"The truth is more simple than can be practiced. Suffering is very complex, and for it to continue, it must be practiced."
This compilation of monologues and interactions explores the core issues of suffering and addiction. Gangaji clarifies how ignoring the truth of oneself is the root of perpetuating unnecessary suffering. She demonstrates that the discovery of inherent peace lies in the conscious investigation of the impulse to avoid pain and grasp for pleasure. The choice to continue to suffer or not is always present. In the willingness to unravel the stories of victimization, to illuminate the habits of denial, and to expose the practice of desire, the bondage to suffering and addiction can be broken. This mature investigation finally leads one to ask the essential question, "Who is suffering?"
"Grace is not limited by prison walls. There is support all over the world. All of us, guilty or innocent, in prison or out, are linked by these invisible cords of love. It has been discovered even in solitary confinement.” ~ Gangaji
Prisoners in county jails, state prisons, federal facilities, and even those on death row participated in the creation of this recording. In this conversation with Chris Mohr, Gangaji offers the opportunity to fall into the silence of the heart and to see what is at the core of all being.
When you purchase this CD, all proceeds will go to the Prison Program and help put Questions from the Inside into the hands of prisoners across the US.
"It is possible, in an instant, to recognize the impulse to escape, and in the face of that, to stop. In the midst of that impulse, there is a choice, and that choice is to say 'no' to the escape and 'yes' to the facing. Choice is the most supreme power of mind."
Following the impulses and strategies of the mind to escape or deny uncomfortable emotions may seem to be choiceless. But there is, in fact, a moment of choice to not follow our habituated conditioning. This collection of conversations with Gangaji clearly illustrates how that moment of choice can be easily recognized in the willingness to consciously investigate our own tactics of avoidance. When any thought or emotion, however uncomfortable, is met in the light of conscious awareness, it immediately loses its authority over our happiness and well being. Rather than something to be run from it becomes a doorway to an ever-deepening discovery of one’s true self.
An Exploration of Rumi’s Poetry
A Love Secret Spoken combines Gangaji’s readings of selected Rumi poetry with spontaneous interview segments conducted by interviewer Chris Mohr.
The combination of Rumi’s passionate verse followed by Gangaji's clear, sutra-like commentary is a marriage of two wisdom mirrors, eight centuries apart, each having the extraordinary capacity to reflect and express the inexpressible truth. Here is an open invitation to discover yourself as love itself, alive and present in the heart of all being.
"Love has nothing to do with another person. Love is your individual and collective soul. Love is God. Love is truth. Love is beauty. Love is Self. To know yourself, to surrender to the truth of yourself, is to surrender to love."
In this collection of conversations with Gangaji, the topics of love and gratitude are explored and celebrated as fundamental choices inherent to every moment of one’s life. Gangaji speaks of the tendency of mind to focus on what is "wrong" in our lives, rather than embracing all that there is to be grateful for. This tendency, coupled with strategies of protection and defense against being broken hearted, is the source of our greatest suffering. When there is the desire to serve the truth of love, the truth of freedom, the truth of one’s own heart, then the privilege of one’s life can be recognized. Love can teach you who you are.
"If you are willing to experience the pain of your own self-betrayal, that pain is a divine fire that reveals the power of the choice to suffer. The willingness to be pierced by this arrow is the willingness to be free. It is simply a matter of telling the truth."
In these monologues and interactions, Gangaji addresses the perception of lost innocence and the desire to return to and reclaim one’s original purity of being. Central to this investigation is the recognition of one’s own self-betrayal. When all addictive mental activity surrounding self-doubt is cut, it ceases to take precedence over the desire to realize oneself. Telling the truth and having the willingness to trust inherent peace leads one into the heart of what cannot be betrayed, what is free. That is who you are.
"You have the capacity to live a lucid, clear, and authentic life. If for one instant your attention is withdrawn from the physical, mental, or emotional story of your life, you will know yourself as clarity, as spaciousness."
