The New York Times called Eckhart Tolle “the most popular spiritual author in the United States”. His books, “The power of Now” and “Stillness speaks” have sold millions of copies with translations in 33 languages.
[The Quran verses are only given as reference to similar topic]
- Ego is an illusory sense of self (25:43). It implies unawareness. Our consciousness is based on ego.
- Thoughts are tormentors in the head (2:284). Voice in head is not who I am.
- There is a difference between knowing yourself and knowing about yourself. This awareness (where thoughts exist) becomes an agent for change.
- Having control is an illusion (3:109).
- Have an honest self-evaluation (17:14) and let go of the past (25:70).
- Unhappiness is based on your thoughts (28:69). Inner peace is not based on perceived thoughts. Material possessions will not bring happiness (11:15).
- The present moment or the power of now (rather than the past or future) should be the primary focus of life.
NOW THEN, WHERE WILL YOU GO?
This is a message for all the people.
For those who wish to go straight.
Whatever you will is in accordance with the will of GOD, Lord of the universe. [81:26-29]
There is a perceived value in Tolle’s teachings for quite a few humans as evidenced by the book sales and by other self-help books. Should an individual reach the destination of ‘now’ by following Tolle’s teachings, what happens then?
The answer – oblivion. The absence of God from an individual’s life makes everything else, infinitesimal.
“I have devoted myself absolutely to the One who initiated the heavens and the earth; I will never be an idol worshiper.” [6:79]
- Like other new-agers, Tolle advocates looking to the universe for guidance, rather than to the Creator of the universe.
- According to Tolle, Heaven is inner awakening. As we know, there can be no belief in God without belief in the Hereafter.
- Per Tolle, universe creation is an ongoing process. Per Tolle, an outside agent creates and walks away and there is an evolving god and humans.
- Tolle makes no distinction between humans and God; and considers both to share divinity.
- Tolle believes in Pantheism – Pantheism is the belief that reality is identical with divinity, or that all-things compose an all-encompassing, immanent god.
GOD: there is no other god besides Him, the Living, the Eternal. Never a moment of unawareness or slumber overtakes Him. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. No one attains any knowledge, except as He wills. His dominion encompasses the heavens and the earth, and ruling them never burdens Him. He is the Most High, the Great. [2:255]
Thank you for sharing these words! I’d been researching Tolle as my son has taken an interest in the subject. Everything else I’d read so far (to be fair, I’ve read none of his books – just online info) was a recycling of his catch phrases and no real information or data.
I tend to agree with you on the religious points, but even putting that aside there is no true peace or any real comfort in shutting out the past and disregarding the future. The past is the foundation we stand upon today and the future exercises goals and inspires hope in becoming more than we are now. The notion of being inside yourself to find a ‘moment’ recalls the protective reflex of domestic and sexual abuse victims whom encapsulate themselves inside their minds – in their ‘Happy Place’ – instead of acknowleging reality and altering their circumstance.