lowlydog wrote:Hey Greg,
There is a higher reality beyond body and mind, which is called God by religions. Eckhart Tolle prefers not to use the word ‘God’ because the word is misused for years and the moment we start with that word, we start with a bias or pre-judgements.
He calls this higher reality as ‘Being’. Being is our true nature beyond the body and mind. Because it is beyond the mind, we can not understand the Being state using mind and logic. One has to experience it. Being is an eternal state, with stillness and peace, inside us.
Something cannot be beyond present existence and within the realm of experience at the same time. What is it experienced by if not body or mind? If it is inside us then it cannot be beyond us. If it is our true nature then it should manifest in this existence too, because it is here right now. If it is our true existence and currently abiding then it would make this current existence eternal like you claim this Being is. If it is our true nature and currently abiding within us then it should be comprehensible by mind and logic since mind and logic is where we are right here and now. Ad nauseum.
So is it beyond us or within us? Both? Neither?
Is it eternal or impermanent? Both? Neither?
Is it here now or elsewhere and somewhere else in time? Both? Neither?
The theory (or your presentation of it) is holier than a sieve. Either Mr Tolle (or you) need to work on it a little bit more.
With the eye of wisdom we discover a lot of anger in us, any amount of jealousy, resentment, ignorance, desire - mountains of emotion whose existence we would never have suspected in ourselves... We recognize that most of the faults we perceive in others are only the mirror of our own negativity, the reflection of our own disturbed feelings... At the same time, we relieve the world around us of the burden of our own negative judgements."
Gendun Rinpoche Heart Advice from a Mahamudra Master