Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Who Teaches the Spiritual Teacher?

I found an interview with Eckhart Tolle about dogs in Modern Dog magazine. Eckhart Tolle is the best-selling author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. I recommend these books, I thinks humans can get a lot from them and by being in the present can connect more with Dog. Here he is with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Maya. (Who said people don't look like their dogs.) For the full interview go here. These are some extracts from the interview.

"Something else that's very important for many people is they realize, consciously or unconsciously, that their dog is not judging them. For some people, it's the only relationship that they have where there's no fear and where they realize they are being accepted and not judged. For many people it's the only relationship they have with another being. That's a pity, because really they should have deep relationships with humans also, but that's difficult because every human being has a mind and every human being judges and so people become afraid, they withdraw, they put up barriers. I believe that dogs are keeping millions of people sane who would otherwise become deeply neurotic in our alienated world."

"There are teachings that say every being is a spark of the divine of God. You can see it sometimes more clearly [in dogs] than in a human being because the human being has the veil of mind, negative emotions, and ego, and plays a role. I believe that dogs fill a vital function in the collective consciousness of humanity. I would call them "the Guardians of Being." They show us what we have lost and, once we realize that, they can help us in our shift into a deeper state of consciousness."

"Before Maya came, I didn't go out in the forest here, which is right next to the building. Now I go for a walk in the forest every day, and I know it's good for my body, it's good for the soul."

Life is great when you have a dog to keep you sane.


Juliet Colors said...

Yes it is. Or a cat or two. And a good human partner. :-)

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh yes, I agree! We dogs helps humans to see and remember the really important things in life!!

Honey the Great Dane

Ari_1965 said...

Buddha warms up my living room in winter.

Amber and Nala said...

Absolutely! Have you read Prozac is Better Than Puppy Chow?? It's about a man who suffers with manic depression and he gets a dog and the dog really helps balance him out. :)

Ruby Isabella said...

Juliet- Yes, cats and humans are great as well.

Honey- We're experts at it, aren't we?

Ari- What a lovely thought.

Amber and Nala- That sounds like a great book. I'll search it out. I Love getting book recommendations.

Black Jack's Carol said...

I have read those books, Ruby, and you're right that Eckhart Tolle has figured out some ideas that are simple and true. Did you know he lives in Vancouver? I've never met him, but he lives very close to me. I also like his little book "Stillness Speaks", because I can pick it up and read one or two thoughts when I need reminders to stay in the now. As for dogs, maybe they do judge, but they get past the surface stuff to the heart of what's important. You guys don't complicate life the way we humans often do.

Ruby Isabella said...

I didn't know he lives in Vancouver. If you see him,can you get Black Jack to give hime a lick from me.

ZazenLover said...

Very nice! :)