With the burning question of “how do I completely surrender” a woman discovers the depth of surrender that is closer than knowing and forgetting.
GF Topic: Surrender
“My teacher asked me to invite you also into yourself. Not as a belief, but as home. To invite you home. To recognize and respect the search that arose in the cry for home, and to take the chance in this one moment, in this instant, to discover that you are home.” From 2003
A clip from Gangaji’s August Public Meeting. A man reports on his experience of true surrender, in Gangaj’s words, “the most ruthless act of a lifetime.” In the willingness to surrender he found peace. Gangaji goes on to speak about the humbling of these times, and the shock we receive when something, like a pandemic, humbles us and reveals the freshness of life.
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This interview was recorded for the Healing Mirror Podcast in June 2020. Gangaji talks about her meeting with Papaji in India, the GF prison program and the current world situation. The Healing Mirror Podcast https://www.sorayasaraswati.com/podcast/
May 31, 2020. Hosted by 1440.tv for Multiversity.
Together we are facing a global pandemic, and it’s something none of us has ever faced – something that is truly unknown. Naturally, you may feel fear, anger, or depression arise. So how can you meet this moment with your natural intelligence?
January 27, 1994, Varanasi, India
This video from Gangaji’s visit to India in 1994 was filmed on a sandbar in the middle of the Holy River Ganges (Ganga). With the river and the ancient city of Varanasi as backdrop, Gangaji answers questions about the desire to be present in the moment, the desire to simply be, the desire to give up this game of up and down that we take so seriously.
“Relax. Stop chasing any thought that you are not already present, not already being. Stop separating yourself out. You are that which is always present. Presence is eternal. To try to ‘be present’ already assumes that you are not. This assumption is a lie, and this lying is exhausting. Rest in ‘I am,’ and see if there is any lack of presence.”
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.”
Meeting devastating grief and disillusionment is never easy. In this clip, Gangaji hears from Michele Sondheimer about her journey to hell and back, and the cessation of her search to be ok after the loss of her husband. Deeper than any story of suffering is the direct experience or pure loss and desolation. Meeting that is what allows the deepening of truth and surrender.
This fall Michele is standing alongside Hillary Larson and Mark Northcross to support a matching grant for new and increased monthly donors. Find out how you can stand with Michele to support the programs that serve peace.
Read an in-depth interview with Michele about her meeting with Gangaji, waking up, love, loss and why she has chosen to support the Gangaji Foundation. Read
Are you willing for there to be nothing, rather than try to find something to cling to? There is no how to surrender. The how is in how you cling on. The stark reality is that there is nothing that can be clung to.
Are your questions coming from a habit of mind that tends to refocus on the search rather than what has already been discovered? At a certain point we become willing to stop overlooking the answer, and then the possibility of deeply trusting the truth of oneself can begin. Recorded Los Gatos Retreat, 2016