Sant Mat Radha Soami - History and Origin

The history and origin of Radha Soami Panth. How did Radha Soami Panth originate? What is the truth about Radha Soami sect? Who started the Radha Soami faith?

Seth Shiv Dayal Singh (also known as Swami Ji or Soami Ji) was born on August 25, 1818 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. He was married at an early age to Naraini Devi whom Rai Saligram used to address as Radha Ji. His father was Seth Dilwali Singh ji and Mother's name was Maha Maya. They used to reside at Panni Gali in Agra and both had taken naam from Tulsi Sahib of Hath Ras. Seth Shiv Dayal ji had no guru. He was the first Guru of Radha Soami sect. He initially meditated for many years and then on one day suddenly started giving naam diksha (initiation). As he himself did not have any guru, he therefore had no orders from anyone to start a sect which renders the radha soami sect arbitrary as it does not follow a guru-disciple tradition. Soami Shiv Dayal ji gave naam diksha of 5 naams (paanch naam).

Did Seth Shiv Dayal Ji start the Radha Soami Panth?

  • Who started Radha Soami Panth?
  • What was sect that was started by Soami Shiv Dayal Ji called?

Seth Shiv Dayal ji started his faith on "Satnaam" and "Anami" but Radha Soami name was coined by Rai Saligram and Radha Soami sect was started by him too.

Rai Saligram used to address Naraini Devi (Wife of Shiv Dayal Ji) as "Radha Ji" and this is where the name "Radha Soami" originated. Later on the Gurus gave a meaning to this word "Radha Soami" with Radha meaning "Soul" and Soami meaning "Lord", hence "Lord of the Soul". But in reality Radha Soami is addressed to Shiv Dayal Ji because Narayani Devi ji was addressed as Radha ji and her husband as Radha's Soami.

During the terminal moments of his life, as written in the book "Saar Bachan Radha Soami" Seth Shiv Dayal ji made it very clear that he did not start the Radha Soami faith as his faith was that of "Satnaam & Anami". Seth Shiv Dayal ji further clarified that the Radha Soami faith had been started by Rai Saligram.

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History of Radha Soami Panth