1867The Malevolent Face of Eckankar
- Nov 5, 2006Hi, Ingrid, Skard and All!
Ingrid, thanks for reminding me that the story Skard shared about
how Klemp treated the older lady at the DC seminar is also written
about in Ford Johnson's "Confession of a God Seeker." I cannot
emphasize enough how valuable Ford's book is in sorting out the lies
and deceptions in Eckankar. It's a very good tool.
On page 162, in "Confessions" Ford wrote the following:
"I remember one seminar at which a woman from the audience asked
Harold what provisions had been made for Eck Masters who were no
longer the spiritual head of Eckankar--an obvious reference to
Darwin Gross, the former Living Eck Master recently expelled from
the teaching. The issue was obviously very sensitive to Harold, who
had survived several disquieting years of conflict with Darwin. From
atop his stool on the stage of this gigantic room, Harold raised his
voice and chastised her for her impertinence. He concluded by
suggesting that her light was dim, if not out. The rebuke was so
unexpected and stinging that it devastated the poor woman. A moan
and then a hush came from the audience. Few questions were asked
after this exchange; a lasting impression had been made on everyone.
this seemingly meek and mild-mannered man revealed a side with which
one would trifle only at great risk.
I hasten to point out that this is not the typical mood at Eckankar
events. Indeed, there is a strong sense of love, devotion, and
service, which is at the heart of Eckankar's attraction. Yet, this
malevolent face of Eckankar does exist and lays in wait with
threats, injunctions and dire consequences for those who would
venture into prohibited areas of thought, word, or action." (end of