Well, there are two parties concerned about the money, Tolle, and some of his students. Given that Tolle is clearly concerned about the money, I don't see why some of his students shouldn't share an interest in that topic.Webwanderer wrote:Concern over Tolle's money says far more about the concerned than it does about Tolle. Get what you can out of Tolle's teachings and move on.
While Tolle has every right to charge whatever he wants, there are entirely legitimate reasons to question whether money, power and fame are useful additions to these inquiries.
To me, the question is not really about Tolle personally, but about the entire New Age industry which Tolle is but one small part of.
There's a very long tradition in both the East and West of those who work in spiritual fields being of modest means. I'm not proposing that this is a "one true way" which must be adhered to in every circumstance, but we might want to at least pay some attention to what endless generations of our ancestors have come to in regards to such questions.
Should a Catholic priest be a multi-millionaire? How would that affect his relationship with his flock? If this is a reasonable question for Catholic priests, it's a reasonable question for Tolle and the rest of the New Age industry too.
Here's just one reason why it's a reasonable question.
Tolle and other New Age teachers are proposing that they have solutions which can transform our daily lives. But many of them are not living our daily lives. They aren't managing a restaurant 50 hours a week, raising three kids, paying off a mortgage and so on. Instead, they're flying from one nice hotel to another, while adoring followers toss flowers at their feet everywhere they go.
It's reasonable for readers to wonder out loud how much of Tolle's personal psychology situation is due to his insights, and how much of it is due to the fact that he has lots of our money and hero worship.
I'm not making a claim either way, I'm just suggesting it's a reasonable question. When so many try to sweep such issues under the rug, it smells rather too much like the corrupting power of hero worship at work. Tolle is just an articulate nice fellow selling a product. His business should be just as subject to inspection as any other.