In this clip Gangaji points to that which has been ignored in favor of suffering. Ignorance is not bliss. The open mind is bliss.
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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.
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?
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.
While we are keeping our physical distance from each other all over the globe, we can still offer each other our loving support. Gangaji offered a free online meeting on March 22, a time to come together, to share our heartfelt reports and questions, and open to what is here. We are in this together.
In this clip, Gangaji speaks to why she has appeared in your consciousness: not to fix you or teach you or convert you in any way. “My only function is to invite your individual consciousness to reflect back into the spaciousness that it arises from.” She goes on to examine the challenges to this that arise from the addiction of following thought as reality, and the remedy that her teacher Papaji gave her
I am inviting you to stop imagining what it is you need to get fixed, or what obstacle you need to get rid of, or how you need to get deeper, or how you need to be awake a hundred percent of the time. All of that is still within the realm of imagining a problem, imagining that there are certain benchmark measurements. Problems do appear in lives and there are measurements. But I am inviting you to engage in an experiment and investigation of really, really just immediately being at home.
Today that is heresy. It is called the “spiritual bypass,” and it is heresy. In our current secular/spiritual dogma, you are not allowed to take the bypass. You have to go into the garbage dump, and you have to dig through, to go through all the ancestry. But I am here to tell you that you are allowed to take the bypass. You are free to go digging wherever you would like to go, but you aren’t required to. You can go immediately home, because home is where you are. It is what is always here.
August 17, 2019 AM ~ San Rafael, CA
For some, the fear of not being good enough can be as big as the fear of death. But what is not good enough? By what standard is that measured? Here Gangaji exposes the inner grim reaper of “not good enough,” and turns it into an ally for freedom.
“If you can take a moment to be absolutely and completely not good enough, then the conversation is finished, and there is a great discovery in that. It’s a shift that affects everything. You don’t want the fear of not good enough to keep you from living your life freely and following the direction of your soul.”
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.”
What is your responsibility to peace? Is peace in the world ever separate from peace within your own mind? When you stop waiting for them, whoever they may be, to get it together so that you can live in peace, and shift your attention to your own mind, then you have a chance to be at peace. Gangaji offers each and everyone one of us the support to live from love and peace rather than fear and hatred. She shows us how to end our unnecessary suffering, and in that, be more fully available. This essential message can shift the human perspective to openness, compassion, and inclusion. Doesn’t it seem like now is a very good time to send a message of peace to the world?
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