A Satsang Invocation

The San Jose BMCM Satsang Invocation
Leader’s CALL: “Krishna said: …you shall come to me; this I promise; for you are dear to me.”
Group RESPONSE: “We come to your presence, Krishna. Bring us now into your light and wisdom.”

Our local Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (BMCM) weekly satsang group adopted and began using the opening invocation stated above during its meeting last Wednesday, 20 March 2019. Thenceforth, the divinely-inspired invocation will be recited at the start of every satsang meeting.

Here is the purpose and function of the satsang invocation.

  • The invocation statements appear to be a top-down approach only from the perspective of what is termed “ordinary time,”
    Pictographic rendition of "sacred time."

    Artist’s Pictographic Depiction of “Sacred Time”
    Sacred time is rooted in infinity. It is experienced as —
    the Eternal Now.

    that is, chronologically sequenced, earthly, or human time. It is the plain obvious understanding of the invocation based on a mere literal reading of the statements.

  • However, the invocation’s purpose is to bring the satsang participants into a consciousness of “sacred time and space,” that is, into an awareness of kairos or “God-time” (or God’s time, heavenly time, mystical time/space). In the consciousness of sacred time, an awareness of infinity is interlaced into the fabric of the space-time continuum, which is then experienced by the soul as the “Eternal Now” of God’s presence.

  • A spiritual reading or hearing of the complete invocation elevates the ordinary human state of consciousness from a lower gross state of 3rd-dimensional awareness to an altered, more exalted state of mystical consciousness, even if at least for the duration of the satsang gathering.

  • The starting point of the elevation process (transfiguration) is the abrupt reminder

    Islamic Call to Prayer

    made to the satsang participants of the divine promise made by Krishna — that his devotees will come to him because they are dear to him. The act of interrupting ordinary everyday human awareness in a striking fashion is similar to the Islamic practice of a call to prayer (Adhan) shouted from the minarets to the populace below by which the faithful are invited to cease human activities immediately and to enter into prayer to Allah. (Play the video below to feel the impact of an Adhan.)

  • The reminder of Krishna’s divine promise is, at face value, a promise to be fulfilled at some future time when the conditions of fulfillment are ripe or finally present — all that seems to be within the context of chronos or chronological time. The mystical shift or transformation to kairos happens and operates at the responsive portion, where the members take the future tense of Krishna’s promise into the present tense as the fulfillment of the promise in the “NOW”. Hence, the first statement in the response is: “We come to your presence, Krishna.” It is an express admission by the group that “we are HERE with you, Krishna, right NOW.” And that reorients the normally outward-looking human awareness to the ever-present inner reality of Krishna in and through the satsang, and in and through the individual members of the group.

    You come to Krishna not at
    a future time or at some tomorrow,
    but right HERE right NOW.

  • The final part of the response — “Bring us now into your light and wisdom.” — summarizes the very purpose why we want to come to Krishna in the first place and articulates the very goal of the satsang meeting, that is: To become familiar with, and immersed in, Krishna’s spiritual light and wisdom. The same is the penultimate raison d’etre for the entire Bhagavad Gita, itself — that Arjuna might come to fully understand the Truth (with a capital “T”).

  • You come to Krishna for
    one reason alone — his TRUTH.

The opening invocation is not a mere top-down approach to the Bhagavad Gita’s reading and learning (This is the group’s current study project.). It is a highly effective time-proven mystical tool to transform human awareness into spiritual consciousness and to bring mystical initiates into the realized experience of “sacred time and space” in the very presence of the Divine. The invocation rises above the chronological sequence of the passages in the Gita. It exposes the very beating heart of the Gita that gives life to its teachings regardless of where in the Gita we choose to let it intersect our lives.

That we should —

  1. Desire to come to Krishna and to truly realize our presence with and in Krishna, thereby experiencing the actual fulfillment of Krishna’s promise, and

  2. Become immersed in his light and wisdom, that is, become enlightened in and through him,

are spiritual objectives of the devotee that permeate the Gita’s passages totally from beginning to end. There is no part of the Gita that fails to sustain those goals or acts to thwart or deny them in any way.

For us to naively ask: “How long will it take in terms of the number of years or the number of lifetimes for us to reach the summit top of enlightenment?” throws doubt on the very face of Krishna and his promise or pledge. At the very least, it dilutes whatever belief we have in Krisha and his promise. At its worse, it is an insult to Krishna and a repudiation of his promise. It betrays how little we know of Krishna in the spiritual ignorance of our humanhood, or how poorly or wrongly we understand his spiritual teachings.

Think of this: It took less than one day, while in the midst of a very real threat of the outbreak of war hostilities between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, for Arjuna to become enlightened by Krishna. Why should we even think that it will take us longer (many years more or even lifetimes more) to attain Arjuna’s enlightenment? Are we inferior jivas or souls to Arjuna or less dear before Krishna’s eyes that we deserve to be treated any less by Krishna as his devotee? Are we less deserving of the gift and grace of enlightenment that he freely gave Arjuna in the course of the Bhagavad Gita?

Truly, the Lord Krishna was correct in his second chapter (Bhagavad Gita) rebuke of Arjuna:

The Supreme Lord said: My dear Arjun, how has this delusion overcome you in this hour of peril? It is not befitting an honorable person. It leads not to the higher abodes, but to disgrace. O Parth, it does not befit you to yield to this unmanliness. Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O vanquisher of enemies. (Krishna, Bhagavad Gita 2.3–2.3, Swami Mukundananda translation.)

In our humanity, we are like Arjuna who is overwhelmed by the human condition in the first chapter of the Gita, sobbing and groveling helplessly in the ground like a worthless piece of shit. The invocation helps us lift the gaze of our eyes to Krishna and opens our hearts and minds to him.


P.S.: You are welcome to join and participate in the weekly satsang meetings online via Zoom conferencing. Send Rita Sarathy of the satsang group an email to do so. You may contact her, also, through us (Contemplative Pathways) here at our website. This blog is dedicated to the San Jose BMCM Satsang Group.

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