Satsang with Mooji
Satsang with Mooji
Jan 24, 2021
Start by Saying Thank You
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Mooji shows us how the simple act of saying ‘thank you’ allows us to lose the heavy baggage of the ego and come into a sense of harmony with life.

"Simply start by saying ‘thank you'.

Thank you that I’m able to hear words like this inside my heart and to feel a sense of their magnitude of what they point to as the spirit of truth and what I truly am in myself.”

Monte Sahaja, Portugal
8 October 2020

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