The accumulations of higher status, material objects or better spiritual identities are common ways we use our life force. But these temporary accumulation don’t bring us lasting peace and fulfillment. In the wake of realizing the truth of who you are, here is a question you can ask: what does my life stand for? The uncommon possibility is to let your life be used by awakening, to live an uncommon, ordinary life.
GF Topic: Commitment to Truth
Gangaji gives us the key to living a simple life, unthought, unplanned, with no notion of control. Can you give up the search for anything that you think separates you from what is always here, what is calling you home?
Sheva Carr, representing a UN peace messenger organization, Pathways to Peace, and Heart Ambassadors, a global service organizations, presents Gangaji and the Gangaji Foundation with a lifetime achievement award for services to peace.
From a weekend retreat at CIIS in San Francisco in January 2019, Gangaji speaks about the possibility of effortless vigilance. The cue for vigilance is suffering…it’s the proof that you aren’t being true, and the sign to stop and ask yourself, what am I telling myself? What is underneath that, not spoken, but here?
At a meeting Palo Alto in October 2018 Gangaji was asked about relationship to the world, and how to not suffer amid the horror and degradation of our planet and our political systems. Dare we be radiant as the darkness seems to be on the increase in our world, without adding to it with our suffering about it?
“In the recognition of betrayal there is the choice of redemption, of coming home.”
People often ask me how to surrender, how to be still, because surrendering and being still are really the same. There is no how to surrendering or to being still. The how is in how the mind holds on, how the mind resists.
September 1, 1995 AM
Is it possible to awaken to the truth of your being, to realize unconditional freedom, without complete, unconditional willingness? In this video Gangaji speaks to the heart of what keeps us bound within a limited experience of our lives and ourselves. It really boils down to willingness—the willingness to let go, the willingness to lose everything, the willingness to be free. When you really tell the truth, are you willing?
“Without one hundred percent willingness, there is no possibility of recognizing one hundred percent who you are. It is a moment of disillusionment. I am happy to disillusion you of the idea that you can halfway wake up to who you are and be free. Make no mistake, the tide of conditioning is enormous, yet it is no match whatsoever for one hundred percent willingness.”
From Harriet: I was lucky enough to be present at this lively meeting in a beautiful Yogananda Temple in Palo Alto. I was moved by the directness of all the questions and the willingness to tread the razor’s edge of truth amid the despair so many feel in our current times.
October 17, 2018, Palo Alto, CA
“When there is an intention to really know what is true, then there is an acceptance of the deepest waters.”
In this classic compilation, Gangaji explores the deepest issues of surrendering one’s life to true and lasting peace. She asks us to investigate where our attention is, and what it is we are running from, clearly unfolding how attention, avoidance, suffering, and desire are intimately entwined.
Let Your Attention Serve Love, 1/27/2000
Healing the Primal Wound, 1/28/2000
The Practice of Desire, 1/29/2000