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5242Re: Ford's Second Open Letter to Klemp

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  • prometheus_973
    Feb 25, 2010
      Hello All,
      I just thought I'd point out a few thing that
      Ford overlooked. Here's what Ford said:

      Ford: "How the Myth of the Mahanta was Fabricated

      In spite of what is now known about Twitchell's
      condition of mythomania, Klemp continues to
      delude himself into believing that Twitchell's
      1965 creation of the Mahanta myth is actually
      true."

      ME: Actually, Twitchell created the Mahanta
      Myth around January 1969 and not in 1965.
      In "Paul Twitchell Presents, The Wisdom Notes,
      January 1968-October 1971" one can clearly
      see that Twitchell mentions the "Mahanta" for
      the very first time in this Jan. 1, 1969 Monthly
      "The Wisdom Notes."

      Ford: "Klemp seems oblivious to the fact that
      Twitchell stole even the name from another
      spiritual path. When it made its early appearance
      in his book The Flute of God (pp. 46, 55), it
      was merely a synonym for spirit and a state
      of consciousness like "love" or any other thought
      form This was easy to accept, for most people
      believe in some universal force whether called
      "spirit" or by some other name. Twitchell later
      associated the word "Mahanta" with the "man"
      and added it to his exalted title. With this verbalfusion
      of two words, he was able to transform himself
      into spirit itself ¾since spirit and Mahanta now
      meant the same thing. He then diffused the word
      "Mahanta" throughout the Eckankar teachings,
      and reinforced the Mahanta/Spirit connection
      by making it part of "every word, thought and
      action" of his followers."

      ME: The "Mahanta" (Consciousness) can, also,
      be found on page 39, as well as, pages 46 & 55
      in Twitchell's 1969 "The Flute of God." The term
      Mahanta was used only three times in this 1969
      Copyright. And, the 1st printing of this book was
      in 1970. This is more proof that Twitchell didn't
      create this term/position for himself until 1969.

      BTW-In mid to late 1968 Twitchell felt threatened
      by two internal conflicts. One was when 2nd
      Initiate John-Rogers (Hinkle) left Eckankar and
      used PT's discourses to start his own religion/path
      (MSIA). Also, after this, Twitchell added the caution
      that sharing one's discourses was not permitted and
      was a violation of spiritual law among other threats.

      The second thing was that Paul began to renege
      on his 5 year plan to step down as LEM since
      Eckankar, now, began to do well and make money.
      This caused many of his H.I.s (in-line to take over)
      to become very upset. Thus, Paul had to come
      up with a plan and a title to make himself beyond
      reproach and regain control as the highest of
      all Masters. Therefore, Twit created the Mahanta
      title and definition.

      Plus, PT added two more initiations levels (14)
      for himself. However, the "Worlds of ECK" Chart,
      on page 232, of Klemp's 1998 ECK Lexicon shows
      12 Planes and Initiation Levels. The highest (12th)
      states: "SUGMAD (God) Ocean of Love and Mercy."
      Apparently neither Twitchell or Klemp felt the
      need to "correct" the chart. Interesting, too, that
      on page 9 of Klemp's 1998 ECK Lexicon the definition
      for "ANAMI LOK" states that this is "the world
      of the Supreme Being, the Sugmad... the word
      is HU; the TENTH Plane; the Nameless Plane."
      Twitchell always had trouble keeping his lies
      straight!


      Originally, the term Mahanta meant "Monastery
      Head." This term can be found in "The Holy Science"
      by Swami Sri Yukteswar (1855-1936), Seventh
      Edition 1972, Third Printing 1977, in the Introduction,
      page vi, footnoted at the bottom. Sri Yukteswar
      was Sri Yogananda's master. BTW- This is an
      interesting book and I'm fairly certain that Twitchell
      had speed read and "compiled" it too! Sri Yukteswar
      talks about Allahabad, the Kumbha Mela, the
      Yugas, etc., and this is a location (Allahabad)
      that Twitchell claims that Sudar (Kirpal) Singh,
      970th LEM, was from.

      I do agree with what Ford has stated. I just
      wanted to present more details than what
      were first gathered. It's a big job digging
      for and sorting out facts (the Truth) when
      Twit was such a liar and Klemp is covering
      up for him, as well as, creating his own
      newer version of Eckankar with more lies
      and distortions.

      There's one more thing that I wanted to
      mention. Isn't it interesting about Beliefs.
      Christians believe that Jesus will come
      again in their/this lifetime, and ECKists
      believe that they will achieve Spiritual
      Freedom via God-Realization in this
      lifetime. Religion is all about mass delusion!

