Definition - What does Satsanga mean?

Satsanga is a group of like-minded people who sit with a guru, a group of fellow worshippers, or spiritual people. It typically refers to the spiritual or devotional activity of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, such as yogic meditation, concentration, devotional singing or dancing.

The word means “being in the company of the truth” or “right association.” It comes from the Sanskrit sat, meaning “true,” and sanga, meaning “company” or “associated with”; therefore, satsanga is friendship or relationship with the truth itself.

Yogapedia explains Satsanga

Satsanga is an aid on the yogic path to moksha (liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth). It helps remove negative thoughts, earthly attachments and mental obstacles that block the path. Satsanga keeps people engaged in spiritual-centered thoughts and focused on their paths.

On an esoteric level, satsanga is associated with the inner quality of sattva (goodness or purity), one of the three qualities of nature (prakriti). Sattva manifests as thoughtfulness, knowledge, peace and contemplation. A sattvic person makes a natural satsangi, or seeker of truth.

Satsanga can include reading or listening to spiritual teachings, and then reflecting on and discussing their meanings. It means assimilating those meanings into daily life. In a broader sense, satsanga can include the guidance of the inner voice awakened as the potential of the higher Self is realized.

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