Eckankar Lacks the Balance of a Middle Path
- Hi All,
I thought I would insert the definitions for attachment, detachment,
and discrimination that Klemp gives in his Eckankar Lexicon and
compare them to what Buddha gives. Non-Attachment is never
mentioned! Remember, these "Eck" definitions are influenced by the
Radhasoami teachings, and are also, unfortunately, very anti-family,
anti-love, and promote an "unfeeling" attitude towards other people.
Yes, Buddha's Non-Attachment definition is much more advanced for
the spiritual seeker than are the Mahanta's definitions and limiting
view of life. NON-ATTACHMENT is one of BALANCE. Eckankar only gives
lip service to this due to limited concepts borrowed from sources
that are Not the most advanced out there!
However, I'm not saying that Buddhism is the most advanced spiritual
path either... just that it's more advanced, in many ways, than what
Eckankar has borrowed from others! Eckankar, however, is not a true
spiritual path because it was designed to scam people out of money
and as a vocation for Twitchell, then Gross, and now Klemp. However,
I would say that Eckankar does fit the definition for religion. LOL!
This Non-Attachment definition is one that the conspiracy nut cases
should look at as well. These people are much more attached to their
non-spiritual beliefs, egos, and delusions than others who also
suffer from similar mental imbalances... like Eckists!
I saw this on eckankartruth and thought I'd bring it over here for
more discussion. I'll have more comments later. However, isn't it
interesting that Eckankar sees most things as black and white, or
positive and negative, or lower and higher, or good and bad, or as
attachment and detachment.
Of course, Twitchell got his perspective and views from Radhasoami
and used "The Path of the Masters" as his main resource. On page 362
is a box showing the "Passions and their Remedies." The following is
MOH (ATTACHMENT) Viveka Discrimination.
So, Radhasoami also gives "Discrimination" as an opposing remedy
(virture) for "Attachment."
Twitchell changed this and used "Discrimination" as the virture for
GREED and kept "Detachment."
Twitch then changed the Radhasoami remedy for GREED (Contentment) to
be used with LUST.
WHY? Because the Radhasoami remedy (virture) for LUST is "Chastity,
Twitch, with a young new wife, would Not even want to follow this
REMEDY for himself, and PT certainly wouldn't be pulling many
followers into his new church if every new Eckist was to act like
either a monk or a nun!
Subject: [eckankartruth] Musings / Talk about Detachment
I was doing some home work and came across an interesting article on
detachment. So thought I would share it here. I highlighted what
stood out for me. ;-) To me, eckankar's *detachment* is void of
love, and denial of true human emotion. I am glad I can walk the
middle path without worrying about whether I am attached or
detached..... no longer bogged down by Klemp's dogma!
"Attachment". Buddha described a principal cause of human suffering
as "attachment"; that is to say any sentient being's attitude that
clings to or grasps at anything (ANYTHING: including the notion of
ego/self, the notion of other/not-self, emotions, concepts,
memories, desires, events, outcomes, judgements, objects, places,
beliefs, relationships--really ANY phenomena which can occur, be
experienced, imagined, noticed and/or labeled) as if "it" were
limited by an imposed judgement, fixed in status, space, or time,
permanent, self-existent, controllable, or even tangibly real.
Attachment drives an insatiable frustration of grasping vainly at
that which can not truly be held onto because of its illusory,
ATTACHMENT - "The state of being connected by ties of affection,
attraction, etc., particularly to the karmic conditions of life that
hold one in the physical universes; including ideas, dreams,
consciousness of the lower self which creates attachment to the
physical realm, desires, and connections with family and
possessions. See also Moha." (pg.16)
"Non-Attachment". Non-attachment is that state of mind whereby a
sentient being is able to perceive, discern, understand or otherwise
appreciate anything (once again--ANYTHING--any phenomena that can be
said to occur, be imagined, be labeled and/or be experienced)--
sometimes called "an object of mind" or simply "labeled phenomena"
as it is, in its fullness as a temporary and illusive occurrence
within an infinite web of interdependent interconnected occurrences,
but ABSENT the desire to judge it, control it, view it is as
permanent, self-existent, and/or independent of causes and effects.
Non-attachment is not clinging, not grasping. Non-attachment is
related to equanimity: that equalizing yet discerning observance
from all sides simultaneously without judgement or expectation. Non-
attachment is necessary for the cultivation of the omniscient
NON-ATTACHMENT - (NOT LISTED)
"Detachment" Detachment is a different concept altogether.
Detachment is that illusion whereby the sentient being holds an
object of mind at the artificial distance of aloof denial; it means
to actively not care about something whether it is noticed or not;
to willfully or carelessly attempt to deny it power or essence with
the numbing opiate that is correctly called apathy, or
DETACHMENT - "Giving up strong affection for the environment and
possessions, but not ceasing to identify with them; becoming
independent of them; mentally free from love of the world and all
worldly desires. See vairag." (pg. 45)
DISCRIMINATION - "The recognition that there is no good or evil, no
beauty nor ugliness, no sin, and that these are concepts of the
mind, the dual forces in the matter worlds; the ability to make
right judgments; to distinguish between those actions which
contribute to spiritual growth and those which are a waste of time.
See also viveka." (pg. 48)
Neither attachment nor detachment are exemplary of the enlightened
mind; both can be described as unskilled activities common to
sentient beings, both are breakable habits, and both equally keep
the sentient being in the realm of samsara (the infinite cycle of
the common incarnate existence that includes birth, sickness,
suffering, death, bardo, re-birth, etc). Detachment flees;
Buddha spoke of practicing non-attachment as the necessary middle
path beyond ever-fragmenting samsara into all-absorbing nirvana.