by M. Govindan Satchidananda
After receiving initiation into
Babaji's Kriya Yoga, many persons wonder what they should do or
learn next. "Practice" is the first thing, and then,
"practice, practice and practice". However, because
it requires some effort to move against deep seated habits of
inertia and distraction, one may become fatiqued and experience
a fading of interest or enthusiasm for the path. The human mind
is generally very unsteady, and it often needs stimulation, something
new. The remedy is "satsang", or "sharing of truth"
with fellow students of yoga. The mind may resist, with doubts
like "why go to a meeting with a bunch of people just like
me". The answer lies in the unique chemistry which occurs
when truth seekers meet one another. Jesus the Christ described
it when he said: "whenever two or three of you are gathered
together in my name, there I am also".
Many persons of the Christian
faith, accept that statement simply based upon their faith. If
we analyse it, and try it, however, the results are as replicable
as those in a scientific experiment. First of all, lets identify
Jesus and his name. We often confuse Jesus the person, son of
Joseph (Jesus bin Joseph) with the state of realization he attained,
"Christ consciousness", the "son of God".
It is not an exclusive state. Jesus said: "Be ye sons of
God" and "Be ye perfect, even as your Father in Heaven
is perfect". Also, "all these miracles I have performed,
ye shall perform even greater ones". So, when he encouraged
others to gather in his name, he was referring to the Christ consciousness,
the awareness that we are already enlightened, but that we need
only remind ourselves of it. This is the true purpose of "satsang"
as it is conceived in India.
Satsang manifests whenever we
sit in the physical presence of a saint, but it can also manifest
when we focus on our own highest truth. How we focus on this truth,
which is beyond definition and words, may vary: it may include
meditation, chanting, inspirational readings, question and answer,
devotional practices. The letting go of our worldly distractions
for a time, allows our true self to shine forth brilliantly like
the sun ("the son"). Inspiration, joy and peace flow.
We recognize the divinity in ourselves and others. It is not a
intellectual experience, but what our hearts longs for, the eternal
moment, the infinite presence.
When, for example we really
let ourselves go in chanting the names of God, what happens. Our
trivial round of ego glued preoccupations melt away into the timeless
Now. When, during question and answers, we center ourselves, unprepared,
open to a higher inspiration, the ego gets out of the way and
inspiration flows. We are empowered and Truth speaks through what
Aurobindo referred to as the "psychic", the consciousness
which forms a bridge between our minds and God.
When we focus on words of truth,
as expressed in scriptures, sacred books or inspirational literature,
we also transcend the habitual perspective of a lower sense-oriented,
desire oriented mind. We become attuned to that higher Consciousness
which spoke through the authors of such texts.
Here is an outline for a satsang gathering:
1. Opening prayer of invocation such as "Om
Kriya Babaji Nama Aum"
2. Brief introduction of everyone present;
3. Reading of some inspiration literature or
4. Chanting of devotional chants, alternating
with devotional songs individualy sung;
5. Chanting of "Om Kriya Babaji Nama Aum"
at least 16 times per leader, with the leadership rotating around
6. Group practice of Kriya Kundalini pranayama
7. Question and answer period;
8. Shanti mantra sung as a group
9. Sharing of a meal informally.
Feel free to add to or subtract
these elements, according to the time available and your needs
or interests. For example, include practice of some or all of
the 18 postures. Organize satsangs on weekend outings or camping
trips in natural surroundings. Organize special satsangs during
May every reader pick up the
telephone and call some fellow travellers of this great path of
Babaji's Kriya Yoga and invite them to your home for "satsang".
If you are fortunate to live in an area where such gatherings
are held regularly, call their organizer; if you don't know who
they are consult our website directory of contact persons (www.pre-prod.org
or call or write the ashram for a reference. If you would like
to attend an international satsang, attend the July 2-5 conference
here in Quebec.
Even if you do not feel the
need for fellowship with other students, I recommend you participate
it ...and regularly. The path has its ups and downs. Sometimes
we don't even realize our far down we may have drifted until we
participate in satsang. There will also be times when your presence
will inspire others who are struggling. True spirituality is expansive
in nature, and by the power of love include others. Let your love
and light shine in satsang.
Copyright by Marshall Govindan. April 1999.
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