Gangaji offers to ordinary people leading ordinary lives a unique and transformative invitation to discover what has always been whole and fulfilled, what has always been here, and is in truth, who you already are.
As a teacher and author Gangaji meets with seekers from across the globe and in all walks of life. She shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from her teacher Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and be true to that discovery.
Born in Texas in 1942, Gangaji grew up in Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1964, she married and had a daughter. In 1972, she moved to San Francisco where she began exploring deeper levels of her being. She took Bodhisattva vows, practiced Zen and Vipassana meditation, helped run a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, and had a career as an acupuncturist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Despite her successes, Gangaji continued to experience a deep and persistent longing for fulfillment. She pursued many paths to change her life including relationship, motherhood, political activism, career, and spiritual practice, but even the greatest of her successes ultimately came up short. In the wake of her disillusionment, she made a final prayer for true help.
In 1990 the answer to her prayer came unexpectedly, taking her to India and to the meeting that would change everything. There, on the banks of the river Ganga, she met Sri H.W.L. Poonja, also known as Papaji, who opened the floodgates of her self-recognition. In this meeting, Gangaji’s personal story of suffering ended and the promise of a true life began to flower and unfold.
Overflowing with gratitude, Gangaji asked Papaji how she might truly thank him for this immeasurable gift of freedom. He said, "I am really glad you asked that... The only way is to give your life to this." Without having any idea what that would mean, Gangaji said, "Yes." Since that day she has traveled the world speaking to anyone who would listen, and pointing them to what is already free, the truth of who they are, the truth of who you are.
Among other titles, Gangaji is the author of The Diamond in Your Pocket, Freedom & Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender, and Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story. See More
Read about Gangaji's teacher, Papaji, and his teacher, Sri Ramana Maharshi. See Photos and read Gangaji's archive of correspondence to and from Papaji that began in 1990 and lasted until his death in 1997. Learn More.