The ancient teachings of Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism are true to consciousness, Tolle claims, whereas the organized religions of today lack the truthfulness of its originators and are simple cognitive distortions of people’s identities. The true essence of the traditions of Jesus, Buddha, and the Hindu deities promote a way beyond the human condition, a spiritual path called the Way.Not many people grasp the ancient traditions these religious figures tried to teach, for instance the human condition: is one of suffering in Buddhism; is one of sin in Christianity; and is one of liberation beyond illusion in Hinduism. Those ancient teachings are often overlooked due to the human mind’s frequent conceptualization, lack of alertness, and over-generalization.
Tolle alludes the French philosopher Descartes, including the error of individuals: “equating being with humanity;” when one should be maintaining an alert sense of stability (7).Based on my experience with various renowned religions, I have seen that some individuals are unaware of what he/she is following and live a life of hypocrisy in part of their “superstructures of religious beliefs,” or rather false conceptions of what ancient teachers tried to promote. For example, an individual goes to church praising the Lord and assuming the role of a good brother/sister, then as soon as he/she steps out the church into the real world, he/she commits a sin or breaks one of the commandments. Tolle offers warnings to individuals in the interview.It is important, for the safety of humankind, for one to undergo a spiritual transformation, to strive to live in the present moment, and to think selflessly.
One must be aware of himself/herself and one’s surroundings. He concludes that human madness and their conceptions of names, technology, and religion will destroy the planet in due course if individuals do not partake in a state of relaxed awareness called “pure consciousness. ” According to Tolle, an essential factor in whether or not the plant crumbles in turmoil depends on the individual.Works CitedDonoso, Steven. “Beyond Happiness and Unhappiness: An Interview with Spiritual TeacherEckhart Tolle.” The Sun July 2002: 4-11.