What is Advaita Vedanta, Non-duality,             Enlightenment, and Satsang?
What is Enlightenment, Advaita Vedanta and Non-duality Teachings?
In  the  East, non-dual teachings  are  referenced  by  the term Advaita Vedanta. In Sanskrit, "Advaita" means "not  two" and "Vedanta" means "the end of knowledge." Non-dualism is the "experience" which is beyond knowledge. 

However, in non-duality, there is  no experiencer and no experience. There is no perceiver or perception. The points of reference of the experiencer, the perceiver, as well as the witness, are limited and  therefore, all objects of perception can only exist in limitedness.

Self-realization is the discovery of oneself as the infinite Peace, the eternal formless, the indescribable Love, the unfathomable Sacred, which is transcendent of conditioned  thought.  It   is transcendent  of  you,  as  you  think that you are, as well as  transcendent  of  the  world  and  all  objects.  It  is  the Mystery beyond the dual mind.
What is Satsang or Advaita Satsang?
With  integration and the full embodiment all form is recognized as none other than the Real and as the manifestation of the formless as Itself. There is no self-referencing whatsoever and no abidance anywhere.

Who  you  are  is  beyond  the  mind  and  cannot  be intellectually understood.  When the illusory veil of the ego is lifted,  the perception of duality culminates, which  removes the illusion of separation and the illusion  of  all  opposites.  The  concept  of individuality is released  into  the  Ocean  of Love.  Like  water  pouring  into  water,  without  the  possibility  of  return,  it then manifests as waterfall, river, or ocean.

Sacred  Love  is  the  topic  of  enlightenment.  Although  we  speak  about  it  and use words to point to it, the Love remains untouched.  Presence  shines  to  Itself,  by  Itself  and  in  Itself. The dual altered state of consciousness is freed and it realizes the incredible beauty of it's true nature, which is the eternal Silence. Then, in service, becomes the hand-maiden to Truth.

Consciousness  recognizes  Itself  by  being  fiercely now,  by intense investigation and, once the mind is tranquil, by making no  effort.  At  this  point,  effort is seen to be a future endeavor and a moving away from the Truth of Being. Until that time, it is essential to observe the functioning of dual thought and recognize that you are the spaciousness in which all comes and goes. You remain still, immovable, being vigilant, being Heart. It is the realization that Love is all there is, Love is  all  there  ever  was  and that you are this Loving now and naturally free. The illusory pain and suffering were caused by the shadow cast by duality and the uninvestigated assumption of "me."
Satsang is  not  simply  a  public  meeting where a teacher sits before students and the  intellectual  topic  of  discussion   is  consciousness,  presence,  being  now,  Truth,  Self-realization and enlightenment using concepts, ideas and beliefs. In Satsang, "sat" means "truth"  and  "sang"  means  "community."   The   term  "satsang"  means  "in  association with  Truth."
There  is  a  palpable  "new"  frequency  of Being and an inexplicable silent Stillness that is alive.  In  satsang, if words are spoken, which  is  not  required,   the  words  arise  from  the Stillness.  The "vibrating"  of  the  Quiet  is  on  top of, behind and through every word. The  teacher  is  not  "doing"  or  "transmitting" anything. Instead, the teacher is like an open window with  a  breeze  blowing through,  a  breeze  with  no  separation.   When  the  mind  is quiet, it is called Presence and this Presence is very contagious by Itself. Everyone who comes in contact with it is affected, whether they are  conscious of it or not.
There is no positionality whatsoever between you and the teacher. In fact, the  teacher  is recognized  to be none other than one's true Self. It is directly experienced that you are not separate and that you are already aware and whole. There is no need to heal a perceived broken past, since in the Now, you are already radiant and complete. There is no need to fixate on any aspect of the future, in search for an obscure happiness through more becoming, since as Now, Supreme Happiness is.  You  are  the  Now that is formlessness  and it is realized that this is the only eternal moment in which true life IS.

In satsang,  Love  burns  everything  into  Itself.  Like  the alchemy of transforming base metal into  gold,  there  is  a  natural  transmutation  of  pain  and  suffering  into  Love.  With  100% willingness, there is the destruction of everything false, while true and lasting fulfillment outpours.

Papaji, one of the world's greatest sages, shared that there are certain requirements for the student who attends satsang. First, there must be an ability to discern what is real and what is unreal (permanent or impermanent) Second, it must be recognized  that Truth is beyond the senses. In addition, there must be a willingness to be timelessly present (as you truly are), releasing all concepts of the past and future. Finally, there must be intense yearning and the desire for freedom.
     Katie Davis
Awake Joy
The Essence of Enlightenment
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