As an alumnus of IIT Madras, where I received my B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering, I was trained in the scientific approach to life. Along with that, I received training in meditation and spirituality from two great spiritual teachers. In both these fields of studies I realized they were both two sides of the same coin—the search for answers about the mysteries of life.
In studying both fields, I concluded that the scientific method could be applied not only to the physical sciences, but also to spirituality. As in a science lab, we start with a hypothesis and test it to prove whether it is true or not. The same approach could be used to test the spiritual hypothesis of whether there is a higher Power, God, the soul, and anything beyond this world. The difference is that instead of testing in a physical laboratory, the spiritual hypothesis could be tested within the laboratory of the human body.
What I discovered through experimenting with the spiritual science is that we are conscious beings. When we withdraw our focus from our outer senses that connect us to the world outside and instead identify with the conscious part of ourselves within, an inner world opens up for us. There is a center within us, between and beyond the two eyebrows, at which we can become aware of our spiritual aspect. By withdrawing our attention to this point, we can see inner Light and hear inner Celestial Sound or Music. The process of withdrawing our attention to what lies within is called meditation. Through meditation, we become absorbed into this inner Light and Sound, or Jyoti and Sruti, and then we can merge into that stream. That leads us on an inner journey to realms beyond the physical. We have read about such realms in the writings of inner travelers through the ages, but in this scientific age, we are trained to want to see for ourselves. Meditation is an experiment in which we can test the hypothesis of their existence to see the proof for ourselves.
The training at IIT grounded me in the scientific method, which I applied to spirituality. In this way, it was not mere blind belief about the existence of the Divine within us, but proof borne out by personal firsthand experience achieved through meditation. This blending of the two inspired, the term “Science of Spirituality” so that those interested in testing the hypothesis of spirituality could do so through meditation in the laboratory within them.
About the Author: Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj (BT/EE/1967) is an internationally-recognized spiritual Master of meditation on the inner light and sound. He is president of the Human Unity Conference and head of Science of Spirituality, a non-profit, non-denominational organization with centers in forty countries that provides a forum for people to learn meditation. He is a best-selling author whose many books, translated into fifty languages, include Meditation as Medication for the Soul, Inner and Outer Peace through Meditation, Empowering Your Soul through Meditation, and Spark of the Divine. He also has many CDs, DVDs, and hundreds of articles published in magazines, newspapers, and journals and has appeared on television, radio, and Internet broadcasts worldwide.
He received a B. Tech Degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras, India, in 1967; received an M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, in 1970; and was awarded a Special IIT Fellowship. He had a successful twenty-year career in engineering, communications, and technology, including one of the world’s leading communication companies. For his accomplishments in the fields of peace and spirituality, he received a Distinguished Leadership Award from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois.
His work in the field of science, computers, and communication has given him the ability to have a scientific approach to spirituality. He makes the science of spirituality and the practice of meditation easy for people to understand and practice for themselves. He holds meditation seminars, gives public lectures, and hosts international conferences on Human Integration and Global Mysticism, presenting his powerful, yet simple meditation on the inner light and sound to millions throughout North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. He has also presented the benefits of meditation to medical practitioners throughout the world including the National Institute of Health, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and universities such as Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, IIT Madras (Chennai), IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay, and chapters of Hospice. Many doctors have learned the meditation technique from him and use this regularly with their patients.
Civic and religious leaders have recognized his spiritual and humanitarian work with numerous awards and tributes. His life has been one continuous thread of service to humanity to bring about a world of peace, unity, and spiritual upliftment.
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj can be contacted at Kirpal Ashram, Sant Kirpal Singh Marg, Vijay Nagar, Delhi, India 110009; Tele: 91-11-27117100; or FAX: 91-11-27214040; or at the Science of Spirituality Center, 4 S. 175 Naperville Rd., Naperville, IL 60563;
Tele: (630) 955-1200; or FAX: (630) 955-1205 or visit www.sos.org.