Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Summer 2012 Chicago Programs

H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

We are pleased to invite you to Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s summer schedule of Chicago area programs. This summer’s events include spiritual discourses in the city of Chicago and the suburbs, a program with simultaneous Spanish translation, a discourse in the Hindi language, his keynote addresses at Veggie Fest in August, and other events to be announced. He will also conduct multiple sessions of holy initiation into the practice of Shabd Meditation.

Please see our web site, sos.org, for program details.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj is widely recognized as one of the great meditation teachers of our time, and has helped hundreds of thousands of seekers around the world to connect to their true selves by learning the art of meditation on the inner Light and Sound of God.

With Pope John Paul II at an interfaith conference in Rome.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s talks have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, and his publications include books in many languages and hundreds of articles on spiritual topics. His latest English books with corresponding Spanish and Hindi translations include: Spiritual Pearls for Enlightened Living (Radiance Publishers); Silken Thread of the Divine (SK Publications); Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation (Radiance Publishers); and Empowering Your Soul Through Meditation  (Radiance Publishers).

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj’s 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 conferences throughout the world. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations, he led an audience of thousands in meditation at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. He received a peace award from the Interfaith Center of New York and the Temple of Understanding. He has spoken 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.

H. H. the Dalai Lama attends a conference on mysticism and spirituality hosted by Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj in Delhi, India.

In short, his continuing message has been one of inner and outer peace through deepening our connection to the divine within us. This experience transforms our lives as individuals  and extend to the lives of those around us. These individual transformations will ultimately bring unity and peace at the community, national and global levels.

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 us recognize that we 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 unanimously have claimed that “spirituality is free,” like the air we breath and the Sun that shines on all.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.

Wake Up and Smell the Roses

by Mary Pomerantz

Mary wrote this post based on a discourse Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj gave earlier this year.

Sometimes old sayings are as apropos today as they were long ago.  For instance there is an old saying, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today,” that is meaningful to anyone who meditates.

We all know the benefits of meditation:

  1. If we sit regularly, meditation helps us to be disciplined, not only in our meditations, but in other activities in our lives.
  2. Meditation improves our concentration.
  3. Meditation brings peace and calm to our soul.  It stays with us long after we have stopped meditating, making our lives more peaceful, too.
  4. With the peace that increases in our lives through meditation, we will enjoy great physical benefits, such as lower blood pressure and fewer stress related illnesses.
  5. Through meditation our closeness to God increases.  Our focus will be on our spiritual lives, instead of outwardly on our physical lives.

As Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has said,

Wherever we focus our attention, that’s what we’ll become. And so as we meditate, then we are going to be getting to a state where our closeness with God will be experienced by us more and more and more.  God is within us. Nothing can be closer to us than God, but we don’t experience it because our mind is taking our attention and putting into the outer world.

And yet even knowing all of the benefits that we can have if we meditate, we still put it off, always having some excuse as to why we haven’t got the time.  It reminds me of a story that Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj tells.

A saint had a disciple that he was fond of and liked to visit.  When he first started visiting him, this disciple was a young man.  At the end of every visit the saint would ask the young man if he was meditating for the suggested period of time every day.

The young man would say, “You know, I would like to meditate but my studies are so important that all my time is taken up preparing for examinations.  When I graduate from college and get my degree, I will meditate.”

Finally the time came when the young man graduated and on his next visit, the saint said to him, “Now that you have more time on your hands, you must be sitting for meditation more often.”

The young man told him, “I thought when college was over, I would have lots of time but now, I must find a job and that takes all my spare hours.  When I have found a job, I will have all the time I need to attend to my spiritual practices.”

When he landed the ideal job, the saint again asked him if he was meditating regularly, and the young man told him that now that he was settled in a job, his parents were urging him to get married and start a family and he was preoccupied with the search for a spouse.  When he was married and living the life of a householder, he was sure that he would meditate every day.

As is the case, time flies and the outer activities of life seem to take precedence over our spiritual life.  After the young man married, he had to raise a family.  As his family was growing, he had to attend to his career, making sure his promotions and raises came in a timely manner.  Once his children were almost grown, he had to find them good colleges to attend.  Their own time came to marry and he was preoccupied with that.

There came a time when the man was no longer young and the saint came by to visit.  He asked the old man, who was now retired, if he had finally found the time to meditate and again, the man had a ready excuse.

“My grandchildren are here now and I must help to look after their lives.  When they are launched in life, I will look to my meditation practice.”

