That question about having all the answers may have sounded silly, but let me explain it. I recently read a book by Eckhart Tolle, and found it really resonant with my own life. He says a lot of things that make sense to me, which is something I don’t find myself saying about “spiritual teachers” very often.
The more I read about him (aside from his own teachings and Oprah, who is his biggest fan*) the more it seems like he’s profiteering. So because of my cynical mind, I have trouble taking him as seriously now that I see this. On one hand, everybody needs to make a living…but on the other, if you come from a selfless desire to help people, would you really charge them more to sit closer to you at one of your speaking engagements? Those are my thoughts, at least—I don’t know what to make of it.
If you had — or were convinced you had — all the answers to life’s big questions: how to bring peace to the world, what life is all about, the nature of the universe — would you expect people to pay you money to share this knowledge with them?
And it came to me then that every plan is a tiny prayer to father time As I stared at my shoes in the ICU that reeked of piss and 409 And I rationed my breaths as I said to myself that I’d already taken too much today As each descending peak on the LCD took you a little farther away from me Away from me
Amongst the vending machines and year-old magazines in a place where we only say goodbye It stung like a violent wind that our memories depend on a faulty camera in our minds But I knew that you were a truth I would rather lose than to have never lain beside at all And I looked around at all the eyes on the ground as the TV entertained itself
'Cause there's no comfort in the waiting room Just nervous pacers bracing for bad news And then the nurse comes round and everyone will lift their heads But I’m thinking of what Sarah said that “Love is watching someone die”
“A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms—it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man.”—Albert Einstein