Time is a man made phenomenon. This is among the trickiest philosophical truths we are asked to accept as human beings. Yet physicists and mystics alike affirm that what we call time — the tick-tocking, linear movement of seconds to minutes, and minutes to hours — is a construction of our minds. Though useful as a measurement in the material world, linear time is an illusion when set against the backdrop of eternity. Eckhart Tolle puts this beautifully. “Imagine the earth devoid of human life, inhabited only by plants and animals. Would it still have a past and a future? Could we speak of time in any meaningful way? What time is it? The oak tree or the eagle would be bemused by such a question. ‘What time?’ they would ask. ‘Well, of course it’s now. The time is now. What else is there?”
This month, we’ll be looking at ways to stop time and enter the eternal present. By learning to step outside our ideas about time, settling the mind and body, paying attention, becoming grounded, we taste the presence that is always there: spacious, silent, and welcoming. We experience our lives with beginners mind, no longer swept away by the watching the clock. In our era of 24/7 news and gadgets dinging on a regular basis, it is especially important to cultivate means of unplugging and being more present, single focused, in the body. But how do we learn to stop watching time? How do we live with a sense of abundance, of having enough time, instead of fearing its disappearance? These are some of the questions we’ll be addressing together in this month’s illuminating program.
Seekers Session Teleconference
Guest Interview with Gangaji
Gangaji shares a simple message: This is an invitation to shift your allegiance from the activities of your mind to the eternal presence of your being.
Born in Texas in 1942, Gangaji grew up in Mississippi. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1964, she married and had a daughter. In 1972, she moved to San Francisco where she began exploring deeper levels of her being. She 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 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 her 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 teacher and author, she shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. Through her life and words, she powerfully articulates how it is really possible to discover the truth of who you are and be true to that discovery.