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Satsang is the companyof a good person. 'Sat' stands for godliness, 'sang' forcompany. Company of the sants (saints, whichword came from sant) ennobles, educates (in a higher sense) and 'purifies'us. Purifies means removes from our mind greed, lust, pride, jealousy,vanity and delusion. We generally see these defects in other people. Butin Satsangh, I start seeing them in myself, because I am in the Satsangh basically for myself, to correct myself.
Were I totally happy with myselfneeding nothing, I would not have come to Satsangh. It is this need,a fear of uncertain future, a lacuna in life in spite of having everything,an in explicable void despite being wealthy or powerful, that makes mecome to Satsangh. When I am totally happy and contented and neednothing (because of right understanding of the world), then also I willcome to Satsangh to share what I know with others.
In Satsangh the prevailingatmosphere is one of nobility, understanding, generosity and love. Allnoble qualities are to the fore, suppressing the baser instincts and feeling.All satsanghiis (people who attend satsanghs) seem to likeeach other and ever willing to help each other. When we first started thefire, most of the logs were wet and only one or two a bit dry; these keptthe fire alive and exposed other wet logs to the heat of the fire. Slowlybut surely, all logs started drying up and the fire started burning brightly.Any passer-by could come and get the warmth.
Why purification of mind is necessary? Same reason why we clean our reading glasses; with dust, oilstain andpaint marks on my spectacles, I won't be able to read anything, and ifI insist on reading through them, you would say that I was crazy; but that'swhat's the whole world's problem. We just won't wipe our specs clean andsee clearly. So too, the mind full of desires (paint marks) and other enemies(stains and dust), is unable to know what is good for it. Tragically, itdoes not even know that its specs are full of dust & dirty.
In Satsangh, we read thescripture of our choice (Gita, Upanishad, Bhaagavatam, Ramaayana etc.), read commentaries and either discuss or someoneknowledgeable explains the meaning and its relevance in today's world.Invariably the practical day to day living guidance is given.
The duration is generally 90 minutesto 2 hr. First half hour of bhajans, chanting, and the last half hour formahaprasad (eating what was offered to Lord). The central time is for discourse.
We families have been meeting 4to 5 times a week since 16 years; This itself is a great miracle. How canone meet, talk, eat with same families week after week without gettingtired of each other?
Something of an experience.
---Email from Guruji
Dhatu samvat Maagha vadya sapthami (Mar 01, 1997)
Salutations to Aatmaswaroop
Srimad Bhagavad Gita, or Srimad Bhagavatham, or Shri Vishnu Sahasranamam orGayathri mantram speak one langualge. "Wake up from the sleep"
What gave you the idea that you are not in satsangh ? You are very much there.The physical distance is part of the dream in which we are living.
Start chanting Sri Vishnu sahasranama daily. Its benefits are numerous. Givesyou health, wealth, importnace, status, knowledge, presence of mind, fortitude,a clean mind and heart, eventual peace and ultimate good. In addition satanghisnow chant Shiva sahasranama (target 108 times for 1997), Rama sahasrananama (aswe appraoch Ram navami - target 108 times),
and then Aanjaneya sahasranama etc.
Daily reading of one chapter of Gita with meaning (average 6 to 15 minutes) andone chapter of Srimad Bhagavatha will assure you of knowledge of the Vedas.
---Email from Guruji
Bahrain is a small island in the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain Satsangh is a non-profit Hindu organization formed 19 years ago to embrace spirituality as a way of life. Bahrain Satsangh is now a mature International group with several satsanghs operating as far and wide as Singapore, Australia, India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Canada.
Our Satsangh spreads the message of the Lord contained in the Hindu scriptures such as Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, the Upanishads, Vivekacudamani, Panchadasi and Jivan Mukti Viveka, to name a few. In addition, we help perform Hindu pujas, marriages etc. Bahrain Satsangh also undertakes several forms of charities. The beneficiaries of the charity are Goshalas, Schools, Orphanages etc., operating across India. As a principle the corpus of the Charity is fully funded by the members of Satsangh and has so far operated without any external aid.
Our web addresses include http://www.geocities.com/satsangh1 (Satsangh web page), http://www.geocities.com/somsram/ (The Real Bhagavad Gita site). We also have mirror sites on http://www.hindunet.org/ and http://sanskrit.gde.to which includes our Satsangh's pujas (transliterated from Sanskrit), bhajans etc.
Our mission is to propagate the divine message of Bhagavad-Gita and to this end, in the last twelve months, we have already distributed Bhagavad-Gita books and other scriptures worth US$ 5,000. These are mainly published by the Gita Press, Gorakhpur and Ramakrishna Mission.
We are convinced beyond all doubt that weekly Satsanghs or weekly prayer meetings on a larger scale - for all Hindus are imperative to instill Scriptural knowledge on a lasting basis. Having 100,000 Satsanghs is one of our visions and we are determined and focused in pursuing this objective. We believe that team effort and association of like-minded organizations could help foster and instill a sense of belonging to this great religion, in the minds of the masses thereby passing on this great tradition to future generations. Reaffirmation of faith and conviction in our religion is the order of the day and we need to take cues from other religions in this respect.
In the light of the above, we are embarking upon an ambitious project of creating awareness of Gita and other Hindu scriptures amongst the masses. We feel that it is the will of the lord that we came across information about your activities. We are pleasantly surprised to see that many of our key aims appear to coincide with those of yours such as making the Gita available in various places such as Hotel rooms, Hospitals etc. Currently, we have targeted placing the books in 300,000 rooms in over 1,000 hotels in India in a phased manner.
To enable the recipients to appreciate such profound scriptural texts, in future, we also intend to re-design some of these books in a manner that would make them appealing and user friendly even to a casual reader.
If you would like to further this mission you can write to this email id.
We pray for the prevalence of harmony and Sanathana Dharma and look forward to a beginning of a long term relationship.
May the Lord bless your noble service.