Please Don't Shoot the Messenger:
Some words about Mooji,
including a bit about Be Scofield's critique,
in response to the question
"Why do thousands still go to Mooji?"
With all of the stuff about Mooji, a friend reports that he still has many people showing up to his satsangs.
I asked friends in India, and elsewhere, to examine "Why?"
One replied, "The whole suicide thing is overplayed. Face it, a large percentage of persons who go on the 'spiritual path' are wounded, and that a few of the many thousands who have gone to Mooji would end their own lives is tragic, but not, sadly, surprising. Is there any evidence he encouraged them to do so? Could have stopped it from happening? I haven't heard anything like that at all."
From a "beutral" Person's assessment of Mooji
I do remember about the accusation that Be wrote that Mooji was sleeping with all three women who were living in adjacent quarters to him. A friend who had been
at Monte Sahaja for long periods of time, and who left Mooji and the sangha feeling very hurt, said that Mooji definitely was not sleeping with all three of those women, as one of them, who she knew very well, was a hard-core lesbian, who had a regular woman lover, and my friend felt absolutely certain that this woman would not sleep with Mooji, even though she adored Mooji as her Guru. She was emphatic about it. Mooji was in a physical (and almost certainly sexual) relationship with Krishnabai, who is seen the most by his side. There were no rules about how to conduct oneself sexually at Monte Sahaja, (unlike most ashrams). Krishnabai is in her mid-30's, approximately 30 years younger than Mooji, who just turned 66 a few days ago. She met Mooji when she was in her mid-20's (it's apparently not true that she was in her late teens when she met Mooji). My friend said that at first, it was a big secret that Mooji and her were sleeping together. The story my friend told me was that somebody had walked into Mooji's bedroom, and found Mooji and Krishnabai in bed together, and they told people, and it created an uproar, as it was secret. Then, other people who were close to Mooji went around, interrogating those who had heard the story, and told others, trying to find out who originally told people that Mooji and Krishnabai were in the same bed. My friend was interrogated by 2 or 3 close disciples of Mooji, and she refused to say who told her, and who she told (as she told a few others, that's how it was found out). Some people got into trouble over this. And then, at some point, Mooji and Krishnabai admitted they were in a physical relationshp. This was one instance that led this friend to lose her trust in Mooji, and there were other instances. This friend left and later got connected with other ex-Moojites. She said there were a lot of trips going on, particularly in the latter period when she was there. I asked her if it was true if the three women all simultaneously dressed and undressed Mooji, and she said she didn't know, she never heard of that when she was there. It could be, she thought, if Mooji was so frail, that he needed it, but she was doubtful. She couldn't say that it was definitely not true. She said she wouldn't know if Mooji was sexually promiscuous or not, as there were so many secrets, but she doubted that women were sneaking in and out of his bedroom in the middle of the night. The problem is that when some things are kept secret, one doesn't really know what is going on, and trust is broken. And around Mooji, people were worshipping him - big time. He's not just a dude who has girlfriends, he is seen to be like God by his students, who are devotees. I had spoken to another friend who was there during an exorcism that Mooji performed, that didn't work, and the woman who was supposedly possessed, flipped out and was taken to an insane asylum in Portugal. This friend visited her there. For her, that was also the last straw. The story about Mooji killing the heron was true.
One thing that I recall mentioning was where Be had written that Mooji eats meat, yet is a Hindu, and Hindus are vegetarians, and don't eat meat. I don't recall exactly how Be phrased it. I said that it wasn't true that Hindus are vegetarians, and in fact most Hindus in India eat meat and/or fish. I think I gave links to websites that showed that. Also, Be had written something about Mooji had two Hindu wedding ceremonies officiated by Hindu priests, but never got a Hindu divorce after the marriages broke up, and I wrote that it is completely unnecessary, that Hindu weddings have no legal status, and one doesn't need to get a Hindu divorce - and anyways, traditionally (until rather recently), Hindus didn't even get divorces. And that I know many Westerners who, while in India, would pay some money to a Hindu priest to get a Hindu marriage to their boyfriend or girlfriend, and there would be a big ceremony, and some time later - even soon after - they'd break up. There would be no rule, law, or compunction to have the Hindu marriage annulled. Papaji, Mooji's guru, often encouraged his Western disciples who were boyfriend-girlfriend to get a Hindu wedding. Often they would break up later.
Some of the more outrageous things about Mooji and his ashram may have changed since Be's article. That could be something to investigate. For one thing, they stopped publicly advertising on their website malas and pendents "blessed by Mooji" (though they still sell malas that are "blessed" - those in the know would assume they were blessed by Mooji.) They took down audios and videos of the Guru Aarti being sung, which are verses praising Mooji as the highest of the high, as the Supreme Himself. Also now removed from the internet are the lyrics to the Guru Aarti. I hear from someone who was at Monte Sahaja a few months ago, that the Guru Aarti is still being sung, It's now very, very hard to visit Monte Sahaja, if you're not already a committed devotee.
A lot of the criticism of Mooji is by people who can't relate to Hindu devotional forms, either because they never were exposed to them, and it just looks weird, and looks as if people are idolizing someone, and giving their power away to an external parental figure, or by people who followed Indian gurus who were presented as being divine incarnations, as perfect masters, and were worshipped, sung to, bowed down to, etc., and the guru ended up taking advantage of their adoring disciples, and so these people got badly burned, and so are justifiably suspicious of any human being who is being worshipped, and treated like God. By Mooji having photos of himself put up everywhere - including being worn around the neck in a locket, and Mooji also having photos of his face and his feet being sold, it will trigger a lot of responses from people.
Again, please don't shoot the Messenger here.
I'm certain persons out there will take aim at these assertions and do their best to shred them.
It's only strange to me that so many still go to him if he's so bad. However, people still follow Adi-da, too, and some still attend meetings with James Swartz, believe the lies of Aaravindha Himadra, and... so, should this really surprise me?