> I've mentioned this book before and a quote in its introduction on
> page vi, where it mentions the "Mahanta (monastery head)" of Buddha
> Gaya, Bihar. The title of MAHANTA is not exclusive to Eckankar! Sri
> Yukteswar (Paramahansa Yogananda's master) mentions that he is
> writing this book at "Allahabad" (where Twitch claims his master
> Sudar Singh comes from) and also mentions the "Kumbha Mela" (see
> Eckankar Lexicon). What a coincidence! There's much more though and
> it's very enlightening!
This is very interesting. I was always thinking that it came
from "Mahatma" and, as this title was already taken, Paul Twitchell
took "Mahanta" which is quite close. I didn't know that "Mahanta" was
actually mentioned in a book! I must say that Paul Twitchell was
really very clever in his way to read and copy all those books! :-)
> The Sutras in this book are very interesting and I do see that
> is value and truth contained here for many spiritual seekers. But,
> personally (from my point-of-view), I do see some flaws in thinking
> or perception within the book. Afterall, this book is presented
> within an Indian and Hindu influence and context. Truth is usually
> re-interpreted by different groups with a specific relevance that
> works best for the social/political and spiritual evolution of that
> society (grouping of Souls). Therefore, the spiritual
> must chose and separate the wheat from the chaff. One must use
> discernment in order to extract these universal truths which must
> applied to the individual Soul's situation and circumstances in any
> given moment. An interim guru would suffice the spiritual student
> until the student becomes the Guru of/to Self with a Oneness of/to
> Spirit. Duality and non-Duality is still up for debate however.
> Perhaps, it's just a matter of semantics!
This is for sure that the truths contained therein are used for a
specific environment, Indian and Hindu in this case. I think it is ok
to re-interpret them for use in another context, i. e. for people
with Christian background. I think that we have to become aware that
every organization here has flaws because the pure teaching, when it
comes out into this world, isn't pure any more as there are so many
understandings and interpretations. Or at least, there will be as
soon as the teaching is out for some time.
Discernment is absolutely necessary. I think that the real truth is
only within ourselves, it is the divine part in us. We all have to
discover this part and bring it into life, to live it in our
individual way. An interim guru is ok because he can help a lot. And
a real guru is the one who can let go the student with love as soon
as he/she is mature enough!
> Anyway, I'll quote three of these sutras (precepts). If you have
> Eckankar Lexicon you can look up some of the Hindu words and
> definitions that Twitchell, Gross and Klemp seem to parrot.
> Sutra 6: "The Atom, under the influence of Chit (universal
> knowledge) forms the Chitta or the calm state of mind, which when
> spiritualized is called Buddhi, Intelligence. Its opposite is
> Mind in which lives the Jiva: the self with Ahamkara, Ego, the idea
> of separate existence."
Very interesting! Ahamkara / Ahankara ?
> Sutras 15, 16: "Just as the objects seen in our dreams are found,
> when we awake, to be insubstantial, so our waking perceptions are
> likewise unreal--a matter of inference only."
> Sutra 18: "Emancipation (Kaivalya) is obtained when one realizes
> oneness of his Self with the Universal Self, the Supreme Reality."
> *Note: These sutras offer only a peek into the explainations and
> perceptions the author gives when examining each one. Although most
> of these concepts are familiar, however, I am finding that the
> details and specifics are bringing to light new insights. I am able
> to see the same information that Twitchell used except now I see
> from my own perspective rather than from his, and without the
> Eckankar influence. Yet, I can also see the that influence, but
> beyond it. This book has become quite interesting and enjoyable!
> But, I also know that I will never follow another religion again.
> Spiritual freedom is like skating away on the ice of a new day!
I can imagine that it is enjoyable to read this book! I might put it
on my book list! :-)And yes, there's no need to follow another
religion again. There are so wonderful books outside there, and as
they don't need any followers here, they don't need any curses or
threats either. How wonderful after all the stuff in the Shariyat! :-)