Thursday, 8 October 2015

Tolle

I've been a critic of Eckhart Tolle for quite some time now, in an attempt to broaden my understanding of his teachings I even attempted to read one of his books, 2005's A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (I find not just the title but the point of this book redundant, as Tolle himself already told you what your life's purpose was on page ii of his 1997 The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (a guide to spiritual enlightenment? Really?), "You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!").

I never finished it. I just couldn't. And I seem to have lost the book now; however, I do have some notes I took--my impressions of what I had read, what I skimmed through, and what I'd seen on YouTube:


"Tolle --> Gnostic-lite Hindu theosophy"

Which I clarified and expanded upon with:

"white, suburban, Gnostic, faux-Hindu, lower case 't' theosophical New Age/Self-Help BS that redefines (without giving the reader the old nor "new" definition) Christian & psychological terms. Very black and white with no philosophy."

I know, I know, I could explain myself better, but really, why bother? On Tolle's own website Roman Catholic Priest Richard Rohr (ahem...) makes the issue very clear for Orthodox Christians when he says, "In Tolle's world, Jesus is not central."

Not much left to say after that--they drew the line in the sand for us.


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