Brief Life-Sketch of
Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal
Balbir Singh Seechewal, a living legend of our times, has recently risen
to international fame due to his prominent work in multiple fields of
control of environmental pollution, planting of trees in waste lands,
installation of underground sewage systems in villages and towns,
building of roads and bridges in remote areas, establishing schools and
colleges for the poor and the needy to provide advanced technical
training is in harmony with the spiritual and moral values, and above
all, cleanliness and beautification of the 160 kms long river Kali Bein
sacred to Shri Guru Nanak
Dev Ji which is the historical site of Guru Ji’s
first enlightenment and his first utterance of Mool Mantra.
In his opinion, pollution of air, water and earth is an indicator of mental pollution and spiritual degradation which is the major problem facing humanity today and which we must eradicate. He seeks to combine science and religion to this end.
Sant Seechewal Ji’s welfare projects embrace all the sections of society. He is beloved of all irrespective of their caste, creed and colour. International Press and media have done well to highlight his positive achievements.
Born on Feb.2, 1962 in the household of Sh. Chanan Singh and Mata Chanan Kaur at village Seechewal in district Jalandhar, Sant Balbir Singh Ji left his college studies in 1981 without taking degree and became a follower of Sant Avtar Singh, the then chief of Nirmal Kuteya Seechewal. He took over as the head of Nirmal Kuteya Seechewal after the demise of Sant Avtar Singh in 1988. Not only did he continue his teacher’s religious activities, but also further expanded his educational projects by starting Sant Avtar Singh Memorial Secondary School which has now grown into a postgraduate college, Sant Avtar Singh Memorial College Seechewal, with advanced technical courses. He illumined the slums and cottages with the light of knowledge by opening schools for the poor children. With the passage of time he became more and more inclined towards social relevance of religion, indicated by the concept of “sewa” along with that of “simran”. On Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birthday in 1991, he started preparing roads in the remote backward areas of Punjab, and became popular as “saint of roads.” He planted numberless fruit and flower trees in the wastelands along the roads and the rivers and in the cremation grounds. He installed a low-cost but very effective underground sewage system in many villages and towns in Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur districts. He inspired the youth of the area to take part in sports by arranging sports tournaments at every important occasion. In July 2000, he came to see the pitiable condition of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Holy Kali Bein and started his work on it. His work on the Bein has turned into an international movement. Thanks to his work the Holy Bein now has come out of anonymity to acquire prominence on the world map. It is an achievement which all the followers of Guru Nanak Dev Ji must be proud of. His work on the Bein has focused the world’s attention on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s philosophy of “Daya” (mercy to all) in particular and on environmental issues in general. He often quotes from Japuji:
“Air is the Guru, Water is the Father, and Earth is the Great Mother of all.” (Page 8)
In such sayings of the great Guru we find a beautiful blend of religious and environmental concerns.
With the cooperation of the Gursangat, Sant Ji has cleared the whole length of the Holy Bein of hyacinth and silt. At six places along the length of the rivulet, Sultanpur Lodhi, Kanjali, Subhanpur, Bhulath and Gallowal, beautiful bathing Ghats have been established. 110 km long kutcha road has been prepared along the Bein from its inception at Dhanoa (Distt. Hoshiarpur) to Kanjali (Distt. Kapurthala). At Sultanpur Lodhi, the Holy Bein has been transformed into a real picnic spot with free-of-cost boating facilities for the people. The whole of the Bein here has been lined with stone-ghats with roads on both the sides. Beautiful flowers and fruit trees adorn the whole place. Lighting and water arrangements have been made. No description in words can fully explain the beauty of the place. But Baba Ji says, it is all only a rough sketch, the best is yet to come from the house of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The Holy Bein has also been cleaned and deepened from Sultanpur Lodhi downward to Harike Pattan so that the water of the Beas has come upstream from Harike to Sultanpur Lodhi and started recharging the Sultanpur area and saving it from drying up.
Baba Ji has shown a permanent solution to the problem of dirty wastewaters by installing a pipeline to supply the treated sewage water to the farmers for irrigation purposes. This model can be followed everywhere.At every important occasion of religious significance, Sant Seechewal holds sports tournaments, poetical symposia, kavishari and kirtan darbars along with religious ceremonies. His multiple works aim at the overall development of common humanity.
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