Bhagat Puran Singh: A legacy

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Every religion has at least one important individual that has done something highly significant in this world. Sikhism, itself, has had more then 25 accomplished beings. Bhagat Puran Singh is one of the rare persons that cross the Earth, but sadly not many young Sikhs know his name. From just giving moral support to saving lives, Bhagat Ji has done such good deeds in his life that many are just left aspiring to become like him.

Bhagat Puran Singh, once known as Ramji Das, was an ordinary being that lived in an extraordinary manner. Unlike many people in the world, Bhagat Ji did not bestow the title of Bhagat, meaning devotee, upon himself, but was given the title by the Panth itself. He was born on June 4th 1904 to Chaudari Chibu Mal and Mehtab Kaur at Rajewal, Distt. Ludhiana. During his early years, he went to many villages always visiting a Hindu temple.

According to history, Baba Ji was one day told to clean the temple and he willingly obeyed. Finishing his work, the Brahmins sat before him and ate, not bothering to offer him any food as well. Coincidentally, Bhai Sahib once stayed at a Gurdwara where he not only received food without working, but also got a place to sleep. Due to this kind treatment he decided to become part of the Khalsa. Amazingly this very same person, Bhai Puran Singh, carried an abandoned, disabled child (whom he named Piara) on his back for 14 years. This child was known to him as a 'garland around his neck'. Many people have come to understand that Bhagat Puran Singh is to the Sikh Panth what Mother Teresa is to Christianity. However, thanks to the great devotion and dedication of the west, Mother Teresa won the Noble Peace...