3882Re: Hey Chela Chat: Don't Shoot the Messenger!
- Oct 4, 2008Prometheus
For those who haven't heard about soul forum, it's run by Doug Marman,
Phil Wellman and Melodie Chrislock. Both Phil and Melodie work with
Doug to sell his books and share in the profits. They're like a
conglomorate who use soul forum as a way to make some money off
unsuspecting H.I.'s. The H.I.'s are invited to join soul forum. Many
feel like they're privileged to be part of this elite group which only
allows H.I.'s into the sacred inner sanctum of Doug's domain.
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973"
> Hi Liz and Liska,
> Say Liska, what's this "soul forum?"
> Is it like the official/unofficial EK
> sites of Chela-Chat and HU-Chat?
> Who are the ones standing upon the
> pedestals over there? Are they narrow
> minded, narcissistic, delusional, and
> beyond reproach as they are on HU Chat
> and Chela Chat?
> In the below comments you mentioned
> about ECKists renting a 200 person hall
> in CA. and that only three newcomers
> showed up. It doesn't sound like the local
> EK chelas dragged in enough friends and
> family members! LOL!
> Of course, after several years of these EK
> events how many friends and relatives are
> left that are willing to go to these ECKie
> events and waste their time and money.
> These ECKists need to use more ingenuity...
> invite out-of-town guests to fly or drive
> over/down/up to California during the
> week of the EK event and then sucker
> them into attending "with you." Timing is
> Years ago I read and heard of where
> one Satsang group in Miami was getting
> some very high turnouts at EK events.
> Of course, some of the numbers of "new
> people" were really repeats and numbers
> were "fudged" in other ways slightly, but
> the total number for a one year period
> was just over 1,000 "newcomers!" What
> was even more incredible was that ONLY
> 3 of the 1,000 people signed up as EK
> Members from this incredibly large turnout
> and effort!
> Then again, I'm certain that the local EK
> Vahanas and RESA felt very proud that
> they could present these high numbers
> to the ESC. And, it could be that this is
> the real reason (finally after all these years)
> that there is now less effort being made
> to have Regional EK Seminars and other
> unrewarding expenditures of local EK
> (ESC) funds. Thus, the recent focus upon
> the Internet and the Internet EK Seminars
> and mailings. It seems to take awhile for
> things to trickle down to the troops in
> the field... yet ECKists believe in an "inner"
> communication of a "higher" consciousness
> (Klemp)! What a joke!
> Still, there is a suggested need for the
> Lower Plane "outer" work in order to
> receive those Higher Plane "inner" blessings.
> Almost all of the ECK Vahana work is really
> just "Busy Work." It's to keep chelas preoccupied
> and distracted from thinking and asking
> questions. And, it's to give chelas a sense
> of purpose, and to make them feel needed
> by feeling good about themselves. It's also
> a valuable brainwashing technique! EKankar
> has become more like a self-help group.
> It helps to teach chelas public speaking
> skills and, thus, self confidence (like
> Toastmasters). Chelas become missionaries
> saving people (Souls), but they also become
> more pious and deluded.
> Therefore, EKankar becomes a crutch, an
> attitude of delusion and aloofness, as well
> as, a drug that one needs to use and lean
> upon... forever!
> Liska wrote:
> As for clues to how Eckankar is
> doing one can judge by the turn
> out at local events. For one thing,
> there are no youth except for a few
> that were brought up in eckankar
> LIZ: I was brought up in the teachings.
> I never met other eckist youth in school.
> I felt embarrassed to even share the
> teachings with my friends.... Why would
> any youth feel comfortable doing that,
> the other kids would think we were strange.
> And to be honest, when I did share the religion
> our family belonged to with friends, they told
> me it was a cult. So I stopped sharing. Kids
> now a days are not that much different from
> when I was first in the teachings ('72-'73)
> Most youth that attend seminars, local events
> etc, do so because their parents have hauled
> them to the events and they enjoy hanging out
> with kids their own age. When I was attending
> the kids rooms were nothing more than a baby
> sitting service. Of course they eventually attempted
> to offer the kids a more structured "spiritual"
> entertainment in the rooms.... Or should I call
> it brainwashing?
> LIZ: My 17 yr old daughter and I have a similar
> conversation last night. She is agnostic and
> I tend to lean that way now after leaving the
> path. We believe something created "all this"
> but just not sure "It" is a god or wee man like
> Klemp! My daughter has studied several religions,
> as I did in school, including mythology, and other
> cultures.They all have their deities, gods, myths,
> dogma... And for me to state it was always difficult
> for me to follow eckankar for 30 years because
> of that underlying questioning, is a huge admission
> coming from me..... So why did I stay for some
> many years? LOL
> Liska wrote:
> When people try to hold events such as intro
> talks hardly anybody shows up. One H.I. from
> California told a story on soul forum about
> renting a hall for over 200 people for an intro
> talk. His group advertised in the papers, on
> the radio, and put up posters all over the place.
> When the day of the talk arrived, 3 people showed up.
> LIZ: Yep, and guess who had to pay for these
> halls hey would rent for over 200 hundred people
> if not enough would show up? ESC surely didn't!
> Liska wrote:
> H.I.'s on soul forum complained that when
> they couldn't get enough new People to come
> to their events, the main office said there was
> Something wrong with the way they were presenting
> the message.
> LIZ: How can that be, if the HI's were following
> the guidelines for media pr and using ESC's
> pre listed Titles etc? I would have to say it is
> eckankar that people are not interested in,
> no mater how it is packaged, topic titles etc....
> Liska wrote:
> >They even had a long drawn out discussion
> on soul forum trying to figure out why young
> people aren't interested in Eckankar.
> LIZ: Part of it might be because the parents
> are more interested in their own spiritual growth,
> and trying to break the family karmic bond....
> At least that was how it was in my family!
> Liska wrote:
> The low turnout at events, no youth,
> increased charges for audio and
> video broadcasts of Klemp, and the
> heavy handed advertising for the
> World Wide are all indicators that
> finances aren't what they used to be.
> LIZ: Yep.... And the membership isn't
> what it used to be either! But you won't
> be able to convince some of those eckist
> that won't take off their rose colored glasses,
> or should I say blue? ;-)
> No Love in Eck,
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