An Outlaw Makes It Home: The Awakening of a Spiritual Revolutionary...Can drugs, sex and revolution lead to lasting fulfillment and love? This memoir by Eli, framed as a teaching story, using Joseph Campbell’s model of the hero journey, answers this question in an exciting, funny and deeply personal way; while showing us the tests and traps along the way that each of us might meet on our life's journey. An Outlaw Makes It Home is an odyssey, a journey out and a return home. A candid, compelling and raucous spiritual adventure story, with an element of danger when Eli goes underground as a federal fugitive during the Vietnam War. From underground revolutionary to spiritual awakening, he takes us with him from uncharted outback of Peru to a monastery in Japan, an initiation into a Sufi clan in Marrakesh, and the streets of India in his quest for a final teacher.
A lifelong search for freedom took Eli around the world and into many spiritual traditions from a Zen monastery in Japan to a Sufi circle in Marrakesh, among others. His search ended when he was drawn to India (1990) where he met his final teacher, Sri H.W.L Poonja, lovingly known as Papaji; a direct disciple of the renowned Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi.
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 his teaching with his teacher’s living transmission of silence and peace. He presents a unique map of egoic identification as a vehicle for ruthless self-inquiry and final realization of true freedom. His life is dedicated to passing on the transmission of his teacher.
Eli founded and currently teaches through The Leela Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to world peace and freedom through universal self-realization, as well as The Leela School.