Satsang is a gathering of people to listen to the truth of who you are – Tony Cuckson
According to Radhanath Swami author of author of The Journey Home one of the key practices of Bhakti Yoga is Satsang.
“Satsang” is a defined as a spiritual discourse or gathering. This takes place in front of a teacher or guru. Following the teaching of a guru without question is a long-held tradition in India.
Personally speaking I think it is not part of the Western tradition because the Western mind is much to individualist to simply surrender to the guidance of the Guru.
It is extremely strange that the idea of gurus is associated with meditation because they are usually opposite. The guru is an outer authority to obey.
Over time, as you become more and more dependent upon the guru, your basic individuality and ego strength are damaged and weakened, perhaps permanently.
Meditation is process of getting in touch with your inner authority and learning to sense the electricity of your own soul. This is the opposite of following a herd.
–Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms.
This is not to say that there are not Western devotees who follow the path that involves devotion to the guru. Such devotion to the guru is the focus of the Krishna Consciousness movement in the West.
Satsang with a spiritual teacher and community can be a great experience.
I loved this experience when I stayed at the Osho ashram in Pune in India when I travelled and lived in India for a year when I was 29 (1979)
The challenge is to remain true to the way in which Divine revelation is expressed through you.
Teachers now engage in the practice of “Satsang” on Youtube.
They may not be specifically focused on the path of Bhakti yoga. Most all of those who are so focused are members of the Krishna consciousness movement (ISKCON)
The focus here is on the constant chanting of the name of Krishna and following the Vedic way. This is where you commit to worshipping Krishna as your personal God.
This is the path of Bhakti Yoga as traditionally taught in India and which was transferred to the West by Srila Prabhupada founder of the Krishna Consciousness Movement. (ISKCON)