Baba Sawan Singh was born into a Grewal Sikh family on 27 July 1858 in village Jatala, District Ludhiana. His father was Subedar Major Kabul Singh and his mother was Mata Jiwani. He was married to Mata Kishan Kaur and together they had three children. He passed Engineering from Thomson College, Roorkee and joined the Military Engineering Service. His bearing was majestic and attractive. He studied scriptures of various religions but retained a strong connection with the Gurbani of the Sikh religion.He had contact with a mystic of Peshawar named Baba Kahan who he hoped to get initiation from but was refused: “I associated with him for several months and during that time he showed supernatural powers on several occasions. When I asked him if he would shower grace upon me by initiating me, he answered: ‘No, he is somebody else; I do not have your share.’ I then asked him to tell me who that person was so that I could contact him. He replied: ‘When the time comes, he will himself find you.
Sant Kirpal Singh was born to a Sikh family at about 9 P.M. on a cold winter night on February 6, 1894 in the Punjab village of Sayyad Kasran in the Rawalpindi district (now part of Pakistan) at about 9 P.M. on a cold winter night on February 6. Master Kirpal remarked about his childhood attraction to solitude and meditation: “It was not written for me to play on this Earth.” In reference to his early meditations he stated, “In those days I saw the inner Light and many wondrous scenes of one inner stage or another; always such
scenes were before me. From an early age, Master Kirpal had a very high standard of morality. When his father asked him why he would not eat meat Master replied, “Meat is dead flesh, and I do not want to make a burial ground of my stomach.” As a young boy the Master developed the power of clairvoyance. Once when he was in the fourth grade he told his teacher that he must go home because his grandmother was dying. The teacher was sceptical at first, but soon had a change of heart when a message was delivered to the teacher asking for the dismissal of the Master because his grandmother was on her death-bed, he also had similar premonitions regarding the passing of his mother, his elder brother and the wife of his elder brother.
Sant Ajaib Singh Ji Maharaj was born on September 11, 1926, to a Sikh family in the Punjab town of Maina. Orphaned within days of His birth, Ajaib was raised by His great-uncle and aunt. Like most natural mystics, the young Ajaib became interested in spiritual matters at an early age. He was reading Sikh scriptures when He was five years old. He quickly became impressed by the consistent emphasis in Jap Ji and the Adi Granth on the necessity of having a true spiritual teacher, or Satguru, and spent years looking for such a One who could show Him the way home to God. Throughout His youth, Ajaib sought out any yogi, faqir, sadhu or holy man who could explain the mysteries of God, Guru and Naam alluded to in Sikh writings. In this way, His unfoldment mirrored that of Baba Jaimal Singh. While in His teens, Ajaib met a sadhu who worked miracles (psychic phenomena which held no interest for the young seeker) and gave Him His first mantra, “Hey Ram, Hey Gobind,” which satisfied His yearnings for the time being. In 1940, when he was just 14 years old, Ajaib met His first major teacher, Baba Bishan Das, a sadhu who came from the spiritual lineage of Baba Sri Chand, Guru Nanak’s son. Though not a fully realized Satguru, Baba Bishan Das was versed in Shabda Yoga up through the first two inner regions (i.e., the Astral and Causal Planes) and gave Ajaib the first two of the Five Holy Names which provided access to these regions. It was Baba Bishan Das who changed the youth’s name from “Sardara Singh” (the name given by His aunt and uncle) to “Ajaib Singh” (meaning “Wonderful Lion”).
Sant Sadhu Ram Ji was born in August 1944 and his parents, Mangla Ram and Chena Devi, lovingly named him Ladhu Ram. He grew up in a low-caste family, in a village in the former state of Bikaner, now located in Rajasthan near the Indo-Pakistan border. He did not have much formal education, and after completing up to the 9th grade in school, he started helping his father in farming. From his childhood he was strongly inclined towards spirituality and had a burning desire to realize God and to solve the mystery of life.His relatives wanted him to take an interest in the world and to accept responsibility for the family. His grandfather is reported to have given him 25 acres of his land in Punjab. However, young Ladhu Ram politely refused this gift of land, and, setting out on his own, took up work as a hired laborer on other people’s farms. Although this life was very difficult, he found it conducive to spiritual pursuits. As a farm laborer he received a meager wage in exchange for his hard physical work, but his mind was free for the remembrance of God. He would always do an excellent job, charging less than the other workers. If a job was worth Rs. 100 he would charge Rs. 80; if it was worth Rs. 50 he would charge Rs. 40.