Rajinder Singh (Sant Mat)

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Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.jpg
Lineage Sant Mat
Institute Science of Spirituality/Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission[1]
Personal
Nationality USA
Born 20 September 1946
Delhi
Spouse Mata Rita Ji
Parents Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, Mata Harbhajan Kaur Ji
Senior posting
Based in Chicago, USA and Delhi, India
Title Sant
Predecessor Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj
Religious career
Previous post Engineer
Present post Spiritual Master

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (20 September 1946 in Delhi, India) is an engineer and Indian mystic who as of 1989 is head of the international non-profit organisation Science of Spirituality (SOS), known in India as the Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission.[2] To his disciples he is known as Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. SOS has hundreds of thousands of followers world wide and is an interfaith spiritual path based on Sant Mat.

Biography[edit]

Life and career[edit]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj was born in India in 1946 and graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras with a degree in electrical engineering.[3] He has a masters from the Illinois Institute of Technology.[4] Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj was an engineer and researcher at AT&T when he was selected as the SOS new leader upon the death of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj in May 1989.[4]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is the son of Darshan Singh (1921–1989) and grandson of Kirpal Singh (1894–1974).[2] Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj was the founder of Ruhani Satsang, and during his lifetime became the most popular guru of Sant Mat in the West.[2] After Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj died, his son and grandson remained as the spiritual head of the organisation but under the new name of Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, or Science of Spirituality.[2] Many other splinter groups and gurus also claim spiritual legacy back to Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj.

SOS is differentiated from the other Sant Mat organisations because it is not a splinter religion but rather a non-profit organisation.[5] It asks its followers to retain their current faith but include elements of meditation, vegetarianism and a focus on inner and outer peace.[5]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has also 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 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.[6] Singh told the Times, "When we sit and talk with them [leaders of other religions], we realize they are not much different".[6]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has written a number of books including a meditation handbook called Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation which contains a foreword by the Dalai Lama[7] Other books include Spark of the Divine, in which he says "that killing is a sin, that non-vegetarianism is not good for health, and that we are here for the progress of our soul and rise spiritually so that our mission on this planet gets completed or moves towards completion."[8]

As founder of Darshan Education Foundation, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj 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.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj was President of the 16th International World Human Unity Conference.[9] He speaks at an annual VeggieFest (www.veggiefestchicago.org) each August in Naperville, Illinois.[10]

Spiritual Master[edit]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj emphasizes the fundamental unity and harmony of all religions.[11] 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."[11] He emphasizes meditation as the basis for peace.[12] As Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj 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)

Awards and Honours[edit]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has received a number of awards and honors.

Awards[edit]

  • Exemplary Service to Humanity Award from the State of New York for individual contributions to selflessly and tirelessly lift the spiritual consciousness of humanity (September 2012)[13]
  • Illinois Institute of Technology Distinguished Leadership Award, Chicago, Illinois[14] presented to prominent international alumni who have had a major impact on their own country or influence beyond its borders. It was given for Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s outstanding dedication to promoting human unity and world peace
  • Award from the President of the State of Mexico for his work toward world peace
  • Award from the University Autonomous of the State of Mexico, Toluca, for his contribution to Education, Peace, and Spirituality[15]
  • Medal of Cultural Merit from the National Minister of Education, Bogotá, Colombia.[16]
  • Simón Bolívar Award (Condecoración Oficial Simon Bolivar) presented by the Minister of Education of Colombia at the Ministry of Education, in Bogotá for his services in the field of science, education, and culture, granted to people of international renown working for the benefit of humanity
  • Award for Peace from Spark M. Matsunaga Peace Foundation[17]
  • Peace Award by the Interfaith Center of New York and the Temple of Understanding[18]

Honorary Doctorates[edit]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has received five honorary doctorates from various universities around the world in recognition of his work to introduce spirituality into science and education, and for his work toward human integration.[19]

Tributes and Honors[edit]

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has received various tributes for his contribution to peace and human unity. As stated in the Michigan Legislative Tribute, “. . . the cumulative effect of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s efforts is an evolving but rapidly growing awakening that is helping humanity achieve a new level of cooperation and widespread individual enlightenment and peace.”[20] Some of these tributes and honors include:

  • Michigan Legislative Tribute[21] for “spiritual leadership [that] breathes life into a global effort to seek unity at the level of the soul.”
  • A New Jersey Joint Legislative Resolution[22] for “his outstanding record of devoted service to the children and people of the world community.”
  • Proclamation designating December 3, 2011 to be “Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Day” in San Diego by Mayor of the city of San Diego
  • Governor’s Citation, State of Maryland,[23] for “dedicated effort to promote harmony and peaceful coexistence throughout the world,” and a “strong commitment to human unity, global ecological balance, and world peace.”

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Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Inspires Thousands In New York Region". The Universal News Network. 17 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Peter Bernard Clarke (2006). "Radhasoami Movements". Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements. Psychology Press. 
  3. ^ Staff writer. "Indian Institute of Technology Madras alumni". India Times. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Michael Ko (8 October 1999). "Meditating on God". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "The South Asian Times". 8–14 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Gustav Niebuhr (1 September 2000). "World's Religious Figures Sign a Pledge for Peace". New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj. Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation.  See the Google Books description for quote from Dalai Lama.
  8. ^ PP Wangchuk (13 March 2012). "Search for divinity". The Hindustan Times. New Delhi. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Letter to Kofi Annan". United Nations. 28 May 1997. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Sunthar Visuvalingam (24 August 2012). "Chicago Festival Promotes Vegetarianism, Healthy Lifestyles" (PDF). News India – Times. New York, N.Y. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Mary Pat Fisher (1997). Living Religions: An Encyclopedia of the World's Faiths. I.B.Tauris. 
  12. ^ Diane Dassow (30 December 1996). "Group proposes a simple way to discover inner, outer peace". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, IL. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  13. ^ Inner and outer peace through meditation. Element. ISBN 9780007161508. 
  14. ^ "Science and Spirituality: Two Sides of the Same Coin | Chennai36". chennai36.iitm.ac.in. 
  15. ^ Inner and outer peace through meditation. Element. ISBN 9780007161508. 
  16. ^ "Cultural Center of The I.R.Iran - New delhi - News > Seminar on " Building Bridges Through Education"". newdelhi.icro.ir. 
  17. ^ Inner and outer peace through meditation. Element. ISBN 9780007161508. 
  18. ^ "Sant Rajinder Singh Ji on Tour - India Currents". India Currents. 25 June 2010. 
  19. ^ http://webtv.un.org/watch/inspirational-talk-by-h.-h.-sant-rajinder-singh-ji-maharaj-meditation-as-medication-for-the-soul/4874930996001.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  20. ^ "Desi Talk". epaper.desitalk.com. 
  21. ^ "Inspirational talk by H. H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj 'Meditation As Medication For the Soul'". webtv.un.org. 
  22. ^ "Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj's Awards and Tributes | SOS". www.sos.org. 
  23. ^ "Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj's Awards and Tributes | SOS". www.sos.org. 
  24. ^ Singh, Rajinder (2003). Empowering your soul through meditation ([New ed.] ed.). London: Element. ISBN 9780007161492. 

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