Poster - Eckhart Tolle - German Mystic - Self Inquiry - Nature
Poster - Eckhart Tolle - German Mystic - Self Inquiry
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Eckhart-Tolle - German Mystic - Self Inquiry
“Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now.
That is precious indeed.
The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is.” – Eckhart Tolle Quotes Power of Now
Born 1948 - Germany
Born Ulrich Leonard Tölle in Lünen in the Ruhr Valley, Germany in 1948.
Tolle describes his childhood as unhappy. His parents fought and eventually separated, and he felt alienated from a hostile school environment.
He also experienced considerable fear and anxiety growing up in post-war Germany, where he would play in bombed-out buildings. He later stated that pain "was in the energy field of the country".
At the age of 13, he moved to Spain to live with his father.
His father did not insist that he attend high school, so Tolle elected to study literature, astronomy and languages at home.
At the age of 15, he read several books written by the German mystic Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken, also known as Bô Yin Râ.
Tolle has said he responded "very deeply" to those books.
At the age of 19, he moved to England and for three years taught German and Spanish. Troubled by "depression, anxiety and fear", he began "searching for answers" in his life.
In his early twenties, he decided to pursue his search by studying philosophy, psychology, and literature, and enrolled in the University of London.
After graduating, he was offered a scholarship to do postgraduate research at Cambridge, which he entered in 1977 but dropped out.
One night in 1977, at the age of 29, after having suffered from long periods of depression, Tolle says he experienced an "inner transformation":
That night he awakened from his sleep, suffering from feelings of depression that were "almost unbearable," but then experienced a life-changing epiphany. Recounting the experience:
I couldn’t live with myself any longer. And in this a question arose without an answer: who is the ‘I’ that cannot live with the self? What is the self? I felt drawn into a void! I didn’t know at the time that what really happened was the mind-made self, with its heaviness, its problems, that lives between the unsatisfying past and the fearful future, collapsed. It dissolved.
The next morning I woke up and everything was so peaceful. The peace was there because there was no self.
Just a sense of presence or "beingness," just observing and watching.
Tolle's first book, The Power of Now, was first published in 1997 by Namaste Publishing.
Eventually his 3rd book ' A New Earth' was a great success and a relation with Oprah Winfrey made him tv-famous.
He formed a company to sell products related to his teachings called Eckhart Teachings. He created a website called Eckhart Tolle TV, with streaming video of monthly group meditations and other videos.
Authors note: His method of realization is classical Buddhism and Ramana Maharashis self-inquiry (follow the 'I-I'). It is also a classic zen method. His term of 'depression' is what in Buddhism we call simply suffering. They teach that the spiritual path starts with the realization of the truth or fact of suffering in life and in ones mind. The 1st of 4 noble truths. The influence of German Mystics also harp on these methods. -raul
As reference we note that Germany has had a number of remarkable mystics we expand below since they are related to Tolle.
About: Joseph Anton Schneiderfranken http://www.boyinra.org/ He was influenced by Jakob Böhme In 1920, he founded the Jakob Böhme Society. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakob_Böhme A German philosopher, Christian mystic, and Lutheran Protestant theologian. In 1600 Böhme had a remrkable vision, and wrote his insights in over 30 of very deep books, like 'The Way to Christ'.
Meister Eckhart fiery sermons have also rose to prominence among spiritual seekers.
Meister Eckhart https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meister_Eckhart https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/73092.Meister_Eckhart https://www.britannica.com/biography/Meister-Eckhart https://www.ccel.org/ccel/eckhart/sermons.html