Special Response Feature
‘Higher purpose of the human existence is to know ourselves as a soul’
Sant Rajinder Singh Maharaj is consid- ered among the world's leading spiri- tual masters, teaching meditation on
the inner light and sound. He heads the
Science of Spirituality, a non-profit, nondenominational organization with centers in
The centers provide a forum for people to
learn meditation, experience personal trans-
The Science of Spirituality
teaches meditation as a
science, so it can be
practiced by people of all
countries, cultures, and
formation, and bring about inner and outer Left, Sant Rajinder Singh Maharaj, who heads the Science of Spirituality. Right, followers at a meditation workshop.
peace and human unity. He has presented his understanding of mysticism and sci-
powerful, yet simple technique to millions of
people throughout the world through seminars, meditation retreats, television and
radio shows, magazines, Internet talks, and
books. His method of achieving inner and
outer peace through meditation has been recognized and highly respected by civic and
His numerous books and publications,
include Empowering Your Soul through
Meditation, Inner and Outer Peace through
Meditation, with a foreword by the Dalai
Lama, Silken Thread of the Divine, Spiritual
Thirst, Ecology of the Soul, Education for a
Peaceful World, and in Hindi, Spirituality in
Modern Times, and True Happiness.
Sant Rajinder Singh Maharaj is active in
helping humanity. He has started meditation
centers throughout the world, and oversees
social service activities such as free allopathic, homeopathic, and ayurvedic clinics and
free eye operation camps. His organization
has provided assistance to people who
underwent natural disasters such as the volcano in Colombia, the earthquake in Mexico,
floods in Delhi, and the hurricane in Florida.
Excerpts of an interview:
Why was the Science of Spirituality
Science and mysticism, which is another
term for spirituality, both aim at solving the
mysteries of life. In fact, we call this the science of spirituality. The reason it is called science of spirituality is that it is practiced like
science, in which we experiment in the laboratory within ourselves.
I was brought up in an atmosphere that
was a blend of science and mysticism or spirituality. My grandfather and father were both
saints who practiced and taught meditation
on the inner light and sound, a technique that
leads to a firsthand experience of our soul and
the divine within us. This practice was not
based on blind belief, but on practical experience in which one could prove the existence of
our true self, spiritual realms that exist within
us, and of a divine power that brought all creation into being.
Along with learning meditation and the
spiritual science, I also attended I.I. T, (Indian
Institute of Technology) Madras and received
my B. Tech degree in Electrical Engineering. I
attended graduate school in I.I.T. (Illinois
Institute of Technology in Chicago where I
received my M.S. degree and went on to a
career in the field of engineering, computers,
and technology, working in the research and
development division for one of the leading
telecommunications company in the world.
With my scientific background in education
and the spiritual foundation I received from
two great spiritual masters of meditation on
the inner light and sound, I found that science
and spirituality were two sides of a coin, both
leading to firsthand experience and proof of
the mysteries of the beyond. Because the
Science of Spirituality teaches meditation as a
science, it can be practiced by people of all
countries, cultures, and backgrounds.
What is the universal message that
the Science of Spirituality seeks to pro-
How has your background and edu-
cation in engineering helped your
There is another practice in which one also
meditates on the inner sound current. It is
celestial music that uplifts our soul into the
realms of spirit. While meditating to experience inner peace and bliss, we also get some
by-products of the process.
Meditation helps to slow down the brain
waves to a state of calm. Researchers have
tested brain waves and found that when we
are going about our workaday life, driving in
traffic, and experiencing stress on our job, our
brain waves are in the beta state of 13-20 Hz
or more. When we are in a creative state of
learning, it goes to the alpha state of about 9-
12 Hz. When we are in a state of calm, it is in
the theta state of 5-8 Hz.
In the theta state, our mind is calm, our
heart beat slows down, and the body is more
relaxed. Deep sleep is the delta state of 1-4 Hz.
Through meditation, we are bringing our
mind and body into a state of relaxation. This
will reduce the opportunity for our body to be
in the state that can cause stress-related ailments. Medical researchers have reported,
and there are some research quotes in my
book, that meditation can reduce risks of
some diseases aggravated by stress such as
heart disease, digestive problems, breathing
problems, headaches, and other ailments.
We are coming to learn of the body-mind
connection. When the body is relaxed, the
mind can begin to relax. When the mind is
relaxed, the body is calmer and stress is
reduced. Meditation contributes to both mental and physical relaxation.
Another benefit of meditation is that we
are able to concentrate more. Meditation
increases our ability to concentrate. This
increase in concentration affects other aspects
of our life. Many students who meditate have
told me of improvements in their test scores.
We also have better concentration on our job.
I met the manager of one company that provides a one-hour meditation time for all
employees before they begin their workday
and have done measurements to show how
their productivity increased. The increased
concentration and relaxation that we receive
through meditation can help us deal with time
pressure, stress on the job, and multiple tasks
in a calmer, easier, and more efficient way.