The South Asian Times

23 April 2019 22:21 PM

Spiritual poetry symposium to honor a saint-poet

Spirituality is the soul of life's poetry. Not often does one come across an event where these two – spirituality and poetry-- are celebrated and relished together. For the past few years, the Science of Spirituality center in Amityville, NY, has been hosting a Spiritual Poetry Symposium, "Ruhani Mushaira".


Ruhani Mushaira is a celebration of the poetry of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj (1921–1989), a beacon of spirituality in the 20th century. An acclaimed mystic poet, master of "Surat Shabd Yoga", and spiritual teacher of "Sant Mat", he was conferred with the prestigious Urdu Academy Award for two of his Urdu poetry collections. His various works not only continue to kindle the spirit of oneness among fellow humans but also herald the message of spiritual unity that ties all creation and its various manifestations.


Despite the inclement weather, the event on Saturday, January 25, at the Amityville SoS center was well attended by renowned Urdu poets, enthusiasts of Urdu poetry and those who follow mystic poetry. Ruhani Mushaira, more than anything, was a platform that seeded positive vibes towards cultural understanding, human love and spiritual oneness. There were references to undoing the impact of historic follies that plague many parts of the world and building on the universal love and spiritual unity that binds all. 

The audience was enthralled by poets in attendance Qaseem Bin Nasam Amrohvi (Sadarat-Presiding), Maulana Rehan Naqvi, Tarlok Singh, Jori Kohli (he conducted the mushaira) and Hasnain Raza.  Amrohvi is an acclaimed poet from Pakistan. Maulana Naqvi, PhD is a scholar who is doing a specialized doctoral thesis on the poetry and spiritual mission of Sant Darshan Singh Ji Maharaj. Tarlok Singh is a distinguished professor of Urdu from India.


The evening also saw the launch of the soft-cover collection "Noor-e-Aqeedat" (Noor: Light, Splendor; Aqeedat: Faith), an anthology of select Urdu mystic poetry by Darshan Singh Maharaj. The book presents a powerhouse selection of the saint’s poetic gems in Urdu and Roman English.


The spiritually charged evening had a heart-tugging message of universal love, peace and unity. The theme that underlined the whole event, and further accentuated the mystic message of oneness in God, was of tapping inside into the flame of love, living in loving remembrance, and passing through the ups and downs of life with a sense of equanimity.

The core behind the teaching and poetry of Darshan Singh and Sant Mat is ethical living, selfless service and the practice of light and sound meditation. Celebration of Darshan Singh, his teachings and poetry, is an important initial step in ultimately practicing the principles of universal love, peace and unity. Ruhani Mushaira is proving to be a critical step to spread the message of love and in popularizing teachings and practices to attain oneness within and without.  

Science of Spirituality/Sawan Kirpal Ruhani Mission is a nonprofit, multi-faith organization that provides a forum for people to learn meditation, experience personal transformation, and bring about inner and outer peace and human unity.

For more information about the Ruhani Mushaira, and other Science of Spirituality programming please call 516-901-6662; 631-822-7979 or

Update: 01 Feb, 2014