Spiritual Association / Sangha

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Definition:  Association (spiritual) noun: the act of consorting with or joining with others Spiritual: of the spirit or the soul as distinguished from the body or material matters Association: the act of associating; a connection in the mind between ideas, sensations, memories.

koinonia
Koinonia is a Greek word that occurs 20 times in the Bible.
Koinonia’s primary meaning is “fellowship, sharing in common, communion.”
sangha
in Buddhism, a community of monks and/or nuns, one of the “Three Jewels”; also, generally, all followers of the Buddha; also written samgha

Etymology: Hindu ‘community together’

Satsang
(Sanskrit sat =
true, sanga = company)

(1) the company of the “highest truth,” (2) the company of a guru, and (3) company with an assembly
of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth.

Hinduism
Association with the wise is the root cause for obliterating all misery. Association with the sages is alone said to lead to the highest good. On being approached, the sages teach the greatest good. Has any one ever got anything great, without contact with the wise? In any case, it is the company which determines the future of the individual. A man undoubtedly reaps the fruits of his company. Tripura Rahasya 3.7-11

Christian Mysticism Having a spiritual community that supports growth and transformation and is built on a foundation of integrity, humility and love greatly accelerates the process of individual spiritual development. Source

Christianity If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.”Koinonia is being in agreement with one another, being united in purpose, and serving alongside each other. Our koinonia with each other is based on our common koinonia with Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:1-2

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. First John 1:6-7

Contrary to general expectation, highly individualistic Pentecostalism is remarkably corporate and congregational in its life. The Pentecostal church-meeting or assembly where the individual gifts are principally exercised is close to the center of the Pentecostal movement. Here the experiences of the many merge into the one and by this confluence the power of the Holy Spirit is felt in multiplication.  Frederick Dale Bruner, *A Theology Of the Holy Spirit*

Communion is strength; solitude is weakness. Alone, the fine old beech yields to the blast and lies prone on the meadow. In the forest, supporting each other, the trees laugh at the hurricane. The sheep of Jesus flock together. The social element is the genius of Christianity. Charles Spurgeon [Spiritual Community/Sangha/Satsang]

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