The Why, What and How of Satsang and its Philosophy
Satsang is the company of the highest knowledge and truth; the company of a Guru; contact with a person or an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. This highest company also takes the form of hearing or reading the words of highest awareness, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing this awareness into one’s daily life.
All followers of a Guru, regardless of age, are like His Children. He gives them shelter from misery and imparts to them the knowledge of self-realization without expecting anything in return.Through a Satsang, the Guru teaches meditation and other methods to the followers for realizing God who resides within.
- How does one find a Guru?
ancient saying says that when the disciple is prepared, the Guru
appears. A genuine spiritual Guru seeks out good students. If he
finds that the student is not yet ready, he will gradually prepare
him for higher teachings. And when the wick and oil are equally
prepared, the Guru lights the lamp.
When people want to possess more and more of everything, a lot of stress and strain is generated. Desires for worldly possessions increase incessantly and finally turn into a whirlpool of miseries. Real peace of mind is not possible without practicing non-attachment and it is here that Satsang proves to be useful.
The human mind is like an unbridled horse, which runs amuck, if not controlled properly. Our ambitions multiply our wants, thereby leading to unfulfilled desires. Controlling our mind is the most important step in self-realization and this is greatly facilitated by Satsang. Learning the religious scriptures is very good and helpful, but without Satsang, such learning could make one egotistical. A learned person taking part in Satsang become more humble, communicative, receptive, optimistic, intuitive, progressive and gentle in behavior.
The most important points emphasized at each and every Satsang are that God resides within the heart of each creature or human being but one needs to strive to seek Him, that self-discipline is required to control the mind, that one must learn to annihilate one’s ego for attaining true peace of mind and that one must abhor jealousy, greed, anger etc.
- What does Satsang Mean?
Literally “Satsang” means “The community of the lovers of existence”.
- Where does this community exists?
The Community exists wherever man hopes and dreams of as expanding life, expansion of life and where people love their life (towards the direction of being & becoming).
- What does Satsang stand for?
Satsang stands for Being and Becoming.
- What does Being and Becoming mean?
Being means the entire being – physical, mental, and spiritual. Becoming means the gradual, balanced evolution of these three. That is, better health,
greater longevity, increasing memory, deeper perception: and a growing sensitivity of man’s relation with the creator and a personal sense
of responsibility for his Creation.
- How does Satsang Expect to Achieve This?
Satsang believes this can only be possible and achieved by establishing a meaningful coordination between oneself (the Ideal centric life), the Ideal and
- What is The Basic Factor?
The prime factor in Satsang is the un-tottering adherence of the individual to the ideal. In the words of Sree Sree Thakur “indomitable active urge to fulfill the ideal Beloved is the fundamental nucleus of man building, nation building”. Man is possessed by passions, which are necessary life force for evolution. For proper adjustment of passions, it is necessary to engage them in active service of the ideal.
attachment to the Ideal helps initiating self-adjustment, family
adjustment, adjustment with society & finally adjustment with
the world. Therefore need for ideal in life becomes most
The setting up of Satsang Vihar as a centre for exalted learning and practice started with the teachings and activities of Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra in Deoghar in Bihar (Which is now part of the State of Jharkhand) around 1946 when he left the village of Himaitpur, Panba (in present day Bangladesh, part of the undivided India at that time) before the partition of India in 1947.
During his teachings and through innumerable interactions with followers and visitors, Thakur propagated the principles of Yajan, Yaajan, ishtavrity, Swastayani and Sadachar (hygeinic principle adoption) which proved to be the foundations of human excellence and upliftment and building up character & life in its entirety. Even though he spoke highly of spiritual and self- development, Sree Sree Thakur also asserted that without material progress no spiritual progress can be achieved.
Every individual by bringing harmony into his / her own life will be able to have enough means to satisfy himself/ herself and society. So,the philosophy of SATSANG is an integrated philosophy of Being and Becoming of the self.
Millions have taken on to Sree Sree Thakur as their ideal. Sree Sree Thakur’s philosophy at present is being propagated under the guidance of Param Pujyaa Acharyadev Sri Sri Dada through approximately 5000 centers in India and abroad.