Gobind Sadan is my home, and to me and many who visit here, it seems like paradise. It is a unique farming and devotional community on the southern outskirts of New Delhi, India. Gobind Sadan—which means “The House of God”—grew up organically around the tremendously powerful spiritual teacher, Baba Virsa Singh Ji. He left his physical body on December 24, 2007, but he is quite present with us and continuing to manage everything. He has probably been our beloved teacher for many lifetimes. We call him “Maharaj,” “The Great King.”
We are a variegated lot: Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, wealthy and poor, highly educated and illiterate, from northern Indian states and various other countries, especially the USA and Russia. By Maharaj ji’s inspiration, we manage to live, work, and worship together collectively, like family members. Devotions go on around the clock at many places here—our several havans (sacred fires), mosque, Jesus’ Place, temples to many Indian deities, Buddha and Mahavir’s pavilion, and the Sh’ma Place of Jewish worship—according to Maharaj’s directions. We understand, as he always taught us, that all devotions are directed toward the same Indescribable One.
Extensive information about Gobind Sadan and Baba Virsa Singh Ji Maharaj are available on our official website, www.gobindsadan.org, and our Russian website, www.gobindsadan-rus.org. This small website is devoted to my own impressions of Gobind Sadan since I first came here to live in 1991. I am a writer of best-selling US college textbooks on religion and on art and have seen many things in the world, but nothing impresses me so much as Gobind Sadan and Maharaj Ji. May these simple sharings from my diaries and photos be a source of inspiration to you also.
With love from paradise, Mary Pat Fisher