Hi Etznab and All,
I believe that Paul experienced "food" poisoning
while in Spain and then spun it into a PR opportunity.
PT made it into a big mystery or a conspiracy and
used it as a PR stunt to portray himself as a Very
Important Person in the whole scheme of things
(for his admiring Chelas). PT was always looking for
an angle. This became a very melodramatic but phony
stunt as he took advantage of the situation (food
poisoning) and turned lemons into lemonade. ECKists
are still speculating about this today and about Why
this was done or How it could affect a real Mahanta.
But remember, Twit did once write for "Believe It Or Not,"
lied about his age to Gail, and lied to get into Who's
Who in Kentucky... that Rascal!
Later, if Paul still felt ill, after returning to the States
this was probably due, in part, to his age, poor diet
(not enough protein), burning the candle at both ends,
and to associated medical complications surrounding
his heart condition (which he, later, died from).
Paul was an actor and con-man acting "as if" he was
playing a role. As the grand Mahanta he wasn't supposed
to be susceptible to karma or to outside negative influences.
Therefore, Paul had to make it seem he took the "poison"
willingly and that it involved some mysterious spiritual purpose.
It's obvious that Paul was not in control or aware of his
Fate or else he would have chosen a successor. This fact
alone proves that Paul, let alone Gross and Klemp, was no
Grand Master/Mahanta of ECK or of anything "Spiritual!"
Klemp does the same act as he takes on karma (he claims)
but can't seem to Let It Go and Cast it Into the ECK Stream!
I'm still not sure what excuse HK gave for his EMR disease,
but I do see a pattern of side-stepping self-responsibility.
Of course, How could the great Mahanta not be what
he claims? Does the Wah-Zard Of oZ come to mind?
It makes me wonder who put together the Shariyat-Ki-
Sugmad, Book Two. Book One was apparently finished
in September 1970 (Around the time Paul Twitchell was
Yes, it does seem like Gail was involved with editing some
of Paul's work after his death. Or, it could be that her name
was simply put on these edited works (with her permission)
because it would look better to the membership. What would
it look like if Klemp's name appeared as an editor instead of
Gail's? Klemp has stated that he was on the EK Literary Council
and was involved with the editing other EK works! Darwin probably
thought... Who's name would look better? The irony, of course,
Gail was always good at putting words in Paul's mouth since
she did much of his editing anyway and claims Paul chose
Darwin from a dream she had.
Once again, What happened to the real LEM/Mahanta
Rebazar? Eckankar teaches that RT still has a 500 year
old physical body... Paul didn't! And, the passing of the
Rod of ECK Power is done by the/a "Living" ECK Master.
Isn't this one purpose of having a "Living" Master versus
a dead one? So, How could Darwin have been passed
the Rod by a dead Master? I guess DG wasn't really the
LEM/Mahanta. Therefore, Klemp (whom DG passed the
Rod to) isn't either! The "ROD" must have been an imaginary
Thus, all ECK H.I.s have "imaginary" initiations from these
two "ECK" masters Gross and Klemp! I guess these H.I.s
aren't as "highly" or spiritually evolved as they think they are!
But, is Rebazar the One and Only Torchbearer and
LEM/Mahanta, or just another fictional character and
figment of Twitchell's vivid imagination? Doug Marman
has stated that Rebazar is probably Myth! I wonder Who's
right, or don't these ECKists want to know the Truth versus
being spoon fed Klemp's version of "truth." Spoon fed it
would seem... Restrooms Are Unisex! LOL! And, isn't it fun
thinking, believing, and pretending that one is more evolved
than all others outside of the little EK clique?! Yes, it's fun
playing the big H.I. fish in the small pond of Eckankar!