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Satsang and Its Purpose. Monday's Inspiration 51.

Updated on December 16, 2018
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

The Energy of Thy Collective Love Drew Me

"Feeling the thrills of the internal rhapsody,

I became mute to the externals.

The songs of God-souls faded away,

Like the green of a mango,

Now fully adorned in coloured robes.

Aye, my seeker-friends, it was the energy of thy collective Love,

That drew me, Into the inner stream of Stillness.

I sing and dance in the garden of a thousand flares,

As the bird of my Heart soars, into the vastness-Light of Silence." Manatita 1th December, 2018.

A Satsang is a gathering of seekers, engaged in the pursuit of practices that promote nearness or Oneness with God. It can be formal or informal, large or small and exists purely to facilitate, share or be receptive to a Higher Light … to realise one’s true nature or Self. Satsang needn't use words, though the Silence Itself can also result from being in the company of devotees

The church, temple, synagogue, mosque and other such places, are all examples of Satsang in so far as they meet with an ardent yearning for something deeper or higher within themselves. This ‘something’, is usually given simple names such as Happiness, Truth, Love, Light, Serenity and Beauty.

I’m mentioning all this, as it is the Christmas period and there is normally an increased rush of devotees who congregate to share the Light. Today was our Christmas party and the members of the Sri Chinmoy Centre, London, met to celebrate, to renew our fellowship with God and Guru … as well as to praise or adulate the Spirit of Christ.

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Satsang helps us enormously. One can and should pray at home and I have done this daily without fail for 36 years. Nevertheless, the camaraderie of the group helps and there are always people to add support for those who may feel below par. In that sense, Satsang is crucial!

Buddhism calls it the Sangha – the community – and this is very common in Ashrams. More modern lifestyle, however, shows the disciple going to work and having his/her own home. Many Christian monks are coming out of their cloisters now and are serving in society, some even without Habits (Robes or special garments that monks and nuns wear)

In all this, it is the spirit and support of each other that matters. When disciples or people of like minds get together, it can be so beautiful! Many of the things I say and take for granted in my spiritual Centre, I do not or cannot say at work. Pardon me, but some humans just do not seem ready for this kind of food and the Christ was very wise to ask us not to share our pearls with swine’s.

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Satsang rejuvenates, nourishes, inspires devotion and spiritual experiences, augmenting one’s sense of gladness, joy and peace in a company of satsangees. Today we had fun, did many skits and plays, sang some Christmas carols and Christ-songs. We shared food, desserts and drinks, engaged in dialogue with friends from different parts of England and even from outside the UK.

The spirit of the fellowship was very high, with excellent moods and performances and music which was pure magic or masterpieces. We played games, acted as children and sang many devotional ‘familiars.’ We even prayed and meditated as usual. Above all, the ‘feel good’ factor was awesome and we had pure innocent fun.

Satsang’s are both a celebration and a renewal. Each individual soul or seeker is inspired by another seeker or seekers and the energy or Consciousness is usually high. One comes from there feeling extra special about the Path, love for God and with a greater inspiration to serve his/her fellow brothers and sisters: mankind.

I truly and wholeheartedly recommend Satsang and encourages those without a group or like minds to meet or join a group soon. Many can be found in the neighborhood if we look, but failing this, they can easily be found on the internet. Merry Christmas to all my friends.

Satsang is generally devotional by nature and there may be a satguru present or God-realised soul

Wisdom from The Master

"My Love of God has no need of Heaven's Bliss.

For my Love of God Itself, is the greatest Bliss." -Sri Chinmoy

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR

      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Thanks Elijah.

      But be careful! You are a good man but I won't give that kind of advice to Eric.

      It is so important that we respect souls.

      Act from a position of empathy and love and be more careful with what you say, especially to my friends here on Hubpages.

      Spiritual advice can create problems if they lack wisdom. One does not jump from A to Z. Please don't do this. Merry Christmas!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      11 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, You are already on the "normal track" your incarnation has required of you. To prevent being sidetracked, make the commitment to seek the inner guide enthroned in your own heart - it might create problems in your loving home - and surrender to it by relinquishing "ever fiber of your being" into it's control. [Don't if you are not willing to part with your family.] If you chose to and it is your destiny to do it, it will not allow you to stray onto a side path but keep you in the "narrow path with the straight gate." 

      Peace

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      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Well, Eric,

      you are honest. This Path is loaded with shadows. Strive! Strive! Never give up!

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita I set a date for 2020 to start being on a "normal" track. I think I get it but I see too many side paths.

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      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Thank you, Linda. Appreciated. Merry Christmas to you.

      Yes, Mary.

      Not for all but for most of us the community helps. Their thoughts and Centre is very much ours or similar and we all help each other. A very Happy Christmas to you and more joy to your husband in heaven.

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      Linda Crampton 

      11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting and informative article that is also inspirational. Thank you for creating it, Manatita.

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      Mary Norton 

      11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      One of the things I miss after the convent is having a community with whom one prays and shares. i suppose anything shared makes it much more wonderful. It creates magic.

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      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Sounds good, Bro, Eric.

      You seem to filter in a different way but come to the right conclusion for your own growth. That's got to be healthy. Peace.

      Thanks Linda. I appreciate your support. I admit I use 'strange' words but we are concurring well, if there is such a word. I'm all for what you say and say what you say, even if in a seemingly different way. I like your prayers. Praise be!

