Sant Attar Singh Ji, the most widely known and respected Sant in modern times, was born at Cheema, a village in the erstwhile Jind State (now in Sangrur district of Punjab, India) on 28 March 1866.
His advocacy of education for the girl-child and blending education with spirituality show his sense of foresightedness. Even a century back, he knew that mere scientific education would only lead to destruction, and education of the girl-child would result in the whole family getting educated.
Towards that end, he first set up a school for girls in 1906. He did that even before establishing a school for boys and Akal Degree College at Mastuana, Punjab. Eventually he established a chain of schools and colleges. He also took part in several educational conferences motivating others to establish many more schools and colleges.
Such was his goodwill and popularity as a messenger of Universal Brotherhood and Oneness, he was personally invited by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya to lay the foundation stone of the Banaras Hindu University on 24 December 1914.[ssba]
Niranjan Singh Mehta, who came to be known as Sant Teja Singh Ji later, was born to Bhai Ralla Singh and Ram Kaur at Balowali village (in Pakistan) on 14 May 1877.
Bhai Ralla Singh was a medical doctor working in Central Jail, Lahore. Sant Teja Singh Ji passed his postgraduate studies with distinction and followed it up with a degree in law.
He then went to Harvard University in the United States for further studies. At the centre of his world was an abiding respect for his mentor a belief that education has to holistically blend science with spirituality in order to make the world a better place to live in.
Sant Teja Singh Ji established the Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib in 1963 to spread the message of universal brotherhood.
“We believe it is possible to impart quality education to the students of rural areas. We wish to see their minds informed, disciplined, strengthened – in fact, trained in somewhat the same way as per the teachings of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj”
– Sant Teja Singh Ji
Baba Iqbal Singh, President of Kalgidhar Trust and an Agricultural Scientist. When he retired from his career in the agricultural sciences, he had only one dream – to introduce and spread the concept of ‘Real Education’ throughout India. This led him to launch Akal Academies, which teaches the concepts of world peace and love to its students. Starting with just 5 students in 1986, today there are 65,000+ students studying in 129 schools and 3 universities throughout northern India.
Baba Iqbal Singh has always been aware that true education and mental concentration is possible only when the student has a healthy mind and body. Thus, he ventured into the field of healthcare and began to look for healthy alternatives to current unhealthy food options. His background in agricultural sciences and one of his international visits helped him make the connection between a healthy diet, Omega-3, and Canola oil.