As part of its 'Meditation and Contemplative Development Programme', the Janssen Spirituality Centre School of Meditation has launched a Satsang Meditation Group. Satsang is a combination of guided meditation, breathing exercises, group chanting and spiritual reflection on the Upanishads.
Satsang is also a companionship between those who are open to the truth in all religious traditions and are seeking to know the absolute, the source of all life, those who also accept their need for guidance, challenge and support in the concrete living out of their ideals.
Satsang is a Sanscrit word meaning the 'coming together', the SANGA, of those who are seeking SAT (i.e. Being, Truth, God) in order to support each other's spiritual quest.
Satsang members recognise the barriers which are at the heart of many of today's social evils, barriers which create fear and suspicion and thus keep people in conflict.
In small, often unnoticed, yet significant ways they are working to transform fear into respect and understanding - wherever they live and work.
The Satsang Association has been forming internationally around the initiative of Sister Ishpriya's spiritual teaching and guidance.
Satsang members make a serious commitment to:
their personal growth in spiritual awareness and practice
helping remove the barriers of prejudice and ignorance which divide persons from each other
building up relationships of compassion and appreciation across frontiers of race, language, culture and religion.
Seeking together • helping to create • a planetary vision • a universal heart
Sister Ishpriya is the founder-chairperson of the International Satsang Association (ISA) and continues as its spiritual animator and guide. She is also an English member of an international Catholic religious congregation, the Society of the Sacred Heart. She left Europe for India in 1971 and since 1974 she has lived in the foothills of the Himalayas, a Christian presence among Hindu Sanyasis, committed to Inter-faith dialogue in a spirit of mutual understanding and common search.
During these years, as well as developing the I.S.A., she has travelled continually conducting retreats, Satsangs and seminars in many countries across 5 continents. She holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of London and brings insights from this academic East and West well adjusted to daily life in global times. People from all over the word seek her compassionate and perceptive spiritual guidance.
In the last several years of his life Fr Bede Griffiths (OSB Cam) continuously encouraged people to form small contemplative prayer groups everywhere he went. He insisted God's call to contemplation is universal and the only reason it is not effective is the lack of receptivity.
Satsang Meditation Groups strive to continue this encouragement by providing suggested resources to feed the contemplative heart.
Fr Bede Griffiths OSB Cam (also known as Swami Dayananda ("bliss of compassion") as a Sanyassi Monk.
Meeting dates will be held at 7.30pm on the second and fourth Thursday of the month beginning in May 2015. (Suggested Donation per session: Wage Earners: paper, Concession Card Holders: gold coin)