The meaning of Satsang is “gathering together for the Truth” or, more simply put, “being with the Truth.”
It is a word in Sanskrit which dates back centuries. In practice Satsang is usually a gathering with a spiritual guide or teacher where they will speak about consciousness, self awareness, being in the present moment, the ego and the universal truth. The purpose is to gain clarity and develop higher consciousness by sitting in their presence and receiving their wisdom. Truth is what is real, what exists. So all there is, is Truth. For thousands of years people have gathered with the wise people of the world to learn and discover. Whenever something increases your experience of the Truth, it opens your Heart and quiets the mind.
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Spirituality refers to a deep and personal sense of connection to something beyond oneself. It involves exploring and cultivating a deeper understanding of oneself and one’s place in the world, and often involves a search for meaning, purpose, and transcendence. Spirituality is not necessarily tied to a particular belief system or practice. It is a way of experiencing and relating to the world that goes beyond the material and physical aspects of life.
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True peace is a state of inner calmness and tranquility that comes from a sense of harmony and contentment with oneself and the world. It is not simply the absence of conflict or turmoil, but rather a deep and abiding sense of wholeness and well-being that transcends external circumstances. Achieving true peace often involves letting go of attachment to outcomes and embracing a sense of acceptance and surrender. It can be cultivated through practices such as meditation, self-enquiry, Satsang and Sadhana.
A spiritual journey is a transformational process that takes you beyond your physical and mental limits. It’s a search for deeper meaning and purpose that often begins with a sense of longing. This call can take many forms, such as a life-changing event or an unexplained feeling of restlessness. Once you answer this call, you enter a new phase of your life in which you begin to question your assumptions, values and beliefs. You search for answers and meaning in various spiritual practices and teachings. By doing so you can become less occupied with your outside world and more connected with your diving source within. It’s a source of immense growth and self-discovery. Ultimately, the spiritual journey leads you to a higher state of consciousness and a better understanding of yourself and the world.
Attending Satsang Online provides an opportunity to connect with your true self through Carien’s guidance. Weekly Satsangs offer a moment of reflection and connection, inviting questions that feed the soul. Join us for upcoming online Satsangs and retreats experience the transformative power through Zoom. (carien offers, mantra, great silence, retreats) Visit our calender for upcoming events.
Samsara is a Sanskrit word that refers to the endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth in the material world. According to the Hindu and Buddhist philosophy, this cycle is driven by karma, the actions and intentions of an individual, and the ignorance that sustains the illusion of a separate self. Samsara is characterized by suffering and impermanence. The ultimate goal is to attain liberation from this cycle by transcending the limited self and realizing one’s true nature as the eternal and universal consciousness, also known as moksha or nirvana.
Sadhana is a Sanskrit term that refers to the spiritual practice that leads to self-realization and liberation. It includes various disciplines such as meditation, chanting, yoga, self-enquiry, and seva. The goal of sadhana is to purify the mind, cultivate virtues, and deepen one’s connection with the divine. It requires commitment, discipline and dedication and is guided by the grace of the teacher. Through sadhana, one gradually overcomes the limitations of the ego and awakens to the infinite and eternal reality that pervades all beings.
Awareness means becoming more conscious of something and reconnecting with it past the thoughts and beliefs you have of it. So spiritual awareness is doing so with you spirit, your higher self, your divine source within. Spiritual awareness involves letting go of the ideas you have about our soul, God, divinity, the universe etc. To become spiritual aware one must reconnect with this source within without having any thougts, ideas or images about what it is or should be. Because thoughts or words can never capture it and will only distract from what it really is.
Becoming more aware of yourself means that you revise your thoughts, beliefs and convictions, also known as the ego, and become more conscious of them. By becoming more self aware one becomes more able to choose how to live their life. Unconscious reactions and impulses become more conscious as self awareness grows. The choice of whether or not to act upon them becomes therefore much clearer. The consequences of this behaviour become more clear and allows for a more considered and purposeful approach, instead of an impuls or reaction.
Spiritual awakening is “waking up” from your personal ego-based consciousness and connecting with a universal consciousness. A sense of connection with the world, reality, the universe and God all as one. It is an awakening to the ultimate truth. Something that can’t be mentally understood, but can only be experienced in a total abscence of the mind.
A connection that goes beyond a personal level is called a spiritual connection. There is no roleplay involved like with a parent-child-, friend- or intimate relationship. It is a meeting of the deeper self instead of a connection through words, thoughts and emotions.
What is a spiritual or silent retreat? In it’s core a retreat means that you’re temporarily retreating yourself from your everyday life, your friends and family, habits and activities. By doing so you’ll get more distanced from the you you believe to be and become more connected with you true self.
During a silent retreat you’ll eliminate as much distractions as possible to focus more intensily on your inner self. By doing so you will become more susceptible towards thespiritual teachings and guidance. A silent retreat is therefore a very powerful tool towards spiritual awakening. For news of Silent Retreats, visit our calendar.
Uncondonditional love is the purest form of loving someone or something.As the term describes, it’s unconditional. So no matter what happens or what the other person does you will still love them and treat them in a way that serves them. This does not mean that you always have to be nice, polite or pleasant. For example, when someone is being very unpleasant or arrogant towards their surroudings it would be a loving act to call them out on it, to be a voice of reason, even when the person in question won’t appreciate it.
You come into this world as pure consciousness. Your open towards everything and have no ideas, concepts or beliefs about anything, but just are. This is your natural self.
While growing up we develop these ideas and thoughts. A lot of it is taught by our parents, caretakers and people close to us and some thoughts and beliefs we develop ourselves from experiences we’ve had. Eventually we create our own persona of thoughts, beliefs and convictions. We call this an ego. This ego is not our nature, but comes forth from our nurture.
If we want to reconnect with our natural self we’re letting go of these beliefs and convictions we have about our environment. If we do this we can become more clear, open and loving because we’re no longer restrained by thoughts and beliefs, but can see things for what they really are.