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Mooji (born Anthony Paul Moo-Young on 29 January 1954) is a spiritual teacher originally from Jamaica.[1][2] Mooji is a disciple of Papaji, a devotee of the advaita and non-dual master Ramana Maharshi. Mooji shares self-inquiry, directing his students to the non-dual Self by encouraging them to question who or what they are at the deepest level. For example, one exercise is to identify the natural feeling "I am" or "I exist" and staying with this for 5 to 7 minutes at a time.[3] Another is to come to the recognition that everything (thoughts, emotions, sensations) can be perceived, and then enquiring, "Can the perceiver itself be perceived?"[3] A new guidance, "An Invitation to Freedom", arose during Mooji’s open Satsang season in Rishikesh, India, 2018. This pointing cuts through the superficial veils that appear to hide the Self and swiftly introduces the mind to its source, the heart.[4]



Mooji was born and grew up in Port Antonio, Jamaica. In 1969, at the age of fifteen, he immigrated to England to live with his mother who had been living in London since he was a baby. He taught himself to be an artist employing various media including stained glass, ceramics and sculpture.[5] For a while he taught art at a college in Brixton.[6][2]

In 1987, an encounter with a Christian mystic inspired Mooji to ‘walk out of his life’—an expression he uses to convey the profundity of that meeting. Shortly after, he stopped teaching, left his home and began a life of quiet simplicity. [7] In November 1993, he met his master, H.W.L. Poonja, known affectionately as Papaji, in Lucknow, India. At Papaji’s feet, whatever still remained of an active ego was finally uprooted.[8] Recognising Mooji’s radiance, people from various parts of the world soon began to approach him to simply sit in his presence and to ask questions regarding their search for Truth.[9] The first formal Satsangs began in 1999, and his following has grown consistently.

Of Mooji's large family, his brother Peter Moo-Young is a national and international table tennis player for Jamaica.[1] His sister Cherry Groce was accidentally shot by the police in 1985, which triggered the 1985 Brixton riot.[1]


Mooji shares satsangs throughout the world and invites others to contemplate or enquire into their real nature. Like H.W.L. Poonja, Mooji's teachings are simple and he encourages his followers to avoid the mind's influence and abide in the Self which is the witness of all phenomenal existence and therefore before any "thing," including thoughts and all that is perceived with the five senses.[3] Many of his followers watch his satsang sessions through YouTube.[10]


Mooji is criticised for eating meat. Proponents of this criticism argue that his brand of enlightenment is merely a psychological sense of enlightenment to ensure a livelihood, not actual enlightenment, as the latter is the realisation of unconditional compassion towards all creatures, not only human forms. [11] [12]


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  1. ^ a b c "Mooji - the guru from Jamaica". BBC News. 14 February 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Biography
  3. ^ a b c "Self Inquiry – Mooji". Retrieved 2016-11-10. 
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  5. ^ Tony Moo Young Paintings + Jamie Reid – Leaving The 20th Century. Brixton 50. Brixton Art Gallery Archive 1983-1986.
  6. ^ Mooji. 'Before I Am'. Interview by Iain McNay. In, Conversations on non-duality. Twenty-six awakenings. Edited by Eleonora Gilbert. Cherry Red Books, 2011.
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  10. ^ Gethin, W. (2011)The Buddha from Brixton. Kindred Spirit Interview.
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