Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — To Draw Close Is Satsang

March 25, 2020

To Draw Close Is Satsang

    Religious authorities declare that God is omnipresent. If that is truth then to draw close to that is satsang (the company of the truth). Human intelligence loves to discover —  hence it first discovers the reality with ideas, concepts, symbols, rights and religious organizations. To discover, one must see the cover and not avert one's gaze from it. One must also have the courage to lift the cover, not to be lost in admiration of it, however enchanting we think it may be. Such a discovery is satsang. We draw close to the truth, without either rejecting the encrustation of the false or getting stuck in it — this is discrimination.

     All religions declare that God is everywhere and yet we do not experience this. What is it that stands between God and me? Surely it is the 'me'. It is the 'me' that has given rise to all these rites and symbols, concepts and religious organizations. I must get closer to the reality or God — not by dividing the one into good and evil, divine and undevine, but by lifting the cover, which is the 'me'. This does not involve division or judgment but only the realization of oneness through love.

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