What is Satsang?

 

Satsang (or Sat-sanga) is a Sanskrit word that simply means to associate with Truth or Reality; to bask in the essence of one’s true being. It is to realize the nature of your very own Self.

Satsang offers the direct experience of the Perfect One Reality you never left. Without this direct and continual awareness, it is all too easy to mis-perceive who and what you truly are. Appearances arising from a false sense of identity and conditioning are gently exposed and dissolved, leaving you in a state of pure joy and Grace.

The word, Sat, means both Truth and Existence. It refers to your natural state of Pure Being. Your very existence is eternal Truth itself – unchanging and completely unaffected by anything in the appearance world, including the appearance of past and future, good and bad, birth and death.

In this sacred space, one’s greater Awareness arises naturally as all that is not you falls away. What truly is you reveals Itself.  This is your true Home. This unfolds naturally in one’s own timing, deepening one’s realization and Self-remembering. SaanMa holds a deeply peaceful and sacred space for each to drop into the truth of their being—into the divine presence and vast stillness of the heart. The mind will effortlessly quiet. Unconditional love and expanded awareness consumes everything.

In this environment, one comes to realize and know their truest and only being. All else that arises is viewed and embraced from this more expanded vantage point. There is nothing to do but relax into Love so that Grace may have its way with you. Everything else in the “dream of separation” fades away.

Each Satsang is unique as they arise in the present moment fulfilling the greater needs of those present. Gatherings may include some form of guided meditation, deep silent sitting, words of wisdom and humor shared, questions, answers and dialogue. One walks away feeling deep peace, true oneness and a natural joy, experiencing life and all that arises from a more compassionate and truthful view.

 

 

“It should be for Satsang that we go to spiritual centers. By going there, people who are involved in the world can attain peace and concentration. The concentration gained when one goes there cannot be achieved if one sits at home. Even though the breeze blows everywhere, coolness will be felt more if we sit in the shade of a tree. In the same way, although God is all-pervading, this presence will clearly shine in certain places more than others. That is the greatness of Satsang. Satsang is the best thing for spiritual advancement.”   ~Mata Amritanandamayi

 

“Sat-sanga means association with sat (Truth) or reality. Such association with sat or with one who knows sat is absolutely necessary for all. Sankara has said that in all the three worlds there is no boat like sat-sanga to carry one safely across the ocean of births and deaths.”  ~Ramana Maharshi