I found the following info, on the site
listed below, and it got me to thinking
about why Klemp, "A Modern Prophet,"
avoids teaching/using/mentioning the
ECK-Vidya? Instead Klemp uses the
K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple (for) Stupid)
method for his chelas and H.I.s! It's
the easy/lazy way to "teach" redundant
simple-minded techniques and lessons
so that the believer can "imagine" and,
thus, "create" their own delusional reality!
Viola'! That pretty much sums up "EK"
according to Klemp... except, of course,
"paying" members will always need to
rely upon the Inner Master (Klemp) for
"everything" both outer and inner!
Eckankar's Source of Income- [My Brackets
and Caps are added]
"Like most cults, Eckankar has its fingers
in many pies. Certainly, the dues [membership/
initiation maintenance fee] from the discourses
bring in millions of dollars a year.
Add to that the profits from the many books,
audio cassettes, video cassettes, jewelry, bumper
stickers, [book marks, brochures, pocket posters,
posters of art work and photos of EK Masters,
Satsang Projects, etc.], kickbacks from local
Satsangs [Excess funds], profits from seminars,
T-shirt sales, gifts from members' wills, donations,
real estate transactions in the 70s, etc, that students
are encouraged to buy, and the yearly revenue stream
is reasonably quite large. It's a secretive organization,
though, and no figures have ever been released
to the membership.
The money flow for this outfit goes one way- in.
And nobody asks questions [blind-trust and silence].
Individual Eck centers are entirely self sustaining,
as they receive no financial help from the main
organization [and little help from the Satsang Society].
They even have to purchase the glossy brochures
and free books they hand out to the public.
[And, ECK Centers (Satsang Societies) have to
purchase the books and ALL other EK materials
they sell (at a slightly discounted price from the
ESC), as well as, the EK Master photos they display!
However, jewelry and Donation (official) Photos
of Klemp are Not Discounted for the EK Centers!]
At seminars, in its earlier days, Twitchell would
charge members a tidy piece of money ($500 in
1960s money) to do an "eck vidya" reading for
them, i.e. tell their fortunes. A number of members
eventually got around to comparing the "readings"
they'd gotten and were gobsmacked to find Twitchell
was pretty much giving the same reading to everybody.
Gross backed away from giving Eck Vidya readings,
claiming there wasn't enough time and there were
no high initiates qualified to do it. An expected cop
out, but the lost revenues were more than made up
for by other means. Klemp does not give Vidya readings
at all. It's an odd thing, the Eck Vidya - nobody in
Eckankar can do one."