His Holiness Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (born 20 September 1946) is the current head of Science of Spirituality (also called Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission. He was born in India and educated as a scientist in the United States.
Born in India on September 20, 1946 and educated as a scientist in both India and the United States, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is respected for his keen understanding of both mysticism and science. He received his Masters degree in Engineering in the United States, and then embarked on a prestigious twenty-year career in science and communications. He and his wife, Mata Rita Ji, have two adult children – both of whom are physicians.
In 1989, he took over the spiritual leadership of Science of Spirituality upon the passing of his predecessor, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921-1989). Living on his own earnings, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji does not accept anything for the services he offers to humanity. He has shared his message with millions of people in countries all over the world, giving meditation workshops, spiritual discourses, and initiation into the inner science of meditation freely to one and all.
Organization Science of Spirituality
With international headquarters in Delhi, India, U. S. headquarters in Naperville, Illinois, and regional centers in more than forty countries, Science of Spirituality endeavors to offer people all over the world an opportunity to find peace, joy, and spiritual fulfillment. Teachers of Science of Spirituality present a simple and natural method of meditation leading to inner and outer peace. It provides a means whereby people of all ages, religions, and nationalities can integrate meditation into their lives. Along with the study of meditation, practitioners learn how to develop noble human values that will transform and enrich their lives, enabling them to make positive contributions to the world.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (1946– ), the current spiritual Master, was preceded by Hazur Baba Sawan Singh (1858–1948), Sant Kirpal Singh (1894–1974) and Sant Darshan Singh (1921–1989). They encourage everyone to remain in their own cultures and faith traditions, recognizing that the core teachings are the same and that they may practice spirituality as a science (meditation) without conflict.
The organization provides free educational workshops and seminars, publishes literature, videos, and audio tapes that highlight the virtues of non-violence, truthfulness, humility, non-attachment, and selfless service. Non-violence is reflected in an adherence to a strict vegetarian diet, given special attention during the annual VeggieFest held each August in Naperville. International Human Unity Conferences have been sponsored in Delhi by the Science of Spirituality since 1974.
Ever since his mission began in 1989 at the direction of his predecessor, Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921-1989), Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has devoted his life to helping others realize the power of their soul and to relieving human suffering. His message is a practical prescription for global peace.
“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)
His training in both spirituality and science has helped him explain the mystical teachings in clear, logical language. He has 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.” His talks have been broadcast internationally on radio, television, and through the Internet, and his books and articles on spiritual topics have been translated into over fifty languages. Most recently, his books in English include: Spark of the Divine, Inner and Outer Peace through Meditation, Empowering Your Soul through Meditation, Spiritual Pearls for Enlightened Living, and Silken Thread of the Divine. His consistent message—to establish human unity at the level of the soul thereby transcending racial, cultural, national, religious, and economic differences—has led him to participate in humanitarian conferences throughout the world. He spoke at a ceremony honoring UN Secretary Kofi Annan, and was a featured spiritual leader at the 2000 Millennium Peace Summit of religious and spiritual leaders held at the United Nations.
In his interview with the New York Times, he said that world peace could be a reality when each person finds peace within through meditation. To further this end, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj convenes two annual conferences in Delhi, India — the Global Conference on Mysticism in September and the International Conference on Human Integration in February. During these events, tens of thousands of people attend from all over India and many parts of the world. Leaders from different faith traditions meet together on a common platform and share their ideas, and even those participants not aligned with a particular religion find in these conferences a wisdom that helps them deepen their relationship with the Divine. As founder of Darshan Education Foundation, he has established Darshan Academy throughout India (schools that teach students from Pre-K—12). Integrating both meditation and a spiritual curriculum into a traditional academic environment, the foundation’s goal is two-fold: 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.
As head of Science of Spirituality / Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, he inspires the organization’s humanitarian efforts throughout the world. To date, the mission has raised and provided aid for tsunami victims by collecting and distributing food and clothing and building new schools in disaster areas; raised funds for victims of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; rebuilt an entire village in India after the Gujarat earthquake; and sent financial relief to earthquake survivors in Central and South America. The mission also participates in blood donation drives, free eye-operation camps, and many other service projects.
Wherever his travels take him—throughout Europe, Africa, Australia and Oceania, Asia and North America, Central and South America – Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s message gleams with the noble principles of human unity, spiritual fellowship, and selfless service, emphasizing prayer and meditation as the true building blocks for achieving peace.
