Satsang: The Art of Questioning

Apr 03, 2019

By Esther Veltheim

Satsang: The Art of Questioning

Dictionary definition for satsang:
a spiritual discourse or sacred gathering
from Sanskrit satsanga 'association with good men'
(sat, Truth; sanga, association)

 Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer." 

– Rainer Maria Rilke

I have long dreamed of offering a class with no pre-requisites and no pre-designed format. A class that has nothing to do with answers and everything to do with the questions themselves. When I told Martina in Ireland my idea she immediately exclaimed, "you could call it Satsang" and our plan to hold it in Ireland was born.

To give context to our class, first let's look at the Sanskrit word Satsang. It seems to have as many translations as it does connotations. In the simplest sense it is a gathering, with no pre-designed format, devoted to self-inquiry. That is why the name Satsang works perfectly for our purposes.

Sometimes, if one is very fortunate, Satsang is lead by a bona fide guru. Just being in the presence of such a one can serve as a powerful catalyst for us. Equally impactful can be the guru's discourse and words.

Now let us look at our Satsang and its focus:

Regardless of background, most of us have heard of "The Peace beyond understanding." A less pristine explanation of this is, we will never find peace in answers. What is a poor seeker to do with that!? To compound our dilemma, we live in a world devoted to answers. Worse still, if we use computers we barely need to formulate a full question before we are rewarded with more answers than we could ever have hoped for.

Hence, the orientation of our Satsang, away from answers towards the questions themselves. Together we are going to explore these grossly underestimated treasures.

Satsang: The Art of Questioning
in-person with Esther Veltheim

September 28–29, 2019, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Open to the public

16 CEU hours for CBPs
Early Bird Price: $500
After July 31: $600


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