Hosted by East West Bookshop in Seattle, an Online Open Meeting with Gangaji, recorded on March 27, 2021.
GF Topic: Essential Teaching
Recorded April 29, 2009, in Arlington Virginia, this clip investigates the thought pattern of needing confirmation from the outside in order to be ok, and ultimately penetrated the belief that “I am not enough.”
Recorded December 26, 1999, in Marin County, this clip is about the struggle with a superego that tells us we need to be pure before we can be whole.
Gangaji reflects, not for the first or the last time, on the extraordinary times we are living in. While celebrating the wealth of possibilities that our lives present, she offers the timeless teaching from Papaji, to just stop, wherever you are, and drop all that you think you have gained. In a moment of the most pristine, indescribable depth of silence, it is possible to discover the truth of who you are. Gangaji is inviting you, just as you are, into this space of stillness, where the mind clings to nothing.
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.”
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 consciousness—or 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.”
In this clip from an online weekend with Gangaji, Gangaji examines what is self-inquiry, and how it can be really relevant for you, in your life, in this time. In the moment of true inquiry, there is a surrender to the deepest mystery of who you are. Gangaji goes on to introduce her teacher, Papaji.
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August 19, 2001, San Rafael, CA
In this video Gangaji addresses these age-old paradoxes: If there is a benevolent, intelligent God, how can there be so much suffering in the world? Do we have a choice or is it choiceless? Is enlightenment or realization the ideal that eliminates paradox?
“There is a great shift that occurs in consciousness in a moment of grace, whereby the mystery of life, the unbearable paradoxical nature of reality, is joyous rather than tormenting. Whereby in the midst of horrifying ugliness ca-n be revealed limitless beauty. In the midst of profound stupidity, there can still be intelligence.”