Satsangs and Sermons

See video satsangs below

 

Personally, I think satsangs and sermons are very similar.

 

From the Sanskrit dictionary: “Satsang: Association with the wise”

http://dictionary.tamilcube.com/sanskrit-dictionary.aspx

 

Further definitions:

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satsang

Satsanga, Satsangam, Satsang (Sanskrit सत्सङ्ग sat = true, sanga = company) in Indian philosophy means (1) the company of the “highest truth,” (2) the company of a guru, or (3) company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sermon

A sermon is an oration by a member of the clergy. Sermons address a Biblical, theological, religious, or moral topic, usually expounding on a type of belief, law or behavior within both past and present contexts. Elements of preaching include exposition, exhortation and practical application.

 

Since 1986, I have studied many spiritual traditions from all around the globe, and practiced more than a few. What I discovered is this simple Truth: when you brush away the details, they all have the same core beliefs:

Non-judgement,

Forgiveness,

Unconditional Love.

 

I created this collage in June of 2007 as a reminder and depiction of this Truth.

 

2007 06 11 collage

 

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The video playlists on this page are programs I created for and have posted to the blog Kirtan Community for several years. They include devotional singing in Sanskrit as well as talks by respected and revered members of many spiritual traditions arranged in a traditional Satsang format.

 

 

Fr. Richard Rohr, Christian Mystical Tradition. In this Interview Fr. Richard Rohr talks about his latest book The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See, which offers an understanding of the Christian mystic tradition as a nondualistic way of seeing the moment. This is what Fr. Rohr says is the most important book that he has written to date.

 

 

 

Jiddu Krishanmurti speaking on The Real Revolution (Consciousness)

 

 

 

Until his sudden death on June 2, 1987, Fr. Tony de Mello was the director of the Sadhana Institute of Pastoral Counseling near Poona, India. Author of five best selling books, renowned worldwide for his workshops, retreats, and prayer courses, he aimed simply to teach people how to pray, how to wake up and live.

 

Most people, he maintained, are asleep. They need to wake up, open up their eyes, see what is real, both inside and outside of themselves. The greatest human gift is to be aware, to be in touch with oneself, one’s body, mind, feelings, thoughts, sensations.

 

 

 

 Alan Watts – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching