Mr Graham Moore passed away October 5th. He was dearly loved by many people in the Philosophy School, and his wisdom, humour, warmth and presence will be sorely missed.
Mr Moore took over the leadership of the Durban School Philosophy in 1992 after Mr Lawrence Stretton passed away. He was our school leader for 20 years.
He was appointed leader by Mr Leon MacLaren who founded the School of Philosophy and Economic Science in London, in 1937.
Mr Moore stepped down from the post due to age and illness, after good and faithful service. He had the title ‘Emeritus’ thereafter.
Mr Moore was an Engineer by profession – he had studied the Universal Elements at length – he made a point of passing this knowledge on to younger student Engineers.
He was married to Shirley, and they had 3 children: Bill, Helen and Catherine. Bill and his wife have a daughter, who will turn 5 this month.
Graham was a good friend, who worked very hard and who always put the Truth first.
He loved the students – and they loved him.
Go well Graham.
At the time of Mr Moore’s passing…. I was with my little daughter Shriya. I said to her “look at the clouds moving in the sky”
The clouds were moving briskly. The sky was in a hurry to clear itself and that activity in itself was so beautiful to observe… as through the observation of that movement complete stillness was experienced.
A Bhagavad Gita verse immediately came to mind… regarding inaction in action. All was clear and still.
Mr Moore, a great man indeed. A true Father, yogi and master to us all.
This is the verse that came to mind:
Bhagavad Gita chap 4, verse 18
Those who see action in inaction and inaction in action are truly wise amongst humans. Although performing all kinds of actions, they are yogis and masters of all their actions.”
The above sloka is an apt description of Mr Moore. “Truly wise amongst humans”
“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Kahlil Gibran.
Mr Moore touched so many lives in so many different ways. He was inspiring, passionate about the truth, always willing to listen and give practical guidance.
He was the epitome of practical philosophy. He leaves a light behind him and will always be remembered.
The Buddha said,
Life is a journey.
Death is a return to earth.
The universe is like an inn.
The passing years are like dust.
Regard this phantom world
As a star at dawn, a bubble in a stream,
A flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
A flickering lamp – a phantom – and a dream.
Surely be miss like a father to me led by example and simplicity, love u Mr Moore
Mr Moore, you were so kind and helpful to me and everybody in the school. I enjoyed and understood the material during the study days when you were in charge. Such a very dedicated person. Thank you very much. Rest in peace.
Mr Graham Moore was my first tutor once I was moved from the junior to middle school group around the early nineties. He remained my tutor right through to the time when he retired from the leadership role he had occupied since the passing of Mr Lawrence Stretton. So it’s fair to say that I knew him well and shared weekend and annual retreats with him as well as many study mornings and in all likelihood spent more time in his company then my own family.
He took over the tutoring of the senior group soon after I was moved to that group and I recall him having quite a hard time being accepted by some of the senior students who had been with Mr Stretton since the inception of the Durban School. But I admired the way he dealt with this and in time became a well loved and respected leader largely due to his obvious dedication to the Truth and the Teaching.
Something that I am always reminded of is his urging students to ask questions because without questions there could be no growth and with practice one could learn to frame their questions respectfully from a point of view of not knowing and seeking to discover. His probing of our questions was something I found most valuable.
But most of all I will miss his laugh and sense of humour and his readiness to meet students needs whatever they may have been often to the detriment of his own private life. He literally devoted his life to the service of Truth and as we have been taught, there is no other higher or noble service one can engage in.
I will miss you Mr Moore and hopefully we can meet again soon. Hasta la vista and ve con Dios.
Mr Moore personified the spiritual virtues of compassion, love and steadfastness.
He followed the truth and always referred me to it, no matter how hard the lesson was that had to be learnt.
I am eternally grateful to him for the support and example he was and for me, still is and will be in the future.
If we are ONE how can there be separation?
Mr Moore, You made every person that stood in front of you, feel as though they were the most special person, not because you were looking for favours or popularity but because you connected with the SELF IN THEM.
