Welcome to the site. I hope you will find it interesting and a means
to share with others some of what you experienced while in Eckankar.
Yes, there was (is?) some truth in Eckankar, but for me it was truth
according to what my expectations and needs were at the time. When I
think back now, however, I find it difficult to see what truth there
was in Eckankar. I can see the lies, half-truths, and myths better
than I can see this "truth." After all, Twitchell took Radasoami and
other beliefs to create his own thing where he in 1969 made
himself "Mahanta." Paul even changed the definition of the word in
order to place himself in an unreproachful position by being the
savior of all saviors!
Since leaving Eckankar my beliefs have changed quite dramatically.
This is because I have taken the leap to spiritual freedom (and semi-
Mastership) in this here and now rather than hoping to achieve this
through the future hope/expectation of initiation. Actually, my semi-
Mastership now has a greater value and level of consciousness to it
than what I see is Harold's consciousness as a mahanta and pseudo-
As to the pilgrimages of Eckists to their temple... it would seem
that Harold has trully created a religion which has imitated other
religions. Chanassen is the Mecca, Holy Land, or Vatican of the
West! Eckankar is truly a "church" with "worship services,"
a "missionary" program and trainings, and "hymns" to sing
like "Amazing HU." And yet, most Eckists have no clue about the
true "Radasoami" living master roots or the true Twitchell (wanna be
like L. Ron Hubbard) history of their religion.
Yes, I would say that ignorance is truly bliss (for Eckists) and
that religion is definately the opiate of the masses.