4171Re: What now?
- Dec 5, 2008Prometheus, I agree with you practically 100% of the time about
Eckankar's charlatans and other frauds who want to act as
intermediaries between God and Soul. On the other hand, concerning
your views about all other teachings I would have to disagree.
When I look closely at certain teachings or teachers who seem sincere
in their approach to bringing out truth, I detect a subtle golden
thread that runs throughout history. I'm not interested in the
limitations of orthodoxy or its insistence that I'm supposed to
imitate their way of life. Instead, I try to find writers who seem
honest and aren't looking for followers to make their living from or
boost their egos.
I take what I think sounds true and test it out for myself. For
example, I found Neville's "as if" principle extremely effective in
meditation/contemplation. On the inner planes, thinking and
visualization bring about events very quickly and that's when
assumptions can take me very far. After a while, I drop them because
they are no longer necessary.
The sound paths such as Sant Mat are helpful for getting into a trance
state while still retaining awareness. They are useful for numbing the
body and moving the consciousness beyond physical awareness. However,
I don't believe in focusing on or visualizing a master. I prefer to
place my attention on the formless.
Laurency's writings about Pythagorean Hylozoics appears to give one of
the best explanations for our existence.
By the way, Mish and Liz, I listened to the Jed McKenna audio books
and found a lot of references to Ramana Maharshi's writings. McKenna's
books influenced me to look into Maharshi's works. Ford's book
motivated me to look into Laurency's writings.
My primary goal is personal experience, but reading other people's
works helps focus my attention on something greater than day to day
I don't believe in masters, but I do believe in teachers. If I want to
learn how to play piano, I'll find someone to teach me. The teacher is
there to show me the quickest and best way to get there, while my role
is to practice and develop my own style of playing.
All of us on this forum have been victims of the Eckankar racket and I
don't blame people for becoming cynics and debunkers of all
spiritual/religious teachings after leaving Eckankar. As for myself, I
don't plan to spend much more time putting my energies into debunking
Eckankar. The critical faculty has its uses, but when taken to the
extreme it kills off idealism. There's a lot more I want to explore
and test before declaring "Everyone seems to be selling something for
one reason or another."
Call me an optimist, but I believe there are and were a few select
individuals who just wanted to bring out the truth because they woke
up to or achieved a certain high state of awareness. So, I don't think
selling, promoting, and persuading were their goals in life.
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973"
> Hello Ma-li,
> I thought I'd respond as well. For one
> thing I can't recommend anything to
> read, but I find many of the resources
> listed on this site to be interesting.
> As far as believing these and other sources
> of info I don't! It's too easily to accept anything
> and everything by the so called "experts." I
> definitely don't buy into it or need to. Everyone
> seems to be selling something for one reason
> or another. The Truth is out there, is usually
> subjective, and is found within by each Soul.
> Ma-li wrote:
> "Would anyone like to share with me how you
> handled it when you decided to leave, and
> especially what did you do about the spiritual
> exercises? If Jesus, the Mahanta, and all the
> Eck Masters never really existed, except in
> writers' fertile minds, then who/what is
> left but God?"
> *ME: Well, I'd known for a long time that
> many things in ECKankar just didn't make
> sense and didn't add up even though I wanted
> it to. I really wanted to believe in the Mahanta,
> and in the initiations but it was getting tougher
> every time Klemp or one of his higher H.I.s
> opened his/her mouths. Klemp's nutty and
> one dimensional stories didn't help either.
> I found that I had to put blinders on and hold
> my nose in order to swallow it in order to sound
> believable to others.
> However, I've always known and had proof of
> Soul, the Holy Spirit or Spirit, and of GOD (WhatEver).
> I don't know of the workings or of the Why and How
> of many specifics outside of my realm of experience
> and of those spiritual Beings that I know who walk
> amongst us. I stopped my EK spiritual exercises
> or at least the way I used to do them. BTW-Many
> long-time H.I.s don't do real spiritual exercises
> because they're too busy. Sitting outside and taking
> in Nature is a very pleasant experience and I do still
> HU from time to time. Ever since I left ECKankar I
> can experience a Oneness with All There Is and a
> Contentment that I could never achieve while under
> the Stress of the EK org! It's quite amazing to give
> up what you seek in order to find it! But, this is nothing
> new is it?
> "God has always been the "real" aspect of my
> beliefs. IT is in everything, be it rocks, trees,
> the two-legged beings, the four-legged beings,
> the winged, or the swimming beings. IT is the
> warm Summer breeze that tickles the leaves.
> IT is the rain that gives and sustains life for
> the rooted beings. IT is everywhere in everything.
> IT IS ME, and I AM IT."
> *ME: YES! IT IS! I am finding that being outside
> and walking silently (no I-Pod) or sitting and
> observing Nature is very contemplative and
> peaceful. But, the I-Pod is nice too at times!
> The past tunes take one back to one's youth
> and beyond and into other times as does reading
> about or watching history on TV. It's good to
> know about how we became who we are and
> what we think we are in order to know more
> about Soul and the I AM of Beingness.
> "All this being said, I don't know what to do
> about spiritual exercises, or how to progress
> from here. It's like I'm standing alone once again,
> and need to make a choice about what to do next.
> If someone would care to share their experiences
> and choices from this point, I'd appreciate it. You
> can use my private email if you'd prefer."
> *ME: Don't do anything for now. It will come to you.
> Maybe you could explore the Why? Why did you
> buy into ECKankar for as long as you did? Was it
> because of friends and/or the promise of God-
> Realization via Initiation? Many people have trouble
> giving it up and letting it go because of peer pressure.
> I admit that I thought those Higher Initiations would
> give clarity to it all and it did because I saw the lies
> after reading Confessions of a God Seeker. And, after
> I left the clarity was even greater! It finally came together
> and I saw the con and the realized why there were so
> many flaws and knew that Klemp had neither Powers or
> a Higher Consciousness! The "WHY" is important to
> me because if I didn't learn about the WHY and my
> reasons for joining ECKankar then I could repeat the
> same mistake again. Knowing thyself is important!
> Ma-li (also) wrote:
> "...Then the doubts and mental processes begin
> working until he's got himself almost convinced
> he really screwed up the test, but he doesn't want
> to go back and change answers because he also
> feels he did the best he could.
> What does he do to fill the empty space?"
> *ME: JUST BE! Twitchell even said this at one time
> (before he took it back!). I wonder where he stole
> it from? I think I read it in The Path of the Masters!
> Still, it's true! The thing is.... we don't need no stinkin'
> middleman/Mahanta or Religion! We are our own
> Masters in the making.
> When one follows another they give up their ability
> to choose and to discover their own Truth. They
> give up any hope of Self Mastery. Most people need
> a religion to believe in when they can't believe in
> Self. However, the True Seeker discovers Truth in
> Everything and need Not follow anyone or any dogma.
> No Thing becomes the IS of one's Beingness.
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