Thakar Singh

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Sant Thakar Singh Ji Maharaj

Sant Thakar Singh Ji Maharaj (born March 26, 1929 in Kalra, Punjab , India , † March 6, 2005 in Chandigarh ) was regarded by his disciples as the spiritual master of Sant Mat and as the successor of Sant Kirpal Singh . He was therefore called Sant Thakar Singh by them .


Thakar Singh was born on March 26, 1929 in the Punjab village of Kalra. The civil engineer married at the age of 22 and worked as a hydraulic engineer for the Indian government until his early retirement in 1976. As a born and practicing Sikh , he taught the content of the Adi Granth until the age of 36 .

Claim of spiritual competence

In 1965 he received initiation (introduction to meditation on light and sound within) from a living competent master of Sant Mat, Sant Kirpal Singh. According to the teaching of Sant Mat, initiation is the introduction to the meditation technique, in which the soul is connected with the Oversoul or the Divine.

After the death of Sant Kirpal Singh in 1974, various people made claims of spiritual succession. Thakar Singh was one of them.

Thakar Singh was seen by his followers as an example of spiritual perfection. He promised non-denominational seekers an immediate inner experience of the divine and never asked for money for himself or his organization.

In the German-speaking area there are 5 centers and approx. 50 local meditation groups, whose members meet regularly to meditate together. These group meetings are also called satsang .

From 1976 on, Thakar Singh undertook a variety of world trips to spread his meditation technique and the teachings of Sant Mat, including to Germany, Austria, USA, Canada, Mexico, Panama, England, Sweden, Italy and Switzerland.

Critical opinions

Thakar Singh's opinion that even small children can meditate was controversial. Both cult experts and newspapers accused him of ill-treating children through meditation. In some of the allegations, Thakar Singh, through his then representative Lothar Schmitt, brought about a judicial omission, as these allegations had repeatedly led to difficulties with renting rooms for public events. According to a ruling by the Munich Regional Court, the sentence in the BILD newspaper “Guru tortures German babies in order to enlighten them” is permissible as an expression of opinion, but other allegations are not.

Individual evidence

  1. Munich District Court , Az .: 9 0 21588/94, of 25 January 1995


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