- Feb 12, 2011Hello Etznab,
It is amusing that these people thought
Twitchell had some sort of a connection
to the Knights Templar etc. when his real
connection was with Sant Mat and Kirpal
Singh. There is also a greater connection
to India and to Hinduism than to Egypt
and Moses. Apparently these people didn't
realize that Twitchell plagiarized "The Path
of the Masters" which mentions the high
points of many religions including the
Zoroastrian faith, Christianity and the
teachings of Jesus, the Magi of the
Mesopotamian school and of the Pythagoreans
in Egypt, etc. Plus, "Path" talks about the
Sun, Lightning and Moon Worlds of the
Astral Plane and about the Light and Sound.
Anyway, it seems like these people wanted
to connect Twit to something they had researched
previously. And, Twitchell used almost everything
out there in an attempt to connect it to ECkankar
and, thus, give the impression that this myth/history
is validating his con about it being an "ancient
teaching" and that there was a "lineage of ECK
Concerning Ruth and Noah Samuelson's critique of Eckankar, the subject of Egypt
was mentioned extensively. IMO. And, to be quite frank, I believe they
effectively "demonized" Egyptian mythology somewhat.
It's not the first time (IMO) because The Bible, for example, "demonized" Egypt
Now, do we really know that Moses and Pharaoh threw down staffs that later
turned into serpents? Or is that a myth, fable?
From a page about the subject (last paragraph):
Changing Aaron's staff into a serpent is significant for another reason. This is
the same staff that will be used with God's power to initiate the plagues and to
part the Red Sea, events which will give protection and life to Israel but bring
death to the Egyptians.88 As Currid states, the contest was not between Moses
and Pharaoh, or between Israel and Egypt, but between Yahweh and Pharaoh, who
was considered a god, and who was supposedly imbued with the special powers of
his station. The miraculous signs given to Moses and Aaron challenged the
potency and deity of Pharaoh, who personified the power of Egypt and whose crown
bore the cobra, symbol of supremacy.89
Going back to Ruth and Noah Samuelson:
We are not members of any Christian organization or anti-cult group. We just
want to share what we have found and to alert unsuspecting members, and the
public generally, to the true nature of Eckankar.
Ruth and Noah Samuelson
October 10, 2008
p.s. A copy of this article has been posted on Scribd, the online
Read the first paragraph and the connection with Egypt becomes apparent.
Eckankar, a New Age religion with its worldwide headquarters in Minneapolis, is
deceiving its members as to its true origin and purpose. It is not a spiritual
organization but a disguised form of advanced Freemasonry. It was created by its
founder, Paul Twitchell, in 1965, to promote worship of the gods of ancient
Egypt. Not only did Twitchell plagiarize the writings of other authors to a
shameless degree, but he deliberately concocted his teaching as a covert way of
getting naive members of the public to worship the magical deities from the Old
Kingdom period of ancient Egypt. Eckankar is therefore a disguised occult
teaching with a hidden occult agenda. Most of its members appear to be unaware
of this. [....]
In the critique by Ruth and Noah Samuelson the word(s) Egypt (or Egyptian) are
mentioned at least 40 times!
Umm... "a disguised form of advanced Freemasonry"(?) It sounds like "conspiracy
theory" to me.
Numerous writers have written about the Egyptian gods. Other writers fear they -
the Egyptian Ennead - are being exploited. The conspiracy theorists, etc.
"A new religion is taking shape in the name of the Great Heliopolitan Ennead.
Already, as we have seen, many obey their instructions to the letter. [....]"
[The Stargate Conspiracy, Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, pp. 334-336]
Ennead means "the nine", I believe. And the number "nine" appears to be what
some people question. Whether the Ennead, nine Knights Templar, or "Council of
Nine" some conspiracy theorists fear (IMO) that this symbol (and mythology
surrounding it) is being used like a "blind" for some mysterious secret cabal
with aspirations to rule the world!
About the Ennead:
The development of the Ennead remains uncertain. Egyptologists have
traditionally theorised that the priesthood of Heliopolis established this
pesedjet in order to stress the preeminence of the sun-god above other deities,
incorporating gods which had been venerated elsewhere for centuries while
ignoring others. [....]"
Sun-god? Wasn't there something about "sun gods" in The Spiritual Notebook?
"That authority should be placed upon one who becomes the saviour is not
unusual. In Egypt, the Pharoah of old was both a god and the son of a god, and
Krishna, the beloved god of India, was one of the countless sun gods. Many men
have become gods and many gods have become men. But the Mahanta is the living
Light, in the tradition of the ancient sun gods of Asia."
- The Spiritual Notebook, by Paul Twitchell (Copyright 1971), 10th Printing -
1983, p. 23 (2nd paragraph).
The subject was touched upon again on pp. 145-146. Including:
"The sun gods of Asia were given the title of Christ, for it is an ancient title
among peoples of the prechristian era."
- The Spiritual Notebook
Like in the first quote I gave about the contest between Yahweh and Pharaoh,
numerous religions / ideologies are in contest with others.
IMHO. And in some cases even, winning depends on who can tell the tallest tale,
myth, fable, etc. AND HOW MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE!
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