Open Satsang with Mooji

Rishikesh, India

Nothing on this earth or in the heavenly realms can overwhelm or overcome you when you know who you truly are. Your true Self is perfect, complete and unchanging. In Satsang, a gathering in Truth, this discovery is made possible. Welcome to Satsang.

We are deeply honoured that Mooji has been invited by Buddleia Media Pvt Limited to host a four week event in Rishikesh, India. 

These four weeks of Satsang with Mooji offer a powerful opportunity to be immersed in the energy field of Satsang in the holy city of Rishikesh. The Satsangs are free and open for everyone who is called to discover who they truly are. During Satsang, Mooji speaks with seekers of Truth as they bring forward any burning questions, doubts and testimonies in relation to their search for lasting peace, joy and liberation.

Mooji is a true light in this world, whose presence, wisdom and loving guidance point us to who we are beyond the limitations of our conditioning and identity. In open interactions with this great spiritual Master, seekers of Truth from all backgrounds and traditions are introduced to the direct path to freedom through self-inquiry and The Invitation—which is proving to be one of the most effective aids for true and lasting Self-discovery.

Universal in his appeal, Mooji’s wisdom, compassion, openness and humour profoundly touch the hearts of those who meet him, thereby inspiring each one to find within themselves the deep peace, love and silence they recognise in him. Every human being has this eternal purity inside, and in Satsang it is being unveiled.

For practical information about travelling to India, being in Rishikesh, and for helping at the event, please visit the event organiser's webpage: Buddleia Media.

Important Guidelines

Satsang with Mooji is for those who are genuinely drawn to Self-discovery. This environment is not for the merely curious, but for those with a sincere and wholehearted commitment to Self-discovery. It is possible to attend any or all of the Satsangs throughout the season. 

We highly recommend that everyone who is considering attending first watch these important videos: 

An Invitation to Freedom
A Simple & Profound Introduction to Self-Inquiry
A Direct Introduction to Perfect Presence

By attending Open Satsang with Mooji in Rishikesh you agree to the following guidelines:

  • Present questions to Mooji in a simple, open and honest way. Avoid sharing personal stories, but come as though this is your only opportunity for freedom. Please understand and respect that it is only during Satsang that Mooji invites questions—he will not receive questions afterwards.
  • Respect the silence inside the hall and on the premises at all times, and arrive and leave quietly. Take all social interaction outside the gate.
  • Do not take photos or videos inside the ashram gates. We have a designated photography and AV team that will make photos available on Photos with Mooji, and Satsang recordings on Mooji TV.
  • Switch off your mobiles phones or tablets completely during Satsang. Even a muted phone can interfere with the sound.
  • Satsang is not a replacement for any therapy or other medical treatment or diagnosis. If you are currently receiving or have previously received any medical treatment or therapy for issues related to mental health, Satsang may not be suitable for you. If you have a history of serious mental health conditions, it is not advisable to attend the Open Satsang program without ensuring it is reasonably safe to do so. Please check with a specialist healthcare practitioner whether attending the Open Satsang program is suitable for you at this time. More information can be found in the Physical and Mental Well-being FAQs.
  • Avoid bringing a bag to the ashram. All bags will be checked before entering the hall. If you do bring a bag, it should be no larger than 25 x 25 x 10 cm. Large bags are not permitted inside the ashram and you will need to leave them outside the hall. Please note that we cannot provide secure storage for bags. Check your bag size here.
  • Glass bottles and glass thermoses are not allowed in the hall.
  • By admission to Open Satsang with Mooji you agree to have your voice or image recorded which may be used for the sharing of Satsang on DVD, mp3, the Internet and other media. All recorded material will be used to serve Satsang only and will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect.
  • Please be aware that the organisers reserve the right to refuse entry.

Please visit the Buddleia Media website for important practical information about attending these Satsangs.

Ways to Join

There are two ways to participate in the Open Satsangs with Mooji in Rishikesh. You can come to the event to be in Mooji’s physical presence, or you can join the free live Internet broadcast through Mooji TV.

Attending physically at Rishikesh
Being in the physical presence of a living Master and fully immersing yourself in the energy field of Satsang is a rare and blessed opportunity. Mooji’s loving and unfathomable presence itself can trigger transformation in one who is ripe for awakening. If you are drawn to attend in person, please make sure you have read and agree to follow the above guidelines.

Watching online via live Internet broadcast  
If you are unable to attend physically at Rishikesh, joining via live Internet broadcast is an excellent alternative. Open Satsang with Mooji in Rishikesh will be broadcast live for free. You do not need to register to watch the online broadcast. You can watch the live broadcasts and the recordings on Mooji TV.

