- In the context of many postings this Indian perspective I hope will be
relevant. During the last 10 years I was pleasantly surprised to come
across the lives, experiences and writings of many Westerners which
were very close to the Indian trdition od God-realisation particularly
on the path of Knowledge(Gnana).
The unparalleled exemplar of the Gnani in modern times was Sri Ramana
Maharshi. Almost all recent writers have mentioned his name.
The pure Advaita Vedanta says ""There is no mind..." a line familiar
to many. Ego is Maya and Shankaracharya (8th century)who
expounded this in absolutely unambiguous terms says 'Maya is the power
which can make things appear - differently or make the unreal look
real. Hence the famous Vedic saying Brahman alone is Real all this is
However the word illusion has been tossed around and mixed up with the
word unreal which is interpreted as that which does not exist. Ramana
Maharshi clarified this;
"The world seen and experienced as different from Brahman is unreal"
But as long as the mind is 'ON" ie, ego is on this world and all that
we do and experience is our reality.
Eckhart Tolle with his Western and psychology backgrounds has put all
this i.e., based on his experiences in modern, scientific terminology
with which many educated people searching for something deeper find
It is inspiring to feel that spiritual ideas are spreading in many
different ways. How many of those touched will actually take up and
continue the search-thru reamains to be seen for "EGO" is that
elusive. Sri Ramakrishna in his unique simple words has captured it.
"It is like a weed which you cut and uproot and think it is gone, only
to see it sprouting after a few days'. The mind has the capacity to
read something 'understand' it at some level, file and forget it.
Realising and living it means a serious spiritual journey. That is
where the living presence and guidance of a Teacher becomes an
absolute necessity. Many of us have this blessing.
No doubt as Sri Chinmoy has said (not exact quote)even one person
attaining God-realisation will uplift the consciousness of entire
Eckhart Tolle's talk and writings can help clarify some questions and
help seekers who are ready to seriously challenge their EGO. Sri
Chinmoy's life and teachings focus on the physical, pranic and psychic
aspects, their transformation bypassing the intellectual mind -
usually referred to as Bhakti and Karma Yogas.