Re: Eckankar is based on false premises!
- Hi Mish,
I liked this quote by Sam Harris from his book "End of Faith."
I can see why Klemp doesn't want Twitchell's Wisdom Notes
and other older and uncensored materials by PT available to
ECKists for them to read and discern for themselves.
Klemp cannot allow Twitchell's unedited versions of his "truth"
to become known to ECKists. The ECKANKAR "history" that
ECKists now read must only be of Klemp's santized and more
limiting versions least they come to see Paul's original ECKANKAR.
Paul's was a different, clearer, Light than Klemp is able to give
without parroting or paraphrasing Twitchell's compilation.
Still, Twit took what started as a spiritual path and a journey
together and felt he needed to become Top Dog. I'm learning
that PT needed to maintain control because ECK chelas began
to break away and form their own Non-ECK groups.
A good book to read is Sam Harris' "End of Faith." Here's an excerpt
on the insanity of religious beliefs:
>"It takes a certain kind of person to believe what no one else believes.
To be ruled by ideas for which you have no evidence (and which
therefore cannot be justified in conversation with other human beings)
is generally a sign that something is seriously wrong with your mind.
Clearly, there is sanity in numbers. And yet, it is merely an accident
of history that it is considered normal in our society to believe that
the Creator of the universe can hear your thoughts, while it is
demonstrative of mental illness to believe that he is communicating
with you by having the rain tap in Morse code on your bedroom window.
And so, while religious people are not generally mad, their core beliefs
absolutely are. This is not surprising, since most religions have merely
canonized a few products of ancient ignorance and derangement and
passed them down to us as though they were primordial truths. This
leaves billions of us believing what no sane person could believe on his
own. In fact, it is difficult to imagine a set of beliefs more suggestive
of mental illness than those that lie at the heart of many of our
religious traditions." (page 72, "End of Faith" by Sam Harris)
>No wonder Klemp ended up in a mental institution! No wonder he
believes he is as the Mahanta "the highest state of consciousness
known to the chronicles of mankind . . . " (page 205, "Those Wonderful
ECK Masters" by Harold Klemp).
>No wonder eckists continue to want to believe and cling to this
man-made, fake religion called Eckankar! They confuse "faith"
with Truth. But Truth is far greater!