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Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj
(formerly Bal Bhagwan Ji)

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Bal Bhagwan Ji used to be giving Satsang on Maharaji's stage in the early 70s.
Shri Satpalji Maharaj is the new title of Maharaji's eldest brother.
Shri Hans Ji Maharaj as recalled by Satpalji.
Premnagar used to be Maharaji's ashram in the early 70s.
Official Biography : no mention of Bal Bhagwan Ji and the rest of his family.
Satpal in England : On May 10, 1998, Maharaji's eldest brother held an 'event' for his own followers in Bolton, England.

The following information was obtained directly from "The Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti Homepage"

On Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj

The eldest son of Paramsant Satgurudev Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj was born on 21st September 1951, at Kankhal, in the holy town of Hardwar. His father's life was a saga of selfless service and devotion to humanity, and of tireless dedication to the ideal of awakening man's dormant spirituality by revealing the Divine Knowledge to all who sincerely asked for it.

Birth into the family of an enlightened Yogi, combined with his own inherent tendencies, facilitated his spiritual development from a very early age. By the age of two he was already sitting for long periods in deep meditation, and he would encourage others to do so, too. His father once commented that his consciousness, naturally drawn inward to rest within itself, was to be coaxed outwards for the spiritual benefit of others. Growing up in a spiritual environment under the strict guidance of his father and surrounded by mahatmas and devotees, he became a master of the spiritual sciences at an early age.

When he was three years old, a huge procession through the main streets of Delhi was arranged for him by his father. Thousands of devotees and interested members of the public participated. At one point, when a gigantic traffic jam prevented the forward progress of the procession, little Satpal Ji Maharaj himself stood up and gave the appropriate directions to clear the way. Even at a tender age his innate leadership and organising abilities manifested themselves. Besides the spiritual training he received at home, he went to school to acquire a formal education. From the very beginning of his school life he showed keen interest in science. Although quiet and reserved, he participated fully in curricular and extra-curricular activities such as debating and painting, for which he won prizes. Extremely practical by nature, he would not accept anything until he could verify it through objective analysis or personal experience.

He is renowned for his self-discipline and fairness. Totally devoted to his own Master, he demonstrated the path of service in his own life. He never expects his disciples to do anything which he himself has not done, and he doesn't preach anything which he doesn't practice. His father passed away in July 1966, bequeathing his mission and unfinished work to his eldest son. Young Satpal Ji Maharaj took command with his characteristic zeal and efficiency, and dedicated himself to the task of fulfilling his father's dreams. He never deviated from the ideals taught by Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, no matter what the cost. His integrity and clarity of vision, his noble character and patient effort have earned him the respect of all sections of society.

Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj has taken his message of inspiration and hope to the four corners of India and also abroad. Under his auspices and guidance Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti is promoting his spiritual and social work throughout India and abroad.

On Shri Hans Ji Maharaj

Born in the Himalayan District of Uttarakhand, Satguru Shri Hans Ji Maharaj was destined to play an important role in re-awakening the experience of true religion in the hearts of millions of people throughout India, freeing them from the blind faith in ritual and superstition which was being perpetrated in the name of religion. He was a magnetic personality. His very presence inspired confidence and radiated an aura of love and peace. From early childhood he had been inclined towards spirituality, so when he met Swami Swarupanand, the saint who became his Spiritual Teacher, he devoted himself totally and dived into the infinite ocean of spiritual wisdom. His Guru declared, "I am in Hans' heart, and he is in mine", and he became the spiritual successor to Swami Swarupanand.

In the early days of his mission, Shri Hans Ji Maharaj disseminated Spiritual Knowledge in Sind and Lahore.From 1930 he started teaching in Delhi, staying in a small room near the huge Delhi Cloth Mills. Interest in his path spread among employees of the mill. His approach was not at all traditional. He was unique and so were his methods. When the cloth mill employees expressed their desire to see God but wondered how it would be possible for workers like themselves who had no time for elaborate rituals and pilgrimages, Shri Maharaj Ji told them that true meditation is something that can be done anytime, in all circumstances and by anyone.

