GF Topic: Direct Experience

The Maturity of Letting Go

The Maturity of Letting Go

May 18, 1997, Boulder, Colorado

What does it feel like to want to support? What does it feel like to want to control? In this video Gangaji makes a clear distinction between the joy of supporting ourselves and others and the misery of believing we can control. She speaks of letting go of control as the mark of spiritual maturity and invites you to catch fire in the joy and the peace of simply letting go.

“Spiritual maturity has nothing to do with how many years you’ve prayed, how many years you’ve practiced or not practiced, how many years you have been good or bad. At the most basic level, spiritual maturity is the realization that you are not in control.” 

Who Gets Enlightened?

Who Gets Enlightened? Who Gets Enlightened

October 18, 1997 PM, Asheville, NC

In this video from the archives, Gangaji clears up any confusion that a “someone” can go out and “get” enlightenment. The question is: Is it you that realizes the truth of consciousnessor is it that consciousness realizes itself in you?

“The personal is a set of clothes that is taken to be real. In taking it to be real, life is then experienced as relative to that set of clothes. It is believed that there is a lower self and a higher self, a little self and a big self, and this is the illusion. Finally, consciousness recognizes itself as free of it all. Free to play in the illusion, free to be free of the illusion. Free.”

 

What do we want to keep? What do we try to change?

What do we want to keep? What do we try to change? Change

February 11, 2007, San Rafael, CA

In this meeting, Gangaji speaks about how we try to keep peace and freedom, or the things we like about ourselves, and try to change what we don’t like. She examines what is underneath our desire to change or keep anything, the freedom that is life—naturally, effortlessly, changelessly. The video includes an inquiry exercise into the question: “What do you want to not change.

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Falling Into What Does Not Change

Falling Into What Does Not Change Falling into what does not change

May 11, 2002 PM, Boulder, CO

Whatever apparent changes you may be facing in life, it is possible to discover the immense relief in letting go the choice to run. This video features a powerful exchange about facing a major surgery, the pain of recovery, and everything the mind imagines that change might bring. The wisdom that pours forth exemplifies how life itself reveals the deepening into what never changes.

“As you surrender, as you let yourself fall into the experience completely, it is possible to recognize that the Life inherent in the falling is unmoving. There is really no cliff, no jumper, no falling, no faller. There is only the present presence of You, eternal and unchanging.”

 

Less than a Speck of Dust

Less than a Speck of Dust Less than a speck of dust

July 24, 1995 Boulder, CO

In this video from the archives Gangaji reads letters of explosive realization that illustrate “the end of seeking and the beginning of seeing.” The treasure of these letters, along with Gangaji’s response, renders life’s complexity down to two basic tenets: We are born to express love, and that our lives, less than a speck of dust, can reflect the immeasurable vastness of being.

“What a mystery it is that this tiniest speck is as big as Life Itself. When this is realized, you can throw away all possibility of measuring anything. You recognize all measurements are made up, are nothing, and you are left at before the beginning.”

 

The Language of Effortlessness

The Language of Effortlessness The language of Effortlessness

June 5, 1994, Boulder, CO

This video from the archives includes many lively interactions, the heart of which is the topic of effort and effortlessness. If you feel that realizing the truth of your being requires effort, then eventually you will find yourself exhausted and disillusioned. Are you efforting to know who you are?

“Effort is what we are taught, it’s what we do, it’s what we believe is necessary. We are most afraid to stop effort because that would be the unknown. What I am speaking about cannot be ‘done’ and cannot be ‘known.’ You are never separate from it; it is already the truth of who you are—pure pristine awareness, effortlessly as it is, limitless and un-findable as a particular entity.

 

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