109. Eli Jaxon-Bear

Eli Jaxon-BearEli Jaxon-Bear was born Elliot J. Zeldow in Brooklyn, New York, in 1947. His eighteen-year spiritual path started in 1971, when he was a federal fugitive during the Vietnam war. In 1978, Kalu Rinpoche appointed him the president of the first Kagyu dharma center in Marin County. In 1982, he was presented with a Zen Teaching Fan at ChoShoJi Zen Temple in Japan.

After a search took him around the world and into many traditions and practices, his path and his search ended when he was pulled to India in 1990, where he met his final teacher, Sri H.W.L. Poonja. Confirming Eli’s realization, his teacher sent him back into the world to share his unique psychological insights into the nature of egoic suffering in support of self-realization.

Eli infuses the teaching with his teacher’s living transmission of silence. He presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for ruthless self-inquiry and final realization of true freedom. He dedicates his life to passing on the transmission of his teacher.

Eli currently meets people and teaches through the Leela Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace and freedom through universal self-realization.
He is the author of Sudden Awakening into Direct Realization, (New World Library), The Enneagram of Liberation: From Fixation to Freedom, (Gangaji Foundation Press), and he is the editor of Wake Up and Roar: Satsang with H.W.L. Poonja, (Sounds True).

Interview recorded 2/5/2012

2nd interview with Eli

Video and audio below. Audio also available as a Podcast.

107 thoughts on “109. Eli Jaxon-Bear

  1. Yeah, world’s largest satsang … Line-ups a mile long … perhaps I should also mention a tendency toward agoraphobia. But alas, perhaps Amma would help with that. :]]

  2. Snow… i seem to recall you had a significant dream about Amma… here’s a devotee … Advait… (who was interviewed by Rick)… with many dreams… too many for me to read all… so just in case this might be of interest… here they are… http://www.ammadreams.blogspot.com/

    Jill… thanks for your comments… have you met Stuart Schwartz… a friend of Pamela & also student of Robert…

  3. Yes Anatol – met Stuart about 10 years ago when he first started giving satsang in NY…I didn’t particularly resonate energetically, but many do…He was particularly warm to my sons after my husband passed – hosted them at a retreat in Sedona – and for that I’ll always be grateful..

  4. Thanks Anatol … always interested in reading about dreams. They are a wonderful source of inspiration. I did have an Amma dream the night before intending to attend one of her open darshans, but ended up getting sick and not able to venture any further than the vicinity of the bathroom. Her presence in the dream was powerful to say the least; I was only able to embrace it for a short time. I’m still very tempted to experience the Amma effect, the next time she’s in Toronto, despite the issue with crowds. Meditation helps in that regard.

  5. Eli makes a distinction between Freedom (ie. enlightened state) and behaviour/conduct. He says that Moksha is available to all, after all, Freedom must be Free. He says that being Saintly is not a prerequisite nor is it in relation to Freedom. There are saints who are not realised. There are realised who are saints. But there is no special or pressing correlation. I can understand his position.

    But where then do we draw the line between acceptable and unacceptable conduct? The spiritual teacher is not just anybody – let’s not pretend this to be the case – they are involved in a very delicate situation. So let’s say your Guru cheats on his pregnant wife. Does it fall on the “it can possibly be worked out” side. And if your Guru sleeps with a 16 year old girl, claiming it was not sexual but a form of initiation/transmission – and both the mother and the daughter were fully aware and willing? Where does this fall? I’m just saying, yes spiritual teachers are human, and their enlightenment is not directly about their character/personality/tendencies. But should there not be some standards for those who assume this role?

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