Whenever Pradhan is introduced at a public function, it is usually with a list of seemingly non-connected professions: chiropractor, computer trainer, restaurant owner, author, lecturer. But there is another occupation, or perhaps vocation is a better word, which is far more relevant as regards his book, A Twenty-First Century Seeker. Pradhan has practiced meditation for 45 years, and in that capacity, has lectured on meditation and prayer in some 40 countries to literally thousands of individuals.
Each individual’s meditation is different…
Pradhan became interested in meditation back in the 60’s—hatha yoga (the exercises) enjoyed its first peak of interest, the Beatles visited India, Woodstock—and meditation was very much in vogue back then. Pradhan’s interest in meditation led him to seek out a spiritual Teacher. In 1971, he became a student of the Indian spiritual Teacher Sri Chinmoy.
Pradhan explains that his meditation is about deepening his communion with God. When asked, “Which God?”, he answers is “My God. It is deeply personal. It is not religious in that it is not the Judeo-Christian-Hindu-Muslim (etc.) God. It is simply how I perceive the voice of meditation that comes from my heart. But my style of meditation need not be your style. Each person has a unique inner personality, and their way of meditation will be unique for them. We may all speak a language, for example English, but we each have our unique inflections. So, whenever I have taught meditation, it is always with the hope of appealing to a broad range of interests.”
You need not believe in God to meditate. For example Buddhism is non-theistic in its approach yet is very real in its meditative process and value system. There is no right or wrong. Each seeker must find his or her own method.
In A Twenty-First Century Seeker, Pradhan introduces meditation so as to appeal to as broad a spectrum of interest as possible. He makes meditation very accessible.