How to organize a Ramana Satsangh
A Ramana satsang is a group of devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi who gather together to strengthen their experience of the presence of Sri Ramana, deepen their understanding of his teachings, and receive inspiration from fellow seekers on the path of practice as taught and lived by the Master. These meetings usually take place at devotees homes on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. You can check for a satsangh group near you by clicking here.
Devotees find it inspiring to join like-minded devotees in studying, chanting a reflecting on the Master’s teaching. If there is no Satsangh near where you live, you may wish to organize a satsangh group in your area. Satsangh can be modeled along the following lines
- Reading from Talks with Ramana Maharshi
- Satsang Recitations
- Listening to a talk on the teachings of Bhagavan or watching a video on devotees, Ashram events from the Ashram Youtube Channel.
- If parents bring their children to the satsang, the children are encouraged to sing a bhajan or song from the Ramana Bhaje Namam CD or from some other composition on or about Sri Ramana. After the children have participated, adults may be invited to sing individually.
- Silent Meditation: this will vary from 15 minutes to an hours.
- A final reading from books like letters from Sri Ramanasramam, You can access suggested readings for Ramana Satsangs by clicking here.
This concludes the satsang. Often arrangements for refreshments are made and then served to the devotees at this time.
Post-COVID, many centers have embraced a hybrid satsang model where satsangs are held at the homes of devotees but also made available online. The host just needs a Zoom or Google Meet account and the right audio/video set-up to enable online participation. The hybrid model enables many more devotees, even those who live far away, to benefit from satsang.
Sri Ramana Maharshi never encouraged the solicitation of funds. Sri Ramanasramam has always followed this policy and only accepts donations made of devotees own volition. In that same spirit, satsang groups should not solicit funds or charge fees for membership.
Quote from Bhagavan
Hill of my refuge that cures the ills of recurring births! O Lord! It is for Thee to cure my mother’s fever.