What is Satsang?
Satsang literally means ‘association with the wise’. Satsang is the heart of the yoga practice. It is a sacred gathering that involves spiritual discourse, meditation, and chanting. Meditating together in a group creates a strong spiritual atmosphere which allows a deep experience of Self. In satsang, people of all levels in their Sadhana (spiritual practice) join together in harmony.
Connect With Your Higher Self
Satsang at the Divine Grace Yoga Ashram follows the same format at many of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams around the world. It consists of 30 minutes of silent meditation, meditative chanting of mantras and an easy-to-follow lecture on yoga philosophy or psychology. Satsang is the gateway to inner peace and new horizons.
"Satsang or company of the wise removes the darkness and impurities of the heart, leads one to the divine path and causes the divine light to shine in one's heart"
-Swami Sivananda in Elixir Divine
Why is Satsang Important?
"Our normal thinking (concerning material and worldly things such as money, family, etc.) is very mundane. We rarely have time for deep contemplation, to renew our spiritual connection or to meditate on our life choices. Satsang, or company of the wise, through listening and lectures, reading books of Masters, and being in their presence, helps to induce our mind inspiring and enlightening thoughts which can uplift and change our thinking, creating positive thoughts and inspiration in our minds. These beneficial influences and teachings can come through books, scriptures or, best, through live teachings."
- Swami Sitaramananda, Acharya and Director of Sivananda Yoga Farm
in Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy
A Daily Practice
At the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres and Ashrams, Satsang is offered twice daily: once at 6AM in the morning (considered the Braha muhurta, the time most conducive to meditation) and once at 8PM at night. Swami Sivananda prescribes to the Sadhaka (spiritual aspirant) to wake up thinking of God and go to bed thinking of God. This is exactly what we are doing in Satsang when we meditate, chant the holy names (Kirtan and Mantras), and listen to inspiring dharma talks.