From person to Presence



April 2015

By Rohini Singh

Advaita master Sri Mooji is an international spiritual teacher in whose presence delusions drop and the true Self arises, says Rohini Singh

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 “You must be so empty of personhood that you become an opening through which God enters this world – together with you as One Being.”-Sri Mooji

Sri Mooji is an internationally beloved sage who brings advaita, the path of non-duality, considered to be the pinnacle of Hindu teachings, into a contemporary, easily accessible format. His pointings are direct, spontaneous, laser-sharp and empowered to burn delusions. Without excessive emphasis on practices, techniques, or complicated methodologies, Mooji is one of the few masters who invites seekers to recognize their reality in the immediacy of now.

Sri Mooji is a direct disciple of Sri Harilal Poonja, the renowned advaita master and disciple of the great sage Sri Ramana Maharshi of Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.

Rohini Singh meets up with Sri Mooji on the eve of his five-week season of satsangs in Rishikesh.

Welcome to India, Sri Mooji! The five weeks of free satsangs that you are offering in Rishikesh are an incredible gift. What is it that keeps bringing you back to India?

I wouldn’t come if there wasn’t sufficient openness and depth in beings to reach the highest potential that a human life grants us—to rediscover our divine nature. I know people come to satsang for varying reasons. Some come out of curiosity, while others are looking to develop spiritual qualities or even spiritual powers. Regardless, all are welcome to satsang, but I have come specifically for those rare beings who are up for the fullness of true self-discovery, to call and guide them home.

I notice that you offer no techniques, no tools, no practices, no methodologies, no meditations. Your way is to offer direct recognition through satsang. What really happens in satsang?

Satsang is a form of grace where Truth reveals itself inside your heart in accordance with your earnestness, maturity and urge for self-realization.

We, the consciousness, have somehow accepted the conditioning that ‘I am a man’ or ‘I am a woman’. Believing this to constitute the truth of what we are, the consciousness contracted into a bodily identity. Along the way, other psychological aspects attached themselves to this primary identity. Like this,
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