Satsang is composed of two words—Sat + Sang. “Sat” stands for Truth or reality or essence. “Sang” stands for association or fellowship. Thus Satsang means: “ Fellowship with Truth”.
So when a group of good people sit together and talk about the Ultimate Reality i.e. God, it is Satsang. Its effect is inevitable. During Satsang, the group singing produces spiritual vibrations touching the inner chords of devotees or other listeners. It is a Spiritual Ablution (Bath) for a a devotee.
“The Main activities in our satsang are:
|Recitation of Scriptures: Amritvani, Bhkati Prakash, Ramayan-Sar, Bhagwad Geeta.|
|Jaap, Dhyan & Prarthana|
|Singing of Bhajans|
Punctuality,Discipline and Simplicity are the main features of our Satsangs, which start and end on fixed time. Sadhaks sit in rows. There is perfect silence and orderliness. Our Satsang results in life-balancing, de-stressing and spiritual tuning.”
During the whole year Pujya Pitaji Maharaj and Pujya Maaji Maharah tour across the country, conducting satsang in various cities and towns, carrying out the work entrusted upon them by Pujya Bade Pitaji Maharaj.
On many of the special occassions, thousands of sadhaks congregate at the Shree Ram Sharnam Gohana to celebrate these occasions in the benign presence of Pujya Gurujans.
At these satsangs one can see a sea of humanity, with people from different walks of life, converging at a single place, singing together Ram Ram.
The single factor binding all of them is Love; love for ‘Ram-Naam’, respect for Pujya Gurujans, and camaradie towards fellow worshippers of “Ram Nam”.
Vyas Puja (Guru Purnima)
In Hindu religion and culture, the day of Guru Purnima has a very special significance. For us, this is the most auspicious day, as it was on this day in the year of 1925 that Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj was blessed with God-Realization at Param Dham Dalhousie.
This day is celebrated at Gohana Ashram with much fervour, where devotees in multitude from all places flock to celebrate this day by paying their love and respects to Swamiji Maharaj.
There is absolutely no ostentatious displays of reverence towards the Master. No material offerings are accepted.
The best gifts presentable to Guru are petals of Love & Devotion expressed through Jaap.
Akhand Jaap is organized and the concluding prayer is rendered in the satsang.
Puranahuti of 90-Day Akhand Jaap:
Akhand Jaap at Gohana Ashram is organized throughout the year on daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly basis. Every year from early December to early March, for a duration of 90 days, Akhand Jaap is organized at Shree Ram Sharnam Gohana.
For the devotees, this period has its own appeal and importance. Pujya Gurujans are in Shree Ram Sharnam Gohana during these 90 days and there are at least three to four satsangs every day, where the recitation of scriptures like Amritwani, The Geeta, Bhakti Prakash and Ramayan is carried out.
Devotees from all over the world try to come to the Shree Ram Sharnam Gohana during this time to participate in this Maha Yagya. Devotees representing various cities volunteer to render their Sewa (services).
Some devotees stay for a few days, some for weeks and some fortunate ones for the entire span of three months for Sadhna. Anyone who comes here during these days can experience an ambience of Sadhna Satsang.
It is everyone’s earnest desire to be present during the conclusion of this Maha Yagya (Puranahuti Satsang) which is mostly in the second or third week of March(on a Sunday).
Pujya Pitaji Maharaj and Pujya Maaji Maharaj bring the Akhand Jyoti to the Satsang where the Puranahuti Prayer (the concluding prayer) is rendered by in presence of tens of thousands of devotees.
Ramayani Satsang during Navratras
In a tradition started by Pujya Gurudev Shree Swami Satyanand Ji Maharaj, recital of the holy scripture- Valmiki Ramayan Sar (Written by Shree Swami Satyanandji Maharaj), is done during the Navratras in March/April (at Shree Ram Sharnam Jalandhar) and September/October (at Shree Ram Sharnam Ludhiana).
Pujya Maaji Maharaj leads the congregation of thousands to recite the Ramayan. Thousands of sadhaks from across ag groups recite Ramayan together in vibrant and melodius chants.
Pujya Swamiji Maharaj’s Janamotsav
The birthday of our Spiritual Master Swami Saytanand Ji Maharaj is celebrated as per the Hindu calendar, on the ‘Shukal Puranmasi’ of the Indian month of ‘Chaitra’ (usually April).
At this occasion Sadhna Satsang and Akhand Jaap are organized at the Gohana Ashram, the conclusion of which is done in the satsang amongst all the devotees.
Pujya Bade Pitaji Maharaj’s Janamotsav
Pujya Pitaji’s birthday falls on the 2nd of October and is celebrated at Gohana Ashram where Akhand Jaap is organized. Sometimes it also coincides with the ‘Navratas’ while the annual Ramayani Satsang is going on at Ludhiana, Punjab.
No one is allowed to offer any material gifts or presents. The most valuable gift which we can give him is the commitment towards living a simple and pious life based on the principles of ‘Truth and Simplicity’ which are the true gifts of Pitaji’s to all of us.
New Year Amrtivani Satsang
What better way to celebrate the New Year than, chanting Ram Ram.
At New Year’s Eve, each year, Satsang is organized at Gohana Ashram, where under the benign Presence of Pitaji Maharaj, Krishanji and Rekhaji, the devotees recite Amritwani and Bhajans. The excitement and enthusiasm of the devotees at that time are overwhelming.