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on December 13, 2003
Although the book Stillness Speaks doesn't tell anything more than The Power of Now,it has some good points. Firstly it is written in the Sutra style. So it offers pointers towards the "thing" beyond words. Sutra style of writing is very handy in our busy lives. Dividing the Sutras in various subjects is also helpful for clarity. However, one certaily is left with a feeling of dissatisfaction after reading a book written by the author of The Power of Now.Power of Now made a history and it seems history doesn't repeat.
One can read this book with some benifit once or twice. But it certainly can not replace The Power of Now from our book shelves.
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on December 15, 2003
this book is very good but is not original.he quotes jesus.buddha,zen etc.
also everything he says except what is,conditioning,live in the now etc,has all been said befofe by jiddu krishnamurti long before mr e.tolle was writing.there seems to be many writers like this now making a fortune out of other people.
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on October 19, 2003
I was disappointed with this book. Sure, stillness transcends the mind and is pure consciousness, but a most powerful asset we all have is our mind. Thoughts are creative and parent our lives. When we devalue our mind, we devalue creation. I have been a meditator for years, and travel the spiritual path. I believe in enbracing and transcending the mind -- not devaluing it. I recommend Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self to optimize our role in the universe (find unity in diversity), to be our best, bring out the best in other people, make the most of every situation and maximize our emotional and spiritual lives.
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on September 28, 2003
This book has some excellent insights but is dangerous for those who are struggling to find meaning and success in their lives. Let's face it, all we have control over in life is the power of personal choice, and if the mind is as bad as Tolle states in his books, then why does he use the mind (in the form of writing) to communicate his message??!! I suggest you take a sensible path to making the most of life by reading books such as Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
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on May 6, 2004
Eckhart Tolle is now making it as a writer. So much so that he hardly appears in public and when it does it is often to deliver a non-evolving monologue with no question time - proving that those who can't teach write! So that was what Tolle did for 8 years on a park bench.
The masses - those that read "to sleep perchance to dream" - may have earned brownie points by taking Oprah's recommendation to buy yet another book from her library, following in the steps of John Gray and Gary Zukav. However, hard-bitten veteran's of the cosmic circuit have asked why Tolle became a best-seller. Did the masses suddenly get religion?
Yes, they did. They got a watered-down mix of pop psychology and far-eastern promise dealt out by yet another Western philosopher to follow in the charismatic steps of Nietzsche and Wittgenstein.
Tolle may appear to be lofty but that's just because the guy is basically a geek. He likes words and is more than happy to get paid for repeat lectures - not unlike Jeffrey Masson. Ram Dass had a bit more class, because he was upper class by US standards. But words don't cut it for real seekers. They are beyond all that.
Tolle's sequel is OK for beginners - and probably more digestible. However real seekers are better of staying out in the mountains and looking for a high lama or descending it the cities to find an urban guru like Dave Oshana. A trip to the bookstore for this sort of book is just a useless waste of time.
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