Basically, when money becomes a factor with spiritual
growth the effect will be a poorer "quality" of chela. With
ECKANKAR there are, at least, two "quality" concerns to
look at. The first is, What is the spiritual/religious quality
of the H.I. that the org is producing? When Money (maintaining
a current membership), Years Served for Indoctrination
involving dogma and guidelines, and local Butt Kissing
become key to promotion then one should expect 'foxes'
and worse! The ECK religion and its promises become a sham.
That leads to the next "quality" problem with the Initiations.
In Dialogues With the Master (by PT/RT) ECKists were to be
free of the LEM (REBAZAR) after receiving the 5th initiation.
From there chelas were handed off to SAT NAM for completion
of their inner journey. Therefore, the 5th initiation is all that
is needed on the outer. Remaining in the religion of ECKANKAR,
now, becomes more of a Social or Support need.
And, since RT still has a physical body, after 500 years, why
isn't he still the LEM? He's still the "torchbearer" of ECKANKAR
according to Klemp. Or, did Twitchell boot LEM Rebazar like
Klemp booted LEM/Mahanta Darwin Gross? Nah, Darwin was
a real person, although, all of them are/were fake masters...
just like their fake initiations! The mind believes what it wants
> I don't recall this saying from any previous posts, but it is an
> excellent analysis of what many spiritual seekers are actually
> up to. It fits in with the reward meme, and it definitely is
> evidenced by the carrot chasing eckists, going for more and
> more initiations with the ultimate goal of becoming an H.I.--
> that is the true reward they seek and the initiations are their
> spiritual materialism for sure--an expanding ego consciousness!
> Thanks--this is a keeper!
i'm pretty sure this passage has been posted here previously. even so,
i'm posting it again because it is just so darn appropriate. it
describes ever eckist i ever knew:
"We can deceive ourselves into thinking we are developing
spirituality, when instead we are strengthening our egocentricity
through spiritual techniques. This fundamental distortion may be
referred to as spiritual materialism."
> > zoey...