A New Earth

A New Earth

Title: A New Earth

Author: Eckhart Tolle

Time spend reading: 10h

Score: 9/10

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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