Gangaji ( Antoinette Roberson Varner * 1942 in Texas) is a spiritual teacher and author.


1972 moved Gangaji with the intention to San Francisco to explore deeper levels of their being. She put the Bodhisattva vows, practiced Zen and Vipassana meditation, helped with the guidance of a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center. From 1981 to 1987, she practiced as an acupuncturist and worked in a clinic in San Francisco.

In 1990 she met HWL Poonja in India and learned after the encounter claims to spiritual enlightenment, and he sent them as a teacher in the West. She has since been regarded as one of the most famous western representatives of his teaching. From her, among other things Samarpan, OM C. Parkin, Pyar troll smoke and Adima were inspired.

Gangaji is married to Eli Jaxon Bear Both come among them regularly for seminars and retreats to Germany and Switzerland.


As their teacher H.W.L. Poonja Gangaji emphasizes that man is free to innermost beings. To find its essence, the self, and that he could be the question Who am I? provide. This process is self-exploration, Atma Vichara, named, and it should not lead to an intellectual, but an intuitive understanding of the self. Here is Gangaji both their own teachers, as well as its teacher Ramana Maharshi. If the self is permanently realized that enlightenment is called. The quest for enlightenment is, however, paradoxically, are an obstacle, since it enlightenment, which makes self to an object. However, this is always present, the real subject, while enlightenment of the mind is a concept that must be abandoned eventually. In their satsangs Gangaji instructs visitors to experience feelings aware of in order to release them in order to recognize the immutable being behind the feelings.