Nirmalas, like other Sanatan Sikhs, distinguish between
'Matt' (Individual religion or individualistic
thinking which fuels ego and puts up barriers between people) and
Sanatan Dharma (Universal religion/philosophy or
thinking which brings all together).
Majority of people who practice a 'religion' get engrossed
in their particular Matt. Only a few ever seen the true spiritual
path of Sanatan Dharma, the true heart and soul of all true religions.
Baba Teja Singh (a well-respected Nirmala Sikh) comments:
‘From 15th century in that time the [Adi]
Guru Granth was composed. At that time, the four religious way’s
that were existent. There was Gur Matt [Sikh
Guru’s thinking] in the Punjab, Bhagti Marg
[Way of devotion] in South of India, Sufism
in the west around Multan, and Vedant which
was through out India. Those who believe in Vedas are to be
found through out India. These four religious ways deal
with one same subject. Bhagti Marg, Sufism, Gurmat and Vedant
basically stand on one platform. Alright, I possess
knowledge of Vedant. People will say that he speaks Gurbani
[Guru’s word which is Dharma] in the manner of Vedant.
If Someone is more versed in knowledge of Sufism, he will speak
[Guru’s word] in a Sufi manner. If some one has interest
in Bhagti Marg studies it he will talk in that manner [Guru’s
word]. Some will speak of it [Dharma] in manner of Sikhism.
According to each other’s religious learning they
speak. But, in terms of foundation, when we look at
the four religious ways, their principles are basically one.
To have faith in God and to see God in all, this is
(Baba Teja Singh, transcript of a recording, 9-03-2001)
Nirmala Baba Teja Singh
A photograph of Baba Teja Singh in his dispensary where
he gives out free medication and advice to all those who require
Hence Nirmala Scholars easily integrated with the
scholars of other religions and philosophies. Nirmalas see themselves
as true Sanatan 'Sam Vadi' (egalitarians) as opposed
to 'Katar Vadi' (religious fanatics).