There is no God–Eckhart Tolle says so

There is no God–Eckhart Tolle says so

by Cindy Fredrickson on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 12:11pm
There are many paths to enlightenment but only one path to salvation. That I believe this is irrelevant, or is it?  Tolle describes [what seems to me] a solid psychological meditative technique in his book, The Power of Now, in a simplistic way that even I can understand, but hasn’t meditation, been taught and practiced, especially in Eastern cultures, for centuries?How the ancients must be laughing at Tolle’s attempts to explain it anew.
Well, they could if there were, as Tolle clearly believes there is *not,* life after physical death, that is, death when the heart stops beating, not the pseudo figurative “death” to the physical that Tolle would no doubt speak of. As a Buddhist might say of nirvana (liken it to Tolle’s encounter with “Being”), “Those who say do not know and those who know do not say,” a fact even Tolle acknowledges: “…and yet I am saying,” he writes, emphatically.

In any event, Tolle teaches useful coping techniques seated in meditation, but what is his real agenda?

If you cannot see by the time you reach the final chapter that he wishes to convince all that there is no God, no deity, of any kind; that we, upon practicing his techniques can become “God,” you haven’t actually been paying attention.

He says that the concept of God has merely been misinterpreted and misunderstood by the masses all these years. (So, may all ye who believe and worship in the God of your forefathers know that you have had it wrong all along. Eckhart Tolle says so. I hope you understand I am being sarcastic.)

Tolle makes countless statements specifically debunking the Christian faith and, by less obvious implication, any other faith whereby one believes in a deity. He saves the bulk of his blatant onslaught against Christianity until the very last chapter, though he touches upon it and hints upon it from the very beginning.

Tolle stops just short of calling himself another Christ. Actually, he does equate himself with Christ, whom he considers a fellow fully enlightened one, granting with no hint of egotism whatsoever, that through practicing his techniques, all of us can become equal to Christ, per his definition.

On the paper jacket of the hardcover copy, in a biographical blurb, he claims that he had his first encounter with his “Being” at the age of twenty nine–in his thirtieth year. You know, they say Jesus Christ was 30 when he appeared on the scene, performing miracles and bringing “the good news” to the masses.

NOT having read a variety of spiritual works of numerous spiritual leaders, ancient or modern, as that is not a need of mine, but having read The Power of Now, my only positive take away from the book is this: a solid psychological technique which, if applied wisely, can make life as I know it here on earth easier, better, or happier, in any circumstance. Life may even feel like one step this side of Heaven at times, but I know it isn’t. Heaven, that is.

I do not buy Tolle’s argument that this “Being” I may get in touch with while meditating is my salvation, my God or anything other than a pure state of peace of mind—a creation of and a state allowed by, my mind. This I know; how Tolle missed it while studying the Christian scriptures, I will never understand. (There are certain things you do not want to be in denial of, Mr. Tolle.)

The mind is a powerful tool; master it, but be careful who or what you worship.
Cindy K. Fredrickson

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