Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story [NOOK Book]


An inspiring new book from one of our greatest living spiritual teachers.

All of these stories teach us that we aren't who we think we are. How we have defined ourselves is not the truth of ourselves. What we think we must have is already present, and when we think we have lost the value of our lives, it is still here if we know where to look.
-from Hidden Treasure

In this life-changing book, renowned ...

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Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story

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An inspiring new book from one of our greatest living spiritual teachers.

All of these stories teach us that we aren't who we think we are. How we have defined ourselves is not the truth of ourselves. What we think we must have is already present, and when we think we have lost the value of our lives, it is still here if we know where to look.
-from Hidden Treasure

In this life-changing book, renowned spiritual teacher Gangaji uses the telling of her own life story to help readers uncover the truth of their own. Antoinette (Toni) Roberson Varner was given the name Gangaji by her teacher Sri H. W. L. Poonja in 1990. Before that meeting, she had pursued many paths to enlightenment. Brought up in the 1950s in the racially divided south, she married young and had a daughter. Following the dissolution of her first marriage, she moved to Northern California and immersed herself fully in the spiritual culture that was flourishing there-but all her efforts to achieve lasting fulfillment ultimately fell short. In the wake of her disillusionment, she made a final prayer for 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 Ganges, she met Poonja, also known as Papaji, who opened her mind to the eternal presence of being.

In Hidden Treasure, Gangaji guides readers to the realization that once they can uncover and speak the truth about themselves, deep and lasting contentment is entirely possible.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A provider is killed when traveling and his family becomes impoverished. Just when the situation seems hopeless, a stranger arrives to reveal treasure hidden under the floorboards of their home. With this simple parable, Gangaji (You Are That) outlines the strife, the joy, and the unforeseen shocks that life brings. The treasure, hidden nearby all along, is treated as a metaphor for spiritual yearning, reminding seekers that answers lie within. Alongside this plain yet revealing story, Gangaji recounts a life's journey that encompasses her difficult childhood, a broken marriage, the thrills of the counterculture, and spiritual revelations received from guru Sri H.W.L. Poonja. Gangaji speaks of finding conscious space through cultivating stillness and silence, and although her practices derive from Hinduism, there is less of a defined religious tradition than a general sense of spiritual wisdom in her writings. This gently flowing but often disarming volume invites readers to examine the narratives that shape them, and is a call to pass beyond personal stories to find a deeper, more universal self. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101547694
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 903,409
  • File size: 253 KB

Meet the Author

GANGAJI is dedicated to the recognition of peace and freedom inherent in all being. An internationally renowned teacher and the author of The Diamond in Your Pocket, she is supported by her foundation's global network of volunteers. Gangaji shares her direct experience of the essential message she received from her teacher Papaji and offers it to all who want to discover a true and lasting fulfillment. She lives with her husband in Oregon and offers retreats in the United States, Copenhagen, Canada, Europe, England, and Australia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part One

Chapter 1 Stories 3

Chapter 2 My Story 23

Chapter 3 Hidden Treasure: A Teaching Story 41

Part Two

Chapter 4 Inquiry: Discovering Your Inner Nakedness 49

Chapter 5 Harmony 69

Chapter 6 Reversal of Fortune 91

Chapter 7 Hell 115

Chapter 8 Offer of Redemption 131

Chapter 9 Cynicism, Refusal, Denial 143

Chapter 10 The Right Question 153

Chapter 11 Discovery 161

Part Three

Chapter 12 Open End 181

Chapter 13 Silent Awareness 197

Acknowledgments 208

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    great read for all conscious awareness seekers

    What is your life story? Has it created an identity that is not the real you? Are you suffering because of your story and wondering what you can do about it? In this soulful and heartfelt new book, Gangaji invites you to explore these concepts as well as others to help you discover the truth of who you really are and to find lasting inner peace and fulfillment. To assist you with your search for your true self, Gangaji offers the “naked truth” of her life story as an example of how she searched for and eventually found her true self. Her deeply personal story sets the stage for you to begin your inquiry into the story or narrative that may limit you. She encourages you to let those limitations go so that you too may discover your true self and lifelong contentment. Filled with insight, emotion and probing questions, this treasure is sure to please all conscious awareness seekers.
    — Kristy Musalo, New Connexion Journal

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