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Baba Kashmira Singh
is head of the Sidhant Sant Samaj
or Gurbani (Gurmati) Sidhant Pracharak Sant Samaj
, a pro-Gurmat
Gurmat is a term which may in its essential sense be taken to be synonymous with Sikhism itself. It literally means to "have your face towards the guru". It covers doctrinal, prescriptive and directional aspects of Sikh faith and praxis...
organization in Jalandhar
Jalandhar is a city in Jalandhar District in the state of Punjab, India. It is located 144 km northwest of the state capital, Chandigarh...
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. Formed in January, 1999, the organization rose to demand the removal of the controversial Gurcharan Singh Tohra
Panth Rattan Shiri Gurcharan Singh Tohra , former president of SGPC , a Sikh body in charge of controlling Gurdwara . He died of a heart attack in New Delhi on April 1, 2004 at the age of 79...
from the Sant Samaj.
Prior to Baba Kashmira Singh's emergence as a religious figure, he served as a police official. His behavior as a religious leader, such as the promotion of the unity of religions, has sometimes created controversy among the Sikh
A Sikh is a follower of Sikhism. It primarily originated in the 15th century in the Punjab region of South Asia. The term "Sikh" has its origin in Sanskrit term शिष्य , meaning "disciple, student" or शिक्ष , meaning "instruction"...
community; in 1999, he was called before the collective body of Akal Takht
The Akal Takht of the Timeless One or Seat of God. It is one of the five seats of temporal authority of the Sikhs equivalent to any parliament of world sovereign country. Akal means The Timeless One - another term for God. Takht means 'seat' or 'throne' in Persian...
to defend his allegedly "'heretical' activities". In an interview, Baba Kashmira Singh declared, "I believe a religion should be flexible and change with the times."
He is the founder of SGL Charitable Hospital in Jalandhar, a non-profit, acute care hospital with 500 beds, part of the Jan Sewa Trust he runs. He is known all over the world for formation of Eye Bank, Anti Drug Addiction Compaign, Breast/uterus cancer eradication, old age home, anti-dowry drive and nation soul refund.