For over 20 years, American born teacher and author Gangaji has reached thousands around with world with the words of her teacher, H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji) to “call off the search” and to inquire into the truth of who you really are. Now, in her first radio show, Gangaji and host Hillary Larson take a look at the issues we face in our everyday lives, one topic at time. Every month, for thirty minutes Gangaji will be addressing subjects like addiction, chronic pain, intimacy, anxiety, depression, enlightenment, death and many more.
Join us as Gangaji helps us find freedom in the face of what we experience in our daily lives.
Being Yourself | Invitation to the Open Door
“If your attention is on the story of how you do not deserve what is being offered, this is the continuation of self-denial. There is an open door in this jail, in this prison.”
When we seek freedom on the spiritual path, it is often freedom from our mind or mental activity. In this podcast, we focus how we can lock ourselves up inside a mental prison, not recognizing the door that is always open.
Being Yourself | The End of Not Good Enough
Repeatedly telling the story of “not good enough” is a familiar habit to most of us, an aspect of our human conditioning. But what does it have to do with who you truly are? In this exchange, Gangaji, simply and directly shares how to bring an end to the story and “step into freedom.”
Being Yourself | Being is Belonging
“To play the role of yourself, which is the transcendent role, the role of freedom, you have to trust something unknowable.”
The themes of belonging, freedom from identification, and trusting our direct experience come together in this month’s podcast. This powerful interplay of themes opens the mind to the heart and invites an inquiry: What does it mean to be free? Where do you belong?
Being Yourself Podcast Extra | One Thing Goin' On
We have been blessed to hear Aea Luz sing at Gangaji's retreats. Now, we are happy to share her beautiful voice with you. This podcast extra features a new song from Aea that was actually inspired while she was on retreat with Gangaji—One Thing Goin' On. It is taken from of her recently released album, Dust & Light available on aealuz.com.
#49 Being Yourself | Do You Really Need to Be Special?
A key strategy for our human survival is to “be special.” If we stand out in some way, get noticed by others, we may find ourselves better positioned in the “herd.” That isn’t necessarily a problem, until the drive to be more and more special becomes an addiction and in that, is ultimately destructive. This lively exchange offers great insight into what it means to be absolutely ordinary and still discover what is truly extraordinary.
#48 Being Yourself | The Resolution of the Longing
“Stop all effort to get whatever it is you think will give you fulfillment. All that is required is one instant of truly stopping.”
The longing for true freedom, for lasting fulfillment is no ordinary desire. Unlike the desires for food, shelter, or social connection that serve our physical survival, true fulfillment cannot be attained, even if we employ spiritual techniques and meditation practices. In this monologue, Gangaji speaks to the resolution of the paradox this extraordinary desire presents in our lives—true fulfillment can only be realized if you don’t do anything for its realization.
A friend turned me on to this just this morning. After binging a few episodes I can say I can’t wait to hear the rest. Definitely a lot to be had here. Thank you so much for this💓
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am so grateful for this podcast. I have listened to all of the episodes and am now going back and starting again from the beginning. Each one is a breath of fresh air, as Gangaji cuts through all the complexity and elucidates the simple Truth. Each time I listen, I receive a gift of presence and freedom. Many thanks for this podcast.
I have been searching and seeking for most of my 64 years on this planet. My journey has taken me to many different teachers, and I am grateful to all of them. Gangaji’s invitation to just stop has affected me more so than any other message that I have heard. It’s not only the message, but the consistently gentle and beautiful way that she delivers it that has touched me so deeply.
Thank you Hilary and all of the people who have helped to send Gangaji’s message out to the world.