He took a personal interest in each and every disciple. He shared their joys and sorrows, and taught them to steer themselves on the Path of Righteousness. He taught the deepest esoteric mysteries of religion in a very down-to-earth fashion. He made spirituality a living, practical reality in the lives of his devotees. He never had any intention of establishing a sect or religion. His teaching transcended all caste, colour and creed. Like all great saints, his message was for good of all. He would say, "Who can be more merciful than a Guru? The Guru is the very ocean of mercy".

He made his disciples understand the need of first living religion and then talking about it. Thus, religion became a way of life for his disciples, and Shri Hans Ji Maharaj was himself the living embodiment of what he taught.

He preached the path advocated by the great souls of all times and lands, and urged humanity to follow their footsteps. He stressed the importance of not just glorifying the saints but striving to attain the state which they had reached.

His death in July 1966, was a great loss to mankind, but the torch of Knowledge which he lit can never be extinguished. His noble work is being carried on by his son, the present Spiritual Master Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj, the founder of Manav Utthan Sewa Samiti, which is spreading the same Knowledge throughout India and the world.

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News from Premnagar

Check what's going on at Premnagar Ashram near Hardwar.

Click here to go to Premnagar (during the last Kumbh Mela event).

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The following biography was obtained directly at:


Shri Satpalji's Official Biography

Father's Name

Late Shri Hansji Maharaj

Date of Birth

21 September 1951

Place of Birth

Kankhal in Distt.Haridwar (Uttar Pradesh)

Marital Status

Married on 8 February 1981

Spouse's Name

Smt. Amrita Rawat


Two sons


Educational Qualifications

Senior Cambridge; Educated at St. George's College, Mussoorie; (Uttar Pradesh)


Agriculturist, Political and Social Worker

Permanent Address

13, Municipal Road, Dehradun (Uttar Pradesh) 
Tel. (0135) 654514; Fax 652364

Present Address

6, Raisina Road,New Delhi-110001
Tels. 3303708, 3303706, 3713913;Fax 5435778

Positions Held

March 1991-Sept. 1994

Member, Executive Committee, P.C.C.(I), Uttar Pradesh

March 1992-Oct. 1994

Member, A.I.C.C.(I)

Feb. 1994-Feb. 1995

Convener, Mahatma Gandhi 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee, Uttar Pradesh

Oct. 1995-Dec. 1996

Vice-President, Indira Congress Committee (Tiwari); Uttar Pradesh

Jan. 1996-Dec. 1996

President, Indira Congress (Tiwari), Uttarakhand


Elected to Lok Sabha (Eleventh)

July 1996-June 97

Union Minister of State, Railways

June 1997 onwards

Union Minister of State, Finance

Books Published

(I)"Manav Dharma"; (II) "Adhyatma Aur Vigyan"; (III) "Bharat Sone ka Desh Bane"; (IV) "Science and Spirituality"; (V) "Dharma for Man"; and "The Secret Knowledge"

Literary,Artistic and Scientific Accomplishments

Encouraging writers, poets, historians and others who are active in the field of fine arts the advancement of the culture and folk arts of Uttarakhand;

Social and Cultural Activities

Notable contribution in protecting and preserving the ancient cultural heritage and in providing assistance to students,sportspersons and women; relef to the victims of natural calamities-floods,earthquakes, droughts and hailstorms in various parts of the country propagated national unity, integrity and;religious harmony by organising conferences in;various parts of the country

Special Interests

Extending the latest computer technology, desk top printing and latest scientific advancements to the masses and eradication of superstitions, untouchability and other social evils

Favourite Pastime and Recreation

Travelling, swimming and reading

Sports and Clubs


Countries Visited

Widely travelled


Election Result Of

Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency

Total electorate

Total votes polled

Votes polled in favour of the

first four leading candidates :

  (i) Shri Satpal Maharaj [A.I.I.(T)]

(ii) Shri Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri (B.J.P.)

(iii) Shri Kunwar Singh Negi (I.N.C.)

(iv) Shri Rajeshwar Prasad Ghildiyal (B.S.P.)