Sant Mat is the term for the teachings taught by the Science of Spirituality organization. Sant Mat is the study of the essence of the spiritual teachings of all saints and spiritual Masters from all religions through the ages. As a spiritual path Sant Mat has the following beliefs:
Sant Mat, which literally translates as the path of the saints, is a centuries old spiritual path, which encompasses all aspects of spirituality at many different levels--from leading a life in the world to higher spiritual experiences ultimately leading to reuniting of the soul with the Creator. At its heart is a powerful meditation practice, ethical living and the guidance of the living spiritual Master.
Sant Mat is a path of positive mysticism in which we remain in the world, in our own society, culture, and family and, to the best of our abilities, fulfill our duties and responsibilities along with developing spiritually.
Becoming a student of Sant Mat does not mean converting or changing one's religion or one's clothing or customs. One should remain in one's own religion and culture while practicing meditation.
While developing spiritually, we are to fulfill our obligations to our family, our jobs, our education and career, our community, and to the world with loving devotion. We should help others and make a positive contribution to society.
The Science of Spirituality, also called Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission, is a non-profit non-denominational organization dedicated to spirituality, peace and service to humanity. Under the guidance of Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, individuals learn a simple and natural method of meditation. Each individual's personal experience of inner peace spreads to outer peace within families, neighborhoods, communities and the world.
Science of Spirituality/Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission has international headquarters in Delhi, India and national headquarters for the United States in Naperville, Illinois. There are numerous other centers in the US and other countries.
When God brought creation into being, two principles emanated from God---the Light and Sound of God. The Light and Sound of God can be contacted within through a process of meditation as taught by the living Master of Sant Mat (Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission/Science of Spirituality).
The living spiritual Master is an indispensable guide to help people reach their spiritual goal by providing them with on-going guidance, to help them improve in their meditation, lead an ethical life that enhances spiritual progress, and be their companion on the inner journey back to their true home.
The living Master has been commissioned by the previous living Master to initiate souls so they can come in contact with the Light and Sound of God within, and traverse the spiritual journey back to their divine source.
Ethical living is an indispensable foundation for spiritual progress. Ethical living includes:
Satsang refers to a gathering for the purpose of learning Truth ("sat" means truth; "sang" means gathering). Satsang in the Sant Mat tradition refers to the gatherings at which the living spiritual Master conveys the spiritual teachings. It is conducted directly by the living Master or by his chosen representatives and group leaders for the purpose of conveying the spiritual teachings.
Jyoti meditation in Sant Mat consists of meditation on the inner Light. It involves:
Meditation is taught as a science and can be practiced by people of all religions, faiths, and belief systems. One does not convert or change their social or religious traditions to practice meditation. While the main purpose of meditation is purely spiritual, the practice has many beneficial by-products:
People choose vegetarianism for many reasons. Some because it conserves our planet's valuable resources. Others, for better health. Others forgo animal foods out of a simple regard for life. Throughout the ages, spiritual teachers of many faiths have encouraged vegetarianism for an even more compelling reason. They stress vegetarianism as one of the cornerstones of a successful meditative and spiritual life. Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj, author of "The Vegetarian Way of Life," tells us that a vegetarian diet is based on compassion and nonviolence. It helps us to maintain a balance between our body and soul.
The spiritual Masters of this path never advocate that we change our religion or leave our communities to practice meditation. In fact, a hallmark of this path is “positive mysticism,” the belief that we should fulfill our duties and obligations to our families and societies while pursuing our spiritual goals. We earn our own livelihoods and fulfill our roles as citizens of our communities.
Yes. Ethical living forms the basis of all the great religions of the world, and it is the foundation of any spiritual practice. The virtues inculcated by members of the Science of Spirituality occur at the level of thought, word, and deed. These are: Nonviolence (which includes a vegetarian diet), Truthfulness, Purity, Humility, and Selfless Service.
No. Rites and rituals form the exoteric (outer) practices of the different religions. The only practice that members of Science of Spirituality subscribe to is meditation. Meditation constitutes the esoteric practice (inner mysteries) found in many of the great religious traditions. Through meditation or silent contemplation, the great saints and mystics of the different religions found their connection with their soul and then taught what they learned to their followers. We believe it is our birthright to experience ourselves as soul and begin our journey back to God. This can be done through meditation.
There is no one revered scripture like the Bible, Torah, Guru Granth Sahib, or Koran, but there is a large body of discourses and books written by the saints of this tradition that have been translated into over fifty different languages.