Mooji



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Fast Facts
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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Anthony Paul Moo-Young, Tony Moo
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Advaita
Main Countries of Activity: 
England, India
Date of Birth: 
29/01/1954
Place of Birth: 
Port Antonio, Jamaica
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes
Ancestor Gurus: 

Biography

Mooji was born on 29 January 1954 in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1969, he moved to the UK and he is presently living in Brixton, London.

Mooji is a direct disciple of Papaji, the renowned advaita master.

For a long time, he was well known as Tony Moo, but is now affectionately known as Mooji (Moo - his original family name, ji - a suffix in hindi expressing respect and affection).

Early Years

After moving to the UK and settling in London, Mooji worked in London's 'West end' as a street portrait artist for many years, then as a painter and a stained glass artist, and later as a teacher at Brixton College.

It appears that at some point, Mooji got married and had several children. His eldest son died of pneumonia in 1994.

Radical Shift in Consciousness

In 1987, a meeting, by chance, with a Christian mystic was to be a life-changing encounter for Mooji. It brought him, through prayer, into the direct experience of the Divine within. Within a short time, he experienced a radical shift in consciousness so profound that outwardly, he seemed, to many who knew him, to be an entirely different person. As his spiritual consciousness awakened, a deep inner transformation began which unfolded in the form of many miraculous experiences and mystical insights. He felt a strong wind of change blowing through his life which brought with it a deep urge to surrender completely to divine will. Shortly after, he stopped teaching at the Brixton College, left his home and began a life of quiet simplicity and surrender. A great peace entered his being, and has remained ever since.

Living in a State of Spontaneous Meditation

For the following six years, Mooji drifted in a state of spontaneous meditation oblivious to the outer world he formally knew. During these years, he lived almost penniless but was constantly absorbed in inner joy, contentment and natural meditation. Grace came in the form of his sister Julianne, who welcomed Mooji into her home.

Meeting Papaji

In late 1993, Mooji travelled to India and soon after arrival went in November to Lucknow to meet Papaji. It was to be an auspicious and profoundly significant experience on his spiritual journey. He gradually came to recognize that Papaji was his Guru. Mooji stayed with Papaji for several months. During one particular satsang meeting, Papaji told him: “If you desire to be one with truth, 'you' must completely disappear.” On hearing this, great anger arose within his mind, full of judgement and resistance towards Papaji. He decided to leave the master's presence for good, but later that day a huge dark cloud of anger and rebelliousness suddenly lifted, leaving his mind in a state of such peace, emptiness and a love towards the master, so intense, that he knew he could not leave. Through 'Papaji's' grace, his mind was pushed back into the emptiness of source.

In 1994, with his Master's blessings he travelled down to Sri Ramanasramam in Tiruvannamalai. This is the ashram at the foot of Arunachala, the 'Hill of Fire', where Sri Ramana Maharshi, the Sage of Arunachala and Papaji's Guru, had lived and taught. Mooji felt very happy and at home in Tiruvannamalai. He stayed there for almost three months before returning to sit at Papaji's feet once again.

Mooji visited Papaji again in 1997. It was to be his last meeting with his Beloved Master, who had by now become ill and frail in his movements, but whose inner light and presence remained undiminished. A month after returning to London, Mooji received news that the Master had passed away. Of this Mooji declares: "That Principle that manifests as the Master is ever HERE NOW. The True Master never dies, it is the mister that dies. The true Master, that Sat Guru* within, alone is the Real".

Becoming a Spiritual Teacher

Since 1999, Mooji has been sharing satsang in the form of spontaneous encounters, retreats, satsang intensives and one-to-one meetings with the many seekers who visit him, from all parts of the world, in search of the direct experience of truth.

His style is direct, clear, compassionate and often humorous. Once caught in the grip of his questions, there seems to be no place to hide.

Sources: 
Advaita.org, Mooji.org

Teachings

On Emptiness:

This emptiness is not a trivial thing. It's the most supreme state. But in the consciousness there is this itching, and I use this term: the athlete's foot mind. In the mind the thought is coming, there is this itching, and it feels it needs a scratch, you know. Like a question arising, something more to be solved, or resolved. But I say: only stay as this, and that itchiness will subside. When this itchiness is there, there is the temptation to start to scratch it, but it just makes it more bloody and awful. So just take note of that for the moment. But stay as you are. Because you cannot improve this emptiness. So many of the beings are longing to be this emptiness, to return to this emptiness, you see, consciously. When you go to sleep, you leave all your cares and your concerns about yourself and your life. And you love to be without these concerns. How much money we spend on the bed, on the bedroom, to get the best sleep so you can forget everything ! And when the waking arises there is refreshment in the being, you see, because it puts away all these concerns. This emptiness that you speak of now seemed eclipsed by your concerns and where you put your attention, and while you're attending to your concerns and activities and affairs of life, then you're being disturbed actually. So a little bit of meditation or self-enquiry returns you to this affirmation in yourself, this recognition: all there is is just a sort of emptiness, beyond the concept of empty even.