Have you looked everywhere for fulfillment? In relationships, spirituality, health, self-image? Have you found what matters most? At the very heart of Gangaji’s message is the simple yet radical invitation to stop looking outside yourself for resolution, and simply be willing, just in this moment, to see what is already here. This compilation of crystalline monologues is the encouragement, the support, and the inspiration to finally accept the invitation of your soul’s deepest longing. Beyond any belief about yourself, closer than any joy or sorrow, more immediate than either sickness or health, is the endlessly fulfilling truth of who you are. Welcome in.
"Until the seemingly essential worthlessness is met and experienced all the way, you cannot know the absolute truth of who you are. You may have glimpses of it in moments of grace, or nature, or meditation, but it can't be alive - a living presence - in you until you are willing to tell the truth all the way down."
For anyone on the spiritual path, often the final hurdle to true, lasting fulfillment is overcoming deep self-hatred. The hurdle is in facing what we think is the truth of who we are-worthless, no good, unlovable, and possibly unredeemable. In this powerful compilation of monologues and interactions, Gangaji first addresses how we perpetuate worthlessness in our daily lives. Then, penetrating the raw emotional layers of self-hatred, she demonstrates how we can naturally and effortlessly meet the absolute worst in us. Only in that meeting can we see our true face - love itself.
Reflections on the Life and Teachings of Jesus
More than two thousand years after his death, the power of the life of Jesus still reverberates in our minds and hearts, exemplifying the heights and depths to which a human life can be offered to truth.
Here Gangaji and interviewer Chris Mohr read from and discuss familiar passages in the bible, offering a coherent context for the wisdom of Christ’s teachings to permeate our present day awareness. Gangaji breathes a surprisingly fresh, living clarity into the topics of original sin, the virgin birth, crucifixion, redemption, and resurrection. She gives us the opportunity to realize that the life of Jesus is not separate from our own lives, that his surrender is the possibility of our own surrender, and that true forgiveness and love arise naturally, effortlessly, from the silence of a heart broken all the way open.
"We come together like this so that there can be a moment of raw and naked exposure of what is truly prayed for."
Most of us spend our lives in a flurry of activity, searching for an elusive sense of personal satisfaction through security, physical pleasure, love, and even enlightenment. To retreat is to allow the time and space to stop following the mind’s habits of grasping and rejecting, running toward and running away, and to fully feel the exhaustion and futility of searching outside oneself for happiness. The Gift of Retreat is a collection of Gangaji’s monologues specifically selected to help one face the momentum of conditioned existence and to see what is revealed in that meeting. Here you can directly discover the effortless possibility of resting in the truth of your being every moment of your life.
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"Until you discover your inner freedom, all of life will seem to imprison you. And when you are free inside yourself, no outer walls can contain your peace and love."
“As a metaphor, “falling into yourself” is not pointing to an experience of moving toward some idea of yourself. Instead, it is a surrendering to what you don’t know about yourself.”
How do you “fall into yourself” when in truth you are never separate from yourself? When you can truly give up any idea of what defines you as a particular entity, this is essentially the end of egoic suffering. You are free.
Three-part audio download includes A Day of Inquiry from Seattle, WA, March 2017, parts 1 and 2.
Plus Self-Inquiry: Falling Into Yourself.
Self-Inquiry requires the ruthless surrender to face what we have been avoiding, but the result is radical good news.
In the Deepest Waters: "When there is an intention to really know what is true, then there is an acceptance of the deepest waters."
In this classic compilation, available for the first time as an audio download set, Gangaji explores the deepest issues of surrendering one's life to true and lasting peace. She asks us to investigate where our attention is, and what it is we are running from, clearly unfolding how attention, avoidance, suffering, and desire are intimately entwined.
Track 1 – Let Your Attention Serve Love, 1/27/2000
Track 2 – Healing the Primal Wound, 1/28/2000
Track 3 – The Practice of Desire, 1/29/200
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