      Okay, one more thing. Most ECKists
      will deny this, but they share the same
      Garden of Eden Myth with Christians!
      Twitchell just did his usual letter/word
      switch and made Adam into Adom and
      Eve into Ede. Just look at the definition
      for "Polarians" in Klemp's 1998 ECK
      Lexicon. Yet, I've seen on HU Chat
      where ECKists have made fun of the
      Christian Garden of Eden Myth! It
      would seem that they are laughing
      at themselves and don't realize it!
      How clueless! Then again, an inability
      to do critical thinking and Not being
      able to connect-the-dots is why they're
      still ECKists.


      Prometheus


      prometheus wrote:

      Hello All,
      Ford makes some good points, especially,
      about Klemp claiming to be "The Son of God."
      BTW- It states in the Shariyat "Birth of the
      Mahanta" that this is a Virgin Birth, however,
      Klemp was the second son!

      Prometheus

      ********************************************
      FORD JOHNSON

      Harold Klemp
      Spiritual Leader of Eckankar
      P. O. Box 27300
      Minneapolis, Minnesota 55427

      Re: Open Letter 2
      From: Ford Johnson

      April 2, 2004



      Dear Harold,

      It has now been about eight months since my original open letter to you at which
      time I outlined my reasons for writing Confessions of a God Seeker and
      developing the New Spiritual Paradigm, which emerged from the experiences
      chronicled in that book. Since that time, we have heard from numerous Eckists
      and former-Eckists hopeful that Eckankar would either acknowledge the deception
      and remove it from the Eckankar works or correct the record and reveal the
      fallacy in the facts presented in Confessions. It is now clear that you and the
      leadership of Eckankar have no intention of truthfully removing or even
      acknowledging the historical fabrication, spiritual deception and insidious
      curses that are rampant throughout the Eckankar works. This is especially true
      in the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, which you tout as the quintessential book that
      Eckists should read and follow. But what you do not tell them is that this book,
      more than all the others, infuses the consciousness of the reader with an
      avalanche of thought forms, which trap the seeker in an illusory and fabricated
      paradigm that is ringed with a battery of curses, and psychic control devices.
      They activate whenever an Eckist questions too much or openly doubts any aspect
      of the teaching. In other words, complete loyalty and the suspension of critical
      thought and discernment is the price one must pay to remain a loyal Eckists. And
      unlike your earlier rhetoric, which reflected a tolerance for those who
      question, such seekers are now regarded as miscreants, and in your terms,
      "weeds." This is a remarkable reversal of opinion for one who regards himself as
      "God made flesh."

      Most recently, your comments in the March, 2004 Mystic World and in the 2004
      renewal letters to Eckists and Peter Skelsky's response in the Chanhassen
      Villager (November 12, 2003) and, using the name of the local RESA, in the
      Ghanaian Times (February 26, 2004) reveals Eckankar's true position on the
      revelations in Confessions of a God Seeker. While I understand the difficulty
      inherent in admitting to some of the excesses of Paul Twitchell and his tendency
      to exaggerate and prevaricate, Eckankar's continued failure to acknowledge the
      obvious deception and fabrication, engaging instead in character assassination
      and disingenuous platitudes, only undermines the good that Eckankar could have
      represented. Further, it erodes your credibility and that of Eckankar and
      encourages the open exposure of this deception, which recently occurred in a
      series of public exchanges in Ghana, West Africa.

      Outlined below are excerpts from an article that appeared in the Ghanaian Times
      newspaper in response to a rebuttal placed by Eckankar in that paper.
      Eckankar's Ghanaian Times response is a restatement of the stance articulated by
      Peter Skelsky and by you in several recent publications. This article, which
      responded to those statements, reveals some of the hidden truth about Eckankar.
      These revelations represent but a fraction of the story exposed in Confessions.
      As difficult as it may be for Eckists to confront or believe, the facts
      presented below speak for themselves for they are taken from the written works
      of Eckankar and as such have never been denied by or redacted by you or by
      Eckankar.