Unfortunately, the man passed away without ever realizing the true purpose for which he was born, to know himself and to know that he truly was a part of God.

As another old saying goes, time and tide wait for no one.  We can’t continue to put off our spiritual practices because none of us knows how much time we have been allotted in life.  We could have years or we could only have minutes.  Wouldn’t it be better to start NOW to meditate regularly?  In order to reap those benefits of meditation, we have to put in regular time to sit.  And we will begin to see a change in our lives because as Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj tells us,

Slowly, slowly, slowly, as we sit down to meditate regularly, these benefits start to become a part of our life because we are now living the teachings in our life and not just hearing them and letting them go out.

So, wake up and smell the roses and don’t put off until tomorrow the meditation that you could do today!

Conversation with God

by Mary Pomerantz

Anyone who believes in God has prayed.  There are prayers of devotion, prayers of love, prayers of gratitude, prayers of petition and prayers of contemplation.  All faith traditions pray.  Their followers pray together and they pray alone.

Thursday, May 3 was our National Day of Prayer in the United States.  This tradition started in 1952 when the first Thursday in May was designated by the President and Congress as a day for national union through prayer. President Obama talked about prayer in our nation when he addressed an assembly in Washington:

Prayer has always been a part of the American story, and today countless Americans rely on prayer for comfort, direction, and strength, praying not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country, and the world.  On this National Day of Prayer, we give thanks for our democracy that respects the beliefs and protects the religious freedom of all people to pray, worship, or abstain according to the dictates of their conscience.

The saints of Sant Mat have also talked about prayer.  Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj, a saint from the past century, has written: “Prayer is the salt of life and we cannot do without it.  It is ingrained in the nature of human beings to pray for the fulfillment of their wishes, whatever they be.”

We all need a friend who loves us enough to listen to our troubles.  A true friend listens with love and does not judge us.  A true friend never interrupts us.  God is our best friend.  God is available to us 24-7 and loves us more than we can imagine, and is waiting for us to begin our dialogue.

In a conversation, there is always a talker and always a listener.  In our divine conversation, when we pray we are talking to God.  When we listen to God, we are meditating and waiting for what God has to reveal to us.  We sit quietly, stilling the body and the mind.  We sit attentively to accept the gift that God brings to us when we sit with a loving, receptive heart.  The saints call this true prayer.  Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj says:

When prayers end in a silent devotional yearning for union, without words, without
thoughts, we have reached the highest form of prayer, which is meditation. When we sit still and
keep our mind still, we have discovered the key to meditation. In that state of meditation, all
prayers are answered. For what is it that we ultimately pray? The end result of our prayers is
happiness, peace, and bliss. We may think we are praying for a car, a house, a partner, or wealth,
but it is the happiness they bring that makes them appealing. We may think that the attainments
of the world hold the answer to our search for happiness, but they are all illusions. The happiness
we seek in worldly attainments is not real, but through meditation we attain permanent bliss— we
are filled with waves of divine love, peace, and joy. In that state what is left for which we need to
pray? Through meditation, the happiness we sought in outer possessions is now ours; we have
everything and require nothing more.

In the state Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj describes, prayer itself ceases to be a prayer and becomes a state of being, as one gradually rises into cosmic consciousness, with the Divine will fully revealed.  This is the be all and end all of prayer.

Let us not forget when we have our conversations with God to take the time to listen.  The message that we receive could fill us with a profound sense of joy and peace and could change our lives forever.

Why Is Life so Hard Sometimes?

As part of the Naperville meditation center’s half-day Saturday workshop/retreat series, Mona Grayson will lead a program on May 5 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. A snack will be provided. See the Events page for details. You are then welcome to stay on for the 6:30 PM question/answer session with Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.  His final discourse of this visit to the Chicago area will take place the following Sunday, May 6. See the left column for details.

by Mona Grayson

When things are going the way we want them to, life is good, right? We love it when our kids are doing well in school, when we have enough money to pay the bills (and then some!), and when our spouses, friends, and coworkers agree with us.

In times like these we feel like we are in God’s favor — like we’re being taken care of in the best possible way.

Even getting an up-front parking space at the grocery store can make us feel like everything is right in the world.

But when painful or scary things happen, whether they happen to us, our loved ones, or in the world around us, it can leave us feeling hurt, abandoned by God, and wondering how to make sense of it all.

