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Jaimal Singh , popularly called "Baba Ji", was a Punjabi sikh who became a disciple of Soami Shiv Dayal Singh (the Sant Mat saint of Agra and founder of the Radha Soami spiritual movement). He served as a soldier (sepoy) in the British Indian Army attaining the rank of Havildar. After retirement he settled in a desolate and isolated spot outside the town of Beas (in undivided Punjab, now east Punjab) and became a spiritual teacher. The place came to be called Dera Baba Jaimal Singh, and is now the world centre of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas organization. Baba Jaimal Singh was the first Satguru of Radha Soami Satsang Beas (RSSB) until his death in 1903.
At the ages of 12–13, he understood that the Guru Granth Sahib rejected Pranayama, Hatha yoga, Japa, places of pilgrimage, fasting and rituals as means to finding The One God described by the Nanaks. Jaimal came to the conclusion that he had to find a master who practiced the meditation on the Anhad Shabad, the Inner Sound. He especially wanted a master who could explain the Guru Granth Sahib's reference to the Panch Shabd, the Five Sounds. Between the ages of 15 to 17, Jaimal Singh undertook an arduous journey through North India on a lengthy quest for a teacher, having had decided at age 14 that he needed to find a Master of the Panch Shabd. In 1856, his travels culminated in Agra at the feet of his master "Soami" Shiv Dayal Singh who initiated him into the Practice of the Five Sounds.
After his initiation, Jaimal Singh was set on becoming a sadhu and devoting his attention full-time to abhyas (spiritual practice). Jaimal, on the other hand, had no inclination to follow his family tradition of farming since it would entail taking a wife. Hence, Shiv Dayal advised the teenaged Jaimal to join the Army. On a visit to Mari Pahar, now in Pakistan, Jaimal Singh initiated Baba Sawan Singh, a military engineer, who eventually became his successor.
Jaimal Singh's teachings were those of his master who taught the need for a living spiritual guide, adept in the practise of the Naam or Inner Sound principle. Having practiced many different sadhna / sadhana / sadhan during his youth, Jaimal Singh was able to describe the merits and shortcomings of the various yogic methods in relation to Surat Shabd Yoga, the practice which he learned from his master.