A New Earth
Title: A New Earth
Author: Eckhart Tolle
Time spend reading: 10h
General: Stop searching for happiness and you’ll realise where it is – in those moments and feelings that you can’t put into words. Wise book. I read it every 3 years. A book that makes you milder for yourself and your environment. For me this book serves as a tool to be remembered what life is really about and how to set priorities in life.
Bits of Wisdom
- This book is not ‘interesting’. ‘Interesting’ means you can keep your distance, play around with ideas and concepts in your mind, agree or disagree.
- This book is about you, it can only awaken those who are ready
- Is humanity ready for a transformation of consciousness, an inner flowering so profound that compared to it the flowering of plants is only a pale reflection?
- Can they rise above identification with form?
- When you recognise the unconsciousness in you, that is awakening.
- The ‘normal’ state of mind of most humans contains a strong element of dysfunction
- From Hinduism: Maya = The veil of delusion.
- The mind = maya (Ramana Maharshi)
- From Buddhism: Dukkha = what the mind generates is suffering
- From Christianity: ‘original sin‘ = to live blindly. The word ‘sin’ originally means ‘to miss the point’ of human existence (from the ancient Greek)
- The human mind is highly intelligent, yet it’s intelligence is tainted by dysfunction.
- By 1914 the highly intelligent human mind had invented bombs, machine guns, submarines, poison gas. Intelligence in the service of madness.
- Driven by greed, ignorant of their own connectedness to the whole, humans persist in behaviour that, if continued unchecked, can only result in their own destruction.
- Out of this insight into the nature of human condition (the bad news) arises the good news = the possibility to transform human consciousness
- In Hindu teachings = enlightment
- In Jesus teachings = salvation
- In Buddhism= end of suffering
- The greatest achievement of humanity is not it works of art, science, technology but the recognition of it’s own dysfunction
- To recognize one’s own insanity is the arising of sanity
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