dijmart wrote:The teacher's purpose is to give the teaching, not to be personally idolized or seen as a role model, other then spiritually. His life in form is what it is...and he must be reasonably happy with it or he'd change it.
He has a partner or wife, Kim Eng that he's lived with for many years, he's a spiritual teacher, travels the world and is a millionaire. So, I'd say he's got a lot going for him...in the world of form.
I agree with this. Maybe I didn't phrase my post the way I wanted to.
I know that his life in form can be considered a "success" and that Eckhart is happy with it. No argument there, whatsoever.
The main point I'm making is that though it is a success in many ways, it is not an exemplary success, in my view. It is not typical. It does not characterize the average Mr. and Mrs. Smith chasing the American or whatever dream. It is, in some ways, extraordinary (millions of $$), and in other ways, quite dismal (being a loner/hermit). That is why I fail to see it as a full life. He may be happy with it, but I think most others would not be.
He's a hermit, no matter how many people he teaches or how much he travels. It is his nature. I also think he's socially awkward. I'm not saying this to attack him, but I'm trying to make my point here.
Let me put it this way. Imagine if Eckhart were more "normal" on the level of form ... like your average talk show host ... someone who has a more natural inclination to be social and comfortable with people, and who had a marriage and children ... and not necessarily a millionaire (which I think is irrelevant to this discussion). Don't you think this more "normal" person would get a bigger audience ? I've read a lot of comments on the web saying Tolle is awkward in the way he talks/laughs, and that his speech is monotone, and other things that put people off. These things don't put me off, but I'm not talking about you dijmart or me painbody (who are confirmed followers). I'm talking about the average person who listens to Eckhart for the first time.
If the general public perceived him as being more "normal" on the level of form, perhaps, they would pay more attention to him. Seeing him as a "spiritual teacher", people already have some sort of image that he is, in ways, "weird".
Though Kim Eng is his partner, there are some claims that the relationship is purely platonic and that she is more of an assistant than a romantic partner. I don't know.
Hope this makes sense.