Gangaji, born Toni Robertson, grew up in Mississippi and, like most Americans, searched high and low for meaning in relationships, career, activism, and spiritual practice. Her quest culminated in 1990 when she encountered Sri Poonjaji, a student of Sri Ramana Maharshi, on the banks of the Ganges River in India. She surrendered to her own radiant inner self and found all she needed was inside her heart. Her teacher gave her the name Gangaji. This book is comprised of a compilation of edited transcripts from her conversations in public meetings and retreats since 1990.
The book is divided into four sections: "The Invitation: Discovering the Truth of Who You Are" challenges readers to enter into the process of self-inquiry; "Beyond the Mind, Deeper than Emotion" covers the dangers and the distortions that come with seeking truth or fulfillment outside ourselves; "Unraveling the Knot of Suffering" deals with our propensity to flee from emotions and distress rather than see them as a reflection of our inner state; and "Choosing Peace" puts forward the idea that surrender to our essential self is the key to inner freedom and deep knowing.