From Gangaji is a clear and powerful collection of teachings, The Diamond in Your Pocket.
She offers everyone a simple, compelling invitation: “stop all movement of your mind away from truth so that you can discover directly, for yourself, this jewel that is alive within you.” In a mere moment – and without a single asana! – any of us can wake up to who we truly are. Gangaji challenges us to just stop. Stop searching, stop thinking, be still, just be – go deeper into the silence of our own hearts and be still in that pure presence. Bliss.
Gangaji is a Mississippi-born teacher whose personal search ended in India in 1990 when she met Sri Poonjaji, a student of Sri Ramana Maharshi (guru of Ram Das, Krishna Das and many others). Gangaji uses language that is both gentle and direct to help readers see how our own ego – our own story about who we are – stands in the way of encountering the true self, the peace within. The book is composed of short chapters drawn from Gangaji’s public teachings, and they overlap each other, providing multiple ways to hear the same guidance.
Sprinkled throughout are penetrating questions to contemplate: Who am I? What is this life about? What do I really want? Gangaji recommends persistent self-inquiry to reveal not so much the answers, but the jewel within. The book is a kind, penetrating guide to coming into pure presence. It’s perfect for people who haven’t yet experienced satsang with Gangaji and a welcome refresher for those who have heard, but somehow lost track of, her profound invitation.