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About Poonja-ji

Sri H.W.L. Poonja (Poonja-ji) or Papa-ji, as his loved ones call him, was born in the Punjab in 1910 to the sister of Swami Rama Tirtha, one of India’s most respected Saints. Papa-ji realized the Truth when he was 8 years old. This Realization infinitely blossomed in his early 30’s when he met his Guru, Sri Ramana Maharishi, the Sage of Arunachala. Since that time Papa-ji has shared this Beauty with his wise words, his look, his touch, and simply by the silent spiritual power that radiates from his Presence. When he left his body in September of 1997 this power exploded and is felt around the world now more than ever.

This Beloved Master speaks some of the clearest words that can possibly be spoken and at the same time says that all words are only indicators that merely point to the Truth.

He directs us daily to vigilantly follow this indication and not to stick to the words. "Leave the wordiness of the world," this laughing Buddha lovingly roars, "and realize what the words I speak are pointing to."

About this Book

Before leaving his form Poonja-ji requested that his essential teachings be condensed to a form that could be easily accessed by all. In 1997, with great love and gratitude, a small paperback book titled This: Prose and Poetry of Dancing Emptiness was created which is available at With this internet version, Poonja-ji’s teachings are being made available to an ever-increasing audience for personal growth and study. While this material is offered with love for your personal use, we ask that you respect the copyrights that apply.

At times you will note a non-conventional use of grammar and punctuation. For the sake of clarity, capital letters are used whenever a word is intended to point toward the one ultimate Self. Examples include Truth, Bliss, Light, Nowness, Fullness and Consciousness. The joyous grammar and timelessness of Freedom Itself can stop your mind.

With love and gratitude to our Beloved SatGuru who has given us all so much, it is a joy to offer this material to you.

Yudhishtara and Prashanti

A Special Thank You

None of this would be possible without the dedication, cooperation, and generosity of Prashanti who for many years recorded, transcribed and compiled Poonja-ji’s satsangs. Many people will know Freedom because of you and I could not let this moment go by without acknowledging that … and I thank you.