For Mooji there is no separation, no distance to those joining online and he sees absolutely no hindrance or disadvantage to your awakening in attending in this way.

Location

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Swami Swatantranand Ashram in Rishikesh.
The ashram is located between Ram Jhula and Rishikesh town centre, a 1.8 km walk from Ram Jhula along the Ganges, and over 2km via the road.  

Address 
Swami Swatantranand Ashram, 
(opposite Swami Dayananda Ashram) 
Shisham Jhari, Muni-ki-reti, 
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

About Rishikesh

Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the sacred Ganga River, Rishikesh has been a centre of spiritual and religious activities since ancient times. Rishi, meaning ‘seer’, was a name given to monks living in caves in the surrounding hills, the holy men to whom the Vedas (Hindu scriptures) were originally revealed. 

Today, Rishikesh is known as the world capital of yoga. It is home to many internationally renowned ashrams and countless meditation, yoga and spiritual courses.

Dress Code
Culturally in India it is essential to dress modestly, especially in an ashram and when visiting a holy city such as Rishikesh. We ask all those attending Satsang to respect this tradition and to make the effort to dress and behave in such a way that is in harmony with the local way of life. Shoulders, chest, buttocks and knees should be covered. Clothing should be loose and not transparent.

Schedule

Satsangs will be offered from 13 February to 10 March, and are free and open to all. It is possible to attend any or all of the Satsangs throughout the season. 

Satsangs are generally scheduled from Wednesday to Sunday (not on Monday or Tuesday) from 10:00 – 12:00. The ashram gate opens at 8:30 and will close at 10:00. Make sure you are on time.

Important! Satsangs vary in duration, usually running between 1.5 - 2.5 hours, but also occasionally longer or shorter. 

Everyone attending Satsang must arrange their own food and accommodation.

Entrance into the Satsang Hall
We use a queuing system based on random lottery for entrance to the Satsang Hall. We have found this to be the best way of removing the need for anyone to arrive early to queue.

  • The gate opens at 8:30
  • The lines fill up until 9:00
  • When the bell rings everyone must be inside the queuing area
  • The lottery begins, and the person in the first row of each line draws a number
  • Each line will then enter the hall in the order that has been selected by the lottery
  • Anyone who is not inside the lottery queue area by 9:00 will wait in a separate queue until after the lines have entered

All timings are subject to change, so please check back here closer to the date.

Translations

We hope to be able to offer live simultaneous translation of the Satsang sessions in some languages. Although no languages are as yet confirmed, we expect there to be translation in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Hindi. Other languages will also be offered wherever possible. Available languages will be posted here when they are confirmed.

We also hope to offer a live broadcast from Rishikesh with simultaneous translation in the available languages through Mooji TV.  The days when translation will be available in your language will be posted at the beginning of each week during the season.

More information about how to access the translation service at the ashram in Rishikesh, as well as how to access the online translations will be shared here closer to the time.

Travel & Accommodation

IMPORTANT INFORMATION about travel, accommodation, helping at the event and much more can be found on the Buddleia Media website. 

Connecting on Facebook
You can connect with fellow travellers who are attending Satsang with Mooji through the event page on Facebook: Open Satsang with Mooji ~ India, 2019

Useful Tips!
Pack light! No need to bring too much to India. You will find most of your essentials in India, however the following are useful to bring:

  • Some warm clothing. Although it can be sunny in the daytime with temperatures around 20-30 ℃, the temperature can drop to around 7-10 ℃ at night.
  • Earplugs to allow you to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Over-the-neck passport bag or money-belt to carry money and passport.
  • ATM card.
  • A flashlight.
  • Good shoes that can be taken on and off easily.

Shoes are not to be worn inside temples or ashrams, and generally shoes are not worn inside most buildings. Footwear is usually left outside.

If you feel to give money to beggars, ten rupees is an average amount.

Avoid public displays of affection, such as hugging, walking hand-in-hand and kissing.

It is not advisable to walk alone at night, especially for women. Women travelling alone are also advised to take some extra precautions. National Geographic has some useful tips for solo women travellers here.

Traffic rules are generally not enforced in India so you must take care when walking on the roads. Be sure to use a torch at night to make yourself visible to vehicles passing by. Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road. The pedestrian pathways also follow the rule to walk on the left.

Please carefully read all of the information that is shared here, if you have any questions that remain unanswered you can write to india@mooji.org.

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