"Now I see why people write to me that they wake up from just reading this book!"
ABOUT THE BOOK
Known to the world as Papaji, Sri H.W.L. Poonja introduced Satsang to the West. Eli Jaxon-Bear, who met Papaji before he was well known, set out on a mission of spreading Papaji’s name and teachings to everyone: Wake Up and Roar: Satsang with Papaji is the profound result. It continues to thrive as a living teaching awakening truth seekers with authentic and grounded wisdom from this great, beloved modern Sage. Read the book that continues to impact spiritual seekers around the world.
- Receive Papaji’s radical transmission of a silent mind.
- Experience profound teachings infused with truth.
- Awaken instantly through direct self discovery.
Now for the first time, the book is available in audio format; narrated by Eli Jaxon-Bear (the voice of Papaji), and Prince Ea (as the student).
Wake Up and Roar offers the reader an opportunity to awaken, here and now, regardless of your background, religion, spiritual practice or circumstances. Blending humor, logic, and illuminating storytelling, Papaji extends his gracious wisdom that speaks to the earnest truth seeker investigating the nature of mind, and addresses practical and esoteric questions such as how to be in this chaotic world and still find peace.
"In this well-organized, thought-provoking book, talks with charismatic pundit Sri Harilal W.L. Poonja reveal his knowledge and advice regarding profound spiritual matters.
In a brief biographical segment, we learn that Poonja (1910-1997) was the nephew of Swami Ram Tirtha, noted Indian poet and teacher. He had spiritual leanings from childhood, and in later life was contacted for guidance by individuals who knew of his relationship with the great master Bhagavan Sri Ramana. The book’s editor, Eli Jaxon-Bear, and his wife, Gangaji, who wrote an eloquent Foreword, are American spiritual seekers who, in 1990-91, tape-recorded intimate group meetings, or satsang, with Poonja, known as Papaji. The text of Wake Up and Roar is not a literal transcription but is based on these recordings.
Papaji’s talks, which took place in his house in Lucknow, are arranged here by topic, not chronology, with chapter headings such as “Who Are You?”; “Practice and Meditation”; “Desire”; Realization,” etc. He is revealed as a spontaneous, eclectic teacher who advised his followers to detach from worldly desires. His unnamed visitors pose questions; Papaji answers them directly. For example, when a listener asks if he can stay and serve Papaji, the master answers, “If you don’t know yourself, what help can you be to another?” He can also be amusing. A physician asks whom he should serve, and Papaji unhesitatingly responds, “Patients.”
Some may relate Papaji’s interactions to the “hard sayings” referred to by Jesus; others may be reminded of the mystical pronouncements of the Zen masters. To the uninitiated, Papaji’s responses may sometimes seem like rebuffs but are framed to help the aspirant think and, paradoxically, learn not to over-think spiritual dilemmas.
Papaji died in 1997, leaving no writings for study by later disciples. These annals, filled with his quiet wisdom, offer a glimpse into his philosophy and method of interacting with his devotees. They are sure to be appreciated by his followers and perhaps new devotees as well.
Also available as an Audio Book and ebook."
– BlueInk Review
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"A series of spiritual conversations led by a teacher of enlightenment.
