Eckhart Tolle - The Power of Now
- To meditate well and receive light â" a light not coming from a light
bulb or from the sun â" is a gift or grace, at least for me. To
meditate well one has to silence the mind and be calm and quiet
inside. But this is a rare experience for me.
Recently my mind was so restless I couldn't meditate. In a way it
left me frustrated. Out of the blue I came to talk to a disciple
from Austria at our last joyday in Germany someone I had never spoken
to before accept for business purposes.
Full of joy and with much enthusiasm he told me about an audio
collection of a book The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and how it
helped him to avoid getting angry in different situations in his
At first I listened to him and thought that I don't have problems
with getting angry and have a lot of books by Sri Chinmoy to read but
as he continued and talked about the transformation of the mind as
such and it's role in the evolution of mankind mentioning useless
repetitions of thoughts etc. I became more attentive and heard myself
saying, "I think Someone wants me to listen to that audio
collection." I wrote down my address and soon after the CDs had been
landing in my mailbox I found myself listening and listening for
hours and hours, days and nights. Today I finshed. The teachings and
insights have been working inside me for the whole last week and will
certainly do so for a few more days.
If anybody feels that his/her mind is torchering them from time to
time like mine sometimes does I highly recommend this collection or
the book that I mentioned above. It may not silence the mind
overnight but one gets a profound insight beyond the outer
Since I am meditating with Sri Chinmoy I did not do any of the
offered exercises to calm the mind which are surely good to do but
felt a compassionate light radiating from my meditation picture The
Transcendental Picture that embodies Sri Chinmoy's highest
consciousness. It was a very illumining experience to listen to all
the topics in the CDs but the most illumining experience was to feel
my master's compassionate presence â" his love, the love-light that
seemed to lift me up and brought me back the feeling of oneness with
others that I had been missing for a quite a while and allowed me to
accept a certain life situation by facing it and not running away
from reality and seeking shelter in the mind.
The topics are:
Consciousness â" the way out of pain
The root of fear
The search of the ego for perfection
Movement deep into the presence
Stop the illusion of time
Mind-strategies to avoid the presence
The state of present
The inner body
Portals and accesses to the Unmanifested
Beyond happiness and unhappiness is peace
The meaning of devotion
Here are some excerpts from the book:
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- Yes Doris,
I recently began reading his latest book, A New Earth (under the
reccomendation of Martin the dude whom we haven't heard from in a
while) and both of these books are very powerful indeed!
Sometimes we need to hear things in many different ways before we
Glad you are enjoying them!
- Doris and others who like 'The Power of Now',
As you know Eckhart Tolle is German although he studied in England,
for many years. His experiences with his own transformation of his
consciousness have been recorded and expressed in ways that the
Western world has come to accept. Even though he does not specifically
delineat spiritual concepts of God or even define meditation, he does
present a very practical approach to the expansion of personal
consciousness in the everyday world.
His book,'The Power of Now', is the first of a few that followed. 'A
New Earth' and 'Stillness Speaks' are also helpful on the practical
level of going beyond the noisy mind and ego.
This is good for some people as they try to deal with their limited
and limiting minds. Of course our Guru has been teaching us this on
every level of life including the physical, creative, emotional,
spiritual and psychic for many decades.
Because many people are afraid of the devotional aspect of meditation
and spiritual growth, they can start out with an approach like that of
Eckhart Tolle. As they progress, they may eventually come to realise
that a real Spiritual Master, which he does not claim to be, embodies
the Eternal answers to real transformation of our nature and
consciousness on every level, not just the emotional or mental.
Ekchart Tolle's books have inspired me to realize just how privileged
we are to have a true Spiritual Master for our Guru. I felt that if he
had ever met Sri Chinmoy he would have been so grateful and humbled in
his presence. It seems that there are spiritual teachers on many
levels trying to uplift humanity in every possible way and through all
the inevitable avenues of life's activities.
When I was reading Eckhart Tolle's books this winter I would read a
few pages, meditate a bit and then open up one of Guru's books like
'Everest-Aspiration' or a poetry book. This is one way to really see
Guru's writings with a fresh and lasting appreciation for just how
special and unique they are on such high and at the same time
Eckhart Tolle's writings and lectures are like stepping stones for
those who want to move on to a real spiritual life and transformation.