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      In my Sangha for some reason outside of myself or maybe inside myself I noticed that awareness came at pleasure but cost.The bad news is that we feel too much. The good news is that we feel so much.The cool thing is that it flows.

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      Linda Lum 

      11 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Manatita, when I pray (daily) I always begin with words of thanks, thanks for the blessings I have been given this day. There is always something for which to be thankful. Then I pray for others. I know that God already knows their needs, but I view prayer in this way--God wants us to talk with Him, just as you and I long to hear from our children. I do not pray for material things. I pray for healing and strength and forgiveness and that His will be done. What more could one really want or need?

      I agree with you that assembling with a group of like-minded believers is important. We lift each other up, encourage, love, and share. My church members are my family.

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      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Yes, my good brother Jason. That is the goal ... to re-discover or re-awaken our true nature or Self.

      Words are necessary but there is a point where we see that all is the Light or sparks of Mother, who in different ways, are heading towards the same Bliss Divine. Hari om! Praise be!

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      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Yes, my brother Elijah. Satsang can take many forms and true, groups differ. In fact some seekers attend different ones. Questions do arise and there are no hard and fast rules. Where the group has a spiritual leader, questions can and do arise. It is fairly common also for an experienced brother to help a novice or new person.

      By the way, Christianity alone has over 500 sects and many religious paths are like that also. I tell you in all honesty that even your friends views may sometimes differ from yours. It is a mystical Path we walk and we would experience it differently. Enough for now.Thanks

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      manatita44 

      11 months ago from london

      Thank you, my brother for your very thorough explanations. I appreciate this. Yes, Satsang is like Sadhana. Sadhana is the umbrella that embraces all. It literally means spiritual practice and this can take so many forms: praying, singing, walking and spinning meditations, observation of breath, hatha yoga, scriptural reading and a hundred more perhaps.

      Sadhana is like the Islamic Ibadah (worship) which is an attempt to being spiritually alert for 24/7.

      Souls differ and what is important is that your way works for you. If it does then awesome!

      Part of Aravinds message seem to be that feeding desire breeds desire. Scriptures explain these in story forms. Other aspects of what he says I cannot speak of. Once again I thank you. Higher blessings.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      11 months ago from Washington DC

      Manatits, it is quite true that "When disciples or people of like minds get together, it can be so beautiful" but with the purpose of the gathering being as described in the video "a gathering of seekers, engaged in the pursuit of practices that promote nearness or Oneness with God", with God being in everyone wouldn't it benefit the gathering if they were of different minds asking vastly different questions? Would not the varied questions and responses being an understanding into our consciousnesses of what we feel within ourselves?

      What is considered the Christ's finial instructions to any who would become disciples reads in part "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations ... to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you", to me, suggests we are to be conscious of all thing "put before us" to observe without judging them as he instructed us elsewhere. In a "Satsang" questioning and answer session would not the variation of questions provide each with a consciousness with what appears to be diverse coming from "the whole" God is to cause our seeking how they are functioning in the "whole"?

      Just this past Friday and Saturday I found myself feeling something I had not for quite a long time so Sought its purpose. What was revealed was a "scam" was attempting to be run on me although that feeling was intermit as associated with sex. That revealed sex is something used to impose one's will over another and I never would have realized it had I not sought within to find the meaning of feeling it. That also meant to me that feelings without consciousness of its meaning can be a deception.

      Thank you for presenting it, it was quite a valuable thing for me.

      Peace.

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      Mr. Happy 

      11 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "One can and should pray at home and I have done this daily without fail for 36 years." - So, I have a friend in Puttaparthi, India, who was a pupil of the Man in Orange (Sathia Sai Baba) and he put out a video last week where he said that he stopped praying. That was somewhat shocking. I knew that the Man in Orange did not pray himself but to hear it out of Mr. Aravind who's life is dedicated to the Man in Orange, was certainly strange.

      I listened to the video and he explained how when he was younger and wanted to become a photographer, he kept praying that his father would buy him a better camera. When he got the better camera, he realized he needed an even better camera. So, he was always praying for better cameras (among other things). At some point, his father mentioned to him that he was going to buy those "better cameras" anyway. Mr. Aravind never had to ask for them. So, he said he had an epiphany about how God knows better what he needs and to pray for things is actually somehwat insolent. With humility, he said that he stopped praying because God will give him what God thinks is best for him to have. Interesting, no?

      "Satsang rejuvenates, nourishes, inspires devotion and spiritual experiences, augmenting one’s sense of gladness, joy and peace in a company of satsangees." - I agree. Satsang is part of Sadhanah, for some people. If it helps, then please go on. For me, I prefer empty churches (I wrote on this), forests, or lakes, rivers, etc. No humans for me helps because I feel other's energy and it disturbs my own, if that makes any sense. I can feel people and things beyond time and space but when people are close to me, I can feel everything they feel. It's not always helpful.

      I go to a temple sometimes at noon, when there is a ceremony but hardly anyone shows up. Most people are busy at noon so, I take that time to visit the temple. Sometimes it's just me and the lady who takes care of everything there.

      Thank You for explaining Satsang. It is very helpful for many people. All the very best!

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      Jason Behm 

      11 months ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Interesting topic! At first I was like what is satsang but as I go through your article. I find it amazing and so interesting. Of course, I wanted to be in Oneness with God. It would certainly the best feeling ever or state. Thanks for introducing this to us.!

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