“The Ten Masters ” Prof Puran Singh
The history of human civilization took a new tum when the Sikh Gurus appeared on the scene of Medieval India, It was a time when people had no sense of the real meaning of life and were indulged in useless ritualistic pursuits. The Sikh movement served as a light-house for the people groping in the dark. The people converged around this light-house, listened the ambrosial sermons to their heart, and got imbued themselves in the Divine tremors. The Master showered on them the real ‘gift of life’ (Jia dan) and unified them with the Almighty God (Har sio lain milde). They were then changed men and elevated to the stage of the ideal man Le. Gurmukh. The Sikh history narrates many heart-rending stories of such elevated disciples.
Prof. Puran Singh (1881-1931 A.D.) was a genius of his times. Though he got his higher education in Chemistry and earned a good name in this field with new researches, he basically was a man of letters. He had a good habit of eI:joying the company of spiritualists and sharing his spiritual experiences with others. For that he joined the other mystic folds too, but when he came in contact with the Saint-Sikh poet Bhai Vir Singh, he was infatuated by the Sikh mystic path. He treaded this path and shared his emotional feelings with others in the form of a number of books. His Punjabi and English mystic poetry touches the new heights of spiritual experiences in a powerful but simple language.
The historians’ accounts of the Sikh Gurus narrate the political, social and other events exhaustively but they lack the spiritual horizon of the Great Masters. It was PuranSingh, who touched this aspect in depth. Himself a mystic par-excellence, he narrates the stories in his own way. The flow of the narration is unparalleled. The reader absorbs himself with the first sentence and enjoys the Divine Masters’ blessings to his heart.
When the world is by and large dissatisfied on account of inner spiritual hunger, we find that the mystic writings of Puran Singh serve as a soothing healer to the strife-tom humanity. Therefore, such writings must be published again and again so that a large number of people could take benefit from these. We are feeling an inner satisfaction when we find ourselves attached with this rare and marvellous writing. This is the feeling which we cherish for our esteemed readers by its publication.