On Enlightenment:

In truth it is not possible to become enlightened as you put it because no one is there as such to become enlightened in the first place. The firm recognition or realisation that there isn't a 'somebody' in reality to gain enlightenment, and that there can never be an entity at any time, either now or in the future, to gain any such state, is what amounts to enlightenment. This direct realisation occur and become revealed, confirmed and convincing truth through the process of self enquiring. 'Self-enquiry', also called atma-vichara, is one effective means of exposing the unreality of the 'I-concept', or ego, ordinarily felt to be the fact of oneself, leaving the pure immutable Self as the single an perfect reality. This is the ultimate truth.

On "Whatever you can perceive cannot be you":

You are total unicity beyond duality. That you are. You are so one with yourself that you cannot perceive yourself. You can only imagine that you are other than that. It is like a knife that can cut so many vegetables but cannot cut itself because it is one with itself, or the scale which can weigh so many objects but cannot weigh itself. It is the same with the one supreme Self- the sole Reality, being ever One with itself, it cannot perceive that which it Is; it can only perceive what it is not.

Sources: 
mooji.org, Advaita websites

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Locations

Mooji gives satsangs in Brixton, London, where he lives. He also travels regularly to Ireland, Wales, Italy and India where he conducts satsangs and retreats. He is ever open to meeting sincere seekers of truth, whatever their background.

Satsangs in London and worldwide
Type: 
Satsang Place
Details: 

For much of the year, Mooji offers Satsangs monthly in Brixton, London. These meetings are taking place in the form of weekend intensive, with two satsangs on Saturday and three satsangs on Sunday.

Mooji also gives satsangs in Italy, USA, Brasil, Germany and other locations.

Address: 
Peabody Hill Community Hall, Peabody Hill Estate, Off Birkbeck Hill
West Dulwich,
London, SE21, United Kingdom
Phone: 
+44 77 67 76 72 66
Email: 
uk@mooji.org
Directions: 

The Peabody Hill Community Hall is situated at the top of Thurlow Hill.

Underground:
Brixton Underground Station is the nearest tube station. You will need to take a bus from outside the tube to the Peabody Hall which takes between 15-20 minutes.

Trains:
Nearest British rail train station is: Tulse Hill (approximately 5 to 8 minutes walk to hall). Herne Hill is around 20minutes walk along the Norwood Road side of the park to the Peabody Hall.

Buses:
The main getting off point for those coming by bus is the traffic light intersection between Norwood Road and Tulse hill and Thurlow Park Road.

Bus 192
From Brixton Underground Station:
Turn left outside the station and walk a few meters to the number 192 bus stop. You will get off at the Thurlow Park Road Bus stop on Norwood Road just before the intersection of Norwood Road and Thurlow Park Road. This bus ride should take approximately 15 minutes (approx. 2 Km from Brixton Tube stn. When the bus passes Brockwell Park on your right, you will be approximately 2 bus stops from the getting off point on Norwood Road.) Walk a few meters to the traffic lights then turn left onto Thurlow Park Road. Passing the over head train bridge, turn left onto Birbeck Hill. Walk to top where Birbeck Hill meets Thurlow Hill. Keep to left. The Peabody Hall is 60meters from this intersection. An easy walk from the bus stop to the hall should take about 5/6 minutes.

Bus 2
Turn left outside Brixton tube station and find no.2 bus stop. This is an almost straight ride along Tulse Hill to Thurlow Park Road and takes around 15minutes. Get off just before the intersection with Norwood Road. This bus will turn right at intersection and stop near Tulse Hill train station. Thurlow Park Road is a continuation of Tulse Hill. If you get off just before the main crossing, continue through lights onto Thurlow park Road. Passing under the train bridge, turn left onto Birbeck Hill. Walk to top where Birbeck Hill meets Thurlow Hill. Keep to left. The Peabody Hall is 60meters from this intersection. An easy walk from the bus stop to the hall should take about 5-6 minutes.

Bus 201
From Streatham Train Station and Streatham Hill Bus station:
This bus passes the above stations and actually goes along Thurlow Park Road. Travel time approximately 10 minutes. (from bus stop: 3minutes walk to hall).

