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Sudden Awakening
Stop Your Mind, Open Your Heart, and Discover Your True Nature
Eli Jaxon-Bear, Foreword by Gangaji
ISBN: 9781571747273
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
$16.95
6 x 9
208 pages
August 1, 2015


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“This is a book for awakening...for all of us to meet our true self. The first part of the book is like the finger pointing to the moon. The second is the light of the moon itself.” —Nancy Baker, dharma successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman and professor of philosophy at Sara Lawrence College

"Sudden Awakening is the real thing. It is not only a description of the moment of true spiritual awakening but is also an aid in the invariable obstacles barring that moment. This is not only a spot on study of the process leading to realization; it is a ringing manifesto of liberation. It is highly personal but also universal. I found it almost impossible to put down. I call it the real thing because there isn't even a moment of dogma or bias. Sudden Awakening went straight to my heart." —Dr. Murray Korngold, founder, Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists

“Eli's beautiful book evokes the timeless truth freshly and profoundly, calling a thrilling response from what is deepest and most authentic in the reader." —Gangaji

Everybody wants to be happy. Unfortunately, relatively few achieve bliss. Eli Jaxon-Bear explores how it is possible to achieve lives filled with gratitude and love. True happiness and meaning are achieved, he asserts, when we wake up, stop our minds, and open our hearts. It is then that we discover our true selves; our core identity that is part of the ultimate living intelligence of the universe; our true source.

Like Gangaji, Jaxon-Bear uses a method of self-investigation called “self-inquiry.” In the light of direct self-inquiry, limitations that once seemed to define ourselves are discovered to be more like transparent lines drawn on water. They exist only on the surface of consciousness in one’s imagination. When these illusions of mind are clearly exposed, true limitless being reveals itself.

This is a book that will appeal to those who are fans of Gangaji, Byron Katie, and Eckart Tolle. It is an articulate and helpful expression of a path to fulfillment for those wrestling with questions of identity and meaning.

Eli Jaxon-Bear has worked as a mailboy, dishwasher, steel-worker, teacher, and organic farmer. He was a community organizer with VISTA in Chicago and Detroit before entering a doctorate program at the Graduate School of International Studies in Denver, Colorado. He has been living with his partner and wife Gangaji since 1976. They currently reside in Ashland, Oregon. Eli meets people and teaches through the Leela Foundation: www.leela.org. Photo credit: Michael Waha
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Gangaji offers Sri Ramana Maharshi and Sri Poonjaji’s radical invitation to stop the search for fulfillment and enlightenment and to fully recognize the truth of one’s being, which is already completely whole, totally free, and permanently at peace. She lives in Ashland, Oregon. Photo credit: Michael Waha
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