An excerpt from Gangaji's website, describing her awakening at the feet of her master, Sri H.W. L. Poonja:
Despite her successes, Gangaji continued to experience a deep and persistent longing for fulfillment. She pursued many paths to change her life including relationship, motherhood, political activism, career, and spiritual practice, but even the greatest of her successes ultimately came up short. In the wake of her disillusionment, she made a final prayer for true help. In 1990, the answer to her prayer came unexpectedly, taking her to India and to the meeting that would change everything. There on the banks of the river Ganga, she met Sri H.W.L. Poonja, also known as Papaji, who opened the floodgates of self-recognition. In this meeting, Gangaji’s personal story of suffering ended and the promise of a true life began to flower and unfold.
Gangaji says: "In any moment you can bring every aspect of yourself home to the heart of being, the radiant, conscious, awareness that is the truth of yourself."
Watch this beautiful documentary from when Gangaji first began to teach, "River of Freedom":
Papaji (Sri H.W.L. Poonja)
At the age of 30, Papaji had his final awakening at the feet of Sri Ramana Maharshi which ended his search for a Master who could show him God. He was in his later years of life when he was discovered in Lucknow by westerners, including Gangaji, who flocked to receive his powerful transmission of the truth. His body died in 1997.
A poem by Papaji from the book This: Prose and Poetry of Dancing Emptiness., which is a collection of his poetry:
"The purpose of life is to be at Peace, to Love all beings, and to know who you are. this Immaculate Knowledge alone is. Emptiness alone is. How can you come out of This if there are no limits to it?
The appearance of a manifestation is but the play of this Emptiness. Know who you are, here and Now, by simply Being Quiet."
Visit the Avadhuta website for videos and books about Papaji. Watch the video documentary about Papaji:
"Ramana" means "That which is at the core of all being". He was called to the holy mountain Arunachala where, as a boy of 16, he fell into a deep speechless immersion in the Self and remained so for many years. He was discovered by holy men who named him, fed him, and cared for him and eventually built an ashram at the mountain where he would live for the rest of his life. He lived in the Satsang hall, available at all times of the day and night for visitors to drink of his grace. The body of Ramana died in 1950.
A stanza from the Bridal Garland of Letters to Arunachala, his beloved Holy Mountain Master:
"All engulfing sun of bright rays! Make my mind-lotus bloom, Arunachala! Is it merely for food that I came to you as a mendicant? Arunachala! Moon of grace! Your cooling rays placed on my mind reveal your words of nectar, Arunachala! Of all vainglory strip me, lay me bare and enfold me in the glory of your grace Arunachala! Instead of teaching me jugglery to cheat the world, teach me abidance in Self, Arunachala!
Take away this garb of mine; make me naked, then clothe me in the raiment of thy grace, Arunachala!"
Visit Gangaji's website for more information about Ramana's life: www.gangaji.org
View a beautiful documentary of Ramana's life and teaching, "The Sage of Arunachala":
Arunachala, Ramana's beloved holy mountain Master in the south of India.