In this clip Gangaji points to the silent refuge, the space within each of us, that is present regardless of our circumstances. Whether a literal storm is raging around us, or a global disaster, our human tendency is to miss what is untouched by what might get better or worse. Recorded in 2009, Gangaji goes on to talk about the global financial crisis that rocked the world at that time, and the prevailing fears that it would get worse. It’s a prescient call to take refuge in what is never affected by circumstances that resonates deeply with our times.
GF Topic: The Search
In this clip, from a meeting that took place a few days after Papaji’s death, Gangaji shares the last teaching that he gave from his deathbed. Fiercely, furiously, he asked each one of his devotees in the room, this very essential question that is really the root of all his teaching. “Where is the Buddha?” You could substitute Peace, God, Truth. Where is Peace? Where is Truth? Where is God? Finally, where is Life itself? Where is Life to be found? Where is the Buddha to be found? In the understanding of the Buddha, there is a reconciliation of all apparent opposing forms. Where is That which you are seeking?
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Is there a secret to discovering true and lasting fulfillment, here and now and forevermore? Gangaji shares her experience of her teacher’s astonishingly simple instruction that revealed the truth of lasting fulfillment.
“It’s so simple! I was always considering: what can I get here, what can I keep here, or what can I keep away from here. When he said find out what is already and always here. It was shocking to me.”
Discover for yourself the fulfillment that is always here, no matter what comes and goes.
“If you think you have to fix yourself to come home to yourself, I’m telling you this is not true. It’s a dangerous lie that will cause you to suffer unnecessarily. When suffering becomes your business, your allegiance to it steals your lifeblood and whatever time you have left.”
Are you aware of the mental habits that cause you suffering? Especially the habit of trying to “fix” yourself? Gangaji asks us to stop trying to fix what will always be subject to change, to put down the burden of business as usual, and discover the capacity we have to meet it all. Whether you see yourself as the victim or the perpetrator in your own story of suffering, you can stop trying to fix it. You can say “Ha! I quit!”
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.
How do you cross the line into doubtless self-confirmation of the truth of your being? How does self-doubt, which Ramana called “the last obstacle,” appear? Can you live with all the ups and downs of being human and still be conscious of, and nurtured by, the truth of who you are? Yes!
In this clip a young woman reports on her direct experience of truth and Gangaji delightedly confirms that experience. When we are free to treasure such a moment, without objectifying it, and to live freely in the fullness of surrender, then how is life lived? As Gangaji says, “See what this life is drawn to… follow the heart… live the heart.”
When you have had a glimpse of the unimaginable truth of your being, there is a freshness and innocence that naturally occurs, a wonder and a curiosity of “What is this?” But when you recognize you are looking for more, or you notice with great disappointment that your suffering has returned and you try to get get away from it, then there is a loss of innocence and openness.
The drive for more is part of the human condition. The possibility of inquiry is to stop in the midst of this thrust to get more, whether is it more peace, more knowledge, more experience, or more alleviation from suffering, and ask yourself, “Has stillness gone anywhere? What is always here regardless of what comes or goes?”
When this impulse is fully met, then innocence is no longer naive. It is mature, multi-leveled, and rich, but still pure and still a surprise.
Can you recognize where you are looking for more? What are the mechanisms that drive the impulse to seek for more or different or better?
If you are suffering, there is still some story that you are a victim. Are you willing to just say enough? To simply call it off? Papaji’s last word’s were “Bas!” (Enough). No one can end it but you. You are free to suffer and you are free to stop suffering.
If what it is you want it to simply to be done with this woundedness then you will continue to search for something that temporarily at least makes you feel better. If what you want is really the truth of the matte, then you will have all support to turn and face what you have run from for eons, what all humanity has run from.