About this Event
We are looking forward to you joining us for our Art of Living Satsang Gathering.
Art of Living satsangs reverberate across 180 countries. People from all over the world who know different languages participate in the singing of bhajans, or the repetitive chanting of a word or a verse. “In satsang, both the left and right hemispheres of the brain get balanced. The wandering mind comes back to the present moment and experiences a deeper dimension to life,” explains Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.
One can choose to listen to the bhajans or participate and sing.Either way, satsangs help in centering the mind. The chants in satsang take us beyond music to a silent corner of our inner self.
“The word bhajan is very precious. Bhaj means to share. Sharing all that the Divine is. It is not necessary to know the words or meaning to any song. Singing helps to bring serenity. Singing is simply merging into the sounds, floating on its waves with a sense of contentment and meditation,” shares Sri Sri.
Satsang frees you from worries
Sound is energy. Our human nervous system responds to the sounds and vibrations of ancient Sanskrit chants. Listening to these sounds has a rejuvenating effect on the body, mind and spirit.
In between each bhajan is the silence. Still and calm, the mind relaxes. “Doing more satsang and seva is the way to reduce misery. We are so fortunate. We have this opportunity to even think, discuss knowledge and have an experience of that inner space,” explains Sri Sri. “If you have any worries, you have to leave it here; that’s the rule of Satsang, you cannot take your worries back. You can go only after you drop them here.”
Satsangs bring you towards inner peace
The entire universe is made of rhythms. When sounds are in harmony, there is music; non harmonious sounds create chaos. Similarly, when there is rhythm or harmony in life, the heart blossoms; there is humanism. It is this rhythm that takes us back to our source. We may identify ourselves as professionals, engineers, doctors, lawyers, housewives, teachers, but these are just external identifications. Satsangs help us move beyond such identifications towards our source – from where we came.
Satsangs are not limited to any culture or geographical region. Whether it is the harmonious sound of gongs in Buddhist meditations or Jewish hymns since ancient times, people from all cultures and traditions have used music to further people on their spiritual journey.
We look forward to experiencing the celebration of Satsang with you.
We have provided all the details you need to attend below.
Location / Directions:
JUNE, JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, and OCTOBER Outdoors: David A. Balfour Park (75 Rosehill Ave, Toronto, ON M4T 1G4) NORTH WEST CORNER
Other months In doors: Deer Park Library (40 St Clair Ave E, Toronto, ON M4T 1M9) Meeting Room 204 (on second floor, first door an your right as you exit the elevator or the stairs)
Region: Toronto (Yonge and St. Claire Subway Station)
Parking Details: Use the Green P parking next to subway.
Take the subway to St. Clair station, and exit the St. Clair exit.
Feel free to bring instruments, and non alcoholic drinks and snacks for after the meditation. This is an alcohol free, meat free, smoke free, marijuana free and drug free event.
For Outdoor events: A yoga mat or similar (beach towel) and a blanket or shawl
For Outdoor and indoor events: A water bottle to stay hydrated
Contact our teachers and volunteers for more details:
Belén Montefalcone: 416-835-6833 / [email protected]
Spencer Delisle: 416-835-6833 / [email protected]
We look forward to seeing you at the Satsang MeditationGathering
Belén, Spencer, and the whole Satsang Team, The Art of Living
David Balfour Park Trail, David Balfour Park Trail, Toronto, Canada