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Less than a Speck of Dust

Less than a Speck of Dust Less than a speck of dust

July 24, 1995 Boulder, CO

In this video from the archives Gangaji reads letters of explosive realization that illustrate “the end of seeking and the beginning of seeing.” The treasure of these letters, along with Gangaji’s response, renders life’s complexity down to two basic tenets: We are born to express love, and that our lives, less than a speck of dust, can reflect the immeasurable vastness of being.

“What a mystery it is that this tiniest speck is as big as Life Itself. When this is realized, you can throw away all possibility of measuring anything. You recognize all measurements are made up, are nothing, and you are left at before the beginning.”

 

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.”

Give Your Burden to the Ganga

Give Your Burden to the Ganga Give Your Burden to the Ganga - Gangaji in Varanasi with woman

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.”

The Language of Effortlessness

The Language of Effortlessness The language of Effortlessness

June 5, 1994, Boulder, CO

This video from the archives includes many lively interactions, the heart of which is the topic of effort and effortlessness. If you feel that realizing the truth of your being requires effort, then eventually you will find yourself exhausted and disillusioned. Are you efforting to know who you are?

“Effort is what we are taught, it’s what we do, it’s what we believe is necessary. We are most afraid to stop effort because that would be the unknown. What I am speaking about cannot be ‘done’ and cannot be ‘known.’ You are never separate from it; it is already the truth of who you are—pure pristine awareness, effortlessly as it is, limitless and un-findable as a particular entity.

 

The End of Not Good Enough

The End of Not Good Enough The End of Not Good Enough - Gangaji and Man with hands in Namaste

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.”

A Life in Avoidance of Hurt

A Life in Avoidance of Hurt Avoidance of Hurt - Gangaji Smiling Holding Letter April 25, 1999 ~ Marysville, Australia

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.”

 

 

Ethics and the Teaching of Ramana

Ethics and the Teaching of Ramana Ethics and the Teaching of Ramana Maharshi

“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.”

Deepening Your Capacity for Inquiry

Deepening Your Capacity for Inquiry direct-inquiry

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.”

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