Introduction to Direct Realization
Shambhavi serves up the basics of direct realization practice. Topics include the experience of satsang, the meaning of direct realization, the role of transmission, and the nature of the teacher student relationship. This episode features students asking questions. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
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First of all, satsang is probably the most ancient form of spiritual practice. It just means being in reality together.
Most of the time when we’re running around in our ordinary lives, we’re not being very aware and we’re not being very connected. We’re in our little iPod. We have goals and we’re hightailing it towards those goals. And we’re only in a state of semi-consciousness a lot of the time.
So satsang is a place where you can come and have an experience, or have many experiences possibly, of just reconnecting with what is of most value to you. And also just reconnecting period. And that can come in many different forms. It can come from just a feeling of relaxation—unless of course you hate it. Then you won’t be relaxed. Then you’ll reconnect with how much you hate this kind of thing.
That feeling of relaxation is important. Sometimes in satsang there can be a special feeling of relaxation. Many, many other things can happen too. The idea is that you just get together with other people who, if not sharing the same path at least share a feeling of yearning, and with someone who has done some spiritual practice, and anything can happen.