Mr Moore you were dedication unsurpassed, not because you had to pass an examination, but because you connected to the strength of the SELF
Mr Moore, you encouraged and helped, in making sure the scriptures that were needed by students, were sent to them, not because you expected a good class pass rate, – but because you saw the importance of universality of SELF
Mr Moore, the respect you held for your gurus-from the Highest to those even so much younger, chosen to the chair, not be teacher’s pet, but because your heart connected with spiritual courage of all Gurus, connected to SELF
Mr Moore, the emotions you recently started showing when speaking of family, friends, Gurus, scriptures was not because of lack of bhava, but because you experienced the freedom of the SELF.
ONE could go on and on, but I think now’s the right time to embrace Mr Moore as SELF
Dear Mr. Moore, you touched so many lives with your wisdom and will continue to do so in the future. We will so miss your passion and enthusiasm, and your ability to explain a seemingly complex subject in the simplest of ways. Your dedication to your family and the school, your love of the Truth, and of building bridges, history, and books, your wonderful sense of humour, and that very special laugh, are things that will always be remembered with love. I will always hold you close in my heart.
I’ve attached a poem that I like but I understand if it’s not the kind of thing you want to put up on the web site. Poetry tends to get interpreted in many different ways by people.
There is a grace approaching
that we shun as much as death,
it is the completion of our birth.
It does not come in time,
but in timelessness
when the mind sinks into the heart
and we remember.
It is an insistent grace that draws us
to the edge and beckons us to surrender
safe territory and enter our enormity.
We know we must pass
and fear the shedding.
But we are pulled upward
through forgotten ghosts
and unexpected angels,
And there is nothing left to say
but we are That.
And that is what we sing about.
~ Stephen Levine
Graham Moore was our Philosophy School leader for 20 years.
He loved deeply, and was deeply loved in return.
He corrected gently. He always set a good example.
He was a perfectionist – which could sometimes drive us nuts!!
He studied with enthusiasm, and shared his findings with us all… beautifully written out by hand.
Graham Moore was a good man – our Mentor, our friend, and our brother.
Such a special man. Will continue to pray and meditate for him.
I will convey this message to Mum (Leonie Downing).
Our condolences to his family, and to his Philosophy family.
I remember him with much respect and love.
A lovely soul has gone free. I’ll always remember his humility, kindness and care.
He was such a dedicated and devoted person. We have no doubt that he has found rest and peace – an important teacher on many levels.
Anna (ex JHB)
I only came into contact with this gentle man at the Annual Satsanga and I am very glad that I did – even if it was just to serve him a cup of tea or iron a shirt.
He is at supreme peace.
Blessings to him the Teacher. Om Shanti.
This is sad news indeed. Thank you for letting me know.
My first remembrance of Mr Moore was when I was in Grade 8 (age 16), and I was introduced to the School of Philosophy by my mum who was already a member here. I was asked to join the Youth Group. On the occasional Wednesday Mr Moore would come to School for various meetings or study sessions. This was my first glimpse of this remarkable man, …..gradually during the tea breaks, I met his acquaintance. Even as youth, in my “unconverted state” I believed that Mr Moore was one of the greatest tutors ever. I clearly remember the passion and fervour with which he conducted classes, not to mention…that most infectious laugh. If I were to describe Mr Moore in a simple biblical phrase it would be with the words “man of God.”
Fast forward to one of the greatest occasions in any girl’s life, My wedding. By this time, I was now part of a ladies group which was tutored by Mr Moore. When I invited him officially to the wedding, he asked me very sincerely if there was anything he could do to help. Without thinking, almost like divine intervention I blurted “would you please speak on my behalf?” A role normally fit for a father or a representative in the family that we hold in high esteem, and my own father being late, it had to be Mr Moore in my mind because he guided and blessed me with words of wisdom during the most crucial stages of my life. To my surprise Mr Moore immediately accepted and held my honour on the day. Since then I have always regarded him as both a teacher and a Fatherly figure. One of the greatest gifts he has left us is his own example of faithfulness. Faithfulness to The School of Philosophy, faithfulness to its Teachings and faithfulness to all the students of the School of Philosophy. We will strive to emulate that in some way.
Thank you to the Family of Mr Moore for sharing this remarkable Guru with us so selflessly. Our prayer is that his soul attains eternal Moksha. Your presence here on earth will definitely be missed!