GF Topic: Self-Inquiry

A Life in Avoidance of Hurt

A Life in Avoidance of Hurt Avoidance of Hurt - Gangaji Smiling Holding Letter April 25, 1999 ~ Marysville, Australia

April 25, 1999 PM ~ Marysville, Australia

Everyone has experienced some measure of pain and hurt, but do you want to live your life in fear that? In this video from the archives, Gangaji takes us on an exploration into our common defense mechanisms to avoid being hurt, the cost of which is living a life free to love without restraint.

“If the preciousness of life is being lived in avoidance of hurt, the result is a dead life filled with unnecessary suffering.”



Ethics and the Teaching of Ramana

Ethics and the Teaching of Ramana Ethics and the Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

“What is the relationship between ethics and the teaching of Ramana Maharshi?” This is the central question posed to Gangaji in this final meeting of the 2017 Santa Sabina retreat. Here Gangaji supports you in discovering your own ethical and moral compass, where free will meets the core of Ramana’s teaching: “Be still and know who you are.”

“Your capacity to be still and know who you are uncovers an ocean of intelligence. A free life doesn’t necessarily mean doing whatever you want. It means that in the realization of your own inherent freedom, you can recognize where you cause suffering unnecessarily, and where you continue your own suffering unnecessarily—because suffering unnecessarily is also immoral.”

Deepening Your Capacity for Inquiry

Deepening Your Capacity for Inquiry direct-inquiry

The thrust of Gangaji’s teaching is the direct inquiry into the absolute truth of your being. In this video, Gangaji offers one of the simplest and most profound springboards for deepening your capacity for inquiry, and that is the question, “What do you want?”

“In this lineage, in this teaching, the emphasis is on what is always here. If what you want is what is always here, you are in great good luck. By asking yourself this question sincerely, and then sincerely telling the truth, our conversation becomes more than just words or agreement or disagreement. It’s really a support for a deeper capacity.”

Let the Oneness Be You

Let the Oneness Be You

Do you feel that your life circumstances, or certain aspects of your personality, or your struggle with difficult emotions, exclude you from wholeness? Do you believe that in order to realize wholeness you must somehow “contain” the totality of divinity within yourself? In this compilation of monologues and interactions, Gangaji directs you to “Give it up! Stop trying to contain the whole in a part. The part is contained within the whole.”

“As an ordinary person, you can recognize what is free, conscious, and in love—even in an ordinary person.”

What Are You Telling Yourself?

What Are You Telling Yourself?

In this clip Gangaji stop’s someone in the midst of her story of me to ask, “Is the innocence that was present when you were a child still here.” The surprising and fresh answer is “Yes.” Gangaji give us the permission to stop following the flow of conditioning and take one twelfth of a second to discover, in an instant, what is here. Consciousness is present, aware of itself, overflowing a joy.

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