      · · · · ·

      (Excerpted, with modifications, from a March 15th, 2004 Ghanaian Times article)

      "Spiritual Leader of Eckankarä Claims Title Of `Son of God' "

      Contradicting the central tenet of Christianity that Jesus is "The Son of God,"
      the Religion of Eckankar claims that its spiritual leader, Harold Klemp,
      actually holds that distinction. The written works of Eckankar claim that Harold
      Klemp the Mahanta the Living Eck Master is:

      "[T]he Son of God. This same expression was used to describe Christ during his
      stay on earth." (Twitchell, The Spiritual Notebook, 2nd Ed. 1990, p.18)

      Born of a Virgin: "The Eck enters into the womb of a virgin, the queen of
      heaven…. [A] man child is born…then the chosen one learns that he is the Living
      Eck Master." (Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book I, 2nd Ed. 1987, pp. 111-112)

      "God made flesh on earth…the representative of Sugmad [God] in our midst today"
      (Twitchell, The Spiritual Notebook, 2nd Ed. 1990, p.223)

      These are just a few of the hundreds of startling claims that make up the
      doctrine and dogma of Eckankar. These claims are blindly accepted by Eckists
      because they cannot conceive that their spiritual leaders would ever mislead or
      deceive them. Yet, the spuriousness of these claims is obvious to all but the
      deceived. These are not the words of "critics that come and go" as Eckankar
      would have its followers believe, but words taken from the "holy" books of
      Eckankar, which form the very foundation of this religion.

      Is Eckankar Anti-religion and Anti-Christian?

      In a recent article in the Ghanaian Times, Eckankar portrayed the author of the
      new book Confessions of a God Seeker, as anti-religion and anti-Christian. In
      truth, Confessions consistently portrays an anti-deception, anti-mythology (as
      religion), anti-lie perspective while recognizing the need for and the role
      religions have played in the world. Eckankar, on the other hand, portrayed
      itself as a supporter of religions when it wrote, "Eckankar respects all
      religions. Each of us must decide our own path home to God…." This is the benign
      face of Eckankar that is shown to the world and those new to its teachings. But
      the hidden face of Eckankar, which often remains hidden from the faithful even
      after they have been indoctrinated, is quite different. These passages ¾ with
      references ¾ are taken directly from Eckankar's "Bible" called the
      Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad.

      "[T]he mission of the Mahanta [Harold Klemp the Spiritual Leader of Eckankar] on
      this earth is to stir the millions of non-initiated [followers of other
      religions] into revolt against all orthodox religions." (Twitchell,
      Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book I, 1st Ed. 1982, p. 181)

      "Those who listen to Niranjan [Satan] are listening to the false prophet. The
      sweet whispers of this negative genius [the Devil] are heard in the voices of …
      the preachers, clergy and priests who represent the old orthodox religions [e.g.
      Christianity]." (Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book I, 1st Ed., 1982, p. 44-45)

      "[P]riests and clergy have … joined religious orders for the sake of their
      livelihood. A true seeker of the Eck cannot have much regard for such
      persons.... Such persons do not belong on the same level as the chelas
      [followers] of Eckankar." (Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book II, 2nd Ed. 1988,
      p. 225)

      Here is the real Eckankar doctrine, taken from their own "Bible." The truth
      about Eckankar and its religious tolerance could not be more opposite their
      public platitudes.

      Are There Many Paths To God?

      Another misrepresentation presented by Eckankar in its Ghanaian Times article
      is: "There are many paths that lead you to God. As children of God, we each have
      the spiritual freedom to choose the path that works for us. This freedom is
      given us by God." This is the public face of Eckankar. Here is the private face,
      the one found in its written works. These quotes, (with references) are also
      taken from the Eckankar "Bible" and other books by Eckankar's founder, Paul
      Twitchell.

      "It is not possible to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven except through the
      teachings of Eckankar" (Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book I, 2nd Ed. 1987, p.
      96)

      "All these things can be learned through the medium of ECKANKAR, the only and
      universal path to God" (Twitchell, The Spiritual Notebook, 2nd Ed. 1990, p. 15)

      "Again and again I have pointed out that there is no other path than
      ECK[ANKAR]…. [A]nyone who tries another path is trying to start on a lower rung.
      It seems so foolish for anyone…to select a spiritual path…when it is laid out
      for him to move on to the original and only path to God." (Twitchell, The
      Spiritual Notebook, 2nd Ed. 1990, p. 221]

      This is the real Eckankar with its masks removed. Eckankar's disdain for
      Christianity and all other religions could not be clearer or more duplicitous.

