Baba Jaimal Singh ji was born in
village Lath Ghuman near Batala, Distt. Gurdaspur, Punjab,
India, in July, 1839. His father was Sardar Jodh Singh ji
and mother was Sardarni Daya Kaur ji. She was a dvotee of
Bhakt Naamdev ji, and Baba ji started visiting him at the
age of four.
At the age of five he started his
education with Baba Khem Singh ji, a Vedanti sage. Within
two years he became a good reader of Guru Granth Sahib and
read Dasam Granth also.
At the age of 12-13 years he again
started studying Guru Granth Sahib at home and came to the
realization that this holy book rejects Praanayaam, Vairagya,
Hathyog, Jap-tap, places of pilgrimage, fasting and rituals.
He reached the conclusion that a perfect Master, a Satguru
who practices 'Anhad Shabad' is needed to realize God. He
started the search for a Perfect Master per the description
in Guru Granth Sahib. In Swami ji of Agra, he found the
Perfect Master, and was initiated by him 1856.
Swami ji ordered Baba Jaimal Singh
ji to start initiating devotees in Punjab, in Oct 1877.
Swami ji advised him not to interfere with the religious
choice of a devotee. Then Swami ji took off his own turban
and handed it over to Baba ji and permitted him to depart.
This was their last meeting.
During his service in the Army,
Baba Jaimal Singh ji met Baba Bagga Singh ji (the first
Satguru of Dera Tarn Taran ) in Multan (now in Pakistan).
Baba Jaimal Singh ji retired from
the Army on June 7, 1889 and started living in his village,
and later built a hut in village Bal Saran at the bank of
river Beas, Punjab, India, and started living there. Slowly
number of devotees increased and one of his devotees donated
three beeghas of land for Dera.
Once he went to Mari Pahar, a city
in H.P., where he initiated Babu Sawan Singh ji the second
Satguru of dera Beas.Baba Jaimal Singh ji spent his whole
life for in the service of Dera Beas and its devotees. He
left his mortal body on Dec 29, 1903.