Right now, exactly where you are, however you imagine yourself to be, your true self is shining.
The Last Obstacle to Discovering Natural Fulfillment
What Blocks Your Fulfillment?
What Blocks Your Fulfillment?
Ask yourself this question, and then take a moment to really consider: What is blocking my fulfillment? There could be a whole constellation of reasons, but ultimately what is obstructing your fulfillment is routed in some primal thought that has been reinforced throughout your upbringing, both secular and spiritual, and has hitherto gone unchallenged.
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Gangaji is a teacher and author who speaks to people from all walks of life inviting them to fully recognize the absolute freedom and unchanging peace that is the truth of one’s being. She shares the message that she received from her teacher, Sri H.W.L. Poonja: What you are searching for is already here.

Among other books, Gangaji is the author of Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance.

When I met Papaji, I was certain that he was going to give me some secret knowledge—and he did. He said, “Stop.” It was so simple that I was thrown to the floor. My mind stopped, and in that stopping was more fulfillment than could ever be imagined. What we imagine as fulfillment has to do with lack of pain, lack of conflict, more pleasure, more peace, more acknowledgement, more love. But true fulfillment is all-inclusive, and it cannot be imagined; it can only be realized.
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The Last Obstacle
The Last Obstacle
by Gangaji

The primary concern for all life forms is survival. The basis of what we think is somehow about our survival. Everything we feel is related to our survival. Even everything we understand is about our survival. What we understand is what we can categorize. A category presents us with a version of reality we can live with. If we can live with it we can survive.

Thinking is our human blessing and our curse. We are blessed when our thinking is fresh and creative. We are cursed when thinking only feeds our habit of categorizing. It is not that thinking and categorizing are wrong. Thinking thoughts is not the problem. But the reliance on some thought that we can grasp, or keep, or keep away in the name of survival can keep our attention bound.

At any point we are weaving multiple thoughts into stories. Our stories can be complicated. These stories often have multiple themes dealing with profound personal and even cosmic issues. We also have thoughts and stories that come from what we read in the newspaper, or from advertisements, or from our power to create fantasy. All our stories are part of the sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrific, and always awesome mandala of life.

At some point in a person’s life of storytelling, the curiosity to discover the source of thoughts or stories can be more compelling than following the particular thoughts and stories. Feeding innate, free curiosity with inquiry nurtures direct discovery. In the spirit of discovery, we can pull the thread that begins the unraveling of all stories of identity. Pulling the thread reveals the capacity as a conscious human being to recognize that the beingness in human being is conscious and free.

The revered twentieth century sage, Ramana Maharshi, said the last obstacle to this discovery of oneself as free is self-doubt. Self-doubt is a form of knowing; and knowing is about survival. We believe that if we forget to doubt ourselves, we could die, or the world could crash. Self-doubt gives rise to “Yes, but,” or “It couldn’t be that simple,” or “Not me,” all thoughts that can habitually follow the most sublime moments of discovering oneself as free consciousness.

My teacher, H.W.L Poonja (Papaji) said, “The last obstacle to freedom is the belief that there is an obstacle.” Whatever you may tell yourself about any obstacle to the immediate fulfillment of yourself, is a thought that you can recognize and penetrate. You can discover what is underneath any thought or story, but to discover what is underneath the thought, you must be willing to recognize the thought, or story, that engages your attention. The story of any obstacle to lasting fulfillment is finally just another story that can be unraveled in the willingness to pull the thread.

This willingness is permission to be curious and to not know the “answer”. It is the willingness to experience what needs to be experienced without knowing beforehand what that may be. It is the willingness to not know what the outcome of inquiry will be. Then your natural curiosity is available to you, unencumbered by what you think you should learn, or what you think you should know, or what you think you should think or feel to survive.

Free unencumbered curiosity is possible for you now in your life.  All that is required is willingness. That willingness is a servant to truth. That is what brought you here.

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The Last Obstacle to Discovering Natural Fulfillment
The Last Obstacle to Discovering Natural Fulfillment
One of the ways we commonly define ourselves is by our “problems.” In this episode of Being Yourself, Gangaji powerfully challenges the assumptions we have about our problems and what it means if we can or cannot find the respective solutions. If we can’t solve our day-to-day problems, does that exclude us from living a free and authentic life? What really is the last obstacle that keeps one from discovering natural fulfillment?