Saiyid Kasran – The Master’s Birthplace


- Sant Kirpal Singh -




“Some years ago, I went to my home in Sayyad Kasran …
I held a Satsang, taking a hymn from the Gurubani:  "I am
attached to things that I see. How can I find thee, O Lord?”

Sant Kirpal Singh





1894  Kirpal Singh was born on February 6, 1894, in a rural setting in Saiyid Kasran, district Rawalpindi, Punjab (then in British India, now in Pakistan), to Sardar Hukam Singh and Gulab Devi, as the youngest brother of three. His eldest brother was Prem Singh, and His elder brother Jodh Singh. He was brought up in a Sikh household, and was educated at the Edwardes Church Mission High School in Peshawar.


1924  “I was the first man in my village to be initiated, and it started some trouble. I was called to the temple there and I tried to explain to them, finally saying, ‘All right, there is a difference; why not take a few men, say four or five, and we will go and talk together heart to heart – you may choose the most learned men.’ A number of people took a vow to kill me as a result; they fixed a meeting place, choosing the time at ten o’clock at night, with the purpose of killing me as I walked through the village to the appointed place. But when the hour came and I walked to the meeting place, they did meet me on the way but had no courage to attack me. Some months after this incident, the ringleader of this plot came to Lahore and I met him one day in the street. I at once invited him to my home, telling him, ‘Come, dear friend, have your food with me today.’ When we reached my house, he sat down and cried. Naturally, I asked him what was wrong, and he replied, ‘You knew I was the one who led that plot to kill you, and yet you have welcomed me to your home.’ He was quite overcome.”

Sant Kirpal Singh


1930ies  Once Hazur went to Sayyad Kasran, the village of Sant Kirpal Singh. After the Satsang, the headmaster of the local school stood up and said, “Sir, so far as you initiate the deserving ones into the esoteric mysteries of the beyond, it is all right. But when you initiate even the undeserving for the mere asking, it seems rather queer and improper.” Hazur replied, “Brother, if you talk of the deserving candidates, I can teil you in confidence that even I was not deserving when Babaji bestowed on me the riches of Naam.” And then added, “If a wealthy person would like to share his riches with his poor brethren, why should anybody grudge it.”


Once, Hazur went to the village of Sayyad Kasran for a Satsang. There was a huge gathering. The Akalis likewise held a big diwan (meeting), in opposition to Hazur’s mission. After the Satsangs, both in the morning and evening, people would partake from the Langar – a sort of free community kitchen. On that day, at about 2 in the afternoon, when the langar had finished serving the Satsangis, some hundreds of Akalis came and asked for food, simply to embarrass the organisers. They were in no mood to wait and asked to be served food immediately. When S. Kirpal Singh was informed of the situation, he hastened to the langar, and finding that there was hardly anything left ordered that a fresh meal be prepared. The Akalis, however, insisted on immediate service. At this juncture Hazur himself came to the langar and asked, “Kirpal Singh, why don’t you serve food to these people, when there is enough of it for the purpose. Take the basket of chapatis, cover it with a cloth and begin serving them and do likewise with the vegetables.” No sooner said than done. The chapatis and the vegetables were accordingly served and to the amazement of those serving the food and those partaking of it, there was no dearth and the Akalis had their fill.





Saiyid Kasran

The village is located on the Potohar (Potwar) Plateau, 40 km (25 m) south of Rawalpindi and some 30 km (19 m) north of the famous Salt Range, a series of hills and low mountains between the valleys of the Indus and Jhelum rivers.

Saiyid Kasran (marked with → on big map) actually consists of two parts: Saiyid (or: Syed; earlier: Sayyad, Sayyed) and Kasran (or: Kasrān), 2 km (1,3 m) apart from each other. The Saiyid Kasran Railway Station (now closed) used to be located 3 km (2 m) north of Saiyid on the Mandra-Chakwal railway track of the North Western Railway (see Rawalpindi District maps).




Saiyid Kasran 2007          (Punjab, Pakistan, 150 kb)

Rawalpindi District 1955  (US army map service, 880 kb)



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Railway 1922

Salt Range mountains
near Saiyid Kasran







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