“You must win your Self back. Wisdom and trust will be your compass.”

Anthony Paul Moo-Young, affectionately known as “Mooji” by his followers, is one of the most well-known Neo-Advaita teachers today. It’s difficult to browse Facebook or Youtube without coming across one of his quotes or satsang videos. How many satsang videos does it take to reach enlightenment?

Mooji wasn’t really Mooji until a chance encounter with a Christian mystic. He was just a regular old Anthony. Gifted artist and teacher perhaps, but certainly no spiritual authority. As he describe it, this encounter completely changed his life.

“In 1987, a chance meeting 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 period, 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. — Source

This would culminate into a long journey that would ultimately end at the feet of his true guru, none other than Papaji himself. Mooji claims that Papaji helped him cross the threshold into a permanently enlightened state.

What does he teach? Like all Neo-Advaita teachers, the focus is on the illusion of ego in contrast to the permanence of the “I”.  His books, teachings and satsangs primarily reiterate this point over and over again. It’s as though merely recognizing this idea is enough to radically change your life.

Think about it for a second. How many people have been exposed to these ideas? Perhaps millions. Yet how many of them have fully reconnected with their most primary relationship – the core spiritual reality that animates us all – then become conduits for its expression in the world? Certainly, very few.

You cannot fault Mooji for teaching this approach. Indeed, his chance encounter with advanced spiritual practitioners revolutionized his spiritual development. Perhaps the same will happen to you if you meet Mooji.

Or perhaps, like millions before you, sitting at the feet of an enlightened teacher will provide temporary solace and respite, a few interesting experiences and anecdotes, but no real spiritual progress. How many people around Mooji have matched his state of spiritual understanding?

Critics of Neo-Advaita have longed pointed out that it offers no real spiritual practice. Choosing a different set of ideas – especially ideas that are closer to the truth – is not a bad thing. Truthful ideas are useful tools. When it comes down to it though, it’s still just changing one set of ideas for another. How much spiritual progress can this really engender?

We wish Mooji well. He’s got a great way of expressing timeless truths that absolutely need to be communicated. However, we hope that the more serious practitioners will realize that real work needs to be done.

Spiritual development is about cultivating oneself to such a degree that the gap between one’s worldly mind and one’s Spiritual Mind decreases enough for Spirit to slip through. Greater things are possible then. Greater things are possible for all of us if we commit to cultivating ourselves.


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4 thoughts on “Mooji”

  1. Thanks for your article. I follow ACIM, which teaches us to follow the Holy Spirit as our guide. I see many people almost worshiping Mooji as if he were something far greater than anyone else… Even Eckhart Tolle made a joke once about people traveling such great distances to hear him talk, when they really didn’t need to (they could’ve watched one of his many online videos, or just trusted that they would come across what they needed to learn some other way). I’ve read some of Mooji’s teachings that don’t resonate with me, so I’m following my heart / my Holy Spirit / my Higher Self, whatever you want to call it, instead of blindly following what he said…. There’s a saying in 12 Step Programs, “take what you like and leave the rest”— Even though Truth is Truth, there are many paths to get there… Peace, thanks for your article.

  2. All past, present and future gurus that are born into this world are going to die none of them are perfect or know everything also that are definitely limited.
    When they die will have to answer to their actions deeds like everybody else and a genuine wise seeker does not look for a external human guru.
    Anybody can make judgments or make selfish comparisons be jealous or be outrageously brainwashed fake gurus attract fake followers.

  3. Just as each human being is different, each spiritual teacher is as well. I have found that Mooji speaks to me in a very direct way at this point in my life. He is able to clarify what Ekart and Adyashanti have been pointing me to for years. It works for me but I also see how many searchers don’t find direction in his words. I agree with Ekart Tolle when he says, “Why go to Portugal when you can have him in your lounge room on Youtube.” Ekart Tolle came to Auckland NZ, I paid a lot of money for a ticket, and the talk was good but no different from listing to him via broadcast. I guess that we have to be aware of not building a personality cult around a living master, but then, didn’t Mooji transition into full awareness at the feet of Papaji?

  4. I like Mooji, I like his confidence, honesty, the way with finding the right word/joke/story… and natural charm.
    One thing though, I find questionable about the western ‘gurus’ [including Mooji] is the adoption of the Hindu jargon, with some of these gurus going further down into the culture not only in language but also in following rituals, clothing style, taking names that sound pompous…
    When you preach the Absolute words should match sights. Why not keep it simple?! Be what you are and preach, no need to change one illusory form for another… It may be useful for some gurus that try to more ‘buying customers’ but Mooji doesn’t need this; his qualities I mentioned are sufficient.

    I am not a fan of the Hindu inclination to worshiping/cult of personality where the teaching is secondary, [I think they call it baktha or so…]and even less of the western culture’s brainless worshiping form with no substance [the cult of ‘coolness’… ]. As such I find some of the scenes at Mooji’s ‘shows’ simply ridiculous [burst of uncontrolled laughter or cries and sobbing, deep sighs… etc.- public display of something I don’t get at all].
    I keep watching Mooji’s postings but not for the information. The teaching is straight forward but Mooji seems to have the magic of saying the same thing in so many inspiring ways that seem to work like a ‘fix’ when the world seem to gain power again. I got the ‘background’ I needed to understand what is all this about from folk like Spira and Lucille which now I cannot listen to any longer due to their strategic approach of keeping the clientele engaged [and in confusion, without their realization] through mind acrobatics, and hair splitting on the various aspects of the ego. Deep surgical cuts, interesting insights, profound understanding of the psychology of the ego… fascinating stuff for the mind, which however has nothing to do with reality [as the ego is illusory and talking about it does not make it less so, on the contrary- it beefs it up!] Mooji also displays those skills but I find he offers something that the others are not able to- charm , empathy, and most importantly, honesty. And, yeah entertainment too [of spiritual kind, and not only that…]

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