On Monday, May 22, 2023, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, spiritual head of Science of Spirituality, received a Special Citation from the city of New York by its Mayor Eric Adams, for his commitment to fostering peace and interfaith harmony while inspiring diverse people worldwide on their paths to spiritual growth.
Meeting at the historic New York City Hall, Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj and the Mayor Adams were joined by the Spiritual Master’s wife, Respected Mata Rita Ji, son Dr. Kunwarjit Singh Duggal, delegates, and several of the Mayor’s senior advisors, including Dilip Chauhan, the Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City.
The Mayor welcomed Sant Rajinder Singh Ji to New York City, home to the headquarters of the United Nations and the cultural and financial center of the United States.
Speaking at length about the intersection between meditation and mental health, Sant Rajinder Singh explored how meditation can play a significant role in reducing stress and bringing peace, balance, and calmness to our lives. Not only can meditation help first responders like the police, firefighters, and medical practitioners deal with stress, but it can give students important tools to improve their concentration and lead calmer, more balanced lives. Meditation can also impact the lives of veterans, who have served their country with honor, helping them deal with the many challenges they face daily.
The Mayor then recommended that New York City officials and Science of Spirituality explore potential projects related to meditation that might help citizens of New York City. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj also explained that each of us has a reservoir of inner spiritual power within us that we can tap into through meditation. The experience we gain not only transforms our lives, but then spreads to our families, communities, and the world.
The Honorable Eric Adams then presented Sant Rajinder Singh Ji with a Citation from the Office of the Mayor of the City of New York welcoming him to the city in recognition of his work toward fostering inner and outer peace through meditation.
“As New York’s first Mayor to champion a plant-based diet, I am pleased to count Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj in this mission, and I applaud his commitment to foster peace and interfaith harmony while inspiring diverse people on the paths to spiritual growth.”
Sant Rajinder Singh Ji, in turn, presented the Mayor with signed and inscribed copies of his best-selling books—Detox the Mind, which contains tips, meditations, and exercises to reduce daily stress and find joy within, and Meditation as Medication for the Soul, with research by experts and medical practitioners on how meditation improves physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.