About Papaji · About the Avadhuta Foundation · Community» · Papaji Contacts Worldwide · Video Satsangs Around the World · Bookstore» · Books». W. L. Poonja discovered Ramana Maharshi in a remarkable manner. One morning, in , while he was sitting on his veranda in North India [now. H. W. L. Poonja (Papaji). 19K likes. “Keep quiet. Do not let a single thought arise.”.

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His admirers call him Papaji, and he was a devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi. First, he was very effective at giving people glimpses of enlightenment. Second, he emphasized the aspect of neo-Advaita that appeals most to Westerners: The modern Western satsang movement was created by his students when they came home from India to teach. Hari Wench Lal Poonja was born into an upper-class Brahmin family on October 13, in Gujrunwala in western Punjab, a part of India that is now in Pakistan, and raised in nearby Lyalpur, now called Faisalabad.

He was the nephew of Swami Rama Tirtha, a famous saint who died four years before Poonja’s birth. He was a spiritual seeker from a very young age. When he was a small boy he saw a picture of Buddha as a skeletal ascetic and began to starve himself.

His father had to take him to a doctor to make him eat again. His first samadhi occurred when he was eight or nine. Since he lived in a Moslem part of India, he was taken to the local mosque, where his trance was diagnosed as possession.

The samadhi lasted several days. His mantra practice continued until he reached his mid-thirties. At age twenty, his marriage was arranged to a Brahmin girl, and he entered the army as an officer. Within a few years the couple had two children, Surendra and Surendri. While in the army, Poonja woke up at two a. He decided to leave the army so he could search for a guru who could help him stabilize permanently in a state of awareness of God.

His search ended when he met Ramana Maharshi, who pointed out to him that visions of Krishna come and go, but the seer — the one who sees Krishna — is permanently present.

This experience was already here. When we love God, we think he is an object. But he is the subject. So you have to surrender to the subject.

The ego is the object. You merge into the subject so that no object is left behind. God will speak, God will walk, and God will see. I got this from my master. I saw the seer. I realized the seer through my master, and I prostrated before him.

Poonja took a job in Madras for four years so he could visit Ramana’s ashram on weekends. After Ramana died inPoonja worked for a mining company in southern India.


After his retirement inhe moved to Lucknow in northern India, where his wife and children had lived since Even before his retirement he had begun to develop a reputation as a self-realized man and guru. In he began to travel in India, Europe, and North America, and his reputation grew.

In the late s, several prominent American meditation teachers visited him including Ram Dass, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein. InOsho died and many of his followers began to visit Poonja instead. Our sources for this biography:. Poonja stressed the idea that the seeker is already self-realized, so no effort needs to be made.

If the seeker can drop all efforts for just a moment, the ego stops and the Self is revealed. You are telling us to let go, but it is very difficult. To move from one place to another may be difficult if the journey is long and hard. Just hw up the idea that you have to do something or reach somewhere.

As a result, a large number of people with connections to Poonja are now teaching in the West. Poknja a partial list, see below under Uwl. You used to give experiences to a lot of people. Why did you do it if you knew that the effect would not be permanent? I did it to get rid of the leeches who were sticking to me, never allowing me to rest or be by myself. It was a very good way of getting rid of all these leeches in a polite way.

H.W.L. Poonja (Papaji)

I knew that in doing this I was giving lollipops to the ignorant and innocent, but this is what these people wanted. They thought that they were just pieces of poonj. So I gave them lollipops instead.

Many of the people you gave lollipops to left Lucknow thinking that they were enlightened. If one is not a holy person, one is not hhwl to receive the real teaching. Many people think that they have attained the final state of full and complete liberation.

They have fooled themselves, and they have fooled many other people but they have not fooled me. A person in this state is like a fake coin. It may look like the real thing. It can be passed around and used by ignorant people who use it to buy poohja with. People who have it in their pocket can boast of having a genuine coin, but it is not real. But it hql no poona. When it is finally discovered to be a fake, the person who is circulating it, claiming that it is real, is subject to the penalties of the law.

In the spiritual world, the law of karma catches up and deals with all people who are trafficking in fake experiences. I have never passed on the truth to those whom I poonj see were fake coins. These people may look like gold and they may glitter like gold, but they have no real value.


There are many people who can put on a show and fool other people into believing they are enlightened. Nothing Ever Happened Vol. What are bwl final teachings, and why are you not giving them out? Nobody is worthy to receive them. Because it has been my experience that everybody has proved to be arrogant and egotistic…. Related pages on this site Who are you?

An interview with H. Poonja By Jeff Greenwald.

Papaji explains how to get an immediate glimpse of enlightenment. Papaji explains how to meditate and find the Self in this long interview by the American writer Jeff Greenwald. Includes a biography, summary of teachings, links, recommended books, etc. Selected books Nothing Ever Happened. This massive three-volume biography of H. Poonja, widely known as Papaji, is one of the most comprehensive attempts ever made to document the life and teachings of a self-realized person.

Papaji was a direct disciple of Sri Ramana Maharshi. He is largely responsible for the satsang movement in the West because he helped hundreds of Westerners attain glimpses of the Self and then sent them home to teach. See it on Amazon.

Ten people sat down with Papaji and asked him questions, and the resulting conversations were transcribed. The book also includes a page biography of Papaji. Wake Up and Roar.

H. W. L. Poonja

This book was originally published as two separate volumes. They are now combined into this single book. It contains transcriptions of satsangs given by H. Poonja Papaji between and It includes a wonderful foreword by the editor, Eli Jaxon-Bear, describing how his spiritual quest ended when he met Papaji.

Be aware that each of the two volumes is slender and printed in big type; the contents poknja both would have fit easily into a single book. Some readers may feel that this makes the series overpriced. Many Westerners with connections to Poonja hold themselves out as teachers. Some of them publish websites with information about Poonja. This website contains hundreds of pages of information for people who want to become enlightened.

You can contact us hl our forum or write to our email address. Biography Hari Wench Lal Poonja was born into an upper-class Brahmin family on October 13, in Gujrunwala in western Punjab, a part of India that is now in Pakistan, and raised in nearby Lyalpur, now called Faisalabad. Because it has been my experience that everybody has proved to be arrogant and egotistic… Nothing Ever Happened Vol. The following sentence no longer applies. Reading can be a hindrance.