Reading Hidden Treasure gently drops the reader into the very state of consciousness that is being written about: the awareness of Truth. A teaching story about how we resist and react to our circumstances, and Gangaji's own personal stories that are sometimes raw-- always honest--provide a thread of connection for disrobing our personal story of how we define ourselves. With astonishing clarity Gangaji's words illuminate a path to the inner silence where we can experience the unchanging face of our existence. The practice of returning over and again to our core nature is not always easy or pretty, but always worthwhile if we desire lasting inner peace and contentment, we are reminded.
"How can we live lives, which most certainly are stories, and yet not be defined by these stories? We can be free in the story of ourselves, we can live free of any definition of ourselves. That freedom rests on the recognition of the nature of change and changelessness. The changeless is the conscious, silent awareness that is present regardless of any turn of events, regardless of any clothing. If we overlook changeless, silent awareness, we overlook that which is already free of all bondage, free of any definition of freedom."
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The globalisation of information has led to a diarrhea of people and organisations fighting to claim your mind with their view on your Truth.
"Old" belief systems are supplemented by new views and practices which are often just the same old wine but in new bags. In the meantime, many people hop from one belief system to another belief system without ever reaching "the promised land", often times even drifting further away from themselves and their surroundings. I am also talking from my own experience.
It would be easy to dismiss this book because it is written by someone by the name of "Gangaji" (part of a lineage with people with names such as Sri Ramana, Papaji and Mooji). If you can get over that prejudice, this book offers very good news that contains something that may feel very familiar. It contains very specific pointers to self inquiry in a practical and down to earth way and a gripping testimonial of how the writer conducted her own self inquiry. The testimonial is in itself an exposure of traps that all belief systems contain.
This quote reveals in my view what makes this book indeed a Hidden Treasure: "To truly inquire we must be willing to die for an instant, to release all preconceived notions and opinions of what we need, of what is true, of who we are. At that moment we directly experience that which exists yet needs no definition, no belief, and no defense for its existence".
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This was my first encounter with Gangaji. The book describes the never-ending search to find fulfillment and the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and about our lives. Throughout the book you are following a teaching family and their stories and reactions to life events interwoven with Gangaji`s own life story.I found the final chapter clearer,but prefer Eckhart Tolle`s books on this subject.