“Just as electricity flowing through lamp bulbs of many shapes and sizes produces the same light, so does the Light of the Creator shine in different forms, from humans to animals, fish, birds and reptiles. Through meditation, we see life as one. Then, we live human unity and radiate that example.” (From an address given by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj at the 18th International Human Unity Conference in Munich, Germany)
Millions of people all over the world look to Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj for spiritual guidance, advice, and inspiration. As a spiritual Master, his role is to help people recognize that they are soul and are a part of God. He offers a simple, effective method of meditation that leads to profound personal transformation and spiritual transcendence. He gives freely of his time, charging no admission for his talks, conferences, and meditation sessions. This is indeed a unique attribute, one he shares with all his predecessors who have unanimously claimed that “spirituality is free” like the sun which shines and the air we breathe.
Meditation as taught in Science of Spirituality is a natural and easy method that does not involve any rigorous postures. It involves concentration of the attention at a point in the body known as the third or single eye, or the seat of the soul, located between and behind the two eyebrows. By concentration on this point, one comes in contact with the inner Light and Sound. By daily practice, students can transcend physical consciousness and explore inner realms of radiant Light.
Meditation helps the individual develop physically, intellectually, and spiritually. It provides deep relaxation to the body and helps reduce stress and tension. Through the practice of concentration, practitioners develop increased mental abilities enabling them to excel both in academic studies and in career pursuits. Spiritually, one gains insight into the great questions about the meaning of life and death that have perplexed humanity throughout the ages. By developing love for humanity, one learns to expand one’s self to be of service to one’s family, society and the world. Science of Spirituality teaches that the attainment of inner peace through meditation and the realization of the oneness of all humanity can ultimately lead to outer peace on this planet.
Global Events to Promote Peace
The teachers of Science of Spirituality have been actively working towards peace and unity through international conferences. Sant Kirpal Singh Ji was the president of four World Fellowship of Religions Conferences in 1957, 1960, 1965 and 1970. He convened the first Human Unity Conference (then called the Unity of Man Conference) in 1974. Sant Darshan Singh Ji presided over the Sixth World Fellowship of Religions Conference and the Asian Conference on Religions for Peace and the inaugural and concluding sessions of the Fifteenth Human Unity Conference. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji is president of the Human Unity Conference and presided over the 16th through 21st Human Unity Conferences held respectivly in Delhi, India; Bogota, Columbia; Munich, Germany; Delhi India; Lima, Peru; and Delhi, India. He was president of the 7th World Relgions Conference. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji continues to host annual conferences to help bring about world peace and human unity. These conferences generally last from three to ten days. Religious, social, and civic leaders, along with participants from all over the world, attend these conferences to develop practical methods for achieving human unity in all spheres of life.
A primary message of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji’s mission is to help people live together in peace and harmony, serve others, and show respect for all religions and saints. At international conferences held at Kirpal Ashram in Delhi, India, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj invites heads of different religions to share their views on human unity to help make this ideal a reality.
Sant Darshan Singh Ji once said, “Once we begin to see the Light of God shining in every heart, we develop love for all and become true believers in the unity of all life. “
As Sant Rajinder Singh Ji has said, “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 contribue to world peace.”
The organization has responded to many local crises, providing assistance to victims of earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions in Central and South America, and relief after hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. After the 2001 earthquake in Gujarat, India, the mission worked closely with local authorities to rebuild the village of Sarneshwar including individual homes, a community building, meditation hall, school, and medical dispensary. Food and clothing were collected and distributed after the 2004 Pacific tsunami, and three new public schools were built and donated to the Indian government in Tamil Nadu, an area devastated by the disaster.
Science of Spirituality organizes blood drives and free eye-operation clinics, as well as free allopathic, homeopathic, and ayurvedic medical services throughout India that provide medical help and support to the community and local hospitals.
Other projects include the establishment of over 50 free-of-cost Silai Centers in India that teach women to develop their sewing skills so they can become self-sufficient. Scholarships are also provided to needy students at Darshan Academies (schools established by the mission under the direction of H. H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj). The free kitchen or langar in Delhi, India, feeds thousands of people each week and during large programs feeds tens of thousands of people daily. Food and medicines are provided to the Shanti Avedna Center for terminally ill patients. Aid and appliances are donated to the Department of Rehabilitation at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi to be given to the poor and disabled. Clothes, blankets, bed sheets, and lunch boxes are distributed regularly to the National Association for the Blind in New Delhi, and every winter, warm clothes are provided for the inmates of Tihar Jail.
Projects to help the environment and to educate people about the importance of ecology are other aspects of service that the Science of Spirituality promotes.
Kirpal Ashram, Delhi, India
Science of Spirituality Center, Naperville, Illinois, USA
Sawan Kirpal Meditation Center, Bowling Green, Virginia, USA
Sawan Kirpal Meditation Center-Pacific Northwest, Birch Bay, Washington, USA
Science of Spirituality Center, Munich, Germany
Southeast Regional Center in Florida, Lake Mary, FL, USA
New York Center, Amityville, New York, USA
Vancouver/Canadian EcoCenter, Richmond, BC, Canada