Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tolle referred to as Cult in Main Stream Press

It's good to see that even if in a "Features and Faces" section of Fox News, that the word "cult" is being used in relation to the movement started by Eckhart Tolle and Oprah Winfrey... see Is Oprah Starting Her Own Cult?.

Interesting quotes in the article:
And what’s different about the Tolle connection for Winfrey is that for the first time in her much-applauded Book Club’s history, she’s gone into business with the author.


But is Eckhart Tolle an appropriate spiritual leader? He told an interviewer that he stopped going to school at age 13 and didn’t resume any education for at least a decade. In the same interview he says he graduated "with the highest mark at the London University."


He says in interviews that he had a personal epiphany in 1977 at age 29 after a life of suffering from suicidal depression.


For seekers who want to compare Tolle with Christianity, see here and here.

4 comments:

  1. Does it surprise anyone that FoxNews would refer to Tolle as a cult? 1) they are the propaganda arm of the neoconservative movement [whose strategy is to use mainstream Christianity to help further its political cause*] and 2) they are ignorant enough to misuse the word "cult" in reference to someone like Tolle.

    * See writings of neoconservative founder Leo Strauss.

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  2. csp,
    Hmmm! Perhaps Dan Rather, or CNN, or the NYTimes could give us the real truth on Tolle.

    That is why me must discern for ourselves and guess what, it seems the Oprah/Tolle thing pretty much meets the dictionary definition of a cult .....
    an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers:

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  3. You mean the NY Times and CNN that supported the "liberal" invasion of Iraq? They are also not immune to the influences of the international, mega-corporations that run the media and promote orthodoxy on every level to help maintain a docile, herd-like population.

    Uhhh ... Tolle would have a big laugh about his being venerated. Oprah maybe, but Tolle ... nope. Plus, Tolle has no organized, institutional group of followers which is one of the criteria of a cult.

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  4. "Oprah/Tolle thing pretty much meets the dictionary definition of a cult .....an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, esp. as manifested by a body of admirers:" (Jazzycat)

    That's a cult? So music is in general cultish...the passion movie was cultish...the presdient of the USA has a cult following also...so does the constitution - the list is endless (if we use that wide open definition).

    Is Tolle a cult? We need a way better definition than that.

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