Baba Harnam Singh Ji Bedi
Punjab and its surrounding areas are full of great history. It is an honour that Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib ji planted the roots of Sikhi in this area. As Sikhi has grown there have been many saints and warriors that have resided in this area. There have been sacrifices for Sikhi in history and Damdami Taksal has always been at the forefront of these. One type of sacrifice is the sacrifice of a Giani who studies Gurbani and then spends all of his time teaching and preaching to others. Sant Baba Harnam Singh ji Bedi made this sacrifice. left the world where they stayed at Dera Baba Joga Singh ji.
Baba ji was a great kathakars forever attached to the charan (feet) of Akal Purkh. They were taught the knowledge of Gurbani from Bhai Jaswant Singh ji. They also studied the Vars of Bhai Gurdas ji Sri Gur Partap Suraj Granth and other religious granths.
After Sant Giani Bhagvan Singh ji left the world for Sach Khand. Sant Baba Harnam Singh ji Bedi became the jathedar of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Sahib ji’s Damdami Taksal. Baba ji taught many Gursikhs the understanding of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji Sri Dasam Granth Sahib ji and other religious granths within Amritsar. Sant ji would also partake in the seva of Panj Pyare at Sri Akal Takhat Sahib ji where people would take Amrit and get initiated into the Khalsa Panth/Nation.
Gursikhs taught by Baba ji where ever they went taught others the knowledge of Gurbani and spread the word of Sikhi. Sant ji would everyday go to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and listen to the nitnem (daily prayers) and Shabad Keertan (singing of hymns). They started the method of doing translations by ‘anve arth’ – a unique method of translating Gurbani.
Baba ji taught many famous Gursikhs such as: Sant Baba Bishan Singh ji Muralewale Sant Giani Sundar Singh ji Bhindranwale Mahant Haakam Singh ji Amritsar Mahant Harnam Singh ji Muralewale and Sant Bishan Singh ji Kareet.
Baba ji stayed at Dera Baba Joga Singh ji Amritsar and was the Head Granthi at Sri Harmandir Sahib ji. All the Gianis of that time, in Amritsar, were students of Baba ji. They never stopped teaching the understanding of Gurbani, even at a very old age. They also had the chance to teach many Nirmale, Udasis, Adanshahee and Majbee Sikhs. Sant Baba Harnam Singh ji Bedi would always wear black and left the world where they stayed at Dera Baba Joga Singh ji.