29 Mooji Quotes on Love, Life, and Silence
The spiritual path can be long, complicated and arduous. This is why traditions from all over the world have emphasised the importance of finding an authentic teacher.
Of the well known modern teachers, Mooji is held in very high regard and considered to be from a well respected modern non-dual lineage. He was a disciple of Papaji, himself a discipline of the 20th-century sage Ramana Maharshi. Moojis spiritual path was primarily that of Bhakti Yoga, the path of loving devotion.
Born in Jamaica, he emigrated to London in his mid-teens and was an art teacher before a chance meeting with a Christian mystic resulted in his moving to India in search of Enlightenment. It was there he met Papaji whom many considered a living enlightened master.
Since 1999 Mooji has been teaching non-duality, a philosophy meaning “not two,” under which a group of spiritual traditions fall whereby the intention is to see the illusion of the I-other dichotomy. After having seen through this illusion, you work towards making this realisation part of your permanent state of being and experience what some in the West would call ego death.
Here are 29 quotes from Sri Mooji on Love, Life, and Silence.
On Love and Gratitude
“If you could look inside the heart of any and every single human being, you would fall in love with them completely. If you see the inside as it really is and not as your mind projects it to be, you would be so purely in love with the whole thing.”
“Your mantra is thank you. Just keep saying thank you. Don’t explain. Don’t complain. Just say thank you. Say thank you to Existence.”
“All the ups and downs are grace in different wrappings, sent to refine consciousness. Say thanks to them all.”
“Don’t remind the world that it is sick and troubled. Remind it that it is beautiful and free.”
On the Nature of the Self
“If you take yourself to be the body and mind only, you will die! When you discover yourself as awareness, the fear of death will not trouble you any longer.”
“Once you begin to recognise the divine gifts in life, you come to see that there are so many. Your life is abundant.”
“The greatest healing would be to wake up from what we are not.”
“To change the world is not your mission. To change yourself is not your duty. To awaken to your true nature is your opportunity.”
“I don’t have to be anything at all. I don’t even have to be myself, because there is no such thing as not being myself. I am inescapably myself.”
“Everything is just now. Your existence is just now. Just timeless Now. All the rest is just a dream due to conditioning and memory.”
“You are the unchanging manifesting as the changefulness.”
On Letting Go
“Go beyond everything. Don’t collect anything. A king does not need to go shopping in his own kingdom….Remember, you are the inner reality, pure awareness. All that arises are appearances in consciousness.”
“Don’t be a storehouse of memories. Leave past, future and even present thoughts behind. Be a witness to life unfolding by itself. Be free of all attachments, fears and concerns by keeping your mind inside your own heart. Rest in being. Like this, your life is always fresh and imbued with pure joy and timeless presence. Be happy, wise and free.”
“You need nothing to be happy – you need something to be sad.”
“Surrender is not a weakness it is strength. It takes tremendous strength to surrender life to the supreme – to the cosmic unfolding.”
“The greatest step towards a life of happiness and simplicity is to let go. Trust in the power that is already taking care of you spontaneously without effort.”
“When you don’t want to be interesting you are free.”
“Throw everything away, forget about it all! You are learning too much, remembering too much, trying too hard . . . relax a little bit, give life a chance to flow its own way, unassisted by your mind and effort. Stop directing the river’s flow.”
On Silence and Stillness
“If you give yourself one complete minute of focused presence, to simply stop; even to listen to your heart beating, it will take you out of your head and introduce you to the moment which is complete in itself. It is not on the way to another moment
“Don’t be too quick to interpret the moment. Just keep quiet. My encouragement would always be: never think anything is against you, everything is a blessing. Why should it be different? Just be quiet. Let it all work itself out.
“You say you want to get rid of the noise, but you and the noise go together. You have to be you without ‘you’ and all noise will stop. The real You is the formless witness within. The person, the noisy one, is only imagined. To recognize this is Freedom.”
“There is a mystery within all beings bursting to reveal itself, in the ones who become quiet enough to discover it.”
“There is a presence, a silence, a stillness which is here by itself. There is no doer of it, no creator of this stillness. It is simply here in you, with you. It is the fragrance of your own self. There is nothing to do about this, it is naturally present. This fragrance of peace, this spaciousness, it is the fragrance of your own being.”
“Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go.
“When you live guided by intuition rather than thought, your life dances like writing on water, fresh and untraceable.”
“Live by the light of your own heart… but make sure this heart is silent and empty.”
“Life cannot be against you, for you are Life itself. Life can only seem to go against the ego’s projections, which are rarely the truth.”
“If you seek approval from others in this world, you will not know happiness.”
“In the land of “I know,” there is always competitiveness, jealousy, pretence, pride and arrogance. It is an aggressive realm – the realm of the ego. I say refuse citizenship. In the land of “I don’t know,” the inhabitants move without conflict and are naturally quiet, happy and peaceful. The wise stay here.”