Re: Mooji a cult?
Date: May 13, 2020 06:51AM
The rumors about Osho followers moving over to Sahaja is true, I would hear about that frequently. There is a lot of casual talk about that in sahaja, also met members from the Osho 'family' there. I remember hitching a ride to sahaja with two people, one pridefully talking about how he grew up in an Osho commune as a child, and the other scoffing at him, and telling him that osho was crazy. They got into an argument about it, and kept trying to top one another, and prove who was more enlightened. These types of ridiculous arguments happen all the time in Sahaja, everyone trying to 'out-enlighten' each other.
I remember feeling this very sad feeling thinking about the guy who had grown up in the Osho commune. He doesnt know any other way of life, he thinks it is necessary to have a 'guru' type figure and felt compelled to join mooji when he didnt know where to go anymore. There is also this strange percentage of people, who 'switch over' gurus.
In one satsang a lady said she was 'switching' over to mooji now, tearfully, from her guru "amma' the mostly silent 'hugging saint'. She was switching over because her boyfriend was a pretty keyed in mooji devotee, a resident at sahaja for years, and apparently she felt compelled to become one too.
It was a conversation between her and mooji, where she tearfully confessed she felt compelled to become his devotee, instead of amma, and the whole thing seemed very immature and disingenuous.
Another interesting thing I started becoming on the 'look-out' for.
The devotees who seem to have been there 'forever' really havent, there is a new wave, from every one to three years of die hard devotees. The rest that were 'all or nothing' devotees, tend to filter out after about a year or two.
Now, I will say, there is a strong devotee base, of about 30 people, who have been at sahaja, and with mooji, either from before sahaja was built (and helped to build it, and rumor has it smuggle money into portugal)
or from the time sahaja was being built. These are the people I think of interest. They are the 'residents' of sahaja, that have seen a lot, and still find there salvation lies within being a part of mooji's life.
These are the senior devotees, who have a 'position' at sahaja, and are in the ranks as a serious mooji devotee. They leave and come back, time and time again, when the 'time is right' to once again 'return home to their master.'
Occasionally, these people also actually leave sahaja, and are completely blacklisted? I think these are the people who would be good to talk with.
I am confused about something, I heard that mooji started sahaja with a young devotee (he) named radha, an indian woman, and they were a couple much like him and krishnabai, but he basically dumped her after building up sahaja with he. He started taking up with krishnabai, a fresh, young devotee who had shown up in the early stages of sahaja. Now what I am confused about is supposedly radha was blacklisted, because in some satsang she called mooji out on it and he dismissed her for being 'too personal'. Ouch.
But I see this woman, radha, singing at their satsangs in sahaja and in their india satsangs in footage. She doesnt stay at sahaja anymore though. It's so strange, if that is the same lady, she still carries a strong devotion to mooji and sings for him occasionally, but no longer is allowed at sahaja anymore?
When I was there, I also met a man who had been with mooji since the days in london, when he started giving satsangs in his flat. I knew it was true from the tone of his voice, and he even showed me a picture of them together when they were both younger.
He was sharing with me freely, and it was something like this as I recall
"I was a young man, getting into all kinds of trouble, and one day mooji came and invited me for a cup of tea. We wouldnt talk, just sat and enjoyed our tea, but something changed in me after that. Then i would go and see him all the time, and eventually started going to his satsangs (in london). I became a devotee, and then there was talk of building an ashram. Things changed after that. There were rituals, and rules, and now all of these young girls wanted to be around. Mooji then somehow became 'god'. Then things really changed and he was sri mooji baba"
This was just a random devotee sharing this with me for no reason. People there have things to say about what is going on, but they don't know how to.
And they are so far 'in' they wouldn't know how to find anyone who it would mean anything to.
The point is, people filter in and out of there. The people you see singing for him and sitting next to him as a bodyguard are always shifting, changing, one day they'll be in one position, the next gone.
mooji would often mention how people were not typically 'truly' loyal to him, and would take off and leave after they say how devoted they are to him and how much they love him. he would frequently emotionally manipulate his devotees by reminding them how a 'good' devotee STAYS with their guru
He talks too much about what kind of behavior devotees SHOULD have, implying that he wants them to act that way. These people are like puppies, they are WILLING to comply to his wishes and insinuations, its like a mass power of suggestion.