Sri Harilal W. Poonja was born in 1910 in Gujrawala, India. His mother was the sister of Hindu Swami Ram Tirtha, a celebrated religious figure. A spiritually precocious child, Poonja eventually grew to become a disciple of the Hindu sage Ramana Maharshi. Author Jaxon-Bear (Sudden Awakening, 2012, etc.) met Poonja, commonly known as “Papaji,” in Lucknow, India, in 1990 and was entranced by the depth of his teachings. The bulk of this book is an assemblage of transcripts of Poonja’s satsangs—group conversations led by a spiritual teacher, reminiscent of Socratic dialogues. These discussions took place over more than a year, from January 1990 to April 1991, in Poonja’s home and covered a remarkable swath of philosophical ground, discussing such things as the nature of true freedom and enlightenment, the distinction between nirvana and samsara, meditation, love, and death. The thematic twine that holds it all together, though, is the goal of emptiness—a transcendence of dualistic conceptualizations that create the illusion of the separation of the self: “The Self contains everything,” said Poonja. “There is nothing apart from it. This is why you can call it emptiness. There is nothing beyond emptiness. All is empty. Nothing ever exists.” Jaxon-Bear ably provides context for readers to understand these discussions as well as a concise biography of Poonja. The conversations aren’t always easy to digest and may prove esoteric to those unfamiliar with Eastern spirituality. However, Poonja is shown to be a truly gifted and charming teacher, and the dialogues repay careful attention. There are also some engaging departures from traditional Buddhist doctrines; for example, Poonja rejects the notion of cosmic karma and criticizes the Dalai Lama’s teachings regarding the nature of morality, or “right action.” The whole book is a fount of provocative wisdom.
A succinct introduction to an intriguing set of spiritual teachings."
– Kirkus Reviews
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FOREWORD BY PRINCE EA
Gangaji, Prince Ea and Eli Jaxon-Bear
"Papaji's words are signposts merely pointing. It is up to you to come into direct experience with the truth, it is up to you to 'Wake up and Roar.' The fact that you have found this book or it has somehow found you, means that you are being led by Grace. I urge you to go all the way with an open mind and an open heart."
THE SEARCH FOR A FULLY SELF-REALIZED TEACHER: A SLIDESHOW OF MEETING PAPAJI
After an 18 year search through all the major spiritual traditions and teachers, in 1990 I landed in Delhi in my search for a true teacher. This slide show was shot as I searched until finding a living Buddha in Lucknow. I narrate as I take you on the journey through India to the final meeting with Papaji, a then unknown teacher in the West.
~ Eli Jaxon-Bear
Wake Up and Roar reveals the final truth of how to realize yourself and live a life of fulfillment and love.
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO ACCESS
We have created a short video of never before seen footage that is only available here.
Before Eli brought a video camera with him to India, there were no audios or videos of Papaji’s satsang. This video contains never before seen footage of Gangaji, when she was still Toni, walking along the River Ganga on her way to her first meeting with Papaji; Eli asking Papaji a question from behind the camera at Papaji’s home, and Gangaji’s final question to Papaji, in satsang beside the river Ganga (where he calls her Miss Toni). It also includes a private meeting with Papaji at his dining room table in Lucknow, as he gives Gangaji a teaching that is never spoken in public.
It is truly beautiful to witness both Gangaji’s and Eli’s love for their teacher in these rare clips.
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INTERVIEW OF ELI JAXON-BEAR BY PRINCE EA
After a search took him around the world and into many traditions and practices, Eli Jaxon-Bear’s path and his search ended when he was pulled to India in 1990, where he met his final teacher, Papaji. 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 selfrealization. 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.
Gangaji is an internationally renowned teacher and author dedicated to sharing a path of freedom through self inquiry. In 1990, the answer to her final prayer for true help came unexpectedly, taking her to India. There on the banks of the river Ganga, she met Papaji, who opened the floodgates of her self-recognition. Today, Gangaji travels the world speaking to people from all walks of life. She powerfully articulates how it is possible to directly experience the truth of who you are and in that, discover true peace and lasting fulfillment. Her books include: The Diamond in Your Pocket: Discovering Your True Radiance; Hidden Treasure: Uncovering the Truth in Your Life Story; and You Are THAT! Satsang with Gangaji.
Image courtesy of Kyer Wiltshire / KyerWiltshire.com
Prince Ea is a Poet, Philosopher, Filmmaker, Musician and social media phenom who has touched the hearts, minds and souls of millions of people worldwide. His work has been featured on Oprah and has accumulated over 500 million views on Facebook and YouTube alone. Prince Ea is devoted to growing and informing the world through the power of Love, as he believes it is the answer to every problem facing the planet today. He continues to spread that message through his authentic voice and original content.