Gangaji

In this 10 minute video, Gangaji reflects, not for the first or the last time, on the extraordinary times we are living in. While celebrating the wealth of possibilities that our lives present, she offers the timeless teaching from Papaji, to just stop, wherever you are, and drop all that you think you have gained. In a moment of the most pristine, indescribable depth of silence, it is possible to discover the truth of who you are. Gangaji is inviting you, just as you are, into this space of stillness, where the mind clings to nothing.

Many take a spiritual path in life with a sincere desire to contribute to the well-being of all sentient beings. In this 13 minute episode of Being Yourself, a young man asks, “How can I cultivate the heart of a Bodhisattva?” Gangaji speaks to how we can be true to the Bodhisattva heart in the face of our human, cultural, and spiritual conditioning.

During her November Monthly Webcast, Gangaji speaks with a woman who is recovering from Covid-19 about being pushed into the deepest discovery of what it means to live life, just as you are. Facing death, she discovered the grace of rest. As Gangaji says, although it may not be the cure, the ability to rest is the healing. Let’s listen in…

This 17 minute conversation dives into the emotions we encounter and the mental constructs we run into when we start to really let go of control. With humor and delight, Gangaji guides the conversation under all judgments or attempts to control thought patterns or circumstances, into a free fall into the unknown. Lets’ get started…

In this 3 minute video, Gangaji invites you to fall into yourself. Falling into yourself means surrendering what you don’t know about yourself, and that is a radical challenge because we are taught not to fall. Let’s listen as Gangaji shares this important message…

What don’t we want to change? What are we not willing to lose? What are we hiding from? In this very interesting short 12 minute video, Gangaji examines how our superstitious minds are afraid to expose our deepest fears about what we might lose if we really tell the truth.

In this lovely 7 minute 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?” Let’s find out the significance of this teaching…

We naturally value self-reliance and independence especially in Western culture. Considering our personal survival, the desire to not be dependent on others makes sense, but is it real? In this 10 minute audio from one of her podcasts, Gangaji helps us discover the self we can truly rely on and the self-love that is revealed in that discovery.

In this interesting 5 minute video, Gangaji speaks about how we try to keep peace and freedom, or the things we like about ourselves, and try to change what we don’t like. She examines what is underneath our desire to change or keep anything, the freedom that is life—naturally, effortlessly, changelessly.  Let’s listen to what she has to say…

In this monologue from September 2014, Gangaji reflects on the strange times we are living in (which could so easily apply to right now) and asks us to reflect on what our responsibility is: ending the war, the barbarism, the slavery, the horror, on this one spot of Mother Earth. Then we are actually available and can be fully used in the awakening of all.

As the new year approaches, we can to shift our focus from what we think we need to fix, and give our full attention to what is already whole and perfect. In this 13 minute podcast, Gangaji speaks of the catalyst for a deeper awakening—the willingness to “unlearn” and open to what is fresh, alive, and who you are. Not a concept or memory of who you are, but as a true, living freshness.

In this 7 minute clip from a 2020 online weekend, Gangaji examines what self-inquiry really is, and how it can be relevant for you, in your life, in this time. In the moment of true inquiry, there is a surrender to the deepest mystery of who you are.

Recorded not long after 911, in this video, Gangaji invites you to lay aside the usual aversions and graspings of the mind and rest. The capacity for self-inquiry arises naturally in the willingness to rest. When we are agitated, then there is no space for inquiry. Let’s listen carefully…

On the spiritual search we often ask, “What do I have to do?” to find resolution and fulfillment. We look for “masters” of spirituality and enlightenment who we hope will tell us how to behave or will direct us in practices necessary for true happiness. In this revealing 20 minute video, Gangaji makes clear that true resolution can be discovered when you set aside your cosmologies, theologies, and formulas for that which is much, much closer— the truth of who you are.

In this revealing 8 minute video Gangaji responds to a questioner that wants to know, “How do I completely surrender?” Lets take a look at the depth of surrender that is closer than knowing and forgetting.

In this 15 minute recording, Gangaji shares a teaching story, written by a sangha member, that is relatable and true. What is discovered when we are willing to completely call off the search and simply let ourselves be found? Let’s find out…

In this lovely helpful 15 minute video, Gangaji speaks to the maturity needed when we are confronted with significant life challenges. It is absolutely possible to live our lives fully as Peace and as human beings with choices. In the midst of the challenges, we may find ourselves in individually and collectively, what is our response? Will we contribute to the “collective angst” or dive ever more deeply, and consciously, into the peace that is always present.

“Finally, integrity means honesty. But honesty is a moving target because of our conditioning. We have to be willing to be humbled in the recognition that what we perceived as being honest or truthful was revealed to be just a conditioned “version” of truth.” In this great 12 minute video, Gangaji speaks about the natural integrity and vigilance revealed when we are truly willing to be humbled. Let’s join in…

In this timely 6 minute video, a man reports on his experience of true surrender, in Gangaj’s words, “the most ruthless act of a lifetime.” In the willingness to surrender he found peace. Gangaji goes on to speak about the humbling of these times, and the shock we receive when something, like a pandemic, humbles us and reveals the freshness of life.

In this beautiful 4 minute video,  Gangaji explains, “My teacher asked me to invite you also into yourself. Not as a belief, but as home. To invite you home. To recognize and respect the search that arose in the cry for home, and to take the chance in this one moment, in this instant, to discover that you are home.”  Let’s listen in on the rest…

 

In this historic moment, white people have an opportunity to redress the long, cruel legacy of racism in America. In this 14 minute recording from 1998, Gangaji recounts an article about Bishop Desmond Tutu. His commitment to truth and reconciliation in South Africa serves as inspiration all.

What is revealed when we stay conscious in the midst of great upheaval? When we are willing to inquire with an open mind, we can move beyond simply coping with disaster and discover a life changing truth untouched by any loss. In this inspiring short video, recorded in March of 2011 following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, this monologue is relevant to the times we find ourselves in now, confronting a worldwide pandemic.

When Gangaji first met Papaji, he told her to stop everything. In her willingness to stop everything and just be, Gangaji saw past the roles (mother, daughter, spiritual seeker, wife, student) that she was playing, and recognized her true face. It is possible for all of us. In this lovely 14 minute video, we discover how we can live freely, resting in the truth of who we are.

Recorded at Stinson Beach on January 9, 2000, Gangaji recounts how she asked Papaji: “How is it possible that I can thank you, that I can show my gratitude. Tell me something that I can give you.” And he said, “Well, I will tell you, you give your whole life to This. Everything. You make This all.” When Gangaji heard this she said “yes,” but she had no idea of the depth of receiving in that giving. Let’s watch this wonderful 5 minute video…