The Anti-intellectual Focus of ECKANKAR
- Hi All,
I saw this on the Yahoo Group Site eckankartruth
and thought it'd be nice to share and comment on
here, ESA, as well.
Forwarded from ECKANKARTRUTH
Leafeater, I don't know who you are, but I sure am
on the same page with so much that you say.
Eckankar has become exceedingly anti-intellectual.
This may have always been, but I have especially
noticed it in recent years. When eck friends want
to insult me, they pretend to compliment by saying,
"Zoey, I appreciate your intellectual wisdom." It
is a hoot. Of course, they have no idea on this
Earth what they are talking about. Wisdom can only
be understand or expressed through the intellect.
That's it. No other way. Not in this world. Even
if one has access to some transcendent
wisdom/energy, it has to be expressed via music,
art, dance, words, etc. This is quite a different
thing than ideas, perception, goals, beliefs, etc
that originate on the mental plane. Another thing
entirely. And you're right; it is vital to develop
one's critical thinking facility.
Here is a personal observation: Paul Twitchell
plagarized most of what he wrote, if not all of it.
Which we all know. But he plagarized some awfully
good stuff. He plagarized some folks who knew what
the hell they were talking about. Now.....in recent
years eck friends tell me they don't care for
twitchell's writings any longer. They say it's too
'intellectual'. They say they much prefer the
present LEM's writings and talks, because he is in a
higher state, etc etc. He doesn't have to be
Now, here is what is really going on. The corp is
attempting to shift the focus away from twitchell's
work (for obvious reasons). The membership is
interpreting this however they can, and putting more
weight and value onto harold's stuff.
i occassionally read harold's stuff. he doesn't
make one bit of sense. none. nada. he just rambles
on talking in vagueries, never saying anything
substantial. just rhetoric. and my eck friends
honestly cannot discern the difference between
twitchell's work and that nonsense. twitchell
plagarized from the likes of "sar bachan" and
"lessons in light." geezus. harold couldn't do
anything with those books but blow his nose on the
pages. he sure couldn't read them.
One quick note. You mentioned that you remembered
Paul Twitchell had supported people attending college.
To clarify this point for people reading here, he
did state in the Sharyat Ki Sugmad that Eck Masters
don't seek university degrees, titles, and
And he often referred to anti-intellectuality as a
description of eckankar philosophy. Eckankar was
said to take the follower to worlds beyond the
If a young, impressionable person, or for that
matter any serious, devoted follower, is told that
the goal for followers in eckankar is eck mastership,
and that eck masters don't get university degrees
and other such titles and distinctions, then the
devoted follower who wants to achieve
god-realization is very likely to forego persuing
a college degree.
That he may have also supported going to college
in some other instance, which I do recall reading
in one of the books, only further adds to the
conflicting messages that serve to create
cognitive dissonance in the follower. In those days,
I would have interpreted the conflicting statements
as an indication that some weren't destined to
become eck masters, and some were.
I was very young at the time, and this was not at
all a good thing to be told by the supposed master
of the known universes.
Thankfully, I went back to school and obtained
my master's degree, and soon may yet go back
again to do some additional work.
But this idea of anti-intellectuality has been
misinterpreted by Twitchell and others in
eckankar. To transcend the intellect is
spoken of in many transcendentally-based
philosophies, especially those from the East.
But this does not mean ceasing to use the
intellect, and the confusion people have
over this is potentially quite harmful, since
critical thinking is an essential skill to develop.
Transcending the intellect refers to the ability
to let go of obstructing rationalizations and
thoughts, enabling the individual to have
moments of extraordinary no-mind clarity,
but this does not mean permanent abandonment
of the use of intellect. Many people, in and out
of eckankar, who follow eastern religions are
confused about this.
I'm still quite the anti-intellectual in many ways,
since there are other forms of cognition, but I
don't at all support the nonsense eckists still
buy into that those who've left eckankar couldn't
let go of the mind sufficiently to "get" what eckankar
is all about. This assertion is often alluded to on
the A.R.E. newsgroup by eckists.
Funny, but I was going into no-mind states
before I'd ever heard of eckankar.
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