Faqir Chand [1886 to 1981]
Baba Faqir Chand was born in a Brahmin family on 18th November 1886 in the village Panjhal in district Hoshiarpur of Punjab State. At the age of 7 years, afflicted by the poverty at home and always feeling afraid of his father's strict nature, he sought relief in the worship of God, the creator of this world. Under the impact of Hindu Sanskars, he developed a love for Lord Rama and Lord Krishna and meditated upon their holy forms.
Baba Faqir Chand studied up to middle standard at Pind Dadan Khan in Distt. Jhelum, (now in Pakistan). His father Pandit Mast Ram was a Constable in the Indian Railway Police and couldn't give him higher education. In 1904, at the age of 18 he was employed as a signaller in construction line of the Indian Railways. At this tender age he came into contact with the Platiers and contractors of the department, their company had its impact upon him and he turned a non-vegetarian.
One day whilst going for a walk, Baba Faqir Chand accompanied a Jangli-a village head man. Before departing the gentle man handed over a chicken which Baba Faqir Chand handed over to an employee who beheaded and dressed it for cooking. Once at home Baba Faqir Chand asked his wife to cook it. When his mother learnt about this act she went inside the kitchen, closed the door and bolted it from within, she wouldn't open the door and then frightened, (because smoke was coming out of the kitchen) Baba Faqir Chand forced the door open with an axe. His mother came out, suffocating the smoke in the kitchen, angry and disappointed. Overpowered by motherly affection, Baba Faqir Chand embraced her and implored, "Mother, why did you not open the door? Had you been suffocated to death, where could I have found you dear mother?" Then she spoke thus, "you have killed the baby of a mother. The mother hen must be wailing over the loss of her dear child. You have committed a terrible sin." At once, prompted by my conscience, Baba Faqir Chand made a firm determination that in future, he would never commit such a sin.
Baba Faqir Chand prayed and wept to God in the form of Rama and Krishna because he wanted his mental slate of the sins of his undesirable acts cleaned. Once, he wept for 24 hours continuously for the glimpse of his Lord. Doctors were called in and they administered medicine to him. At about 5 A.M. Maharishi Shiv Brat Lal Ji Maharaj appeared in his vision. He drew water from a near well and gave him a bath and then told him his address of Lahore.
This vision convinced Baba Faqir Chand that God had incarnated Himself in the form of Maharishi Shiv Brat Lal Ji. So Baba Faqir Chand wrote every week to the address, which Data Dayal Ji had told him in the vision. Inside the letter he always addressed Maharishi Ji as God. After full ten months, he received a letter from Data Dayal Ji Maharaj, wherein he wrote, "Faqir, your letters, I have been receiving regularly. I value your sentiments and your passions for Lord. I, myself have discovered, Reality, Truth and peace at the feet of Rai Sahib Salig Ram Ji of Radhaswami-Matt. Provided you feel no reluctance in following this path, come and see me at Lahore".
Baba Faqir Chand reached the ashram of Hazur Data Dayal Ji and prostrated his humble self at His Holy feet. He advised Baba Faqir Chand to attend Sat Sangs of Radha Swami Matt wherever available. In-ward practice as directed by His Holiness, became part and parcel of his life. And remained satisfied with his concentration on the Holy Form of His Holiness Hazur Data Dayal Ji Maharaj.
In 1916 (during the 1st world war) Baba Faqir Chand was posted in Baghdad. Here, he threw head, heart, and himself in Sadhana. and gave as much time as possible to inward-practice and shed a life of complete celibacy. With these sincere efforts and cravings to know the truth bore fruit and in course of time Baba Faqir Chand ascended all the inner stages and experienced the relative lights and sounds at each stage of the inward path.
In 1918 Baba Faqir Chand was granted annual leave from Iraq and went to His Holiness at Lahore to spend my maximum time in His Company. During his stay with His Holiness, he always troubled him with never-ending questions and queries. One day he placed before His Holiness the main agony of his heart in these words, "My God, I have traversed many in Light within and experienced sound in indescribable abundance. No doubt, these experiences have been a great source of Joy to me. But still I long to see myself and know the sublime goal of Radhaswami-matt. How and why the goal of Radhaswami-matt differs from that of other religions? I yearn to experience the declared supremacy of Radhaswami faith-myself." His Holiness assured him that he would answer his questions the next day.
In December 25, 1918. Hazur Data Dayal Ji called Baba Faqir Chand to his room. Hazur Data Dayal Ji placed one coconut and 5 coins on Baba Faqir Chands' hands and made a long frontal mark on his forehead and bowed himself to his feet saying. "Faqir, you are yourself the Supreme Master of your time. Start delivering spiritual discourses to the seekers and initiate them into path of Sant-Matt. In due course, your own Sat Sangies will prove as your "True-Guru". And it is through your experiences with them that the desired secret of Sant-Matt would stand revealed to you. Faqir, you may be suffering from 99 shortcomings, but one sure virtue of Truth in you will surely lead you to your goal of life. You will not only redeem yourself, but would help many others to attain release."
In a nutshell, Hazur Data Dayal Ji assigned Baba Faqir Chand three duties, which became the mission of his life.
1. Your name is Faqir (Saint) Be true to your name. Do not look at the faults of others. Instead have pity upon the helpless, ignorant and the weak. With your love and affection help them out of this sphere of Kal and maya, guiding them to their Real Homeward Journey.
2. You have come blessed with a form, which is really wonderful and unique. Your mission is "welfare of the Humanity". Remove the walls which divide the humanity and tell the entire mankind, how it can live a happy and peaceful life.
3. Liberate the deserving amongst them from the cycle of life and death. Be their guide and take them to the state of Nirvana.
In 1933 on request of a large number of people, satsang was arranged. In that general sat sang Data Dayal Ji said to Baba Faqir Chand, "FAQIR, THE TIME SHALL CHANGE, THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF PREACHING SHALL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE TO THE PUBLIC. THEREFORE YOU MUST CHANGE THE MODE OF PREACHING BEFORE LEAVING YOUR PHYSICAL BODY".
In obedience to the command of his Sat-Guru Baba Faqir Chand devoted his life to speak out his experiences and research to the world. His teachings to each and all are, "Be pure in thought, word and action, hate no-one but love all. As we sow, so shall we reap. Sow, love and justice, reap the same and live a happy and peaceful life.