We go to workshops. We read good books. We sit on our cushions and meditate. We listen to New Dimensions’ broadcasts, all in hopes of finding peace, an end to suffering – enlightenment. Why does it all seem so complicated? Spiritual teacher Gangaji says, quite simply, it’s not. “We have very developed, evolved brains,” she explains, “and they have an enormous capacity for complexity. And that’s beautiful. There’s nothing wrong with that. But it can be a trap. In our minds, in our capacity to discriminate and to remember a past and to project a future and to have opinions and judgments, there is generally an overlooking of what’s always here.” With her quiet grace, Gangaji invites us to move beyond the complications, beyond the mental chatter and the emotional turmoil, and discover what lies beneath it all. In this inspiring conversation, she helps us recognize the constant presence that is our truest self, where we can find true love and joy at any moment. And yes – it really is that simple. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Born in Texas and raised in Mississippi, Gangaji’s search for fulfillment ended in India in 1990 when she met her spiritual teacher, Sri H.W.L. Poonja, himself a student of Sri Ramana Maharshi. Now Gangaji teaches throughout the United States and in Europe, holding retreats and gatherings for spiritual seekers of all faiths.
Her books include:
- The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance (Sounds True 2007)
- You Are That (Sounds True 2007)
To learn more about the work of Gangaji go to gangaji.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- What purpose your busy brain and your ego serve in your journey toward enlightenment
- What single action you can take to overcome fear and anger and find peace
- Why your negative emotions don’t really exist
- What the whole point of enlightenment really is, after all
- How we can take the next step in the evolution of our species
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 11/6/2007 Program Number: 3225