Naturally, we don’t like feeling the pain of separation or fragmentation. Naturally, we want to fix that. But before you fix it, just take a moment to realize that your capacity to experience fragmentation is not separate from wholeness.
GF Topic: Commitment to Truth
In this clip Gangaji challenges us to remain conscious, walking the razor’s edge of integrity. Freedom is not about being able to do whatever you want. It is the willingness to open, be exposed. Make yourself a target.
Open Meeting in Berkeley, CA, October 22, 2019
As a society of consumers, we are conditioned to reach for our fulfillment, and this conditioning can naturally leak into our spiritual search. In this video, Gangaji challenges you to honestly inquire: Is your desire for enlightenment driven by the need for personal power or protection? What do you think enlightenment will give you?
“Whenever we reach for power, we are overlooking the true source of all power. As long as you are alive, you are infused by the power of being. In being conscious of that being, and conscious of the immeasurability of that being, it is possible to discover that the most profound fulfillment lies simply in being.”
In the midst of dire events happening all over our planet, Gangaji calls on us to take responsibility for ending suffering in just this one spot of Mother Earth, where you find yourself. Then you will see how your life will be used.
“We have become enamored with our spiritual search. It serves a crucial purpose as it awakens the heart. Yet if it becomes the object of our infatuation, it is a relentless obstacle. Give it up! Give up your search for awakening, give up your search for love, give up your search for yourself for one instant, and see what is found.”
If you have been graced with a glimpse of reality, can you honestly say that you did something for it? Can you say with certainty that you can command its return? Gangaji reminds us that this is the joke! You have never been separate from this. What you have been searching for is already here, realizing itself in you.
The full version of this video is available in Gangaji’s Video Library
During a live online meeting on the subject of self-hatred, Gangaji spoke to the hatred rooted in the tragic events in New Zealand in 2019. She shares how our meeting of hatred can touch not only our lives, but resonate around the world.
If you tell the truth, in this moment, there’s more to be grateful for than there is to fix.
“I am a great believer in the necessity of living a moral life, but I am not a believer in the burden of that. I am not a missionary. I am not here to convert you. Whatever your moral life is, you still have the capacity to stop, be still, call off the search. Then live freely. This is not a teaching”
Gangaji in conversation with a man who has been living with chronic depression for much of his life. He comes from a family with a long history of mental illness. Three of his four grandparents committed suicide when he was growing up. It’s not an easy legacy to live with. When you meet him though, it is not the darkness that strikes you, although it’s there, but the light that is shining through. Gangaji has been a huge part of his healing journey.
Some truths are very difficult to tell, so we simply ignore them. We have a variety of means to avoid these “smaller” deaths—the death of our youth or a relationship or a career. Often we postpone, we deny, and we delude ourselves rather than tell a hard, unmistakable truth.