Ganga Mira is a spiritual teacher having regular satsang in Aljezur. We have many friends that are close followers of her teachings. The main practice is to listen to satsang where everyone can ask questions and she will answer. The answers are always sharply directed to the root of truth. What is this? What is happening now? Who are you?
Shambala Center is very close to Ganga and some students of her are living here while visiting Portugal for satsang. The teachings of Ganga is very similar to the non dual way of zen and are both co-existing in a beautiful way.
Ganga Mira, Aljezur
Geneviève De Coux was born in Belgium in 1947. The family lived in the Belgian Congo, where her grandparents owned a coffee plantation. Her father Antoine De Coux was a judge and her mother Cornélia du Marais was a painter, author and poet.
Geneviève and her brother Christian enjoyed an idyllic childhood until 1960, the year of Congo independence. The family must abandon everything and emigrated to Belgium. Their paradise was lost.
At the 18th century she was included in Art History and Archeology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. These years were characterized by the radical change undergoing traditional ideologies, which eventually led to the 1968 Revolution. On the threshold of her third year, while studying her philosophy, she stumbled upon a saying about Socrates that hit her straight in the heart: “Feel yourself”!
Recognized that this was exactly what she was always looking for, and she immediately let her studies go and set herself for India in search of a living Socrates or Buddha.
On reaching the Heavenly foot, she led a meditative and ascetic life of Ganges in Rishikesh, waiting to meet her lord. The locals soon started calling her Mira as the princess who rejected everything for the love of Krishna.
By the end of 1968, she met a man with whom she had an awakening experience under circumstances worthy of Indian mythology. He left the following day without Mira knowing about him, either his name or his address. The only security was that she had finally found her lord. In order to give her the best chance to see him again, she decided to live the exact location of her meeting.
For eight months she waited for him and meditated under a small tree on the River Ganga. People began to consider her as a saint. One day, her lord H.W.L.Poonja, a disciple of Ramana Maharishi, returned to her. She became his disciple and wife and began to travel with him.
In 1971, H.W.L Poonja was invited to give Satsang in Europe and Mira followed him. Their daughter Mukti was born in 1972 and the little family went on the traveling world. Miras mother and brother, dirigated Durga and Satish, also became Shri Poonja’s disciples.
In 1998, Mira was invited to give her insistence, which she continues to give to this day all over the world. She decided to call himself Walk after the name of the river, on whose banks she lived with her lord.
In 2004, Ganga Mira moved to Portugal with her mother Durga, who died in 2012. She lives near Algarve’s wild sea with her daughter Mukti and her grandson Arun and Satya and gives satsang four times a week.
Ganga Mira found her master Shree H.W.L. Poonjaji – called Papaji by his disciples – in 1968 at the bank of the Ganga. Aged 20 she lived the succeeding years with him in India. Papaji was a disciple of Shree Ramana Maharshi, who established self inquiry with the question “Who am I?”. Ganga lives and gives Satsang in Aljezur, Portugal as well as touring other countries.
About the name “Ganga”; the joy to speak about what cannot be spoken of; the I as a concept of body mind; the question from where the I comes; first to see what is the mind; the identification with the rising I.
Since 1998 Ganga Mira gives Satsang. About her work she says: “Who you really are, you are it right now, so it can never be described, known, felt, or experienced by the mind. This is realized in a second.”
Satsang is to question the basic concept of the I. Keeping quiet, not to grasp whatever the mind tells. About the desire to be free, being aware to be not the body mind, the fire to be free, to drop the believe to be right now not one self. The joy of seeing somebody freeing himself, the gratefulness of Ganga to her master Papaji, about invitations to Ganga to come to give Satsang. About the “free” will or “free” choice, the advise to “never trust the mind”. Being vigilant. Whatever arises is untrue by nature, important is to be oneself, keeping quiet where we always have been, not catching the thoughts. No seeking for bliss, the wish that everybody who comes to Satsang release that they are already themselves. About peace and war as part of duality.
“The surrender of the mind means that the comparison to name, to see, to understand, to figure out, to sense, has disappeared. As one is already itself, it’s at once, it’s obvious.”