      Eckankar "Invented" In 1965 By Paul Twitchell

      It is now reasonably apparent that Paul Twitchell, the founder of Eckankar,
      suffered from a condition known as mythomania (pathological lying). This
      condition explains how a novelist turned spiritual leader could claim that his
      new religion, created in 1965, was the oldest religion in the world. Paul
      Twitchell, according to his wife and co-founder, "made up the whole thing."
      Perhaps that is why she has had nothing to do with this teaching since.
      Twitchell magically transformed a 1965 for-profit company into a religion and
      bestowed upon himself the exalted title of Mahanta the Living Eck Master. He
      even invented an absurd story for how this all happened. According to
      Twitchell, he received his title and a mystical Rod of Power — another
      Twitchellian fiction — from a 400-year-old master named Rebazar Tarzs, who
      supposedly is still living in the flesh, in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Northern
      Tibet. But this fictionalized master, as well as all the others created by
      Twitchell, was part of an invented ancient spiritual sect known as the Vairagi
      Order (a name that he stole from an order in India). These invented "masters"
      first appeared in print around 1965 as he substituted their names for those of
      real spiritual teachers he had included in earlier versions of the same books.

      But in the early years, before Twitchell claimed that his new religion was "the
      oldest world religion", he was more candid about its true origins. He wrote:

      "Eckankar, which I formed out of my own experience… is the term used for the
      philosophy I have developed for the Cliff hanger. It is based on Shabda-Yoga, a
      way out form of Yoga" (Twitchell, "The Bilocation Philosophy," p. 52; Johnson,
      Confessions of a God Seeker, p.132, 142)

      Even the current leader of Eckankar, Harold Klemp had to acknowledge the recent
      beginnings of Eckankar, and therefore of the fiction of the Mahanta, the Living
      Eck Master, when he admitted:

      "[Eckankar] was not used to describe any religious doctrines [the Mahanta, a
      necessary inclusion] until the mid-1960's when it was coined, adopted and first
      used by Paul Twitchell " (From Court Records in Darwin Gross v. Eckankar, see:
      www.thetruth-seeker.com)

      In spite of conclusive evidence to the contrary and written admissions by both
      Paul Twitchell and Harold Klemp, Eckankar history and doctrine carry the
      staggeringly false claims that:

      "ECK[ANKAR] created and comprises all the religious ideas of the lower worlds.
      Art, writing, and sculpture are only developments of the higher ideals of
      ECKANKAR…. The major religions of the world have sprung out of ECK[ANKAR]."
      (Twitchell, The Spiritual Notebook, 2nd Ed. 1990, pp. 11)
      "Practically every man who has contributed to civilization has spiritually
      been a … student...of ECK[ANKAR]." (Twitchell, The Spiritual Notebook, 2nd Ed.
      1990, p. 1)

      With such obviously deceitful and fabricated pronouncements still a part of
      Eckankar doctrine, it is little wonder that Eckankar tries to minimize the
      effects of its exposure to the world. But Eckankar's deception does not stop
      with its history and the claims that its leader is "God made flesh." It infects
      every part of the teaching. Here are but a few of hundreds of examples of
      deception and lying —not to mention plagiarism—that find few parallels in
      religious history.

      How the Myth of the Mahanta was Fabricated

      In spite of what is now known about Twitchell's condition of mythomania, Klemp
      continues to delude himself into believing that Twitchell's 1965 creation of the
      Mahanta myth is actually true. Klemp seems oblivious to the fact that Twitchell
      stole even the name from another spiritual path. When it made its early
      appearance in his book The Flute of God(pp. 46, 55), it was merely a synonym for
      spirit and a state of consciousness like "love" or any other thought form This
      was easy to accept, for most people believe in some universal force whether
      called "spirit" or by some other name. Twitchell later associated the word
      "Mahanta" with the "man" and added it to his exalted title. With this
      verbalfusion of two words, he was able to transform himself into spirit itself
      ¾since spirit and Mahanta now meant the same thing. He then diffused the word
      "Mahanta" throughout the Eckankar teachings, and reinforced the Mahanta/Spirit
      connection by making it part of "every word, thought and action" of his
      followers.

      Therefore, it is not difficult to see how Eckists came to associate Twitchell,
      Gross and Klemp with spirit and God itself. This verbal alchemy is actually how
      a single word ¾ Mahanta ¾ first used, according to Klemp, in 1965, transformed a
      mortal man into "God made flesh." As if this were not enough, Eckankar's
      history is further clouded by documented evidence (see: www.thetruth-seeker.com)
      that one Mahanta (Darwin Gross) misappropriated $2.5 million (he also bought a
      Lear jet) of Eckankar funds. Not only that but one Mahanta (Harold Klemp) even
      claimed that the other Mahanta (Gross, also a purported "Son of God") was
      actually a Black Magician. This is part of the sordid if not farcical history of
      Eckankar revealed in Confessions of a God Seeker. Though it is important to see
      this history, it is hidden from the Eckankar community, because it reveals just
      how shallow and contrived Eckankar's "house of cards" actually is.

