Jaxon-Bear's Mea Culpa
File under: Hands Where They Don't Belong
A former devotee shares his histrionic commentary about the Eli Jaxon-Bear sex scandal, along with Jaxon-Bear's letter of apology to his community:
The wound of the pain that I have caused will be with me for at least as long as this body lasts.It sounds like a pity party the size of Burning Man over there, and the whole thing pivots on the idea that there are separate entities who get hurt by stuff like this. There are and they do, but only as the result of ignorance (avidya), which is what these gurus are supposed to be dispelling.
The whole hullabaloo can be an opportunity for the parties involved to look past themselves as the people who are hurting to their underlying nondual truth, but instead they coddle and foster the very sense of identification they are all trying to transcend.
Nevertheless, it's a really good thing that it's all out in the open, despite the over-the-top mourning of the loss of trust, etc. And besides, what they're really mourning is the death of their own ideas about their teachers, and that's a really good thing too.