Monte Sahaja

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We didn’t come to Monte Sahaja to start a new community
or to run away from society.
We came here only for Freedom.

~ Mooji

Moojibaba fully embraces all those who come to him in search of Truth. Whether you have met him in Satsang around the world, or through the podcasts and videos offered online, he welcomes those coming to Monte Sahaja for liberation and encourages each one to make full use of their time on this holy land.

Monte Sahaja is an ashram where those who are drawn to real spiritual awakening may replenish and merge themselves with the spirit of Truth. Sahaja is an oasis for spiritual introspection where beings from around the world who are deeply familiar with Moojibaba’s teachings can fully immerse themselves in Satsang and enter their own inner journey of self-discovery.

Monte Sahaja is also Mooji’s home. Moojibaba moved here some years ago with the vision to establish a space that would be a spiritual haven for genuine seekers of Truth. It is a rare place in this world as it is entirely dedicated to the complete realisation of the Self. Through the power and grace of Moojibaba’s direct pointings, each one is compelled to use their time at Monte Sahaja to contemplate and confirm their true nature as unchanging Awareness. Monte Sahaja totally supports this inner exploration, as each one is regarded as a genuine aspirant who is responding to the inner calling from the Self to be free in this lifetime.

In Monte Sahaja, silence and inner focus is the prevailing climate regardless of the daily activities engaged in, which range from contemplative in nature to more practical tasks such as Seva. Seva is an ancient spiritual tradition from the east which encourages selfless service. Regarding Seva, Moojibaba says, ‘Seva is action done without selfish motives or actions performed free from self-centredness. Service offered in this way, with this attitude of selflessness, is an authentic path leading to the realisation of the Self.’

Throughout the day there is also time and space for silent sittings, chanting, guided meditations, and other group activities such as laughing yoga or bhajans.

Occasionally, spontaneous Satsangs are offered by Moojibaba, and we all come together for this sacred time. However, Satsang is imbibed through our Seva, and the vibrant and potent energy field that permeates all of Sahaja.

About the Land

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Monte Sahaja is situated in the hilly region of Alentejo in southern Portugal. Its varied terrain offers many beautiful spaces to explore, such as small ponds, hidden paths and vistas, and quiet places for meditation and contemplation. There are some steep hills and valleys, which can feel quite demanding in the beginning of your stay. However, many people experience an amazing increase in fitness in a relatively short span of time.

Springtime in Alentejo, and especially here at Monte Sahaja, is a glorious season where wild flowers can best be appreciated as they flourish profusely over the savanna-like landscape. There are many Olive trees, Cork Oaks, Medronhos, Carobs and Eucalyptus trees on the land and in the surrounding area. The fresh springtime breeze, often fragranced by the amazing palette of wild and traditional flowers and the smell of Eucalyptus trees, is a special treat. Moojibaba enjoys this time of the year very much.

Please be aware that Alentejo can also become very hot during the summer and often the lush landscape of spring and early summer begins turning in colour to raw sienna and umber. Some say they are reminded of the African Serengeti or certain regions of Australia. Alentejanos are well used to destructive wild fires that are so easily started during the driest seasons. Many prized trees are lost each year. Monte Sahaja fully supports and complies with the local and regional efforts to keep fires to a minimum. We also endeavour to conserve water wherever we can.

Visiting Monte Sahaja — An Important Change

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We fully appreciate the natural urge to come to Monte Sahaja, the home and ashram of Moojibaba. It is possible for those who are deeply immersed in Satsang with Moojibaba to apply to visit in a variety of ways.

Regardless of the type of visit, everyone must apply and receive confirmation from Monte Sahaja that it is possible to come. This now includes those staying in the area and Sunday Satsang.

Sunday Satsang
Genuine seekers of Truth who feel the urge to come to Monte Sahaja for Sunday Satsang are invited to find out more and apply here. Please note that Sunday Satsang is not offered every week.

Guest Stays 2018
There are several periods throughout the year where it is possible to stay at Monte Sahaja for 7-10 days.
The next Guest Period will be from 7 – 17 September.
Applications open in June.
Applications for the Spring Guest Period are now closed.
More information can be found here.

Visiting Monte Sahaja while staying in the surrounding area
There are some periods where it is possible to visit Monte Sahaja on visiting days and have the opportunity to participate in the ashram program while staying in the surrounding area. More information about staying in the area can be found in ‘Accommodation’ below and the link to apply for a day visit is here.

Please note that Sahaja cannot accommodate drop-ins or casual visitors at any time.

Accommodation in the Area

If you have been invited to visit Monte Sahaja while staying in the surrounding area, you must arrange your accommodation before you come. Monte Sahaja is located in a very beautiful, but remote and rural part of Portugal, and, as such, accommodation is limited.

To find a place to stay in the area, please see Amoreiras.info. This website also has information about nearby train stations, banks, cafes, etc.

Free camping or ‘wild camping’ is strictly prohibited in this area. The local community is quite traditional and does not welcome people camping on private or public property without permission.

Please be sure to apply and receive confirmation that it is possible for you to visit Monte Sahaja before making travel plans.

Children at Monte Sahaja

While children are very much loved by Mooji and the Sangha, it is not possible to visit Monte Sahaja with children. Monte Sahaja is dedicated to self-discovery and we have found over the years that the atmosphere at Monte Sahaja is one of introspection and meditation and is not always suitable for children.

Some children who genuinely have a connection with Mooji, and are themselves naturally drawn to Satsang, may occasionally be able to visit under the supervision of their parents. This calling and wish to be in Satsang must genuinely come from the child. As with all visits to Sahaja, applications must be made in advance.