Words From Ganoba

Posted by Pancho Ramos Stierle on Jul 24, 2014
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Yesterday, many of were by the bedside of a beloved friend from Awakin Circles in Santa Clara -- brother Ganoba.  Many years back, he and his wife would come visit their daughter in the bay-area and they would join the circle on Wednesdays.  As his wife passed away, he started to spend more time in the bay-area and engaged with the community in beautiful ways.  One time with brother John Malloy, in a native ceremony with former convicts on a mountain, he moved himself and everyone to tears.

Although his lungs are now failing him, he is glowing with radiance, smiles and constantly speaking of love -- with his visitors, nurses, hospital staff, and even to himself.  Yesterday, as herman@s Viral and Pavi --who was her birthday! :-)-- were holding one of his hands, and hermano Nipun holding the other, and his biological daughter and I by his feet, he shared some deep messages.  "Life is One", he said so empathetically that all his heart monitors went berserk almost instantaneously.  His daughter had to insist that he pause for couple minutes.  He added that we have to use intelligence, skill and creativity to serve each moment but if we start thinking that we are doing the action, we will isolate ourselves and suffering will start.

Few days back, he had an incredible mystical experience where he found himself on the motherly lap of Indian goddess Saraswati.  He wept profusely and his family and medical staff started worrying, when he told 'em that he was in ecstasy. :) "I have visited everyone in the world.  Everyone is fine, and so full of love.  All those who seem to be in pain, are just in a little bit in trouble but they'll be okay.  We're all fundamentally love."

As we were leaving, he kissed us on the forehead, and put on the black barrette I usually wear as I pulled his beard. :)  So inspiring to see Ganoba inspire, even as death is knocking on his door.


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  • Sima Sanghvi wrote ...

    Thank you for sharing this, Pancho. Sending lots of love and prayers to Ganoba. Feel blessed to be in his presence and to have heard his nuggets of wisdom at Awakin gatherings over the last several months.

  • Brinda wrote ...

    Beautiful photo and beautiful post---thank you so much for sharing. Sending hugs.
    Peace, love, smiles

  • Sunaina Chugani wrote ...

    So much love and beauty. And what a precious photo. Thank you for sharing!

  • Colleen Choi wrote ...

    really touching, thank you

  • Anne Veh wrote ...

    Pavi filled our hearts in sharing Ganoba's story at salon at Betty Pecks with Richard Whittaker, Scott Paul, Rajesh Krishnan, Shariq, Anna Rainville and many more noble friends! So grateful for your sharing:) Sending love and prayers:)

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  • Sheetal Sanghvi wrote ...

    What an incredible light in Ganoba's eyes.. Thank you for sharing this note.. Sending love and light to this beautiful soul..

  • Bhuvana Ramalingam wrote ...

    I know of Ganoba only because a couple of months ago he responded to my weekly mail for Awaking meditation at Bandra. He said he was planning to attend!
    You can imagine my surprise when I saw this message and Ganoba's photo!
    WIsh I had met you Ganoba. I admire your grace and cheer. When it is time for me to go, I hope to remember your way. WIsh you lots of love and hugs from all of us here .