Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance


A master thief waited his whole life to acquire the most beautiful diamond in the world. When he heard it had been purchased, he spent three days trying to steal the rare jewel. He failed.

Finally, the thief walked right up to the owner and asked, "How did you hide this precious jewel from me?"

To which the owner replied, "I placed it where I knew you would never look-in your own pocket!"

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A master thief waited his whole life to acquire the most beautiful diamond in the world. When he heard it had been purchased, he spent three days trying to steal the rare jewel. He failed.

Finally, the thief walked right up to the owner and asked, "How did you hide this precious jewel from me?"

To which the owner replied, "I placed it where I knew you would never look-in your own pocket!"

This insightful tale opens the first major book release from Gangaji-an American-born teacher who has influenced the lives of thousands of people through her public events.

In The Diamond in Your Pocket, Gangaji describes our never-ending search as human beings to find fulfillment-which, paradoxically, already exists if only we will stop long enough to experience it. Readers join Gangaji to learn more about:

  • How to let go of your need to control, and activate instead the choice of where you put your mind's attention
  • Cultivating the courage to be vulnerable, so you can meet-and deeply merge with-the unknown
  • How to unearth the roots of suffering-learn to stop replaying your life's dramatic stories over and over, and much more

As long as you are searching for it, it cannot be found, " teaches Gangaji. Written as a series of short contemplations, The Diamond in Your Pocket shows you thought-by-thought how to stop the endless activity of your mind, and experience the brilliance and radiance of who you really are.

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Behind this book's title is a timeless fable about a wise man who conceals his most valuable jewel in the most obvious place. American-born wisdom teacher Gangaji maintains that most of us search frantically for fulfillment when it already exists beneath our eyes. In this series of brief contemplations, she teaches readers to let go of their need to control and instead let the mind decide where to focus its attention. She counsels readers to unearth the roots of suffering without falling prey to constant replays of past incidents. A clear, simple guide to experiencing life's radiance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591795520
  • Publisher: Sounds True, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 518,017
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gangaji is an American-born spiritual teacher dedicated to sharing the path of freedom through simple and direct self-inquiry, as taught by the legendary sage Sri Ramana Maharshi of India. In 1990, Gangaji (then Antoinette Roberson Varner) entered this lineage through Sri H.W.L. Poonjaji. Since that time, she has traveled the world, holding gatherings and retreats with spiritual seekers of all faiths.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Editor's Preface xv
Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction 1
Part 1 The Invitation: Discovering the Truth of Who You Are 13
1 The Last Place You Thought to Look 15
2 Searching for Happiness 17
3 Opening to Receive 23
4 Divine Disillusionment 29
5 What Do You Really Want? 33
6 What Is the Self? 37
7 You Are Not Who You Think You Are 43
8 Who Are You? 47
9 Truth or Story? 51
10 What Is Your Story? 55
11 Self-Inquiry Exposes the Story 59
12 Telling the Truth 63
13 See What Is Always Here 67
14 The Power of Stopping 73
15 Resting in Nothing 77
Part 2 Beyond the Mind, Deeper Than Emotion 81
16 Peace Is Beyond Understanding 83
17 The Ungraspable Offering 89
18 The Trance of Language 93
19 Where the Mind Cannot Go 95
20 The Mind's Surrender to Silence 101
21 Spiritual Practice 107
22 The Impermanence of Mental Constructs 115
23 Memory and Projection 119
24 Comparison and Possession 123
25 Strategies of the Superego 127
26 Directly Experiencing the Emotions 135
Part 3 Unravelling the Knot of Suffering 143
27 The Roots of Suffering 145
28 The Definition of Suffering 149
29 The Difference Between Pain and Suffering 153
30 Suffering Is Not the Problem 157
31 See What Causes Your Suffering 161
32 Healing the Primal Wound 165
33 Meeting Fear 173
34 Letting Go of Control 177
35 Getting, Giving, or Simply Being 183
36 The Practice of Desire 185
37 What Will Enlightenment Give You? 189
38 Already Immortal 193
39 The Heart of Self-Betrayal 199
40 Conscious Innocence 203
41 Surrendering to Love 209
Part 4 Choosing Peace 213
42 Taking Responsibility 215
43 Choosing Peace Over Problems 219
44 Victim No Longer 223
45 The Power of Forgiveness 225
46 No End to Opening 231
47 Dropping the Layers of Insulation 235
48 The Treasure Within Despair 241
49 Letting the World into Your Heart 245
50 The Cult of Society 251
51 Freedom Is Facing Death 257
52 The Seriousness of Your Intent 263
53 Intention and Surrender 267
54 Crossing the Line into Freedom 271
55 The Resolve to Vigilance 277
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