I would like to recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a journey of seeking greater joy and calmness in peace of mind. Please do not be repelled by the words "spiritual enlightenment"; there is no promotion of any one religion. It holistically encompasses the basic message from all spiritual (for lack of a better word) teachings. The key message, as indicated by the title, is to embrace the "here and now", as there is no past or future that can ever be within your control. All we have power over, is the single current moment. Once you fully accept this fact, you can then embark on a journey toward full surrender to life, and see how small the single human ego is compared to the rest of the world.
This book has given me so many insights that I have written about in this blog over the past two weeks, so if you like what I have been writing so far, do give this a try =)
Note though, that although Eckhart Tolle's words are simple, the messages behind every line is deep. Please do not just take his words at face value; do ponder over what he says. This is not some textbook that you can memorize and then put aside. Everything covered here takes much practice and understanding. It may be hard to understand or grasp the messages at first (it takes most people several years), but please do not lose heart. Enlightenment does not come easy, and is almost always sudden, spurred by some random event or deep trauma. But once you are enlightened, you will understand what his words truly mean. You will feel such a sense of wonder and amazement, you won't see the world the same way again.
If you would like to discuss some of the concepts, you know where to find me! In the meantime, I will continue to paraphrase his (and others') teachings with my own words and examples. I hope my efforts will be able to help. Don't hurry the process though, it's all about the journey, not the end goal. I myself discover something new every single day! Indeed, there is something to learn in every event in life, if you open your heart to it.
Just to quote a passage from Chapter 9 of the book:
"Do you know the story of Banzan? Before he became a great Zen master, he spent many years in the pursuit of enlightenment, but it eluded him. Then one day, as he was walking in the marketplace, he overheard a conversation between a butcher and his customer. “Give me the best piece of meat you have,” said the customer. And the butcher replied, “Every piece of meat I have is the best. There is no piece of meat here that is not the best.” Upon hearing this, Banzan became enlightened.
I can see you are waiting for some explanation. When you accept what is, every piece of meat — every moment — is the best. That is enlightenment."