This is an excellent and inspiring documentary about Eckhart Tolle and his work, spreading the gospel of the Now.
“There is no life after death, as you know life. And if there is any life you have to learn to live now, and you have to live it so totally and intensely that if there is any life after death you will be able to live there too. If there is not, there is no question. That should always be the rational person’s approach.”
“I don’t say anything about heaven or hell, punishment or reward. I simply say to you: go on dying to the past so it is not a burden on your head. And do not live in the future, which is not yet. Concentrate your whole energy here now. Pour it into this moment, with totality, with as much intensity as you can manage. And in that moment you will feel life. To me that life is equivalent to God. There is no other God than this life. Of course, if after death you survive, you will know the art of living and you will continue. If you don’t survive, there is no problem.”
“…death everywhere is worshiped, glorified, and the world beyond death is emphasized continuously: that you have to sacrifice this life for that life which is to come after death. My emphasis is just the opposite: sacrifice that for this. Sacrifice everything for this moment. Rejoice this moment, and if you are capable of rejoicing this moment, you will be able to erase the suicidal instinct from your being completely.”
“If you can rejoice in this life totally, you will not be bothered at all what happens after death — because so much will be happening now that you cannot imagine that more is possible.”
One on One with Osho
Excerpts from two interviews between Osho and members of the international Press (Bill Harlan, Denver Post and Christ Keizer, The Boston Globe).
The internet can truly be a wonderful resource. Thanks to this seemingly endless digital archive, I can share an insightful and thought-provoking interview with Aldous Huxley, a great mystic and philosopher who wrote the classic books Brave New World and The Perennial Philosophy: An Interpretation of the Great Mystics, East and West, among others. Huxley’s controversial appearance on The Mike Wallace Interview, a popular show from 1957-1960, was originally broadcast nationwide on prime-time television on May 18, 1958. Thanks to the University of Texas for sharing the complete interview in their amazing archive, and to covellz for sharing a subtitled version on youtube. You can watch it here. A complete transcript of the interview is below.
Program Description: Aldous Huxley, social critic and author of Brave New World, talks to Wallace about threats to freedom in the United States, overpopulation, bureaucracy, propaganda, drugs, advertising, and television.
Interview Transcript: [right-click to save .txt version]
In this excerpt from Eckhart Tolle’s Findhorn Retreat DVD, he speaks about the eternal dimension of silence within us all and suggests that we “do not identify with the movement of thought.” As Jiddu Krishnamurti said, “The mind has to be empty to see clearly.” Eckhart also explains that “the depth of Now is inseparable from your very being, your very life.” Indeed!
the forms that appear
in the present moment
come and go
the universe is one
as the uncreated
and the life you’re living
the form of the present moment
will always be
can’t be unseen
do not resist
but accept what is happening
become one with it
because you are
one with it
you come and go
and as nothing
and as everything
at the same time