      Realizing that the Mahanta construct was fabricated but legitimized through
      verbal trickery and indoctrination, James Davis, author of a book about the
      Mahanta, The Rosetta Stone of God, disavowed his own book and the Mahanta
      concept. Davis independently reached his decision, based on his own inner and
      outer experiences. They confirmed what the author of Confessions, Ford Johnson,
      and thousands of others have come to realize: Spirit is the non-exclusive power
      of God and works in the lives of everyone. But, when a single "man" claims he is
      the exclusive channel for that force in the universe, indeed, God itself, both
      he and those who follow him are deluded. The Mahanta is a false [and fabricated]
      paradigm. It works only because of the "power of belief." But belief in a false
      paradigm ultimately limits the spiritual unfoldment of that person until it is
      replaced with an awareness of God-soul that lies within each person. This is
      the real source of love, guidance and protection.

      By repeating the expression: "I am one with ALL THAT IS", "I surrender to my
      higher self", "God-soul that is me", a person is able to take the next step in
      spiritual unfoldment. The power of this concept replaces a false spiritual
      paradigm with the truth about their existence. This is the lesson that our
      journey through countless religions and spiritual paths has been designed to
      teach. We are a spark ¾ a replica ¾ of God Itself, no greater or less than any
      other being that ever inhabited this earth. We have learned, through many life
      times, the lessons needed to expand our awareness to encompass this reality. It
      is summed up in the axiom, I AM, GOD IS, WE ARE ONE. Teachings like Eckankar
      will move heaven and hell to prevent us from reaching this awareness. They know
      that it will deprive them of control and thus a central role in our lives.

      Fraud and Deception In Eckankar Initiations

      Even in the sacred arena of initiations (stages of spiritual unfoldment), we
      find that there is no intrinsic truth or validity. Like everything else in
      Eckankar, they are part of Paul Twitchell's invention. They serve as a mechanism
      of control and to insure the steady flow of revenues. The "Mahanta" does not
      determine through some "mystical spiritual process" to whom or when initiations
      are granted, for we have already seen just how "earthly" this invented position
      is. Instead, a very mundane computer accomplishes this feat. Initiations are
      based on the number of years of continuous paid-in membership plus
      recommendations from local leaders. Harold Klemp admitted as much to a group of
      high initiates:

      "[M]any of the initiation records we had were destroyed,…were erased. We've
      reconstructed much of this. We don't have very good records right now about your
      initiation levels I'm afraid to say. Another thing that was done and I have to
      be honest, that people were given 5th initiations by date…anybody that had 5
      years, they were sent a pink slip. There are 5th initiates who aren't 5th
      initiates…." (An exhibit from the Case Darwin Gross vs. Eckankar, 1985. See
      original at www.thetruth-seeker.com)

      Harold Klemp and The Cover-up

      In spite of the mountain of lies and fabrication, which Klemp found when he took
      over Eckankar, he was not prepared to see the truth and act on it. Instead, he
      fabricated incredible tales to explain to himself and others what Twitchell had
      done. To explain Twitchell's plagiarism, for example, Klemp rationalized that
      Twitchell had copied the thousands of stolen and plagiarized passages from an
      astral library that he visited during his dreams. In other statements he said
      that Twitchell's habit of lying about his accomplishments was "without realizing
      it, just practicing [to eventually become the Mahanta]." Eckists and Eck
      leaders in the field are not aware of the thousands of lies that riddle this
      teaching. But worst, many appear afraid or unwilling to learn the truth, which
      only delays spiritual unfoldment. Instead, they follow a teaching that is based
      on a carefully interwoven set of lies.

      Eckankar Techniques of Spiritual Entrapment ¾The Use of Fear To Control Eckists

      Another example of the intentional and knowing deception fostered by Twitchell
      and Klemp and covered up by the current leadership is found in a series of
      warnings about how spiritual students are trapped and deceived. Twitchell wrote
      these warnings for the enlightenment and protection of his followers. Then he
      used the same techniques of entrapment on his own students. Twitchell writes:

      "The oldest technique of keeping the loyalty of the chela by many teachers is
      with fear…. Because they grow afraid of losing their chelas to a Master on the
      higher level, the old fear tactics will be drummed into those who desire to move
      away…. These threats are very common. They usually go like this: [1]"If you
      leave me, you will get caught in the astral and won't get out." Another cliché
      is: [2] "I've got the only path and if you leave it, you're in deep trouble."
      Another one is: [3] "I'm the true Master, and having initiated you, will be with
      you until the end of eternity. I'm your Master always." These are a few of the
      techniques of fear used by most teachers of the psychic worlds. We can easily
      recognize them. " (Twitchell, Eckankar, Illuminated Way Letters 1966-1971, pp.
      93-94)

      Having warned his students of the spiritual traps to look out for, Twitchell
      proceeded to utilize these same entrapping techniques on his own followers,
      harming thousands of seekers who believed and trusted him.

