GF Topic: Self-Inquiry
“It is easy to see from your own life experience that no matter how much you try to run away from hurt, you still experience it. When you stop running, turn and experience what is chasing you, when you remain open and unprotected, you are free. Are you willing to be free?”
“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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
July 8, 2019 AM, Salt Spring Island, BC
One of Gangaji’s most potent lines of inquiry is the question, “What do you really want?” If what is wanted is the truth of one’s being, then this video offers a follow up inquiry that can clearly and surprisingly reveal that what you really want is what is already here. In this video Gangaji offers clear step-by-step guidance on how best to approach any line of inquiry: with an open, empty mind, and the willingness to be surprised.
“Inquiry is about not knowing the answer, but rather simply waiting for the answer to appear. Close your eyes, take a breath, and let your mind empty. Take a moment to stop following whatever narrative had priority, and ask yourself this question, “What do I have?”
April 10, 2005, Ashland, OR
On this 15th anniversary of Gangaji’s first meeting with her teacher, Papaji, she masterfully encapsulates his central invitation. She speaks from her own direct experience and her absolute trust and knowing, that if you feel drawn to this message, then you are ready to hear it, and ready for your mind to be pointed back to its source.
“I can honestly say with great joy that what Papaji directed me into, what he invited me, pushed me, and wrestled me into, has proven itself to be unending in its fulfillment, unending in true peace and happiness, unending in the joy of meeting itself in everything and everyone—in particular those who are even in the slightest interested in self-discovery.”
Ask yourself this question, and then take a moment to really consider: What is blocking my fulfillment? There could be a whole constellation of reasons, but ultimately what is obstructing your fulfillment is routed in some primal thought that has been reinforced throughout your upbringing, both secular and spiritual, and has hitherto gone unchallenged.
August 17, 2019 PM
San Rafael, CA
This standout meeting from the 2019 Santa Sabina retreat speaks to what is possible when we really open to the inner depths of our being where everything is new. From an encounter with the truth in all living things, to the clear awareness of “consciousness looking out through my eyes,” to a joyous near-death experience on the freeway, every articulate interaction with Gangaji points to the indescribable yet undeniable answer to the question, “Who am I?”
“I had prayed for help, I had prayed for a teacher, and I guarantee you that prayers are answered, in the most surprising ways, especially if you don’t have an agenda for the answer. And you the living proof of it, if you are willing to be intimate with yourself, to open to yourself as you are, rather than who you’ve been taught you should be.
In the recognition of who I am, all malevolence, all harm, every mistake or crime, is delivered into the vastness of self. This is redemption, the return home. It is possible for all.