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Next Step in Spiritual Teaching

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:55 pm
by weichen
I believe this would be a giant step forward in spiritual teaching on Earth:

In this new generation of spiritual book, the teacher gives a detailed description about what he (she) does, thinks, and feels across several weeks span. Make sure to cover particular time periods when big changes are taking place (awakening, deepening, relaps, recovery, further deepening etc).

Re: Next Step in Spiritual Teaching

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:34 pm
by Intel
This is a nice idea except a teachers life isn't so different from our own. They still think, feel and experience life in much the same way as we do. Except there is 'nobody' there having the experience.

Plus many people may try to imitate the teachers actions, believing this to be more 'spiritual' or perhaps lead them to realization. This would be highly misleading, which is possibly why many teachers, including Eckhart are reluctant to speak about their personal life.

Maybe we should just focus on our own lives and accept it as it is, without trying to imitate a spiritual ideal.

Re: Next Step in Spiritual Teaching

Posted: Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:49 pm
by weichen
Intel, your point is valid and provides balance to this thread. Thank you for that.

Byron Katie invites people to come to her house and live with her, to give people an opportunity to see her from waking up to going to bed. That is what I am talking about. The details, which make the abstract spiritual concepts come to life.

People pay one hundred dollar just to hear Tolle to give a live speech, guess how much people would be willing to pay if they are given an opportunity to shadow Tolle for several years? I bet some people would be willing to pay millions.

If Tolle write a detailed biography about his life so far, I bet it would sell far more copies than PON and ANE, if he is willing to give details day in and day out. What illness did he had? what prompted him to sit on park bench for two years. What does siting on park bench mean to him ? (does it mean that he could get rid of his addiction of watching TV at home? playing video game? reading junk books?), Did he fall back to old value and life style after he woke up? What triggered that? How he recovered? How did his awakening deepens afterwards? Tolle said it took him ten years to integrate the awakening into his life, then show us some details about this integration, what aspects changed?

Heroes like Tolle gave us a polished frontal view, autobiolgraphy takes us to the back stage. Autobiography is one of the most welcome type of books on the market, some of them are truly inspiring, although the side effect is there (some readers may try to immitate the hero and do things that are no longer sensible in the current time).