      There is no intrinsic truth or power to any of the curses and fear devices used
      in Eckankar. Twitchell has already admitted that they are simply devices of
      control. They work only if the individual accepts them as true. Here are just a
      few of the many curses that Twitchell and Klemp have placed in front of Eckists
      to keep them in line. They wrote:

      "The wrath of the ECK crashes down upon anyone who …deserts the Master….Not
      once will he see the connection between his betrayal …and the horrendous
      troubles that strike him down like a plague on every hand. And thus he goes
      downward…until he leaves his body in hopeless despair…. " (Klemp, The ECK
      Satsang Discourses, Third Series, Letter 8)

      "Whosoever…shall divulge the secrets of his initiation… shall be deprived of his
      sight and tongue in order to never again be able to say anything about the
      degrees of initiation in ECKANKAR" (Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book II, 1st
      Ed. 1977, p.150)

      "To ridicule, to scorn, to speak mockingly of the words of the Mahanta, and not
      to have faith in him and the cause of ECK is to bring woes on the advocator of
      doubt." (Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad Book I, 2nd Ed. 1987, p.107)

      For a teaching that professes to be about love and spiritual unfoldment, these
      curses are nothing more than a not-so-sophisticated form of black magic. Klemp
      and Eckankar use "curses" to frighten their followers into remaining silent,
      obedient and entrapped. While it is despicable to subject loving and trusting
      followers to the threats of eternal wrath, that is precisely what Eckankar is
      doing. On this point, Ford Johnson explains:

      "A `curse' is `a prayer or invocation for harm or injury to come upon another.
      It is a denunciation that conveys a wish or threat of evil.' What Twitchell and
      Klemp have working here are the same techniques employed by the local Juju man —
      the witch doctor — who knows the power of planting a seed-idea of harm or
      self-destruction in the mind of a victim or group. It is unmistakably a form of
      black magic or psychic attack widely practiced throughout the world. Once
      believed, a curse can have a disastrous effect on an individual. We receive
      numerous e-mails from ex-Eckists who believed Eckankar's curses and suffered as
      a consequence. We show them that it is only fear or anger that allows these
      negative psychic thought forms to have an impact on their lives. Sending love,
      reacting with humor (after all, they are hardly pronouncements from God), and
      reflecting (mirroring) the curse back to the sender nullifies its effect. Doing
      this also sends the consequence back to the perpetrator. All of these techniques
      and more are spelled out in Part IV of Confessions of a God Seeker, which deals
      with the actual Journey to Higher Consciousness. We have helped many people
      harmed by Eckankar's curses, to take back control of their lives. Thousands have
      already stood up to Eckankar's many deceptions and have emerged stronger,
      happier and more enlightened."

      The use of psychic attacks, exposes Eckankar as a harmful, even dangerous, cult
      because of the blind obedience of its followers to a person they mistakenly
      consider "God made flesh." Eckists have surrendered their will and remain happy
      and content so long as they are obedient and never question. However, having
      pulled back the curtain and revealed the sorcerer's tricks, Eckankar is left
      with only the devices of fear, name-calling, denial, misrepresentation and more
      lies to defend itself. The evidence of this can be seen in recent communications
      from the leadership of Eckankar to its members, which stated in part:

      "He (Paul Twitchell) was quite frank about the effects that hit a Judas in Eck.
      Any overt act against the Mahanta, the Living Eck Master evokes the full fury of
      the divine power. It stops acting in the troublemaker's behalf, and misery is
      the outcome." (Excerpt from membership renewal letter from Eckankar, 2004), and

      "These betrayers of ECK will pick up all their old karma once more. More, the
      karma of all those whom they've fooled is inscribed into their karmic log too.
      Hard times lie in store for them." (Mystic World, Ask The Master by Harold
      Klemp, March 2004)

      Aside from being just another fear tactic about which Twitchell has already
      warned us, it is false and has no spiritual validity. Karma (cause and effect)
      is to teach not to punish. Once one has learned the lessons that the karmic
      experiences were designed to teach, how can he lose the expanded awareness he
      has gained? The Twitchell/Klemp curses are absurd on their face. To the
      contrary, when one exposes truth or learns from it, he experiences freedom and
      growth, for he has escaped the entrapment of the lie. Once free, his life is
      filled with love and light for he is empowered with the realization that he is a
      part of God itself and can tap the power of the universe.

