To Be In Satsang

Adyashanti

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Awakin FeatureWe meet here together to recognize the Truth that is eternal. To be in satsang means to be in association with Truth. In satsang you will ask “Who am I?” or “What am I?”, without any script or role, without the story about who you are. Our roles and stories are not what we are. Truth is who you are without your story or script, right now. Awakening is a radical shift in identity. You think you are you, but you are not. You are eternal being. The time to wake up is now. Not tomorrow. Now.

The blessing here is to be disarmed without any advantage, without any script. The mind itself is clueless when it is totally disarmed. “Me” is the actor that is acting out this up to now. We look and search, but we cannot find anything or anyone behind the “me.” There is only an empty echo. In this way when you let go more and more you will not find any actor behind the role. This is wordless experience of being. What you are is prior to your idea of you. Those who know who they are, are the ones that are awake without a script or a story.

Even an experience of awakeness can be claimed by the mind in order not to be further disarmed. So even the most sacred concept can be used as a subtle defence against the state of being, which cannot be fixated in a concept. “Who am I” is the living state of being that you always have been and are right now. You are not a human being, you are being appearing as human. The more you experientially enter the unknown, the more you become disarmed. Right in the middle of the unknowing there is a vivid radiant awakeness. By allowing the recognition of that awakeness in you, you can awaken as that.

The awakeness, which is in you, has an agenda of its own. It could not care less about your agendas. It is moving according to its own movement. So be grateful about it.

In these circumstances of being totally disarmed and letting go of all concepts and scripts, you might think that you benefited nothing from this awakening. It does not solve any problems. It does not get you anything. The important thing is that you no longer cared. In satsang one awakens to what one is eternally and one can have a true life.

Adyanshanti is a world-renowned meditation teacher. More about his awakening journey can be read here.

Seed questions for reflection: What does being in satsang mean to you? Can you share a personal story of a time you no longer cared about your agendas? What helps you experientially enter the unknown?

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    On Apr 11, 2019 Nidhi Kamath wrote:
    To me Satsang means to be with oneself. To be in silence and face our own naked truths.

    I think my agendas or things which I needed to improve shineout during a good meditation. And what helps me let go of these is the faith in the inner high consciousness which tries to reconnect with my unawakened part.

    To me two things help me enter unknown
    1. Gratitude for abundance or a good experience
    2. Anxiety and unpleasantness inspires me to seek stability

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    On Apr 9, 2019 David Doane wrote:
    Satsang means union with the truth. The truth is who I really am, not my roles and agendas. The truth is the essential me, out of which develops my ego which construct agendas. The fact is, I often care about agendas. Times I don't care about agendas are goalless and purposeless times, a break or vacation from agendas. Such are my happiest times. We're always in the unknown -- I'm usually aware of that -- we just fool ourselves into thinking we know. Only the past is known, and much of that we reconstruct. What keeps me knowing that we live in the unknown is the many times the "known" didn't happen. What helps me is to have learned to focus on process over outcome, right action over agendas.

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    On Apr 9, 2019 Rajul Shah wrote:
    To be in satsang to me means just TO BE without any concepts , beliefs , opinions. To see one self and others as such without their 'agendas' is being in satsang. Self inquiry in introspection helps me enter the unknown, also during meditation , in realizing the space between thoughts, I feel I have entered the unknown, even if for a brief time. i feel when the fine balance of life is disturbed with an illness or a death, one no longer cares for the agendas. We really start asking basic questions of life, who are we and why are we here and what is the purpose of our life. All the pursuits, rat races lose their meaning, we are more in the present, here and now. Deaths, illnesses are great to wake us up from this deep slumber .

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    On Apr 9, 2019 kay wrote:
    Simply, in nature. When I’m in presence in nature, my agenda is nothing and there is Oneness.

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    On Apr 8, 2019 sheetal wrote:
    I read this story about Satsang where sage Narada asks Lord Narayana what is the meaning of satsang, lord says your answer will be given by a worm on earth, so Narada decends to earth and asks the worm. Before replying, the worm dies. Perplexed Narada, goes back and this time the Lord sends him back to a bird. The bird hears the question, looks into the eye of Narada and passes away. Narada goes back and the lord sends him to a new born calf. The calf meets similar fate. At this Narada looses all patience and demands an answer from the Lord. The Lord very lovingly convinces him that new born human child will surely answer the question. Naradaupon this promise from Lord tries one more time, and asks the child and the child smiles and says "i gave you the answer when i was a worm".! Satsang is the one that helps you attain "sadgati"- i.e. helps you awaken in a new realm. And the child bows and says, just by your (Narada-the closest to Narayana) coming and seeking coun... [View Full Comment] I read this story about Satsang where sage Narada asks Lord Narayana what is the meaning of satsang, lord says your answer will be given by a worm on earth, so Narada decends to earth and asks the worm. Before replying, the worm dies. Perplexed Narada, goes back and this time the Lord sends him back to a bird. The bird hears the question, looks into the eye of Narada and passes away. Narada goes back and the lord sends him to a new born calf. The calf meets similar fate. At this Narada looses all patience and demands an answer from the Lord. The Lord very lovingly convinces him that new born human child will surely answer the question. Naradaupon this promise from Lord tries one more time, and asks the child and the child smiles and says "i gave you the answer when i was a worm".! Satsang is the one that helps you attain "sadgati"- i.e. helps you awaken in a new realm. And the child bows and says, just by your (Narada-the closest to Narayana) coming and seeking counsel offered the worm a chance to awaken to bird then to calf and finally a human birth which has potential of practice and full awakening.
    So satsang, can free you up from the forms you take until you realize the oneness and merge in it. All it requires is earnest prayer to build humility, faith in the practice and surrender to the way of nature. Personally, I try to see that i engage in conversations that are like satsangs, where learning allows to see the mind games and help go beyond it.[Hide Full Comment]

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    On Apr 6, 2019 Jagdish P Dave wrote:
    Satsangis a Sanskrit word, made up od two words, sat(pure Existence or Truth) and sangain the company or association with Truth.Sat is not bound by past or future. It is eternal presence. It is an experiencewithout preconceived thoughts and ideas, no prescript or no postscript.To me it is wordless experience of being. I live in a world of space and time, where and when.I create my agenda and follow it without getting stressed out.I follow it to the best of my ability. This is the world of doing. I also invariably time for satsangawhere there is no time line or space boundry.It is a free zone, a zone of being- nothing to do and nowhere to go. Just to be fully present, to be here and now. It is an experience of inner unbound freedom. It is a time for waking up and staying in the state of awakening. Practicing satsang everyday has helped me to be balanced between the world of doing and the world of non-doing,the world of being.Finding time everyday for practicing satsangacreates a state o... [View Full Comment] Satsangis a Sanskrit word, made up od two words, sat(pure Existence or Truth) and sangain the company or association with Truth.Sat is not bound by past or future. It is eternal presence. It is an experiencewithout preconceived thoughts and ideas, no prescript or no postscript.To me it is wordless experience of being.
    I live in a world of space and time, where and when.I create my agenda and follow it without getting stressed out.I follow it to the best of my ability. This is the world of doing. I also invariably time for satsangawhere there is no time line or space boundry.It is a free zone, a zone of being- nothing to do and nowhere to go. Just to be fully present, to be here and now. It is an experience of inner unbound freedom. It is a time for waking up and staying in the state of awakening.
    Practicing satsang everyday has helped me to be balanced between the world of doing and the world of non-doing,the world of being.Finding time everyday for practicing satsangacreates a state of wonderment and curiosity in my mind to enter the unknown.
    Namaste!
    Jagdish P Dave[Hide Full Comment]

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