Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (20 September, 1946 in Delhi, India) is head of the international nonprofit organization, Science of Spirituality (SOS), known in India as Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission. Science of Spirituality has hundreds of thousands of members worldwide. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is internationally recognized for his work toward promoting inner and outer peace through spirituality and meditation on the inner Light and Sound.
Life and Career
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from The Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India and his master's degree in electrical engineering from The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. He received his spiritual education from two of India's leading spiritual Masters: Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (1894–1974) and Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921–1989). His training in both disciplines has helped him express age-old spiritual teachings in clear, logical language. He has had a distinguished twenty-year career in science, computers, and communications.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is the son of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921–1989) and grandson of Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj (1894–1974).
The spiritual Master says, "One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that we will not only have peace in our own homes, but will contribute to the peace of the world. Throughout the world, people are praying for peace. But, as the expression goes, charity begins at home. World peace can only become a reality when each of us individually has peace in our own circles. If we bring peace into our individual spheres, the effect will be cumulative, and it will contribute to world peace."
In 2000, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj was part of a delegation of hundreds of world religious leaders who traveled to New York for the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, "an event unusual for its religious diversity and for its having convened at the United Nations," according to the New York Times. Singh told the Times, "When we sit and talk with them [leaders of other religions], we realize they are not much different."
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has written a number of books including Inner and Outer Peace through Meditation, which was the #1 Barnes and Noble best-selling meditation book.
As founder of Darshan Education Foundation, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has established Darshan academies throughout India (schools that teach students from Pre-K—Grade 12). Integrating both meditation and a spiritual curriculum into a traditional academic environment, the foundation's goal is twofold: first, to produce students whose spiritual potential is developed along with their intellect and physical well-being; and second, to inspire in each student a global view of the world, unobstructed by distinctions of race, nationality, religion, or economic status. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj was President of the 16th International World Human Unity Conference in 1998.
PhilosophySant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj emphasizes the fundamental unity and harmony of all faiths. He says his aim is to "take the mystery out of mysticism, to help people put mysticism into action in their own lives. By doing so, they will help themselves as well as those around them attain bliss and universal love." He emphasizes meditation as the basis for peace. As he has said, "Within us is a divine spirit from which our intelligence and wisdom is derived. The process of accessing that inner divine spirit, intelligence, and wisdom is called meditation. If we transform knowledge to wisdom by meditating and experiencing the driving force behind all existence, then we have the key to human unity. This experience will transform our individual life and the lives of those around us. These individual transformations will ultimately bring unity and peace at the community, national, and global levels." (From a speech, "Moral Dimensions of Leadership", given to the United States Coast Guard Academy)
Meditation is a process by which a practitioner comes in contact with the Light and Sound of God already within themselves. The spiritual Masters of Science of Spirituality teach that (1) the divine current of Light and Sound reverberates in all creation; (2) by meditating on this current one can begin a journey into the inner spiritual regions; and (3) with the help and guidance of a spiritual Master, this journey ultimately culminates in God-realization and the merger of the soul with the Oversoul or God. In the Times of India, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is quoted as saying, "Human beings are blessed with a special faculty to gain spiritual knowledge. That opportunity is offered to every human being but few make use of it. One needs to meditate to make full use of the gift."
Science and Spirituality
The method of meditation taught by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is called a science; it can be practiced by people of all cultures. In this method, aspirants perform the experiment of meditation within their own selves. By doing so, the practitioner can have a firsthand inner experience of spiritual Light and Sound, affirming that there is something that lies beyond this physical world.
In his address given to students and faculty at The Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj said: "Science and spirituality make a great partnership. If those engaged in science spend time in the silence of their selves, inspiration will come and lead them to the answers they seek. If those interested in spirituality apply the scientific law of testing a hypothesis in the laboratories of their own bodies, they will find results. Each person is capable of success in proving spiritual truths. Such pursuits can make the world a better place as well as uncover the purpose of our lives."
Awards and Honors
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has received a number of awards and honors:
- "Peace Award" by the Temple of Understanding and the Interfaith Center of New York, June 1997
- Award by the City Council of San Ramon, California, 2010
- "The Medal of Cultural Merit" from the National Minister of Education, Bogotá, Colombia
- Exemplary Service to Humanity Award from the State of New York, September 2012
- Illinois Institute of Technology Distinguished Leadership Award, Chicago, Illinois
- Award from the president of the State of Mexico, November 2008
- Simón Bolívar Award (Condecoración Oficial Simon Bolivar) presented by the Minister of Education of Colombia at the Ministry of Education, in Bogotá
- “Human Rights Award” presented by the President of the Human Rights Commission of the State of Mexico
- Award for his contribution to Education, Peace and Spirituality from Autonoma University of Mexico, Toluca
- Distinguished Leadership Award for his work in peace and spirituality by The Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois (November 1998)
- Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has received five honorary doctorates from various universities around the world in recognition of his efforts to introduce spirituality into science and education, and for his work toward human integration
Speeches and Activities
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has been invited to deliver keynotes and talks at various conferences through the years.
