In 2014, I wrote a blog. “Eckhart Tolle is on the rich man’s list. Is this the price of enlightenment?” Today, I have added my first short comment.

In 2014, I wrote a critique on the wealth of Eckhart Tolle, the well-know spiritual teacher and author of THE POWER OF NOW, one of the mostly widely read spiritual books in the last two decades.

The critique encouraged a recommendation to Mr Tolle to offer all or some of his teachings on dana (donation) for the single parent, student, low income, unemployed and elderly to have the opportunity to attend his retreats. People in the low-income category have to use Youtube for his teachings, which have been important for many people. He only offer residential teachings for the wealthy.

The blog received a wide range of comments from strong appreciations to fierce criticisms. I believe this blog may have had more responses than any other of my blogs. Around 375 comments. Readers comments are at the foot of the 2014 blog. Some appear to have strong views and emotions around money issues. This is the link to the blog followed below is my response in the Comments section.

Eckhart Tolle is on the Rich Man’s List. Is this the price of enlightenment?

For the first time, I added today 02 May 2021, a short response.

I wrote: Thank you for all your comments over several years. This might be the first time I have written a comment. for this blog. I have received a full range of appreciations and criticisms of my concerns about spirituality and accumulation of immense wealth. Thank you for taking the time to write.

Jesus said: “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19.23). I still agree with Jesus, who stated this on more than one occasion.

I wrote the blog around 2014. Eckhart’s wealth at that time was estimated at $15,000,000. Today, the net worth of Eckhart Tolle is around $80,000,000 according to the website.

The global pandemic has currently blocked the opportunity for all, regardless of income, to attend public events of spiritual teachers, and others. The wealthy and the poor can unite on YouTube to listen to his teachings.

My concern has not changed. What is the problem of offering residential teachings to those struggling to make ends meet? Does Mr. Tolle think people who attend on a donation basis or pay a minimal charge do not have the same level of commitment as those with significant disposable income?

May all spiritual teachings in the physical world be available to all regardless of income

May all being understand the co-dependency of past, present and future

May all beings understand the timeless – unbound to the now


    The articles from Titmuss indicate quite transparently his issues and problems and hot buttons and his own attachment to money, which he glaringly has not worked through and needs to, because until he does his opinion pieces will continue to be in the same vein (rut) of simple jealousy and sour grapes. I can’t find in them any indication of spiritual advancement, spiritual teachings, or spiritual anything. Just unhappiness with the success and AUTHENTICITY of another teacher’s work, in this case Eckhart Tolle.

    Tolle’s work is excellent. And it is accessible to everyone, whether they listen to the free books and talks online or choose to pay for the classes and trainings and in person lectures. Just today i listened to one of his talks online and he spoke at length on the charitable foundation he has established to donate his wealth and continue the donations after he passes. And yes his donations are anonymous. The highest form of charity is anonymous. Where the giver is not wallowing in ego expecting adulation and praise for their generosity, or using it as publicity for their business. And where the recipient does not know the source of the money. That is what giving looks like, it is not visible, it is not fodder for your gossip and jealousy.

    Focus on doing the work. Eckhart Tolle walks the talk. I can’t say the same for Mr. Titmuss’ articles.

  • I’m not a Christian but I agree with Jesus also.

    I’m not sure why it’s so universally accepted that consumer capitalism is the only way of living as a human being? Or even the *preferred* way…

    Why base your society on one of the worst aspects of the human psyche instead of the nicer traits?

    There have been many examples of better organisation in the past but they all seem to have got stomped on .

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