current suggested assesment
|Belief-system||Evangelical Christian (alleged, needs conformation)|
|Former Guru||Adi Da|
Elias is an ex-devotee and well-known critic of Adi Da. I remember being quite impressed when reading his archives on the Light Mind forum. I found out about them from Geof Falk's Stripping the Gurus book (the chapter on Da). He semed from his material to be an intelligent, insightful, and thorough critic of Adi Da. Since that Time I have however been told things abpout him that are less than flattering.
From one associate:
"Elias is moderator of the (Lightmind) forum. He's conservative and can be tetchy."
From another correspondent:
"Aside from that, I will comment that Elias, who runs the Daism forum that is highly critical, has an axe to grind. He's a Jesus freak. Elias believes that Franklin is evil because Elias has taken up fundamentalist Christianity, not because of a real examination. He also goes through and removes anything that casts Franklin in any light but very dark. He banned me from the site because I would insist on being balanced, and because I called him on his Christian fundamentalism."
Apart from that I know nothing of this guy. I'm just sharing what I have heard here. Obviously there are many critics of Da Free John, not just Elias, and their various accounts would seem to collaborate. Also he really is a fundamentalist Christian, why should he write so highly of the Ashtavakra Gita, a nonduality text that would be abhorant to any theistic fundamentalist? As always, the reader should examine all the evidence and come to their own conclusion
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