Eckhart's Stinky "Presence"
File under: The Siddhi of PR
Today it was suggested that we take a look at Eckhart Tolle. We haven't read his book, The Power of Now, but we've run into many folks online who regard it as a kind of bible. And according to the official Eckhart Tolle Teachings, Inc. website, it's so much more than just words:
Readers of The Power of Now will already know that Eckhart has the rare gift of being able to convey the deepest spiritual truth in clear and simple words. More importantly than any words, however, these sessions represent an invaluable opportunity to allow yourself to be drawn into the awakened state by the intense conscious presence of the teacher and thus experience it first hand.Let's all welcome Tolle to the ranks of occlusion spewing, self-aggrandizing gurus who make it all about themselves in their quest to fill seats at the satsang. His "conscious presence" may as well be a series of stinky farts for all the good it can actually do.
It's another disappointing glamorization of self-realization by a guru bent on building his business. What little understanding of self-realization he can offer to others is not augmented by the "presence" fantasy, it is thwarted by it. It seems to indicate a basic maxim of the guru business: make it all about the power of your presence, and they will come. Make it all about the actual truth, that self-realization is ultimately normalizing rather than some kind of magic gift bag from God, and you're just another fool with a webpage.