Teachings of Eckhart Tolle
(Anmol: It is always great to learn from someone who has real and deep experience of a subject and this is all the more important when it comes to meditation and spirituality. So below I would like to present the following guest post on the great modern spiritual master Eckhart Tolle from Axel, who was an actual Buddhist Monk and now shares his wisdom, knowledge and expertise with you on his great meditation website Axel G.
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Eckhart Tolle – A Modern Spiritual Teacher
There are many spiritual teachers in the world today, but how can you tell if they are genuine or fake? For the novice meditator, or seeker of truth, it’s almost impossible to see through the acting of a wannabe guru.
So, in this post I’ll introduce you to one of my main spiritual teachers. His name is Eckhart Tolle and he is both genuine, deeply inspiring and highly evolved. There are three things that make him stand out: Eckhart is a Westerner, he is not affiliated with any religion or tradition and he teaches in three languages.
Eckhart Toole’s Biography
Eckhart was born in Germany in 1948 and his parents gave him the name Ulrich. He was bullied in school from a young age and found the environment so hostile that he eventually refused to attend classes.
Eckhart’s parents often argued at home which finally lead to a divorce. Then, at the age of thirteen he moved to live with his father who had remarried in Spain. Eckhart never went to school full-time in Spain but he studied things that interested him such as languages, mysticism and astronomy.
At nineteen he went to live in London, UK, where he managed to get a job teaching German without any formal qualifications. Tolle eventually ended up in a PhD program at Cambridge university.
Awakening And Starting To Teach
All those years Eckhart had been deeply depressed, at times he was even suicidal. As it were, one night he woke up feeling anxious and terribly depressed. At that moment he realized the illusion of self. Eckhart was 29-years old when he attained higher consciousness.
He gradually started to teach in small groups at friends’ homes, round London. Years later, Eckhart moved to Canada and had his first book published in 1997, called The Power Of Now. Oprah Winfrey really took a liking to his beautiful teachings, and quickly millions of people where introduced to his profound spiritual wisdom. Since then, Eckhart has been teaching worldwide.
Eckhart Tolle’s Teachings
Like the title of his first book suggests, The Power Of Now, Eckhart’s teachings strongly emphasize awareness of the present moment. Another word for it is mindfulness. He encourages people to bring awareness into everyday live. His teachings are clear-cut and easy to understand for modern people. Moreover, Tolle often refers to Jesus and Buddha – however, he is not affiliated with any religion or spiritual tradition.
Eckhart’s style of teaching is as humorous as it’s humble; he is a very likeable person. I suggest you watch some of his free videos at YouTube to find out for yourself…
There is only one thing I miss with regard to his teachings. It’s not a major shortcoming but I wish he taught walking meditation, since it’s such a powerful practice.
Axel Gjertsen is a former Buddhist monk and lives in Thailand. He runs axel g which is a personal development site with a focus on meditation. Visit his meditation website to learn more about Eckhart Tolle.
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