Satsang and Kriya Yoga
Author: Svetlana Dubyanskaya
The word Satsang comes from ancient Sanskrit, meaning communication with true spiritual seekers, being in the company of real yoga and meditation practitioners. It is also associated with communication with a guru. Satsang can be translated as "association" or "union". Satsang usually includes reading the scriptures, contemplation, discussion, and joint meditation. For many esoteric traditions, Satsang is a spiritual practice that helps achieve spiritual realizations.
The idea of satsang is an auspicious spiritual environment, such as the presence of holy people and a guru, listening to scriptures or beautiful music, which allows one to raise his mind. Satsang is one of the main practices along with meditation, self-exploration and self-control. The great gurus of the Kriya Yoga tradition speak about the importance of Satsang.
Satsang comes from the Sanskrit words "sat" (being, essence) and "sanga" (communication). Yogananda, the great guru of the Kriya Yoga tradition, named his hermit abode Sat Sangha, which means "communication with the truth." The word Satsang refers to communication with people having similar spiritual aspirations, as well as communication with God in meditation.
Paramhansa Yogananda teaches that communication between people enhances the magnetism of their communication. If the society is spiritual, for example, in the presence of saints and devotees, then the aspirant will be more strongly magnetized on the spiritual path.
If the association is material, then one will feel the attraction of material attachments. Thus, satsang is an important principle that spiritual seekers should follow in a monastery or spiritual community. By dedicating oneself to the community of aspirants, the spiritual seeker satisfies an essential need for guidance. With good company guidance, he can finally reach the place of inner communion with God.
Satsang is a Sanskrit word that means "to come together for the truth" or, more simply, "to be with the truth." All that exists is the Truth. Every time something increases your experience of Truth, it opens your heart and calms down your mind. Conversely, whenever something, such as a thought, fear, or judgment, limits or narrows your perception of Truth, the heart squeezes and the mind becomes more busy.
We are all equally endowed with this ability to discern the Truth. Thus, the true teacher or satguru is within you, while Satsang, or abiding with the Truth, is infinite. You have always been here in the arms of your true nature as a mindful, loving space. You are always at Satsang.
Definition of Satsang: Satsang is a Sanskrit term derived from two roots: sat, meaning "true," and sangha, meaning “community, company or association.” It can be translated as “communication with good people” or simply “being in the company of the truth” and refers to gathering with like-minded, inspiring people, especially those on the spiritual path.
Satsang can also refer to a group of people engaging in spiritual dialogue. Although the term is commonly used to emphasize the importance of community for spiritual growth, Satsang can further be seen as a relationship of loneliness with the Truth.
Satsang is associated with the intrinsic quality of sattva (virtue or purity), which is one of the three gunas (natural attributes) along with rajas (passion) and tamas (inaction). Sattva is manifested as thoughtfulness, wisdom, contemplation and serenity. A sattvic person is a natural satsangi or "seeker of truth."
Traditionally, Satsang has only referred to an assembly in the presence of a true enlightened person or satguru. Nowadays, Satsang has become any gathering in which spiritual reflection, discussion, meditation or teaching takes place; for example, chanting in kirtana or philosophical debates on Dharma.
Generally, a Satsang meeting should meet the following requirements: the common intention of the group members, context or theme to evoke spiritual understanding, agreement on basic rules and inclusiveness. Group Satsang can have a profound effect on the ego as entering a shared space of support and unity
fosters unselfish emotions.
Satsang is believed to dissolve any sense of separation, allowing the interconnectedness of all beings in the universe to become more apparent. It is believed that in the company of those who strive to evoke the best in each other, an extraordinary awakening can occur.
Satsang can also involve reading or listening to spiritual teachings before contemplating their meaning and assimilating them into daily life. More broadly, Satsang can also include the guidance of an inner voice that awakens as the potential of the higher self is realized.
Satsang is a help on the yogic path to moksha (liberation from suffering and the cycle of death and rebirth). It helps to get rid of negative thoughts, material attachments and mental obstacles that block this path. Thus, Satsang helps people concentrate on the spiritual and stay focused on their spiritual path.
The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy so that it rotates up and down around the six spinal centers (medulla, cervical, spinal, lumbar, sacral and coccygeal plexuses), which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac.
The most important thing in the spiritual path is not the theoretical knowledge, but the acquisition of the mystical experience of inner divinity. You can read books about the spiritual path as much as you like, but not feel the inner God. It is important to receive the inner experiences of God in your spiritual heart, then it becomes a real progress along the path of spiritual evolution.
During Satsang, blessing energy is transmitted from the Master to the disciples. Satsang is not just theoretical discussion or intellectual conversation, but serious spiritual practice. During Satsang with a true Master, a powerful vibration arises that can transform each participant.