Baba Siri Chand
(I was named after him...his vibration has served me well)

Baba Siri Chand (1494-1629) was the eldest son of Guru Nanak Dev ji. Siri Chand was a devoted Sikh and a saintly person, but unlike his father, he chose the life of an ascetic and renounciate yogi.

After his father left this earthly plane, Baba Siri Chand stayed in Dera Baba Nanak and maintained Guru Nanak Dev's temple.
Here he established the Udasis sect who traveled far and wide to spread the Word of Nanak.

Many years passed, with Siri Chand keeping company with his own disciples.

Siri Chand heard about the beautiful new city of Ram Das Pur, and the compassion and humility of the Fourth Guru, Guru Ram Das ji.
 
Curious, he set out to meet him. When Baba Siri Chand met Guru Ram Das, he commented that Guru Ram Das had the longest beard he had ever seen. Guru Ram Das, in an expression of honor to the House of Nanak, said, "It is only long in order to wipe the feet of the saints". Guru Ram Das bent down to do so, and Baba Siri Chand pulled his feet back in surprise. Guru Ram Das’s humility touched Siri Chand deeply and he declared to everyone, "This is truly the Light of Guru Nanak."



From that time forward, Baba Siri Chand maintained close contact with the Sikh sangat. Upon Baba Siri Chand's death at the age of 135, the son of Guru Hargobind, Baba Gurditta was appointed his successor as head of the Udasis.

They received support and guidance from the Sikhs, and lived together all across the Punjab.

The Udasis protected and maintained the historical Gurdwaras of Anandpur, Hazoor Sahib and Amritsar for over a hundred years after Guru Gobind Singh's death, during the time of great persecution of the Sikhs.

During this time, they established schools of learning to keep alive the knowledge of Sikh history and Gurmukhi language.



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