Elizabeth Marglin interviewed five spiritual teachers who will change the way you think about spirituality. Here is her talk with author and teacher Gangaji.
Trust the yearning for truth to reveal truth.
How did you become involved on the spiritual path?
I was looking for happiness. I searched for 20 years practicing different meditations and attending different teachings. While I experienced many exquisite moments, my suffering always resurfaced as my true identity. I finally realized I needed a teacher and prayed that I might somehow find my teacher. I met Papaji in 1990 and knew he was the teacher I had been praying for. I paid very close attention to what he said.
On the spiritual path, there is much talk about the lover and the beloved, and the separation of the two as the cause of suffering. How do you define the beloved?
They are the same self finally finding itself. Beloved is lover; lover is beloved. All unnecessary suffering is the sickness of feeling incomplete. I don’t know if that sickness is there for everyone. But I can speak for myself and many people I’ve spoken to. There’s a sen …