While we may wish that things would go our way all the time and that everyone could be happy and peaceful, the truth of the matter is that no matter how hard we try, things continue to happen in life that we don’t like, enjoy, or want.

Rather than spend our lives trying to prevent all the things we don’t like from happening, or falling to pieces every time they do, we need to accept that these challenging events are bound to occur. It’s part of the human experience. From that point, it then helps to put these challenging events in context and re-strengthen our commitment to fulfilling our true life’s purpose.

The saints and mystics tell us that there’s more to life than meets the eye. Life is not just about being born, growing up, working, raising a family, retiring, and dying.

They tell us that our true purpose of being here in the physical form is to know ourselves at the level of the soul

– which means getting beyond the thinking that the outside world is all that matters.

The saints also tell us that through meditation, and through experiencing the realms of existence within, we can come to understand the true reality — which is that our soul has transmigrated through millions and millions of life forms, and that during those lifetimes, our souls have accumulated karmas.

From this enlightened vantage point, the saints and mystics have seen (and encourage us to make the journey within to see for ourselves) that our soul is now covered with layers and layers of mind, matter, and illusion that need to be shed so that we can return to our pristine existence of Light and Love as pure soul.

As long as there is karma associated with our soul, we will continue to be at the mercy of the wheel of transmigration.

Every life form has a soul that is on a journey to return back to Source, to Oneness. Every life form is on a journey to merge back in the Creator or God. But there’s only one way that can happen…

Being blessed with the human form in this incarnation, it is our chance (our big chance!) to wind these karmas up so that we can fulfill our soul’s journey. The saints know that it’s only in the human form that we can burn our karmas by going through various life experiences, focusing our attention within during meditation, and doing selfless service for others. No other life forms have the power to discriminate and make choices in this way. But we do!

So during an upcoming interactive half-day retreat, we’ll explore why life is so hard sometimes by understanding the role karma and free will play in our past, present, and future so that we can move through life with more ease and gratitude instead of being tossed around by challenging events that happen in our lives. We hope you and your friends can join us for this thought-provoking and empowering meditation retreat.

Meditation and the River of Light

In Sunday’s spiritual discourse, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj spoke about Earth Day, which was celebrated internationally on that day, April 22. He spoke at length about our responsibility to cherish and protect Earth and its resources, as gifts from the Creator and as a legacy to our children and theirs. In fact, there has been a great emphasis among modern Sant Mat Masters on ecology and respect for nature and the natural resources upon which our existence depends.

Of course, the main work of spiritual Masters is to awaken humanity to the higher realities within, and Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj soon segued from concern over our earthly home to the call of divine consciousness that summons each of us, as souls, to our  eternal Home.

He shared a wonderful analogy, contrasting the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee, both in Israel. These two bodies of water could not be more different. The Sea of Galilee is lush and picturesque, vibrant with a rich ecosystem of plant life, fish, and other creatures. It is a popular picnic area, playground for children, and choice vacation spot for families.

By contrast, the Dead Sea is literally dead. No fish. No animals. No plant life. No one visits its shores to vacation or have fun.

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Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

Sunday, April 29, 2:30 PM
Pipers Hall
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Aurora, IL
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The remarkable thing is, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj pointed out, both seas are fed by the same source–the Jordan River. Similarly, he said, all the wonders of God flow into each of us at every moment. God’s light and love, compassion and grace enliven and sustain us whether we are aware of them or not.

The question is, what are we doing with these gifts? Are we enjoying and benefiting from them by directing our efforts and our passion godward? Or, are we stagnating by channeling all of our time and attention only outwardly, into the world and its transitory pleasures?

The starting point to fill our life with the abundance of divinity, he explained, is meditation.

All souls are journeying on the river of Light that flows from God through all the regions of creation. The souls are journeying back to God on the current of Light and Sound. This river flows out from God and also returns to God. We can tap into this river each time we sit in meditation. The entry point for the river is at our third or single eye. If we can still our body and mind long enough, our consciousness will withdraw to the entry point and become immersed in the river of Light. This river will take the soul to the astral, causal, and supracausal planes, until it ultimately merges with God.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj then led the audience in a few peaceful moments of meditation.

It was a rewarding afternoon, filled with wisdom and the upliftment that only the fountainhead of a realized spiritual being can pour into our lives.

Next Sunday, April 29, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj speaks again in Aurora at 2:30 PM. Please consider joining us for what may be the final event on his spring USA tour.

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