Satsang: route to Shiva
Satsang: Route to Shiva
Guru’s Companionship leads to Enlightened Consciousness
The paradox of existence is that while Shiva himself personifies solitude, infinitesimal bliss & endless light of cosmic wisdom in “Ekant” or solitude, the path to achieve his states of awareness & sublime ecstasies require the practitioner or seeker, as it were, to engage with the world or more precisely with people & ideologies who promote his spiritual growth & awakening.
This is where the concept of “Satsang” enters intellectual musing or “Gyan Yog”. Simply put, it implies “the company of truth” or company of wise people. Maintaining this august company is the precursor to gravitating towards higher ideals. In normal terms, Satsang could mean anything that occupies the mind, to cultivate positive learning outcomes. Even, reading scriptures or books disseminating knowledge & information may be classified as Satsang.
At a secondary level, discussion & debate on the myths, ideology & fibre of Shiva, done in a tolerant manner with a liberal mindset among truth seekers , with the single minded purpose of fulfilling an evolutionary goal is Satsang. However, a more advanced and probably even greater value generating “Satsang” is when the knowledge absorbed from learning can be applied to practical experience.
For spiritual yearnings to be stirred & real transferring of states of higher consciousness to occur, the presence of a realised master is essential. The Guru meaning “dispeller of darkness” is indeed the nourishing source & life of a satsang or spiritual gathering.
This enlightened soul is one who is free of Karma like the avatars Buddha & Krishna, who descend on earth to redeem lost souls. Alternately, there are high degree initiates, who are sufficiently, spiritually evolved to transform their audience to higher states of consciousness, necessary to experience spiritual bliss.
What real unique experience does a god-realised master bring to a gathering of ordinary mortals engaged in earning their daily wage?
It is said in mystic circles & experienced by those worthy enough to be in such holy company that in the presence of a saint of this stature one can experience three primary graces. These are often described by some sages as “Shivapat, Shaktipat & Pranapat.”
Shivapat is a process by which divine masters “share their Samadhi” with the disciples. This is done by a process where the master “ makes aware his soul consciousness” into that of the disciple. The disciple then partakes of that state of “thoughtless awareness to the extent of his attunement & receptivity to the master.” The benefits of this to the seeker of wisdom are that it “retards the aging process, shows us that at the level of consciousness Humanity is one & gives the individual contact with his own divinity.”
Shaktipat is the way by which he “transmits his Kundalini (electro-magnetic) energy “which is experienced by the disciple in the form of celestial attributes like “light, vibration, heat or sound.” At this point what the master really does is transform “passions into emotions and emotions to higher love.” He thus removes the negativity from the disciple and takes him to higher states of awareness by purifying his energy fields.
Pranapat, is when the master “breathes through the disciples breath”. In the process he moves the prana or “life force energy” in the spinal chord. When this flow happens it diffuses tension & soothes the nervous system & enables healing to occur.
So, bestowed with these graces, the spiritual seeker gains insight into the mysteries veiled from ordinary existence and by the light of satsang, with the divine master shares the secrets of immortality from the gods. So satsang is vital for god communion to occur.
Moreover, it then propels the seeker to , continue on the path, following the practice, as ordained by the guru, to move towards the ultimate life purpose of god-realisation.