Bus 322
Clapham Common & Clapham North tube stations:
If you are travelling from Clapham, Bus322 passes by both Clapham Common Tube and Clapham North tube stations and along Brixton Atlantic Road (turn left outside Brixton underground station; under bridge then first right. Cross road for the 322 bus stop). Ask the driver to put you off at the junction of Norwood Road and Thurlow Park Road. Walk a few meters to the traffic lights then turn left onto Thurlow Park Road. Passing the train bridge, turn left onto Birbeck Hill. Walk to top where Birbeck Hill meets Thurlow Hill. Keep to left. The Peabody Hall is 60meters from this intersection. An easy walk from the bus stop to the hall should take about 5-6 minutes.

Special Events: 

For updated schedule of satsangs in UK as well as in other countries, see http://www.mooji.org/schedule.html

Registration: 
For the intensives, you need to register in advance as soon as possible, using the email listed above.
Services in Location: 

During the intensive breaks, there will be no food available, only light refreshments. You may want to bring your own lunch, as restaurants are a good walking distance away. Please refrain from social interaction during the break.

Maps and Pictures of Location: 
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Mooji in India
Type: 
Satsang Place
Details: 

Mooji visits Tiruvannamalai, the 'home' of Advaita, in winter each year for open satsangs.

Address: 
Tiruvannamalai, TamilNadu , India
(In Ramananagar)
Directions: 

For more information about Tiruvannamalai see http://www.gurusfeet.com/guru/ramana-maharshi#tabset-4

When to Go: 

In winter season only (Nov-Mar), see http://www.gurusfeet.com/forum/weather-india#comment-42

Maps and Pictures of Location: 
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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
Cover image

Back to the Truth: 5000 years of Advaita

by Dennis Waite

(Paperback)

Advaita is a spiritual philosophy based on the Upanishads, older than most other religious systems we know about but also the most logical and scientific in its approach. This book is a systematic treatment of Advaita which demystifies it, differentiating between approaches and teachers, enabling you to decide which approach is most suitable for you. It compares the scriptures of traditional Advaita with the words of contemporary sages and neo-Advaita. Should we ignore the mind? Is the world real? Is there anything we can do to become enlightened? These questions and many more are addressed, with explanations given in their own words from those who discovered the truth. A massively comprehensive, definitive work.

Pro Opinions

Thank you

Kalpen's picture

In your company there is complete awareness without mind's interference. I attend your satsang through youtube and I cannot imagine the magnitude of peace and compassion your actual presence is.

solid

SriSriYogiBaba's picture

Having seen him in action for 2 months in India, I would say he is solid, sane, sensitive and deep. An excellent facilitator of self enquiry.

Psiplex's picture

Mooji

Enjoying Mooji's teachings on the web via You Tube and Viddler. Such a gentle, loving yet piercing quality of the One through him. Grateful and thankful for this web site and Mooji's team who lovingly prepares and shares his information.

Saw this latest Mooji interview a few days ago (October, 2008) from Viddler, which is a taped show called 'Never Not Here'. It is over an hour, but it is beautiful. The link to the video is:

http://www.viddler.com/explore/ClearSightTV/videos/56/

One Love
Psiplex

Psiplex | Mon, 10/06/2008 - 16:14

Bright, Clear & Simple

Laughter's picture

Mooji is a wonderful example to me of Freedom Living Itself.

R.SARAVANAN.'s picture

Bright, clear & Simple

Yes..Mooji is really simple.

R.SARAVANAN. | Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:58

Simple, direct teachings

Lovelifenow's picture

Very clear,humorous and direct communication to unviel the truth within.

Con Opinions

The milkman

chasbaba's picture

It would seem you need to have money to receive these teachings. ...(outwith endless Youtube videos).

ibakan's picture

Mooji has thousands of hours of free content available

Links from mooji.org and youtube reveal enormous amounts of free satsang and interview content. His teachings and love have been a blessing to me and thousands of others. Much gratitude and blessings to Mooji and Mooji Sangha!

ibakan | Wed, 05/09/2012 - 09:04
chasbaba's picture

Read the milkman post

ibakan, You have not read the post, nor addressed the issues raised there. A million hours of free content is not the point. Perhaps better to read the post again and then make an informed comment. Namaste

chasbaba | Tue, 05/15/2012 - 07:32

Money for Satsang? Ask your guru.

ravipradeep's picture

Papaji is Mooji's guru, or so I thought. Mooji may have received shakti transmission from papaji. Danger signs are flashing however.

Too organized machinery arround him

yeshcheraz's picture

Went to his satsang this morning in Tiruvannamalai.

kõrgenda's picture

Who perceived such

Who perceived such recognition?

BTW `I first look at...` shows that this statement came from division thus cloudy interpretation.

Mooji is beyond words to describe just as you are, but he is knowing of this

kõrgenda | Mon, 01/09/2012 - 08:17