Symbolism and Ritual at Satsang
A central flame sits on the altar in the Temple as a reminder of the Light in each of us and in all forms of the Divine.
Aarti is an ancient ritual honouring the Divine. A single light, or collection of lights is blessed at the altar, then brought to each person, and is symbolic of the purification of the mind and senses.
Mantra is chanted or recited for about 15-20 minutes at each satsang for the Prayer List. Common mantras are include Hari Om, Om Namah Sivaya, Om Tara Tutare and OM.
Bhajans are devotional songs that are interspersed throughout satsang. Some bhajans are in English, others are in Hindi or Sanskrit. A songbook provides the lyrics to all the songs.
Prasad is a sweet brought to each person at the end of satsang symbolizing the sweetness of the yogic teachings. Hold the prasad in your hand until everyone has received it. We say a prayer together before eating it.
The Ashram Prayer List is an important spiritual support and is open to anyone. Each evening at Satsang, Ashram residents chant healing mantras for those on the list. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to place your friends, family or yourself on the Prayer List. Names remain on the Prayer List for 3 months and can be renewed at that time. We ask that you request permission from those you wish to put on the Prayer List. You can also include names of people who have passed.
Satsang is the time our community gathers together in devotion and prayer. Join us every night at satsang for bhajans, mantras and inspirational talks.
Satsang is 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. nightly. All are welcome. Please contact Registrations (email@example.com or 1-800-661-8711) if you would like to attend.
In Sanskrit, Sat = true, sanga = company, satsang is often translated as ‘in the company of the wise.’