Then a sunlit spiritual path, like Sri Chinmoy's, could make a bit
more sense to those who have had no prior introduction to the
transformation of consciousness.
- Dear Purnakama and Arpan and all,
Yes, I did enjoy listening, but like Arpan said Sri Chinmoy's poems,
songs and other writings have to be felt with the heart and that was
really refreshing to feel Sri Chinmoy's ocean heart after
concentrating in the mind for quite some hours. When I wrote the
message I thought of possible readers who are not students of Sri
I also received the CD Stillness Speaks and New Earth sounds
interesting (I think you mentioned it already in an earlier post
Purnakama) but my mind needs some rest or better I still need some
rest from my mind.
One of Sri Chinmoy's songs goes:
"O my Lord, o my Lord, o my Lord,
Give me a heart of sweetness
To feel Your Love of oneness."
I am very grateful for the insights I got. E. Tolle did not define
meditation but he mentioned meditation as something positive and he
quoted Jesus Christ and interpreted his utterances. He also spoke
about the importance of the Bhagavad Gita.
This reminds me of a part in the Mahabharata where Yudhisthira was
suffering from a restless mind even though the Pandavas had won the
battle of Kurukshetra. He was told by a wise man that he had fought
very bravely and heroically but still he would have to conquer his
pride. But that is another story...
What I also liked is that E. Tolle speaks with a great sense of
balance in his voice without judging but at the same time not hiding
or wrapping any inner and outer truth such as invironmental
destruction of our planet Earth representing humanity's inner
consciousness. I had tears in my eyes when he spoke about the
importance of forgiveness in general and the forgiveness of the
present. If we can forgive the present then there will be no past
that has to be forgiven.
This is all so serious staff, I am inspired to tell you a joke:
A man lends another man some money. The men who receives the money
promises to pay it back the next day. But his friend does not trust
him. So the man wrote him a little note and signed it saying that he
would pay back the money tomorrow. The next day he did not pay back
the money and so it went on. When the man asked to get his money back
his friend said, "I wrote I will pay tomorrow."
P.S. I am sorry for the invention of a "torchering mind" (can you
imagine!) ;-) of course I meant to say a "torturing mind." I did
laugh at my own expense but then I was embarrassed. :-)
Have a good time
A German soul
- Eckhart Tolle's discussion of his book can be viewed here:
He did a webcast with Oprah - ten classes in all - discussing his
book, "A New Earth". It was a live webcast spanning ten weeks.
Viewer phoned in questions as part of the program.
P.S. Eckhart Tolle is from Norway (or so I heard).
- I had a similiar thought like Arpan who said in message 22722:
"I felt that if he (Eckhart Tolle) had ever met Sri Chinmoy he would
have been so grateful and humbled in his presence. It seems that
there are spiritual teachers on many levels trying to uplift humanity
in every possible way and through all the inevitable avenues of
In the newsletter Inspiration Sun nr.3 Arthada from Vienna, Austria
writes (excerpt from his article A Galaxy of Gurus):
"[...] There is another master living in Croatia who is a disciple of
a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Among the disciples of this master are
a husband and wife who are blind. When this couple decided to move to
Vienna several years ago, their master told them that since Vienna
was home to a Sri Chinmoy Centre, this would be an opportunity to
become Sri Chinmoy's disciples[...]
[...] A few months later Sri Chinmoy was planning to give a concert
in Slovenia, which is close to Croatia...Shortly after Sri Chinmoy's
visit to Slovenia the same seeker called me back. He told me that he
went to Slovenia on his own. When he got there he joined the master
and the master's other disciples and they all went to Sri Chinmoy's
concert. He said that he felt he was bathing in a sea of light while
he was there. This experience continued for days after the concert.
He said that he still saw Sri Chinmoy's light everywhere[...]
[...] I was also moved by the Croatian master. His heart was large
enough to offer his own long-term and very devoted disciples to Sri
One of my favourite recordings by Sri Chinmoy is Songs Of The Soul.
At least once a week I am listening to it.
Here is the part to read about The Mind:
The best time."
From 27'000 Aspiration-Plants
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P.S. Dear Natalie, Eckhart Tolle looks a bit like a Norwegian, but
according to wikipedia he was born in Dortmund, Germany in 1948. He
changed his name from Ulrich to Eckhart possibly hinting to the
mystic Master Eckhart who also lived in Gotha, Germany from 1260-1328