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Eckhart Tolle Speaks

Posted by Muthu on May 15, 2011

I would like to share with you some words of wisdom from Eckhart Tolle: 

1) Relationships do not cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you.

2) Give up defining yourself – to yourself or to others. You won’t die. You will come to life. And don’t be concerned with how others define you. When they define you, they are limiting themselves, so it’s their problem.

3) Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.

4) Nobody’s life is entirely free of pain and sorrow. Isn’t it a question of learning to live with them rather than trying to avoid them?

5) If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me.

6) The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.

7) Forgiveness happens naturally when you see that the grievance has no purpose other than to strengthen a false sense of self; to keep the ego in place.

8) Death is not the opposite of life.  Life has no opposite.  The opposite of death is birth.  Life is eternal.

9) Wherever you are, be there totally. If you find your here and now intolerable and it makes you unhappy, you have three options: remove yourself from the situation, change it, or accept it totally.

10) To be identified with your mind is to be trapped in time; the compulsion to live almost exclusively through memory and anticipation.

11) Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.

12) Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.

13) By far the greater part of violence that humans have inflicted on each other is not the work of criminals or the mentally deranged, but of normal, respectable citizens in the service of the collective ego.

14) If a fish is born in your aquarium and you call him John, write out a birth certificate, tell him about his family history, and in two minutes he gets eaten by another fish — that’s tragic. But it’s only tragic because you projected a separate self where there was none. You got hold of a fraction of dynamic process, a molecular dance, and a separate entity out of it.

15) Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.

16) You can only lose something that you have, but you cannot lose something that you are.

17) Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.

18) Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.

19) In the eyes of the ego, self-esteem and humility are contradictory. In truth, they are one and the same.

20) If you identify with a mental position, then if you are wrong, your mind-based sense of self is seriously threatened with annihilation. So you as the ego cannot afford to be wrong. To be wrong is to die. Wars have been fought over this, and countless relationships have broken down.

21) Man Made ‘God’ in his own image. The eternal, the infinite, the unnameable was reduced to a mental idol that you had to believe in and worship as ‘my god’ or ‘our god’.

22) What will be left of all the fearing and wanting associated with your problematic life situation that every day takes up most of your attention? A dash, one or two inches long, between the date of birth and date of death on your gravestone.

23) I was going for a walk near Los Angels and there was a collapsed building that had burned down 40 years ago. The roof was gone and trees were going inside the building and it struck me as beautiful, wonderful to see how form returns to formless. The city council had put up a sign which to me was a sacred sutra. The sign said ‘Danger, all structures are unstable’. To me, that was a holy sign. I said ‘thank you.’

24) Death enters your life as the awareness of your own mortality. When you see and accept the impermanent nature of all life forms, a sense peace comes upon you.

25) The psychological condition of fear is divorced from any concrete and true immediate danger. It comes in many forms: unease, worry, anxiety, nervousness, tension, dread, phobia, and so on. This kind of psychological fear is always of something that might happen, not of something that is happening now.

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