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Gangaji (2002)

Gangaji (* 1942 as Antoinette Roberson Varner in Texas ) is a spiritual teacher and author .


In 1972 Gangaji moved to San Francisco with the intention of exploring deeper levels of her being. She took the bodhisattva vows , practiced Zen and Vipassana - meditation and helped run a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center. From 1981 to 1987 she practiced as an acupuncturist and worked in a clinic in San Francisco.

In 1990 she met HWL Poonja in India and, according to her own account, experienced spiritual enlightenment after the encounter , whereupon he sent her to the West as a teacher. Since then she has been considered one of the most famous western representatives of his teaching. From her, among other things were Samarpan , OM C. Parkin , Pyar Troll smoke , Vivek and Adima inspired.

Gangaji is married to Eli Jaxon-Bear . Both of them come to Germany and Switzerland regularly for seminars and retreats .


Like her teacher HWL Poonja , Gangaji emphasizes that humans are already free in their innermost being. In order to experience his essence, the self , he can ask himself who am I? put. This process is called self-exploration, atma vichara , and it is meant to lead not to an intellectual but to an intuitive understanding of the self. Here Gangaji follows both her own teacher and his teacher Ramana Maharshi . When the self is permanently realized it is called enlightenment . However, the pursuit of enlightenment, paradoxically, is an obstacle in itself, as it makes enlightenment, the self, an object. However, this is always present, the very subject, while enlightenment is a concept of the mind that must ultimately be given up. In her Satsangs , Gangaji instructs the visitors to experience feelings consciously in order to let them go in order to recognize the unchangeable being behind the feelings.

See also


  • Gangaji: The diamond in your pocket - discovering light and love in yourself , Arkana, Munich 2006, 256 pages, ISBN 978-3-442-33752-1
    • Original title: The Diamond in Your Pocket - Discovering Your True Radiance , Sounds True 2005, 280 pages, ISBN 1-59179-272-X
  • Gangaji and Roslyn Moore: A Life Like You. Gangaji's biography , Kamphausen, Bielefeld 2004, ISBN 3936718067
    • Original title: Just Like You: An Autobiography , Do Pub Co, 2003, ISBN 0964699923
  • Gangaji: Freedom and Determination , Lüchow, 2002, ISBN 3932761030
    • Original title: Freedom & Resolve: The Living Edge of Surrender , Gangaji Foundation, 1999, ISBN 1887984011
  • Gangaji: You are that. Volume 2. Satsang with Gangaji Lüchow, 1998, ISBN 3925898859
    • Original title: You Are That! Satsang With Gangaji, Volume 2 , Gangaji Foundation, 1996, ISBN 1887984003
  • Gangaji: You are that. Volume 1 Lüchow, 1997, ISBN 3925898727
    • Original title: You Are That! Satsang With Gangaji, Volume 1 , Gangaji Foundation, 1995, ISBN 096321943X


  • Veit Lindau: The Flame of Truth: Soul Conversations with Gangaji and Eli. An interview conducted by Veit Lindau , Lüchow, 2000, ISBN 3932761049

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