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!

The Spiritual Master and Our Karma

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has returned to India, where he will lead a few weeks of programs on meditation and spirituality. He is tentatively scheduled to return in late June for a series of Chicago area programs, including his keynote addresses at Veggie Fest on August 11 and 12.

Among the rewards of his recent visit were many profound and motivating discourses, as well as the uplifting spiritual charging that always characterizes the company of true spiritual Masters.

In her retreat/workshop last Saturday, Mona Grayson identified yet another benefit we receive from association with spiritual adepts. It concerns our karma. In the Sant Mat tradition, the Master’s invaluable help with our karma is considered among the foremost aids to our spiritual evolution.

To appreciate this concept, we need to understand that karma is the main obstacle to spiritual realization. Karma is the fuel that drives the great machinery of birth and re-birth. Karma is the opaque curtain that obscures our soul from its own Light and from the Light of God. Karma shrouds the soul in dense layers of maya or illusion. Karma leads us to identify with the physical body, mind, senses, emotions, and personality—blinding us into accepting them as our true nature. That illusion, born of karma, is what prevents us from realizing our inherent identity with the divine.

The spiritual Master plays a unique role in helping his followers shed that karmic burden and thereby break the cycle of transmigration. Their help on this esoteric level allows us to realize our divine nature as soul and return to our spiritual Home. How does this work?

Calling on her elementary education background, Mona offered a simple explanation in her workshop. She brought along three paper bags, each bag representing one of the types of karma with which all sentient beings are burdened.

SANCHIT KARMA. This is the vast storehouse of the consequences of actions undertaken throughout countless births. Every thought, word, and deed, after all, has karmic repercussions. Those karmic consequences accumulate endlessly in the sanchit storehouse, from where they drive the great cycle of transmigration, birth upon birth, of all forms of life.

PRALABDH KARMA. For any birth we take, in whatever species, a handful of the sanchit store is allocated for that birth. This includes our current human existence. Pralabdh karma is also called fate karma, because it determines who we are and what will happen to us during this lifetime. Of course, we also have some free will, without which we could not create karma in the first place. By definition, our current existence ends the moment our allotted pralabdh karma is exhausted.

KRIYAMAN KARMA. As we exercise the free will that a human birth provides, we create new karma, called kriyaman. Whether our actions are noble or base, significant or seemingly insignificant, our every thought, word, and deed causes karmic consequences. A portion of that kriyaman karma might fructify in this incarnation as pralabdh karma. However, most of it goes into the ever-growing storehouse of sanchit karma.

How does a spiritual Master help with our karmic predicament? In two ways, mainly.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj addresses the first:

The law of karma is the governing law for the physical, astral, and causal regions—the three lower regions of existence. If our soul can rise above those three realms and enter the fourth realm—the supracausal region, and the fifth realm—the purely spiritual region of all spirit, we can escape the effects of the karmic law and of rebirth. The saints who have traveled beyond the three realms have the power to take us there and to free us from the effects of our karma and of rebirth. They themselves have mastered the process of separating their soul from their body and traveling into the higher spiritual realms. They know the journey back and can guide other souls to the realms where they are freed from the cycle of karma.

The spiritual Master, having himself transcended the region from which karmic law functions, can help us do the same. Once our consciousness transcends that region, the soul is no longer bound by karmic law.

The second benefit is integral to the greatest blessing bestowed by a spiritual Master—initiation into the divine Light and Sound of God. Again, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj:

The only way out of the cycle of birth and rebirth is to come to a perfect Master. At the time of initiation the Master takes over our sanchit karma so we can escape the cycle. He only leaves our pralabdh karma, which is that portion of our sanchit karma allotted for this lifetime. Once we are initiated by a perfect Master, we are guaranteed to go home either in this life if we follow his instructions, or in another human birth under the protection of the living Master of the time, if our Master decides that would be best for our ultimate spiritual progress.

Picture taking a match to the sanchit paper bag on the left. Through initiation, the power of the Word or Naam with which the Master connects the soul, rids us of the entire store of sanchit karma. Think about what this means. Our pralabdh karma is, by definition, finished at the end of our current life. The only thing then standing between us and divine realization is the fruits of our actions performed in this lifetime. That relatively small karmic burden can be overcome by good living, regular meditation, and the further grace of the spiritual Master.

With their sacred boon of initiation, soul breaks the chains of karma and rises into the cosmic awareness. This is the ultimate goal of human existence, which the power of a spiritual Master places within our grasp.

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.

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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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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