Eli Jaxon Bear
A spiritual revolutionary and pioneer in the consciousness movement , Eli Jaxon-Bear was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947. After being a civil right marcher in Alabama, his spiritual path started in 1971, when he was a federal fugitive during the Vietnam war. A life long search for freedom took him around the world and into many spiritual traditions, from a Zen Monastery in Japan to a Sufi Clan in Marrakesh. In 1978 Kalu Rinpoche appointed him the president of the first Tibetan Dharma Center in Marin County. In 1982, he was presented with a Zen Teaching Fan at ChoShoJi Zen Temple in Japan.
Eli’s search ended when he was drawn to India (1990) where he met his final teacher, Sri H.W.L Poonja, whom he called Papaji. Papaji was a direct disciple of the renowned Indian SaintRamana Maharshi. Confirming Eli's realization, Papaji sent him back into the world to share his unique psychological insights into the nature of egoic suffering in support of self-realization. His life is dedicated to passing on the transmission and teachings of Papaji and supporting his wife, the spiritual teacher called Gangaji.
Eli founded and currently teaches through the Leela Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace and freedom through universal self-realization. He also heads The Leela School, for training therapists and teachers, in the U.S., Australia and The Netherlands. Eli’s is the author of many booksincluding From Fixation to Freedom: The Enneagram of Liberation (Leela Foundation2007) , Sudden Awakening (Hampton Roads 2015), and the spiritual classic Wake Up and Roar: Satsang with Papaji (with new forewords by Eli, Gangaji and Prince Ea) featuring the first ever audio edition andpublished in collaboration with Waterside Press and New Morning Books.
For more information please visit: Leela.org.