Yogapedia explains 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 "associating with good people" or simply "being in the company of truth," and refers to the act of gathering with like-minded, uplifting people, especially those on a spiritual path.
Traditionally, satsang referred only to a gathering in the presence of a true enlightened being, or satguru. In modern times, satsang has evolved to mean any gathering in which spiritual reflection, discussion, meditation or teaching takes place.
Generally, a satsang gathering must meet the following requirements:
• A shared intention between group members
• Context or theme to spark spiritual insight
• An agreement regarding ground rules and inclusivity
Satsang in a group can have a profound effect on the ego, since entering into a shared space of support and unity encourages selfless emotions to arise.
Satsang is believed to dissolve any sense of separation, allowing the inter-connectivity of all beings in the universe to become more apparent. It is believed that in the company of those who are committed to bringing out the best in one another, extraordinary awakening can occur.
Satsang can also be practiced alone by cultivating truth within one’s inner self or remaining centered on thoughts of the Divine. As such, within Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, satsang typically refers to individual spiritual and devotional activities such as meditation or chanting.
Satsang may also include reading or listening to spiritual teachings, before reflecting on their meaning and assimilating them into daily life. In a broader sense, satsang can also include the guidance of the inner voice awakened as the potential of the higher Self is realized.
Satsang is an aid on the yogic path to moksha (liberation from suffering and the cycle of death and rebirth). It helps to remove the negative thoughts, material attachments and mental obstacles that block this path. As such, satsang helps to keep people engaged in spiritually-centered thoughts and to maintain focus on their spiritual path.
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