very rich family.

Rev JRD Satyarthi was very fond of reading religious books. He studied Upnisads, Shastras and other religious books, specially related to the Arya Samaj philosophy. Even though he did not study Sanskrit as a part of his formal education, he loved to render various Mantras during religious ceremonies in their original Sanskrit version. All this knowledge paid him a lot when he joined the Sant Nirankari Mission later.

Rev JRD Styarthi’s elder brother Rev Sohan Lal Ji was the Mission’s Mukhi in Kalkaji. He was, therefore, quite familiar with Nirankari saints and their congregations. In fact, he assisted Rev Sohan Lal Ji in organizing congregations, specially at their residence. His deep love for Arya Samaj, however, made him reluctant to receive Brahm Gyan, which he ultimately did in 1957 through Rev. B.S. Kamla Ji of Mehrauli. Initially, he had many doubts about Brahm Gyan and debated it with various saints including Prof J.S. Puri and Rev. Nirmal Joshi Ji. At one stage he approached Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji and sought clarifications. Baba Ji removed all his doubts and hence he increased his interest in the Mission, so much so that he would not only address the congregations but conduct them also.

Incidentally, in one of the congregations where Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji was present, the Stage Secretary addressed him as JRD Shastri instead of JRD Satyarthi. Baba Ji liked this mistake and said it would be easier to call Shastri Ji. By the time Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji became the Head of the Mission, Rev. Satyarthi Ji had already dedicated himself to the Mission whole-heartedly. As desired by Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, he shifted to the Sant Nirankari Colony in January, 1965. This brought him close to Guru Parivar and he started helping Holy Sister Niranjan Ji in her studies. At that time, she was a student of 7th Class and Rev. Satyarthi Ji continued to help her till B.A. (II year). He also helped Holy Sisters Manmohan, Jagjit and Swaran in their studies, particularly in Hindi. In fact, Rev. Satyarthi Ji was assisting Rev. Mata Soma Ji as the second guardian to Holy Sisters. He also looked after the requirements of (Baba) Hardev Singh Ji while he was in school.

Rev Satyarthi Ji accompanied Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji on his spiritual tours regularly since 1965. During these tours, he arranged meetings with individual saints, social workers, writers, VIPs and the Media and conducted congregations. He would take leave from his office so frequently that the authorities got thoroughly disgusted with his performance. From 1973 he remained absent for almost five years. So, he was dismissed from service in 1979.

In 1965, Rev Satyarthi Ji was on his first tour with Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji in Dhulia (Maharashtra). A large number of seekers of truth expressed their desire to receive Brahm Gyan from Baba Ji. Baba Ji obliged a number of them and then asked Satyarthi Ji to award Brahm Gyan to the remaining. This made Satyarthi Ji a Gyan Pracharak with authority to reveal Brahm Gyan on behalf of Satguru.

The hectic and wide-spread spiritual tours with Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji and later on with Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj, took Rev. Satyarthi Ji not only to the various parts of the country but abroad also. He toured UK and some other countries of Europe independently also. During Samagams in Delhi and elsewhere Rev. Satyarthi Ji conducted the proceedings single-handed. No wonder, he emerged as the most informed preacher of the Mission. He could clarify any point related to the philosophy of the Mission particularly because he had the advantage of close proximity to His Holiness.

With the blessings of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji, Rev. Satyarthi Ji became one of the founder Members of the All India Working Committee when it was constituted in 1979. He also took over as PS to His Holiness formally the same year. He served in this capacity not only Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji but continued to perform this responsibility with Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj also.

Rev JRD Satyarthi was nominated as a Member of the Executive Committee by Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj in 1997 and given the charge of Prachar Vibhag along with Preachers’ Training, in addition to his responsibilities as PS to His Holiness, of course. In 1999, he relinquished the charge of Prachar Vibhag but retained Preachers’ Training and his responsibilities as PS to His Holiness. In addition, he was made Member Incharge Publications and Computer & Internet Departments. In 2002, Rev. Satyarthi Ji took over Prachar Vibhag along with Preachers’ Training and PS to His Holiness. In 2006, he became President of the Sant Nirankari Mandal along with PS to His Holiness. In 2007, he was given the charge of Prachar Vibhag again which he relinquished in 2008. He continued as President of the Sant Nirankari Mandal till his last breath.

When the Sant Nirankari Charitable Foundation was constituted in April, 2010, Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj gave him the responsibility of its President along with the Sant Nirankari Mandal. This responsibility also he carried on till his last breath.

Rev Satyarthi Ji made a solid contribution to the Mission’s literature and magazines. He was the editor of ‘Sant Nirankari’ Hindi for a number of years since early 60’s. His first gift to the Publications Department was his small book ‘Andhkar Se Prakash Ki Or’ in Hindi. It tells his own story in three parts – before Brahm Gyan; understanding Brahm Gyan; and the change after Brahm Gyan. It was first published in 1976 and the Publications Department has reprinted it more than 50 times. In 1977 he compiled and edited a book of educative short stories, which was published under the title – ‘Maine Padha, Aap Bhi Padhen’.

In October, 1982 Rev. Satyarthi Ji gave the Mission a very important book titled ‘Gurudev-Hardev Part – I’ in Hindi. It is based on the spiritual tours and meetings with devotees and other people from various shades of life, by His Holiness Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj. It covered the period from April 1980 to August 15, 1982. ‘Gurudev-Hardev Part – II’ covering the period from August 1982 to January 1984 was, however, brought out in October 2000. The book is in great demand and is being translated and published in several other languages.

In November, 1999, Rev. Satyarthi Ji authored two titles – ‘Kulwant’ and ‘Puranattav Ki Or’, both in Hindi. ‘Kulwant’ is the only book in the Mission’s literature so far dealing with Nirankari Rajmata Ji’s life and discourses. ‘Puranattav Ki Or’ is an easy presentation of ‘Ishavasya Upanisad’ with special reference to the Mission’s ideology.

Another popular addition to the Mission’s literature by Rev. JRD Satyarthi is ‘Shahenshah’ authored by him in November, 2000. It deals with Shahenshah Baba Avtar Singh Ji’s life and teachings with special reference to Sampuran Avtar Bani. The book is loved for its authenticity as also the beauty of language. Similarly, Rev. Satyarthi Ji gave the Mission a book on the life and teachings of Baba Gurbachan Singh Ji under the title of ‘Jeevant Shikshak’ which was published by the Publications Department in January 2002.

In November 2002, Rev. Satyarthi Ji authored ‘Avtar Bani Shabdarth’. It contains Hindi meanings of key words in Sampuran Avtar Bani Punjabi. It is proving a great help to the Mission’s preachers and translators.

From April, 2000, Rev. JRD Satyarthi visited UK and some other countries of Europe and addressed a large number of congregations. Rev. H.S. Upasak Ji of UK who was with him all the time felt so much impressed by his views that he wrote a book on their basis in Punjabi. Titled ‘Sach De Raah Te’, it was published by the Publications Department in November, 2000. More recently in November, 2014, he wrote Maa Tujhe Salam as a tribute to Rajmata Ji.

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