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The Mystical Journey to Attain Enlightenment and Happiness

Broadcast on June 26, 2023
With Gangaji
Hosted by James Twyman

Gangaji will share the story of her journey to seek happiness, truth, freedom, and inner peace. She will recount her direct experience of meeting her mentor, and her precious learnings. Gangaji will reveal how meeting your life’s challenges and experiences can be a way to renew wisdom and enlightenment.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • The value of letting the heart be open to feel emotions, surrendering and trusting that enlightenment and happiness can be achieved
  • Connecting with a teacher can free you to access the living truth that's alive in the core of your open heart
  • How being still and quiet can allow you to receive enlightenment and happiness in life
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Spiritual Teacher and Author

Gangaji, born Toni Roberson, grew up in Mississippi. Like many of her contemporaries, she searched for fulfillment through relationships, careers, motherhood, subculture experiences, political activism, and spiritual practice. While she had never planned to go to India, it was on the banks of the Ganges River that her search ended. 

Gangaji shares a simple message that's an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being. In the 1970s she began exploring deeper levels of her being and took Bodhisattva vows, practiced Zen and Vipassana meditation, helped run a Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, and had a career as an acupuncturist in the San Francisco Bay area. Despite her successes, Gangaji continued to experience a deep and persistent longing for fulfillment. She pursued many paths to change her life including relationships, 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. Today, Gangaji travels the world speaking to seekers from all walks of life. A faculty and author, she shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji, offering it to all who want to discover true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it's really possible to discover the truth of who you are and to be true to that discovery. She's author of The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance... Freedom and Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender... Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story... and You are That... Volumes 1 & 2.