3236Re: [EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous] Re: Outer Teachings Then & Now
- Mar 18, 2008
The thing about Darwin Gross is that he did name Harold
Klemp as Living Eck Master in 1982 which, IMO, the same
as handing over control of "Eckankar" to someone else. He
talked with Harold about doing this even a year before.
So, historically speaking, it looks like Darwin Gross was
the only LIVING Eck Master in our lifetimes to pass on the
leadership of Eckankar to a successor.
I don't know how Darwin could have retained any position
higher than "spiritual leader" after he knowingly relinquished
it. As for the position of President and/or any other position
in the upper management subject to approval by a board or
a majority vote, it would seem that the majority sided with
the Living Eck Master. How could they - according to the
teachings - do otherwise?
I don't know what the corporate structure was at the time,
but it might be an interesting question whether or not there
were definitions for the position of a Mahanta vs. Living Eck
Master. I think that was the argument of some people. That
although Harold became the L.E.M. that Darwin might have
still been the Mahanta.
Suppose Darwin did go by the title of Mahanta, the Living
Eck Master and he handed over the Living Eck Master part
to someone else. Does he keep the Mahanta part?
From the tape that I was familiar with, Harold was not
announced by the word Mahanta. That was apparently
added some years later. Like, I think it was subsequent
to Darwin's removal.
An interesting trivia question might be, Where did the
"Mahanta" part of the title go during the time between it
leaving Darwin and finding a place with Harold?
On second thought, I don't think I want to "go there".
Or, do I :)
P.S. With regard to Darwin's affiliation with the title of
"Mahanta", I'm trying to recall what Doug Marman put
in his books - about a use of the term from about 1973
onward (in regard to Darwin).
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