As part of its “Meditation and Contemplative Development Programme”, KARUNA has a Satsang Meditation Group, meditating on the sacred writings of Hinduism. At present our group is using the Bhagavad Gita.
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. In our context, that quest is about opening ourselves to the spiritual riches of the Hindu tradition. In the process participants also grow in their appreciation of their own religious tradition, because every tradition has a wisdom and perspective that can open new dimensions in our understanding of the faith we endeavour to live.
Our Satsang group is one of several groups meditating on the Scriptures at KARUNA. Other groups on the sacred writings of other traditions are
- Lectio Divina, reflective reading of the scriptures of the Judaic/Christian tradition
- Reflective/meditative reading of the Qur’an, the sacred text of Islam
- The Bede Griffiths Sanga, meditating the spirituality of Bede Griffiths of finding the truth at the heart of all religions.
In meditating together on the Scriptures of any one tradition, we develop a kind of kinship with people nourished by that tradition, thus growing our appreciation of and respect for people of that tradition, contributing towards the harmony between those traditions.
Our Satsang Meditation Group is not formally affiliated with the International Satsang Association founded by Sister Ishprya, though we share the vision and core values of that organisation:
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.
Meetings are held at 10.30 am on the second and fourth Thursday of the month. (Suggested Donation per session: Wage Earners: paper, Concession Card Holders: gold coin)