As humans we are always interested in how we can make our lives as happy as they can possibly be.
We do a lot of reading, and listening to those who supposedly can guide us towards living happy and successful lives.
Even though, the supposedly, highly developed people - the spiritual teachers of humanity - at least in theory, should agree on, how humans can arrive at the state of happiness in life, they frequently, and at the same time surprisingly, present quite opposite views.
The two contemporary giants of spiritual teaching: Eckhart Tolle and Dalai Lama, do not seem to agree on how you can make your life as happy, as it can possibly be.
While Tolle promotes - via what I call Eckhart Tolle hypnosis - a state of no thinking / formlessness / staying in the formless present, as a sure way towards happiness and enlightenment, Dalai Lama seems to take a very different stand.
While Tolle abhors the past and the future, and insists on dwelling in the NOW, Dalai Lama practices daily remembering of how to be in his life.
In order to remember, Dalai Lama, by necessity, must go into his past, in which he finds his power to be in the NOW.
Here is what he says in his book entitled The Art of Happiness:
"I think prayer is, for the most part, a simple daily reminder of your deeply held principles and convictions.
I, myself, repeat certain Buddhist verses every morning. The verses may look like prayers, but they are actually reminders.
Reminders of how to speak to others, how to deal with other people, how to deal with problems in your daily life, things like that.
So, for the most part, my practice involves reminders... If I go leisurely, it takes about four hours.
It's quite long."
How different is Dalai Lama’s very specific and well defined practice - which resembles daily practice of self hypnosis - from Tolle’s specific-guidance-lacking invitation to dwelling in the NOW.
Would you rather follow Dalai Lama, and his very concrete, self hypnotic prescription of daily engagement, for extended periods of time in reconstruction / remembering of your most powerful thought forms - or, would you rather practice - as Eckhart Tolle advises - dwelling in some formless, free from all thought forms NOW?
My personal position is that, one can safely engage in the practice of FORMLESSNESS, only after one has already firmly established his or her thought-based mental foundation.
I call this foundation by the name of
PILLARS of TRUTH.
I claim that, any attempt to practice Eckhart Tolle formlessness-based POWER of NOW, without being in possession of a solid thought-form-based psychological foundation, can be highly dangerous and lead to the disintegration of your mind.
As Eckhart Tolle himself said, he spent two years on a park bench, dwelling in the formless POWER of NOW.
Is this something you would like to do too?
Or perhaps, you would rather not do this, for fear of ending up on some park bench for the rest of your life?