by Mona Grayson
Science of Spirituality offers so many great programs at its Naperville meditation center and around Chicago. They are always free, informative, and inspiring. But among my favorites are what the Center calls satsangs. These are uplifting spiritual programs that explore the teachings of the spiritual Masters of the Sant Mat lineage and offer group meditation. I love attending satsang!
The word “satsang” literally means “to be with truth,” and it’s during these programs that we get to focus on the truth about who we really are as souls and have a firsthand experiences of that inner dimension of ourselves as we meditate.
I actually moved to the Chicagoland area from California last year to be closer to the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center so I could see H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj when he’s in town, and be able to attend the satsangs held regularly at the center…
What is it about satsang that I like so much?
Here are 4 reasons I go to satsang each week…
1) For Spiritual Recharging
Being at satsang is like pushing the reset button so I can focus my attention back on what really matters — God. Once I’m refocused on that, I can carry that loving connection into my day-to-day life so that everything is easier, more enjoyable, and feels better.
2) To Meditate
Meditation is included in each satsang program and there’s something really special about sitting in a group for silent meditation — especially when we’re all focused on the same goal: knowing ourselves at the level of the soul. The meditation chapel at the Science of Spirituality Center is beautiful and I’m grateful that when I go to meditate there I know I’ll be able to focus without distractions and temptations like sometimes happen when I’m at home.
3) To Be in Like-Minded Company
The Masters encourage us to be mindful of the company that we keep because the behaviors and thoughts of others can impact our own. When we’re around people who drink alcohol for example, we’ll be more likely to adopt that behavior too. Similarly, when we’re around people who are focused on leading ethical lives that are focused on God, those behaviors and ways of living will be encouraged in us also. I’ve met such friendly and loving people at satsang – so sweet!
4) To Retrain My Mind
Sure, the mind can think of lots other things I could do and places I could go than satsang: I could go to the movies. I could go out to dinner with friends. I could drive into the city and go to the theater. I could stay home and clean out my closets or hang out online with friends on Facebook.
While those things may be fun or seem important, they’re not my true priority in life. By going to satsang, I’m showing my mind what I’m truly interested in. The more I do this, the more my mind gets on board with having my soul be a priority in my life, and the more my attention can be spiritually focused even when I’m not at satsang.
All Are Welcome!
If you’d like some spiritual recharging, to sit in meditation together with other like-minded people, and be reminded of your true nature as soul, you’re welcome to join us for these free spiritual programs. For starters, I recommend the main satsang every Sunday at 2:30 PM. You’ll get the best exposure to the Sant Mat teachings at that program, as well as meditation instructions and a group sitting.
After the satsang program, be sure to ask for me — Mona Grayson — so we can say hi!