Gangaji – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

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 HWL 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 teacher and author, she shares her direct experience of the essential message


  • I have newly rediscovered Gangaji and have felt very enriched and supported by her teachings. But hearing about her plastic surgery has been a touch thing to digist. but I’m working on it. but while reading about it I found blog posts mentioning her clubbing baby seals. Could that be truth??? sounds crazy. Does anyone know more about that?

  • They weren’t women. Byron Katie did it too. I think she looks great for her age. Excessive plastic surgery seems neurotic, but maybe minor stuff can be categorized with dressing nicely, cutting your hair, etc.

  • These interviews are very well done. Many of the focus points Rick hones in on help to make these interviews more meaningful and interesting. Great job. Keep it up! I have been enjoying these illuminating talks.

  • I am a Falun Gong practitioner. Falun Dafa is a cultivation system in the Buddha School based on the principles of the Universe:

    真 Truthfulness
    善 Compassion
    忍 Forbearance.

    Since 1999 it has been brutally persecuted by the CCP in China. People are being killed, tortured, put into concentration camps and have organs harvested from live people, simply because of their belief. More than 3400 Falun Gong practitioners have died at the hands of CCP in the past 12 years.

  • i just want to find out if there is any help for ppl who go through a spiritual crisis post,their. first rising that happens in there lives….basically when ppl go bipolar and cause a lot of damage and suffering to themselves and their near ones……please if their is any help wud anyone please please let me know…..this is a prayer unto all those masters who can help.

  • I thank you deeply for this interview…I was one of the few who didn’t know Gangaji. Words can’t even describe how grateful I am to have found Gangaji and her teachings. Truth and clarity emanate from her being and call me to stop and “tell the truth” also.

  • Gangaji went through a crisis when she found out her husband was having an affair just a few years back, and she gave an interview where she talked openly about how it really threw her for a loop at first…maybe the surgery was a reaction to that. Also, comparing Ramana to Gangaji…well, there is no comparison, as wonderful as she is.

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