The followers of the Nandinatha Sampradaya’s master course are spread out over the UK. This means that we rarely see each other. Over the last few years there have been email discussions about the possibility of meeting, nothing actually happened until Ramai, a master-course student, arranged a group Satstang. She says that the event organised itself, but she was certainly the catalyst that made it happen.
One of the founders of the UK Venkateswara temple in Birmingham, Dr Rao is very respectful of the Nandinatha Sampradaya, and allowed us to use temple buildings on the Venkateswara temle site for our Satsang. This was the ideal location, as people from the North of England, South of England and Wales can all reach Birmingham and return in a day.
The meeting stated with an archana to Gamesha, and followed with chanting the names of Ganesha, mantras, reading and discussions. We had a bonus that Dr Rao, who had met Gurudeva on two occasions and told us about these meetings. With the vivid descriptions and the spiritual atmosphere I could almost feel that I was there with Gurudeva myself.
I won’t write about the discussions or readings, that was something that should be kept to the Satsang. I will say that there was a deep spiritual feeling and a sharing and respect between devotees. The satsang was an oasis of clarity and calm, that had a lasting affect. I will certainly attend future Satsangs