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.

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.

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.

Meditation and Spirituality

Discourse by
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

Sunday, April 29, 2:30 PM
Pipers Hall
1295 Butterfield Road
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.

Benefits of a Spiritual Master

During last Sunday’s powerful spiritual discourse, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj shared a particularly moving story.

A father and his young son were traveling together, when the child became frightened by a bee buzzing inside the car. The father told the boy not to worry, that the bee would not bother him. Concerned over his son’s growing fear, the father suddenly snatched the flying bee in his fist, held it for a few moments, then opened his hand to release it. Seeing the boy even more alarmed by the flying bee, the father lovingly reassured him by opening his hand to show the stinger embedded in his palm.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj then explained that this is one of the great benefits spiritual Masters bring to our lives. Out of love and compassion, they help us deal with our storehouse of karmas, accumulated through ages of transmigration, even to the extent of sometimes bearing our karmas themselves.

This concept is not unique to the Sant Mat tradition. We find it in many of the world’s great spiritual traditions–in the Bodhisattva’s vow, the Passion of Christ, the healing touch of saints like Ramakrishna, and what Theosophists call “shouldering the karmic burdens of others.” In short, it is God’s love expressed through spiritually realized beings as compassion, grace, and self-sacrifice.

This is just one of the many benefits spiritual Masters bring to humanity. These are not, after all, ordinary human beings. Yes, they have bodies, minds, and souls just as we do. However, but by virtue of having completed the course of their own spiritual development and fully realized their identity with the Divine, they are able to assist other souls in completing the spiritual journey. That help reaches us in many forms.

At the intellectual level, our understanding deepens through their wisdom and guidance. We cherish their inspiration and support in our efforts to become better human beings. We practice the powerful meditation technique they teach, strengthening our own connection to the Divine. Above all, they restore our spiritual perception, connect us with the Naam or Word–the divine Light and Sound of God–and then serve as our inner guide, as we transcend physical and mental consciousness through meditation, and traverse the spiritual regions within. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj writes:

When we try to understand the spiritual path or God, the Creative force, we cannot experience it in its true original state, because we are in the human body, and those experiences are beyond the realm of human experience. The two primary manifestations of God, the divine Light and the divine Sound of God, are within us. To connect to the Light and Sound, which is the power of God within ourselves, we need that door to be opened so that we can go and partake of it. Therein lies the role of a spiritual Master, a mystic, a saint, a murshid, or whatever name we might use for someone who can help us to be connected with that divinity within.

Benefits of a Living Master

followed by Questions & Answers
with Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

Saturday, April 21, 4:00-5:00 PM
Science of Spirituality Meditation Center
4S175 Naperville Road
Naperville, IL
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This Saturday, April 21, at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, Mike Ribet will explore this and many other benefits of having a spiritual Master. If you are committed to spiritual advancement, we hope you will join us and consider the many ways a spiritual Master can help you.

After the program, you are invited to stay for a question/answer session with Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj.

And on Sunday, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj continues his series of Chicagoland spiritual programs with a discourse in Aurora, IL. See the location for both programs in the left column.

We look forward to meeting you this weekend.

Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj Leads Chicago Area Programs

H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj

Science of Spirituality is pleased to announce that H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj has returned to the United States and will lead a series of programs on meditation and spirituality in the Chicago area, starting in Lisle, IL on April 15. The program is free and all are welcome to attend.


PROGRAM DETAILS
Sunday, April 15, 2:30 PM
Wyndham Lisle-Chicago Hotel
3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle, IL
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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, Empowering Your Soul through Meditation, and Spark of the Divine (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.

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