Satsang is to be in communion with the source of Creation
Sadhguru: “Sat” means “truth,” “sang” means “to be in communion with that.”
What is needed to be in communion with truth?
What we are referring to as “truth” is that which makes everything in this universe work. Something is spinning the planet, something is making your heart beat, something is making the whole cosmos work... that something is the truth. You don’t have to go to the core of the galaxy to be in touch with this. Whatever is your core... that is the truth!
Then why is it that we are not constantly in touch with it? Why do we have to come to a certain space or a certain presence to even feel that? This is because the mind, which should be a mirror to illustrate life with absolute clarity, is functioning with prejudice.
It is impossible for the mind to function without identifying itself with something and the fact is that the moment it does that, it becomes prejudiced. You may be convinced that you are broadminded, but the reality is that you have a broad prejudice. Some people are very rigid about their prejudices; others are a little flexible, but that certain amount of prejudice, that is always there. When you say, “I am a man,” you have a masculine prejudice, when you say, “I am a woman,” you have a feminine prejudice and when you say, “I am an Indian,” you have an Indian prejudice. Every single thought and emotion that goes through a human being and every action that he performs emerges from this assortment of prejudices.
The problem with humanity is that prejudices has established itself in so many ways that it is even being acclaimed. Prejudices have become so concretized that people now think that looking beyond that is sacrilege. Once you have identified yourself with something, you are unable to go beyond that, you cannot think, feel or act against it. Everything is brought down to be within that ambit. And the biggest drawback is that you tend to think that you are perfectly right.
Being in satsang, you are not just trying to wipe out a whole lot of prejudices, you try to go beyond the instrument that manufactures prejudices. You keep all the prejudices down – you are not identified as a man, a woman, a professional - you are not identified as anything. You don’t pay attention to your body, your mind, your thoughts, your emotions, nothing. When the body says, “My knees hurt or I want to go to the bathroom,” you do not act, you do not bother about that, you simply do not allow that to affect you. Your body remains like a sack - but from within, you are alert.
After all, your body is just a fistful of soil. You lay it on earth; it turns back to soil once again in no time. The more importance you give to your body and mind, the more prejudiced you become because the very nature of body and mind is prejudice. For example, let’s say, an automobile is coming straight at you, the body wants to get away from it, it doesn’t want to be hit. At that moment, its only interest is this body; its only interest is to save this body. It is not interested in any other body. But suppose you have fallen in love with someone, you will dive to save that other body.
Love is made so important in the spiritual process because it helps you cross the line of prejudice – which is so rigid that you are usually not able to break it. Once you cross the line, it lets you act in irrational ways. It is these irrational acts that make life beautiful. You know this... and knowing this, somewhere deep inside, you unintentionally keep a little bit of your life irrational. Everything else is analyzed and rational. There is a lot of elegance and social astuteness in this kind of sensible life style, but there is utterly no life sense in it.
So if you take your attention away from your body and mind and just keep yourself alert, something else comes into your perception. The rest will happen on its own, nothing needs to be done. A spiritual process is not something that you do. If you can keep your body and mind aside, you are spiritual.
When the Creator is Your Friend
Satsang is about being in communion with the source of life, with the ultimate life sense. That is of utmost significance to your existence.
But just observe your life... your teeth gets attention first thing in the morning; your body gets attention, your nails get a lot of attention and your hair gets double that amount of attention. But that which is the source of your life - how much attention does get in a day?
If the creator within you turns against you, you are ruined. But people are trying to live their lives, without paying any attention to that, hoping, always hoping that everything will turn out to be okay. Life does not work like that. If you do not pay sufficient attention to the source, it will begin to take its toll. And when the burden becomes unbearable, they even go to the extent of putting an end to their lives!
But if you would just consider the core of creation or the creator as your friend and takes enough care of it, whether you hang around this earth for a thousand years more or you leave tomorrow – it is of no big deal to you. That is how life should be.
It is so simple, but it takes so much pain and suffering for people to finally come to realize this. Does something have to go drastically wrong with your life before you realise that you have to make corrections? That shouldn’t be so. When everything is right with your life, that is when you must do whatever is necessary to enhance it. If you wait for things to go horribly wrong, then, even if you intend to do something, your body or mind may not have the strength to withstand it or the situations around you may not work together. Unfortunately, this is how most individuals and humanity as a whole are handling situations today.
Just observe the whole issue of climate variations. Does it need vast scientific knowledge or extensive understanding of the ecological system to make out that our planet is on a disastrous path? The way we are handling the earth and its commodities, any fool can see that things are moving at a devastating speed towards total disaster. But we don’t perceive it until something goes horribly wrong.
If you remain in satsang, if you remain in communion with your creator, you will do what is sensible before things begin to go wrong with your life – before it is too late. If the core of your existence becomes a part of your day-to-day life, not in imagination or belief, but as an inherent quality, the odds are that your life will turn out to be very different for you.
Once, Shankaran Pillai went to the bar with his pet parrot. With great effort, he had taught this parrot to repeat the whole second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita verbatim.
So he ordered a few drinks and loudly proclaimed, “Is anybody in for a wager? My parrot can repeat the second chapter of the Gita for all of you.”
The whole crowd in the bar said, “Boooooo, you’ve had too many!”
Shankaran Pillai said, “Whatever you guys offer, I’ll pay back twice if my parrot fails.”
He was confident about the parrot’s capabilities. But the rest of the crowd was aware that this was going to be easy money. So they pulled out whatever they had and spread the money on the counter. All counted, it amounted to 54,000 rupees. If the parrot repeats the Gita, he gets it; otherwise he has to pay 108,000 rupees.
Now Shankaran Pillai told the parrot, “Come on, Kiki.”
The parrot simply said, “kik kik.”
Shankaran Pillai said, “Come on Kiki, the Gita. Go!”
The parrot squeaked, “kik, kik.”
Whatever he did, the parrot did not say anything more than “kik, kik.” People just laughed out and Shankaran Pillai had to pull out his cheque book and write a cheque for 108,000 rupees.
When he came home, he yelled in fury, “You idiot! Why didn’t you speak? For so many months I trained you, why didn’t you speak?”
The parrot just said, “Can you imagine the odds tomorrow?”
If you keep your mouth shut today, you can’t imagine the odds tomorrow. That is what satsang means.