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.
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 WealthyPersons.com 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