Baba Harnam Singh Ji Bedi
Sant Giani Harnam Singh Ji Bedi
Baba Ji was the eighth Chief (mukhi) of Damdami Taksal. Baba Ji studied in Damdami Taksal.
After baba Bhagwan Singh Ji left the world for Sach Khand, baba HarnamSingh Ji Bedi was the next leader of taksal. baba ji was the granthi of Sri Darbar Sahib.
Thus giving us evidence of their nimrata (humbleness) by producing this Sateek Sant Ji has done a great Seva for the Panth.
Punjab and its surrounding areas are full of great history. It is an honour that Satguru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Maharaj Ji planted the roots of Sikhism in this area. As Sikhism has grown there have been many saints and warriors that have resided in this area. There have been sacrifices for Sikhism 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 teachings and preaching to others. Sant Baba Harnam Singh Ji Bedi made this sacrifice and left the world where they stayed at Dera Baba Joga Singh Ji.
Baba Ji was a great kathakar 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 Vaara of Bhai Gurdas Ji, Sri Gurpartap Suraj Granth and other religious Granths (Holly Books).
After Sant Giani Bhagwan Singh Ji left the world for Sachkhand then Sant Baba Harnam Singh Ji Bedi became the next Jathedar (Leader) of 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 every day go to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and listen to the Nitnem (Morning prayer) 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.