At the United Nations Headquarters, New York (May 2016), the spiritual Master explained how meditation on the inner Light and Sound can lead to inner peace, which then paves the way to building bridges of unity, love, and outer peace in the world.
At the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders, United Nations, New York City, New York (August 2000), in his address entitled “Nature of Forgiveness and Compassion,” Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj said: “Spirituality is the recognition that behind our outer names and labels, we are souls, a part of one Creator. . . .When we develop this vision we no longer see through the eyes of prejudice and discrimination.” He also spoke at the UN celebration for Secretary General Kofi Annan.
At the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), New London, Connecticut (November 1999), addressing the members of the academy in his talk “Moral Dimensions of Leadership,” Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj provided a blueprint for successful leadership.
At the Sixth Assembly of the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Riva del Garde, Italy (November 1994), in his talk “Curing the World’s Pain,” Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj said, “To heal the world, we must heal ourselves. To bring peace to the world, we must have peace ourselves. We can attain this through meditation.”
Symposium of the World Conference on Religion and Peace in Vienna, Austria (1998): Speaking on, “Building Peace in the World,” Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj explored the importance of meditation as the way to connect to our soul and to the divinity that exists within us. He said, “When we recognize that all people of the world are made of the same Light that we are made of, we will feel the pain of others. . . . Our outlook will be a global one, and we will make choices that will benefit our global brothers and sisters.”
Addresses to Academic and Medical Institutions
- Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts on Inner and Outer Communication (November 1996)
- All India Institute of Medical Sciences (February 2002)
- University of California, Berkeley (September 1999)
- National Institute of Health (NIH), Washington, D.C. (July 1993)
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is the inspiration behind Veggie Fest, the largest vegetarian food and lifestyle festival in North America. Co-sponsored by the Science of Spirituality and over 30 vendors, the festival celebrates the many benefits and joys of a vegetarian lifestyle. It is held in Lisle/Naperville, Illinois. In 2016, Veggie Fest celebrated its 11th year, launching its largest festival to date: Over 800 volunteers from around the world welcomed tens of thousands of visitors during its two-day program. Each year, participants attend a multi-faceted festival which includes: an international food court; vendor tents and food demos from noted area chefs; live music, a blood donation drive; a “Take the Vegetarian Challenge” tent, and a “Take the Meditation Challenge” tent.
Visitors can also hear doctors and health practitioners speak throughout the day on different aspects of the vegetarian diet and its impact on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj delivers the keynote on both days.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Events
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s books and articles are available in over fifty languages. Some of his major publications include:
- 2016 Building Bridges through Meditation
- 2012 Meditation as Medication for the Soul ISBN 0918224721
- 1999 Empowering Your Soul Through Meditation ISBN 0-00-716149-2
- 1996 Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation ISBN 0918224538
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Pain and suffering are an inevitable part of our spiritual journey. It may come as the catalyst for our spiritual life. It may occur along the way of our spiritual journey. It may come as a way to keep us focused on praying to God for help. It may serve as a reminder that the only true happiness is in that of the spirit.
As we journey within through meditation, we realize that God is all Light. We realize that as soul we are also a ray of the same divine Light. We begin to see that the same Light of God which is within us is also in all other beings in creation.
We acknowledge the existence of a soul, but few actually tap into it and identify with it. The soul within us is our true place of power and contains the powerful force that not only nourishes us physically and mentally, but can propel us from the gravitational pull of this physical world and catapult us into the beyond.
Few realize that contentment and peace are ours for the asking. They are already inside us. If we can be still and tap within, we will find riches far greater than any available on earth. We do not need to exert to find them.
We all know that when we want to study something in this world we go to a teacher who is proficient in that subject. If we want to learn physics or chemistry we go to a teacher or a professor. The teacher will explain the theory of the subject. If the basics are clear, then we can build our whole knowledge on those strong fundamentals. The same is true of spirituality.
Just as athletes compete for the World Cup in sports, we can also practice to attain the World Cup of meditation. The World Cup, Olympics, or championships in the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, or FIFA makes us marvel at what the human spirit can achieve.