The word satsang is a Sanskrit (The world’s most ancient language) word where ‘Sat’ means the Absolute Truth i.e. God and ‘sang’ refers to the company of seekers or Saints. Together it means the company of the Absolute Truth. In a satsang, the whole environment is charged with Divine consciousness (Chaitanya) which helps to enhance the spiritual practice of the people attending. Satsang constitutes a group of spiritually inclined and likeminded members who strive for God-realisation.
Satsang is the next step in spiritual practice after we begin chanting God’s Name. In the current adverse times it is difficult to persevere in performing spiritual practice alone. We need the help of other seekers. In a satsang many seekers come together and there is a conducive created for experiencing the presence of God.
As one begins to attend regular satsangs one acquires many benefits. Listening to other people’s experiences during the satsang, we are motivated to perform spiritual practice. In satsang, we get answers to many of our doubts, questions and difficulties. These questions if unanswered can raise doubts which can put a brake on our efforts and in some cases can entirely derail our spiritual practice. By attending a satsang some seekers have also been pleasantly surprised when unanswered questions they have had in their mind have been answered during the course of the satsang without them actually asking the question. Due to one’s effort to attend satsang, God helps the seeker by answering questions that have been lingering in his or her mind for some time.
Simply said, Satsang is being in the Company of Truth.
Satsang is a pertinent step especially when a seeker’s spiritual practice is in its inception stage. In satsang, a strong foundation is created which propels the seeker to regularise spiritual practice.
There are many types of satsangs such as satsang with God, satsang with Saints, Guru’s and evolved seekers, satsang with co-seekers, reading the Holy texts written by Saints, attending spiritual discourses, etc.
The satsang in the Holy company of Saints is the highest form of satsang. This is because Saints have practiced Spirituality themselves and when one is able to learn from their behavior.
SSRF holds a bi-annual spiritual workshop at its premier Spiritual Research Centre in Goa, India.
Study of Spirituality helps to convince the intellect and is integral to help us understand the importance of why we should do spiritual practice.
Depending on the spiritual level of the author; the Truth in the books on Spirituality varies which also affects what a reader will eventually gain by reading them.
This article showcases an informal conversation between His Holiness Dr. Athavale and the editorial team when the above articles were being written. It provides various insights on why Saints prefer authoring books on Spirituality as opposed to books on Maya (the Great Illusion).
In this article we discuss the differences between books on Spirituality and Maya and their value to the reader, the author of the book, and the environment.
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Read about the spiritual experiences of seekers who attended an SSRF satsang.