1. Introduction to the benefits of Satsang
Satsang is an important aspect of spiritual practice in a seeker’s spiritual journey. This is especially so at the beginning of one’s spiritual journey when Spirituality is not yet a part and parcel of one’s life. For the more experienced seeker attending satsang is an opportunity to serve God and co-seekers by sharing their experiences and nurturing other seekers in their spiritual practice.
2. Clarification of questions about Spirituality
When a seeker studies the science of Spirituality, he or she may come across new life concepts and learning. These new concepts may give rise to questions in a seeker’s mind such as, “How do I practically implement this spiritual principle” or “How do I overcome an obstacle that I am having in my spiritual practice.” Such kinds of questions are quite natural for students of Spirituality and it is important that such questions or doubts are answered in a timely manner so that one’s spiritual practice can continue unobstructed.
3. Satsang helps to recharge our ‘spiritual batteries’
All those gathered around a campfire receive the warmth of the fire. Likewise, all those attending a Satsang are spiritually nourished by others’ spiritual experiences. Just as air is essential to keep a fire burning, Satsang is essential to encourage us to continue our spiritual practice.
I had come home very tired from work and I did not feel like attending a Skype Satsang with other seeker of SSRF; I just wanted to be left alone. My husband however insisted I attend. Very reluctantly I agreed to attend the Satsang. In the middle of the Satsang I was asked to share a spiritual experience that I had encountered a week ago. When sharing the spiritual experience my spiritual emotion got awakened. Tears of spiritual emotion and gratitude welled up in my eyes. After that I began to feel very light and it was like just in a moment the tiredness of the day had disappeared. – RG, Europe
3.1 Online satsangs conducted over telephone and voice conference software such as Skype
When I came online to attend the Skype Satsang for North America, I saw that I did not know any of the attendees. Initially I was keeping quiet and just listening to others. The Satsang conductor was so warm and friendly and I was touched that she continuously tried to reach out to me and other seekers. As other attendees began to freely share their obstacles in spiritual practice, I felt I could identify with them. I too shared one of my experiences I had when I started chanting. By the time we came to the end of the Satsang I felt that I knew all of them and that we were all connected by Spirituality. I was grateful to God for this experience as it doesn’t usually happen in worldly life. – Christie Leung, Canada
4. Through satsang we get motivation to persevere on our spiritual journey
Once I was quite depressed as I felt my spiritual practice was not going well. I earnestly prayed to God to help me and to be with me. At that time I felt a voice saying, “I am always with you.” Then I asked God, “I want to see you.” Then He said, “Just look out of the window, you will see me very shortly. I just looked out of the window and waited but nothing seemed to happen. Then I asked again and God said that slowly My form will appear. Then suddenly out of nowhere, a double rainbow appeared. Then God said that I have come to meet you in the form of a rainbow. My spiritual emotion was awakened and it stayed awakened for long afterwards. Even today when I think of the spiritual experience I had, I feel reassured and calm.
When I shared this spiritual experience during satsang with co-seekers in Melbourne, we felt our spiritual emotion get awakened and we all experienced a feeling of peace and assurance that God listens to our prayers. – Shweta Clarke, Melbourne Australia
5. Development of expansiveness and love for others
I am a management student. I have been undertaking spiritual practice for the past 3 ½ years as advised by SSRF. I am very lucky because the weekly Satsang has helped me a lot. Before attending Satsang, I was very emotional and envious about others. From the time I started attending the Satsangs, I feel like sharing everybody’s happiness and sorrow and I feel like praising people who are achieving their goals in their fields. Recently my friend asked me how I manage to think about others even when I am in a difficult situation. I then realized that I have changed so much due to spiritual practice and attending Satsangs. – A seeker
6. In Summary
Spirituality is a science of experience. The best way for a seeker to understand the benefits of a Satsang is to observe their spiritual practice and how they feel, before and after a satsang. By attending Satsang regularly, we become stronger in our spiritual practice. As a result, we also become stronger in our conviction that we should realise God which is the main spiritual purpose of life.