Upon hearing Gangaji speak these words the realization dawned that there was a subtle ‘efforting’ going on incessantly in me, in that part of me that wants to achieve and accomplish something. It is a useful function of my mind to prompt me as to what needs to be done so that my physical existence doesn’t encounter obstacles and obstructions. However, these ‘needs’ are related to the world of subject-object and are valid only for that realm.
When I turn my attention inwards there is nothing to accomplish beyond letting go of what is distracting me from seeing the ‘what is’, or the ‘Thusness’ as Zen calls it. The discipline of letting go of distractions is what Gangaji speaks to here.
Listening to a short podcast by Gangaji, she talks about “the animating principle … that all bodies are in.” “The location in the body can never give you the freedom that you are really yearning for. It’s discovering yourself as what the body is in – as the animating principle itself – that all bodies are in, all form, all life. Then you discover true freedom.” Continue reading →
“The invitation is always to stop – to stop the projections, internally and externally, to stop what you imagine other people are projecting. You stop it all. It’s a hall of mirrors and it gets scary when it’s believed in. But when you stop, and you’re very still, there’s nothing happening.” Gangaji
Godhead: from Middle English godhede, “godhood”, and unrelated to the modern word “head” source
This term “godhood” points to what I often call the creative Force or First Principle energy, capitalized to signify the highest conceivable force or principle. Continue reading →
“In recognizing yourself as life itself, you are put right-side up. You freshly live your life, rather than thinking it and then trying to live according to those thoughts. You directly experience your life, and insights naturally follow that experience. The thinking mind becomes the servant—rather than the master—to the direct experience of life.
“A fulfilled life is a life of discovery and exploration. It may be touched with excitement or fear or desire, but at the core it is filled with peace, and delight.
“We meet in wonder of this mystery that we have named “Life.”
In the Hindu tradition it is said that Sat Chit Ananda is our true nature. These are three Sanskrit terms. The most usual translation of these terms is as follows: Sat = absolute beingness, Chit = absolute consciousness, Ananda = absolute bliss. However in the Hindu tradition such terms are seen as a kind of code that require contemplation and meditation in order to uncover the deeper significance that they hold for the individual. They are seen to be carriers of the primordial energy into which the ancient seers tapped in their deepest realization of the eternal truths of existence. The student of consciousness today will connect with this energy if one is able to open up beyond mere intellectual understanding to the deeper revelations inherent in these terms.
In a Skype interview (see below) the spiritual teacher Gangaji speaks of Sat Chit Ananda in response to the interviewer’s question as to her definition of love: Continue reading →
I like these passages because they show how Jeff takes us into self-enquiry step by step, much like Krishnamurti, Eckhart Tolle or Gangaji, going deeper and deeper, “gently but directly pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment.” Continue reading →