SQ – Your Ultimate Intelligence
IQ primarily solves logical, mathematical and linguistic problems. EQ makes us aware of our own and others’ emotions, judge the situation we are in and behave appropriately. SQ allows us to ask if we want to be in that situation in the first place through questions like: “Is my job giving me the fulfillment I seek?”, “Are my relationships with others mutually satisfying?”, “What are my priorities in life?”, “What is the purpose of my existence?”. The transformative power of SQ distinguishes it from IQ and EQ.
SQ motivates us to create new situations if necessary. Thus it determines our happiness as also our ability to meaningfully utilize IQ and EQ.
The highly acclaimed Handbook of Religion and Health, published by Oxford University Press, carefully reviewed no fewer than two thousand published experiments that tested the relationship between religion and practically all parameters of physical and mental health. A sample of their findings:
2 . Religious youth showed significantly lower levels of drug and alcohol abuse, premature sexual involvement, criminal delinquency and suicidal tendencies than their nonreligious counterparts.
3. Researcher Harold G. Koenig concluded: “A high SQ faithfulness to God appears to benefit people of all means, educational levels and ages.”
Interestingly, the modern concept of SQ parallels the Vedantasutra faculty of brahma jijnasa (spiritual enquiry), as both are unique to human beings. Moreover, like the three intelligences IQ, EQ and SQ discovered by science, Vedic wisdom addresses the three dimensions of our existence body, mind and spirit. To attain lasting happiness, we need to go beyond gratifying our bodies and pacifying our minds to harmonizing our souls with the supreme soul, God, through devotional service. Amazingly the characteristics expected of high SQ people are all found in advanced spiritualists. Most importantly, the Vedic scriptures delineate a practical and potent ABCD formula for dramatically increasing our SQ and happiness.
A Association: Interacting with and learning from high SQ people like devotees of God enables us to see order amidst chaos, plan amidst change.
B Books: Studying spiritual books like the Bhagavadgita answers life’s fundamental questions and empowers us with inner direction and motivation.
C Chanting: Regular meditation on the holy names of God like the Hare Krishna mahamantra bestows spiritual tranquility even amidst material adversity.
D Diet: Eating vegetarian food sanctified by offering to God purifies our mind and awakens our soul.
The ShrimadBhagavatam (7.7.21) urges us to become spiritual goldseekers, “An expert geologist can understand where there is gold below the earth and extract it from the gold ore by various processes. Similarly, a wise person can understand the spiritual dimension within the material body, and, by spiritual excavation, attain fulfillment in life.” Lest we neglect our spiritual enrichment, modern management guru Stephen Covey reminds us, “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey; we are spiritual beings on a human journey.”