A New Awakening

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The book, as its title suggests, is explicitly written with the objective of creating an awakening, enlightenment and an understanding of the spiritual aspects of the ephemeral and material life among readers. The writer, Eckhart Tolle, who presently lives in Vancouver, Canada, is a counselor and a spiritual teacher. At the age of 29 he underwent a profound spiritual transformation and since then has dedicated his life to conveying a purposeful message to others. In this context, he has written edifying books like The Power of Now, Practicing the Power of Now and The Stillness Speaks.

People following different religions have been in search of spiritual goals that provide an inner light. Hindus refer to this quest as a search for enlightenment, Jesus referred it as salvation and Buddha defined it as liberation from pain. According to Tolle, our ego or illusory sense of identity with the self and self-image lies at the root of all the sufferings in life. He points out that, ‘when a toy breaks, intense suffering follows because of the identification of the child with the toy as ‘my toy'. My toy later becomes my car, my house, my clothes. We try to find ourselves in material things and end up losing ourselves in them.

The author opens up vistas of thought and invites readers to ponder over the fundamental realities of life that we generally tend to neglect or gloss over. Very rightly, he remarks that at times the maniac obsession with material gains can assume alarming proportions. This non-acceptance of a change or a loss breeds negative reactions. Acceptance opens up windows of positive reactions in us.

Some people who were neglected in their childhood can never overcome the pain residing deep within. The author refers to a person who sought his advice as his mother neglected him during his childhood. Being an unwanted child, he developed a heavy and ambivalent pain body. He longed for his mother's love and hated her simultaneously. Meeting other women later in his adulthood triggered the same childhood pain and he became the victim of an addictive compulsion to seduce, conquer and desert every woman he met.

In the last few chapters, the writer suggests ways that can help us achieve genuine happiness. We have to come out of the ego traps and get rid of pain bodies and maniac urges. We have to accept what we are going through. It is essential to acknowledge the good that is already in life and the pain bodies should not be allowed to disrupt our relationships and distort our minds.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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