But I'm not concerned with whether or not Tolle is enlightened, nor any other teacher including the Dalai Lama. None are responsible for what I choose, or choose not, to accept. As to being naive, if so that too is my responsibility, as would be any cynicism if I held unfounded judgments based on imaginings. If I'm fooled by emotions of enlightenment, then I have a lesson to be learned and I welcome it. Just one more opportunity to put concepts asside in favor of perceptual freedom.I respect your opinion but to me that sounds naive. The Dalai Lama himself says that people should question and test things out... if ET says he is enlightened but is driving around in a BMW and drinking every night etc then it would point to the fact that whilst some things may sound wonderful they may not be true and therefore the signpost is pointing in the wrong direction no matter how great it sounds... I have had many nights when after a bottle of wine i feel fantastic does this mean that drinking a bottle of wine is good for me...many cult leaders sounded fantastic... hence their following. I think ET would say that the mind is a tool and we should use it... we should question etc... I for one will not stop following the signposts he hasd put out but I would like some reassurance.
I think most of us have read books that aided in enhancing our clarity, not to mention the many wise and wonderful insights that come through this very forum, without knowing the backround of the authors. Should one investigate these authors before deciding if their offerings have merrit? What is the final measure of value?
For the most part it is, or at least the inexpensive cost of a book. The internet is filled with free teachings from most of these fine authors, even from their own websights.Why is the teaching not free?