      The Law of Cause and Effect Is Still At Work

      Tragically, the Leadership of Eckankar seems to have forgotten the law of cause
      and effect. It is still at work and applies equally to everyone, even the
      Mahanta the Living Eck Master. When anyone engages in black magic, curses,
      threats of evil, and hardship, they are setting forces in motion that will
      boomerang to them. It is little wonder that the Living Eck Master himself
      continues to suffer a string of personal hardships and set backs including,
      perpetual sickness and weakness, which prevent him from even traveling. While
      Klemp attributes these calamities to taking on the karma (sins) of his chelas
      and because he has chosen his affliction, one might well ask, "then why so many
      physician visits?" "If one chooses to suffer, then why seek a cure?" In truth,
      Klemp is only reaping the consequences of his own states of consciousness and
      the curses he has set in motion to control others. For, as Paul Twitchell, in
      one of his most truthful and enlightened statements during his pre-Eckankar days
      wrote:

      "Whatever anyone is receiving or lacking in the out picturing and expression of
      his consciousness is each ones own responsibility." "Until you can understand
      that nothing can happen to you, nothing can ever come to you or be kept away
      from you except in accordance with the state of your consciousness, you do not
      have the key to life."

      So much for the curses! While this drama unfolds in full view of the world, the
      information is now available for all to see and to make their own decisions.

      Does Eckankar Still Work For The Eckist? How Spiritual Deceptions Work

      Most Eckists have grown and learned while in Eckankar for it does contain truth,
      but it is important to remember that all deception is performed by a clever
      interweaving of the truth with lies. The question and the dilemma for the Eckist
      is, which is which? In its article for the Ghanaian Times, Eckankar spelled out
      a test for whether a religion or path was still working for the individual. The
      test included whether the religion or teaching: "brings you closer to God's
      Love"; "brings more charity and good will into your life,"; "brings about a
      growth in spiritual awareness"; and "leaves you happy in your faith. " All these
      are important and fair questions. However, this test fails to ask one critical
      question, the answer to which can render all other answers meaningless. That
      question is: Do you know the truth about that religion or path? If you have
      taken the time to learn what lies behind the curtain, the façade that is
      presented for public consumption, then you have answered this all-important
      question. If after being exposed to the truth — e.g. reading Confessions of a
      God Seeker — you can still answer the initial questions in the affirmative then
      you are indeed where you should be and you should remain. But, to answer these
      questions in the affirmative while still ignorant of the truth behind Eckankar
      is to knowingly engage in self-deception, for eventually you will have to
      confront the truth. Eckankar has worked for the Eckist for the same reasons that
      all other religions and teachings have worked for their followers. Namely, a
      strong love bond is created along with a fear of separation. Added to this is
      the power of belief that resides in the believer not the object of that belief.
      Belief in anything produces results. But the goal is ultimately to develop
      belief in the divinity that lies within the individual not in an intercessor.
      Paul Twitchell was quite eloquent on the question of how the attachment of a
      seeker is gained and the dangers associated therewith:

      "We are concerned with the two ways that anyone [or any religion] can hold
      another; first is by the loyalty of Fear, and secondly is by the loyalty of
      Love. These are the basic ways by which one is attached….When one is
      loyal…because he is afraid…then the whole foundation of spiritual growth is nil…
      In the loyalty of love…he who intensely loves another is somewhat trapped by the
      negative power….What I am getting at here is that we cannot live with fear and
      at the same time we cannot live with an over-abundance of sentimental
      love…either will pull us down in the depths of despair sooner or later."
      (Twitchell, Eckankar, The Illuminated Way Letters, 1966-1971, p. 93)

      Twitchell's statement speaks directly to the dilemma now facing Eckists
      worldwide. These challenges to Eckankar's veracity will not go away, they will
      only intensify. For, a teaching based on lies will eventually fall by the weight
      of its own deception when exposed to the light of truth.

