Mooji – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Anthony Paul Moo-Young, known as 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. Anthony 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. For a long time, he was well known as Tony Moo, but is now affectionately known as Mooji* by the many seekers and friends who visit him.

Mooji is a direct disciple of Sri Harilal Poonja, the renowned advaita master, or Papaji, as his followers call him. 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. 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, left his home and began a life of quiet simplicity and surrender to the will of God as it manifested spontaneously within him. A great peace entered his being, and has remained ever since. 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 with loving kindness, and afforded him the time and space he much needed to flower spiritually, without the usual pressures and demands of external life. Mooji refers to this period of his life as his “wilderness years” and speaks touchingly of a deep feeling of being “seated on the Lap of God”. In many respects, these were far from easy times for Mooji, yet there is no trace of regret or remorse in his tone as he recounts these years. On the contrary, he speaks of this phase of his life as being richly blessed and abundant in grace, trust and loving devotion.

In late 1993, Mooji travelled to India. He had a desire to visit Dakshineswar in Calcutta where Sri Ramakrishna, the great Bengali Saint, had lived and taught. The words and life of Ramakrishna were a source of inspiration and encouragement to Mooji in the early years of his spiritual development. He loved the Saint deeply but as fate would determine, he would not go to Calcutta. While in Rishikesh, a holy place at the foothills of the Himalayas, he was to have another propitious encounter; this time with three devotees of the great advaita Master Sri Harilal Poonja, known to his many devotees as Papaji. Their persistent invitation to Mooji to travel with them to meet the Master made a deep impression on him. Still he delayed the prospect of meeting Papaji for two whole weeks, choosing first to visit Varanasi, the holy city.
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  • Lovely to tune in here in Ireland ! Great show I really enjoyed that .. It pushed the buttons. Namaste x

  • I also enjoyed always most sitting quietly with my guru…and when satsang started I often stand up and left the place

  • Not all suffering can be solved by practical solutions. However you are halfway there I think. A lot of suffering is constructed by our own minds, for example some people have enough food, shelter and drinking water, however they suffer due to greed etc. i.e. they want more than they have, even though they have enough.

    So to me, ‘real’ spirituality works on the physical and the mental.

  • Living purely from the heart is not possible in any job EXCEPT being a spiritual teacher! Not all of us have the luxury of ‘going with the flow’. That way of being is not rewarded or even possible in most jobs.

    His theories are highly theoretical! I think we all need to be honest here.

  • I think its easy to overlook the simplicity of it and think its merely a theory. Mooji is very consistant though, in his views and his expression from the heart. If you are willing to look then the being will orient itself around your lifestyle. Everyone has their own way of coming to and expressing truth. It would be nice though to live like mooji, truly blessed

  • listen to george kavassaliss he talks about Jesus being the creator of the universe i.e. the soul that incarnated into the body of Jesus and that the creator steps back and lets everything get on with it without interfering.

  • He says everything happens for a reason i.e. that he says the future has already happened and that souls agree with eachother so to speak about if they will have specific types of interactions on the earth plane.

    He says the lower ego wants to hold on to the idea of having free will whilst here on earth but free will is based on a higher level via the soul etc..

  • also suffering is a matter of perspective, it wouldn’t make sense for the creator to intervene if there is suffering etc.. if there is any type of intervention it is via oversoul guiding you etc.. IMO

  • To say something is not possible is limiting possibility itself. For me it is possible to live an ordinary life, job whatever, in the flow of being. I don’t look for reward in it. The reward is in the peace of no expectation and that alll things are possible.This is very exciting to me. In saying something is not possible is to cut ourself off from our potential.

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