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  • 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.


    csp said...

    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.

    jazzycat said...

    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:

    csp said...

    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.

    SocietyVs said...

    "Oprah/Tolle thing pretty much meets the dictionary definition of a cult 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 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.

    SocietyVs said...

    Taken from Wikipedia

    The Merriam-Webster online dictionary lists 5 different definitions of the word "cult."

    1. Formal religious veneration

    2. A system of religious beliefs and ritual; also: its body of adherents;

    3. A religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also: its body of adherents;

    4. A system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator;

    5. Great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book).

    Jazz you only used the 5th definition - which is the definition for a movie gaining 'cult' status - which is actually seen as a good thing in that business (ex: Rocky Horror Picture Show). If that happens for a book they mean 'cult' in the sense that it was not originally accepted but gained a momentum at some period of time (not so much in a religious sense of cult).