      How The Local Leadership Has Been Misled

      In responding to the role of local leadership Johnson commented:

      One of the unhappiest aspects of exposing Eckankar is that many local leaders
      have been close and dear friends of mine for many years. But because many of
      them have apparently refused to read Confessions of a God Seeker , they are
      being misled and don't realize it. How can anyone lead when they don't have the
      facts and refuse to enlighten themselves to the deceit and hypocrisy that
      infects this teaching, no matter how painful the truth may be? Whether the
      leadership of Eckankar points the Eckists further into the trap or opens a
      dialogue where questions can be asked and truth discovered, remains to be seen.
      But without discovering truth and then moving to where it leads, it is like `the
      blind leading the blind.' Whatever anyone ultimately decides to do is fine.
      But, the reason we have gone to the expense and effort of presenting this
      information is that the wall of silence and fear is so high that even those who
      wanted to know the truth could not find it or were afraid to look. So we have
      revealed some of the findings in Confessions to let everyone see for himself or
      herself, a small fraction of this truth. Perhaps it will be enough to encourage
      truth seekers to look more deeply."

      The Higher Consciousness Society and The New Spiritual Paradigm
      The Higher Consciousness Society (HCS), a non-profit spiritual education
      society, is the outgrowth of Confessions of a God Seeker. It is based on The New
      Spiritual Paradigm, presented in Part IV of Confessions of a God Seeker, which
      embodies the principle that every soul is a reflection of GOD, possessing the
      attributes and characteristics of ALL THAT IS. Our journey through life in many
      dimensions of reality is to come to the full awareness of this truth. HCS
      recognizes that true inner guidance comes from the higher self, God-soul that
      lies within each person. It accepts the guidance of others as teachers but never
      as masters, saviors, messengers, or any other title suggesting spiritual
      superiority. Instead, it views every person as both teacher and student
      differing only in the degree to which they understand, accept, and live by the
      heart of all spiritual truths: I AM, GOD IS, WE ARE ONE.

      HCS rejects doctrine, dogma, and spiritual hierarchical paradigms. Instead, it
      teaches that all sentient beings are an equal part of the whole. It provides
      insight, instruction, guidance and support that lead to souls liberation from
      religious entrapments. Through continued instruction and support, the individual
      as God-soul learns their innate power as soul and how to use it for their own
      happiness and to assist in the enlightenment, liberation and empowerment of all
      souls. HCS teaches the Master Principle and the Master Techniques, developed and
      first presented by the HCS founder and author of Confessions, Ford Johnson.
      These techniques teach each individual how to use the power of spirit to bring
      into their life the abundance and happiness that is their birthright as soul.
      Classes and an active bulletin board with contributions from seekers around the
      world can be found at www.higherconsciousnesssociety.org. Everyone is invited to
      visit this interactive web site, ask questions, seek spiritual help and fully
      participate.

      · · · · ·

      These revelations will continue to be presented in newspapers across the country
      and the world so long as Eckankar persists in the use of entrapping and fear
      tactics, which do incalculable harm to innocent and loving God Seekers. They
      come to Eckankar's doors with an open heart. But when they ask too many
      questions or discover the trail of inconsistencies and deception, they are met
      with a wall of silence and rejection, which leaves them baffled, distraught and
      scarred. We deal with such people every day and collectively work to undo the
      harm that Eckankar's treatment of them has caused. Certainly you must know these
      facts for we see many of the letters that Eckists send to you. We also learn of
      the silence with which they are greeted.

      The impact of fear tactics and curses employed by Eckankar will diminish as more
      become aware of the manipulative nature of these control devices. To continue to
      use them, as you recently did in your March 2004 Mystic World Q&A response,
      exposes Eckankar as a truly dangerous cult willing to infect the thinking and
      consciousness of its followers with threats and curses that rival the worst of
      the "hell and damnation" proclamations that many thought they were escaping.

      Eckankar is not blessed with the thousands of years of historical dust that have
      allowed other religions to escape the truth of their origins and history. Too
      much is known. Too much has been revealed. Far better to clean it up and salvage
      the truth and integrity that it still can. Otherwise these challenges to
      Eckankar's veracity and integrity will never end.

      Like thousands of other truth seekers before me, I have transcended Eckankar's
      fear tactics and curses, which your words and pubic declarations suggest is what
      Eckankar regards as its last line of defense. More and more will follow as they
      see the truth and the deception that you and the leadership of Eckankar have
      fostered.

      To say that Eckankar is "between a rock and a hard place" is not an
      exaggeration. But truth is always the best course. It is what you profess to
      stand for. Can Eckankar afford to do less?

      Respectfully,

      Ford Johnson
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