BHAI SAHIB RANDHIR SINGH (1878-1961) was an outstanding freedom-fighter and a great saint and theologian who has made a lasting contribution to the religious and cultural revival in Punjab, and was one of the first few Punjabi revolutionaries who staked their life and career to bring about political awakening and win freedom for their country. Son of a High Court Judge and educated in Govt. College and Mission College, Lahore, Bhai Randhir Singh ushered a moral and spiritual revival which set into motion what later on came to be known as Gurdwara Reform Movement. In the Rakabganj Affair (1913) it was his stern challenge to the British Government and stirring call to the people to organize resistance, which prevented the further desecration of the historic shrine.
In 1914, he was the only non-emigrant Sikh leader who completely identified himself with the cause of the Ghadar Party and suffered imprisonment for seventeen long years. He is known to historians of this period as "Hero of the First supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case''. He is the only Sikh Leader who, in the last hundred years or more, has been given 'Hukamnamas' and Robes of Honour by the (then) four Takhats of the Panth, in solemn recognition of his sacrifices and impact on his times. His deep and original expositions of various aspects of Sikhism (more than 30 books) are a lasting contribution to Sikh theology, philosophy and mysticism. He distinguished himself in Punjabi prose and poetry by an erudite and powerful grand style of his own.
Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Ji was visiting Dharamsala and Dalhousie in Kangara hills during August - September 1938. He was enjoying spiritual bliss in the undisturbed secluded environment of fine rainy weather at Dharamsala. This suited very well for him to undertake writing this book 'Charan-Kamal Ki Mouj', while personally experiencing the ecstasy of Naam.
Earlier, S. Iqbal Singh B.A., B.T., (then) Headmaster of village Boparai, District Ludhiana had contributed an article under the heading, 'What are the Feet of Guru?' in newspaper 'Gursewak' Amritsar dated February 17, 1937. This was in response to the query raised by Bhai Kirpal Singh, Village Sakrandi in Patiala State. S. Iqbal Singh had also invited someone to explicate further on the topic for greater general benefit. Bhai Sahib had felt the urge to give his response ever since. This was to materialize now at Dharamsala.
The special characteristic of this book lies in bringing out the ideal of 'Charan-Kamal' & 'Charan-Kamal Ki Mouj' with the Gurbani quotations that formed the actual experience of Bhai Sahib in great loving devotion. This forms a detailed and convincing explication that suits the need of our times to support spiritual ideals with real personal experience. Such is the outstanding feature of the book.
The translation of the Punjabi version of this book was undertaken by Bhai Jaspinder Singh (Toronto) after having been prompted by some of Bhai Sahib’s associates and Bhai Balbir Singh (son of Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh).
Following the success of the first two ebook publications in early 2012, Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust UK (Registered Charity No: 1144954), has continued to publish Bhai Sahib’s work in this way in order to meet the demand of readers in the western world.
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- Bhai Sahib Randhir Singh Trust UK, January 2013
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