GF Topic: The Mind

The Space of Stillness

The Space of Stillness

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.

The Power of Illusion

The Power of Illusion
What do you think is happening? What story are you telling yourself about yourself? We develop “illusions” using powers of mind: memory, projection, dissociation, interpretation. In the extreme, we create outlandish conspiracy theories. In our daily lives, we often use the power of mind to create needless suffering. This month, we examine these patterns and Gangaji helps us unearth the jewel in being disillusioned.
 
 “It is very useful to recognize illusions.  It is also crucial to recognize that regardless of illusion, you are present. You are the power behind illusion and the power behind truth.”

The Dance of Inflation and Deflation

The Dance of Inflation and Deflation Inflation Deflation

January 13, 2002, Marin County, CA

In this video Gangaji lays out the egoic experiences of inflation and deflation in the search for truth. Often it can feel like you “get it” and then you “lose it,” all the while never questioning who? Who is it that gets it and loses it? Who are you? Here Gangaji illustrates how it is imminently possible not to think yourself but to simply be yourself. And in that being is the answer to who.

“All that the inflated ego can hold is a thought of the truth, a thought of peace, a thought of who one is. This is a huge thought, and it even points to reality, but it remains a thought. In our meeting I invite you to give up both deflation and inflation, and recognize yourself as the pure consciousness that holds it all.”

Simply Open

Simply Open Simply Open

June 20-21, Online Weekend Retreat

What does it mean to open to yourself? In these highlights from the June 2020 online weekend, Gangaji leads each participant into a deepening discovery of what means to live a life of true openness.

“I invite you to use our time together to discover what it means and how it is relevant to your own life in any particular moment, to open. Simply open. The help that is finally available is your mind’s own surrender to its source.”

To Be Utterly Simple Is to Be Yourself

To Be Utterly Simple Is to Be Yourself Utterly Simple

August 15, 2019 PM, San Rafael, CA

Does your mind tend to seek out simplicity? Or is it more preoccupied with finding and solving complication? Regardless of the complexity of what’s being presented in this meeting, Gangaji points each person back to the utter simplicity of being.

“I love a good book with a complicated plot, or the complicated action of a bustling city, or a walk in the forest among the exquisite complications of nature. But if we get caught up in complication, we continually overlook the utterly simple fulfillment that is the root and source of all life. To be utterly simple is actually to be yourself.”

So Not What I Thought

So Not What I Thought Gangaji in blue - So not what I thought

We cling to control as a survival strategy. The opportunity of a lifetime is to embrace totality. Then you’re embracing yourself.  We are deeply, profoundly conditioned to only embrace what is pertinent to the survival of the body.  Or if we are emotional creatures, what is pleasurable.  Or if we’re social creatures, what gives us power.  But to embrace the totality, whether that’s chaos or harmony is irrelevant at any one point because you’re embracing yourself.

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