Satsang: “Sat” means truth; “Sang” means company. The literal translation of Satsang is keeping true company. Each school of philosophy defines Satsang differently.
Definitions range quite a bit. Some schools require that you keep the company of the true Sadhu (holy man) and obey his commands. Others define Satsang as a group of devotees around the One – Satpurusha (Guru for a spiritual aspirant) – who has realized and embodies Truth on all levels. Still others define it as being in the presence of and breathing the same air as the master.
The practice of Satsang typically involves studying scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on their source, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life. Satsang, as practiced in the East, has been passed down from generation to generation over thousands of years. The practice in the West is usually approached differently.
At Evolution, yoga teachers do not give commands that must be obeyed. Instead they encourage students to look inside themselves for their own deepest truth. And, here, the practice of Satsang is the coming together of people in the company of Truth. This Truth is what we find in community and in ourselves as we practice on our yoga mats. Each class is a gathering together to inquire into our true nature. A spiritual community like this can start to dissolve the sense of separateness that causes so much of our suffering.
Through the study and practice of yoga – it is a practice after all, like medicine is a practice – we ultimately find that our true nature is divine bliss. The word yoga itself is often translated as “union.” Many define yoga as “union with the divine.” There are as many definitions of the divine are there are eyeballs reading this post (you probably have at least two yourself).
In Satsang, as we think of it and practice it here at Evolution, we come together as a community to discover, explore, and celebrate our true nature as individuals and in community. This is for many of us, the highest truth that bring us back time and again to our yoga practice on and off the mat.
“Everything in the universe
is within you.
Ask all from yourself.”