Swami ji was the first satguru to start the teachings of Radha Swami faith. His actual name was Seth Shivdayal Singh ji. His parents were the followers of Param Sant Tulsi Sahib from Hathras, India. He was born with Param Sant Tulsi Sahib’s blessings on August 25, 1818 in Panni street, Agra U.P. India. Sant Tulsi Sahib ji initiated him at the age of six.
He practiced ‘Surat Shabd Yoga’ for 15 years and started satsang publically on Vasant Panchami (a spring festival) in 1861. This schedule continued for 17 years.
Swami ji named his philosophy as ‘Satnaam Anaami’. His deciple Saligram ji said, “Radha Swami name is good”. There after this philosophy was called ‘Radha Swami'(Radha means “Soul”and Swami means “Master/Creator”)
Swami ji has described the secret of divine and true ‘Naam’. He wrote a book in two parts named ‘Saar Vachan Chhand Band’ and ‘Saar Vachan Vartik’.
During his life time Swami ji never accepted any gift for his personal use, rather spent his personal wealth for the best end.
For 59 years and 10 months he liberated more than four thousand devotees through initiation. Among his devotees were males and females from different religions and castes.
He left his mortal body on June 5, 1878 in Panni street Agra U.P India.
Baba Jaimal Singh ji was born in village Lath Ghuman near Batala, Distt. Gurdaspur, Punjab, India, in July, 1839. His father was Sardar Jodh Singh ji and mother was Sardarni Daya Kaur ji. She was a devotee of Bhakt Naamdev ji, and Baba ji started visiting him at the age of four.
At the age of five he started his education with Baba Khem Singh ji, a Vedanti sage. Within two years he became a good reader of Guru Granth Sahib as well as Dasam Granth also.
At the age of 12-13 years he again started studying Guru Granth Sahib at home and came to the realization that this holy book rejects Praanayaam, Vairagya, Hathyog, Jap-tap, places of pilgrimage, fasting and rituals. He reached the conclusion that a perfect Master, a Satguru who practices ‘Anhad Shabad’ is needed to realize God. He started his search for a Perfect Master as per the description in Guru Granth Sahib. In Swami ji of Agra, he found the Perfect Master, and was initiated by him in 1856.
Swami ji ordered Baba Jaimal Singh ji to start initiating devotees in Punjab, in Oct 1877. Swami ji advised him not to interfere with the religious choice of a devotee. Then Swami ji took off his own turban and handed it over to Baba ji and permitted him to depart. This was their last meeting.
During his service in the Army, Baba Jaimal Singh ji met Baba Bagga Singh ji (the first Satguru of Dera Tarn Taran ) in Multan (now in Pakistan).
Baba Jaimal Singh ji retired from the Army on June 7, 1889 and started living in his village, and later built a hut in village Bal Saran at the bank of river Beas, Punjab, India, and started living there. Slowly number of devotees increased and one of his devotees donated three beeghas of land for Dera.
Baba Jaimal Singh ji left his mortal body on Dec 29, 1903.
Baba Bagga Singh ji was born in village Chuslevar, Tehsil Patti, Distt. Amritsar, Punjab, India. At the age of 16 he learnt to recite ‘Panj Granthi’, ‘Bhagaton ki Bani’ and ‘Guru Granth Sahib’, the Sikh holy books, from sage Gian Singh. While exchanging views with the sage he said, “To realize God a spiritual Guru is must. If any one thinks of crossing the big ocean of this mortal world without a sailor, the Guru, it is a mistake”. He always honoured his teacher sage Gian Singh.
He spent most of his time in meditation and sometimes helped his father and brothers in their work. At the age of 18 on March 20, 1882 he joined the Indian Army. He was posted to Multan, Pakistan where he came in contact with Baba Jaimal Singh ji. He was initiated on August 1,1883. As a daily routine he listened to Baba Jaimal Singh ji’s satsang, and meditated.
On August10, 1889 Baba Jaimal Singh ji retired from the Army and asked Baba Bagga Singh ji to retire from the Army Service when due, and get transfered to the Army Reserve Force.
In July, 1890 Baba Jaimal Singh ji initiated Baba Bagga Singh ji’s brothers and their families. He ordered Baba Bagga Singh ji to start initiation on Dec 5, 1894.
Baba Bagga Singh ji continued visiting his Satguru in Beas. In 1897 Baba Jaimal Singh ji introduced him to Baba Sawan Singh ji the second Satguru of dera Beas.
In Feb 1900 Baba Bagga Singh ji bought a piece of land and established Dera Baba Bagga Singh, Tarn Taran which was inaugurated by Baba Jaimal Singh ji by delivering the first satsang at the Dera Tarn Taran. There after, satsang and initiation of devotees has continued at the dera till date. In 1916 Baba Deva Singh ji came to seek Baba Bagga Singh ji and lived in the Dera for the rest of his life.
After Baba Jaimal Singh ji left his mortal body Baba Bagga Singh ji became more deeply devoted to and absorbed in meditation. He visited Dera Beas when satguru Baba Sawan Singh ji invited him in 1926.
Baba Bagga Singh ji, with the blessings of Baba Jaimal Singh ji
Baba deva Singh ji was born on Sep 25, 1885 in village Tut Dhahe Wala in Distt. Lahore of undivided India, which is now in Distt. Amritsar,Punjab, India.
To pursue his interest in spirituality and God realization, he left his home in search of a guru who could help him to attain his objective. He visited several sages and at last met with Nirmala sage who guided him to Baba Bagga Singh ji, the Perfect Master he was searching for. He devoted his whole life to the Master and the Dera. He was initiated on Asharh 16, 1956, Vikrami Samvat at the age of 14 and became a verses reader (Pathi) to his Satguru.
As per the instructions of his Satguru (Baba Jaimal Singh ji) Baba Bagga Singh ji never ignored Baba Deva Singh ji in his whole life.Baba Jaimal Singh ji often used to say that there is a loving relation between Baba Bagga Singh ji and Baba Deva Singh ji,as that of “Cow” and “Calf”.Baba Jaimal singh ji also ordered that after Baba Bagga singh ji,Baba Deva singh ji will perform the same duties as that of Baba Bagga Singh ji.Thus the order to perform Sewa was given by Baba Jaimal Singh Ji himself.As per the orders of Baba Jaimal Singh ji,Baba Bagga Singh ji blessed a Bed to Baba Deva Singh ji,nine years prior to leaving this mortal world.After Baba Bagga Singh ji left this mortal world,Baba Deva Singh ji was appointed the next Satguru,as per the orders of Baba Jaimal Singh ji.The Incarnation ceremony of Baba Deva singh ji was performed by Baba Sawan Singh ji himself. At the time of this ceremony Baba Sawan Singh ji announced, “The person who will differentiate between Beas and Tarn Taran will straight away go to hell.”
Baba Deva Singh ji was blessed with unlimited love and benevolence from his Master Baba Bagga Singh ji, Baba Jaimal Singh ji and Baba Garib Das ji (another saint). He served the Dera for 15 years and initiated many devotees.