If one were to view the spiritual maturity or spiritual level of a person on a scale from 1 to 100% where God is 100%, then through spiritual research using advanced sixth sense we have found that the spiritual level of an average person in the world today is around the 20% mark.
According to the science of Spirituality, one becomes eligible for the spiritual state of Sainthood when one attains a spiritual level of at least 70%, irrespective of religion or path of spiritual practice.
The criteria to recognise a Saint depend on the Path He follows – Dnyanyoga (Path of Knowledge), Karmayoga (Path of Action), Bhaktiyoga (Path of Devotion) etc. Depending on the spiritual level, the criteria can also differ.
At the physical level, some pointers are that we can see a glow on the face, the lines on the palm start to become faint, and the fingers and palm become soft and smooth.
At the psychological level, the person is able to experience Anand (Bliss) and His thoughts and behaviour indicate that He is sattvik in nature. When in the presence of a Saint, seekers experience Anand or a thoughtless state. However, for an average person this is very difficult to perceive.
An average person, or even a religious person or mature seeker, is not equipped to judge whether someone is a Saint or not.
Even a seeker can only realise the vibrations of a spiritually higher person to a maximum of 20% more than his own spiritual level. This is because the difference in vibrations become far too subtle to understand when there is a difference of more than 20% in spiritual level.
According to spiritual science, a seeker can be regarded a Saint only when other Saints acknowledge that He is a Saint. This is as per the law that only a Saint can truly recognise another Saint. This is like saying that only a medical professional can recognise the skill of another medical professional or an engineer that of another engineer !
A person who is not of a Saint level cannot proclaim another person to be a Saint.