I Agree! Prior to Eckankar I was involved with my own spiritual
search. I was a member of the Cayce group (A.R.E.) and had read a
number of other books and looked at other groups. Eckankar seemed
to have more and better answers to my questions at first. Although,
the direction to look to the inner for answers troubled me some. I
later realized that it was ploy to distract and control because
the "answers" had to correspond to and comply with the guidelines
and hierarchy of Eckankar.
However, I lost track of my real spiritual progress and goals over
the years. The distractions of the Mental Plane via Eck books and
discourses and the false promises that Eckankar makes side-tracked
me. Delusion and imagination and the theft of my own Soul abilities
are the things that make Eckankar seem to work for people.
Also, the busy Vahana work, classes, trainings, meetings, social
relationships and especially the focus on initiation were all great
attractions and distractions! I noticed that while I discovered my
true identity as Soul that I also gave away Soul's freedom of Self
Mastery to an icon of Mahanta/Savior. Instead of learning about
Spiritual Freedom I learned about Spiritual Dependency
(surrender/servitude) and that everything given and received was via
a Middle Man called the LEM/Mahanta. Even SPIRIT was said to be the
Why did I stay in Eckankar for so long? I lost focus and got lazy
and rationalized about what I really saw and knew. Besides, I had
all of those Initiations that I had worked long and hard for and
those Numbers showed how advanced in consciousness that I had become
over the years and years... right? Wrong! Just look around at other
Eckists that share the same Circle of Initiation or Higher! Example
(one of many): When an Eckist becomes a minister (Rev.) in another
religion and yet receives a "pink slip" for the Fourth
Initiation does this seem like the Initiations are really valid? Of
course Not! However, this is just one example of many. How about all
of those Initiations B.B./D.P. gave out for Darwin Gross the 972nd
Black Magician! This is more proof that the ECK Initiations and
their powers are just Mental Delusions.
When a 9th Initiate like Joan cops an attitude with a (third) 'fill-
in' Postal Clerk and a 14th Initiate (HK) verbally attacks that same
clerk on the hear-say of JK and does so in an ECK publication
(09/2003 H.I. Letter) what does this say about the consciousness
associated with the Eck Initiations or the LEM/Mahanta? Not Much!
Even if the clerk was in the wrong (which he wasn't) it was still an
angry and inappropriate act on Klemp's part. Therfore, this act
alone shows that the Eck Initiations and the Mahanta are phoney!
The 'loser' comments and all the other facts point out loud and
clear that Twitchell's Eckankar was just a scam!
p.s. Thanks Pretujari for sharing your story. This just goes to show
that after we leave Eckankar that we are not alone. Spirit is with
us guides us always. We are our own mahanta and more!
Recently, I've gone through some domestic changes. Well before that
I'd had a series of dreams that prepared me for the upcoming events,
to know in the dream the forthcoming events were a resolution of a
past life karmic entanglements. This helped to prepare me and to
cope with the situation when it did finally happened.
In the course of this experience my attention was very much on past
life relationships and reincarnation etc. Towards the end of this
all, while walking in the streets one afternoon, my attention was
drawn to a second hand book stand. As I swept through the titles my
eyes settled on this book, 'Many Mansions, Edgar Cayce on
reincarnation' by Gina Cerminara.
I bought the book and I've learned so much from reading it. Much
more than what Klempus ('Godman of the Universe') could teach me in
all my 18yrs as a member of his org on this subject.
What is interesting is that I bought this book for less than 50
cents. It was written even before I was born, in 1950. Yet a higher
power orchestrated and put the book and me together so that I can
learn and progress from it.
This is the higher power, God, Spirit, I'd known and worked with
right from an early age. It was in pursuit of knowing more about
this Guidance that I finally ended up as a member of Eckankar. Here,
they usurped the identity of this power by putting the face and
personality of a 'living Eck Master' on IT. Characters like
Twitchell, Gross, and Klemp.
So who needs a mahanta? I certainly don't.