Re: PT: "The CLIFF HANGER is a One Man Cult"
- Hi All!
Just some additional background info on this one - the Jarvis "Square
Peg" interview was also published by EKULT, I believe in either
"Compiled Writings" or "Illuminated Way Letters"; both books have been
out of print for a long time.
The Twitchster's "Cliffhanger" moniker was stolen just like tons of
other stuff he tried to pass off as original thoughts. He got it from
John A. Keel's 1957 book, "Jadoo" - yep, he stole his "soul-traveling
cat's" name too, and I doubt if he even had a cat! And that's not
all! "Jadoo" is probably where he got "Katsupari Monastery". I
don't remember if "I am a cliffhanger" is the first line of Jadoo's
first chapter; it may start the 3rd chapter but I don't remember, the
book's packed away, and I don't feel like doing a Google advanced
group search for all the details & links to old discussions about
this. Jadoo's a really fun & interesting book that Twitch surely
read, and I'm sure Twitch was jealous of John Keel, who had a
genuinely interesting life & adventures, as well as being a
*successful* journalist and writer, unlike Twitch. "Jadoo" means
black magic - Keel was sort of a professional but rather open-minded
"debunker". Anyone who reads this book about Keel's *true*
"adventures" will surely recognize someone *real* who Twitch would
have liked to have been, but wasn't.
Wow, when I got my copy of the SCP E-kult Journal, it was only $4.50!!
I hope everyone buys one, because the SCP will put it online when all
the hard copies are sold out!
Hey, Prometheus - isn't the interview with Darwin Gross a bit
prophetic, when they speculate about what was going to happen when it
came time for Gross to pass the "Rod", considering all the problems
when Twitch died? <ggg>
Well, I just got back last night from a long weekend with the kids &
grandkids, and perhaps in a chatty mood because I'm at the top of the
email pile and not yet burned out & needing to turn off the computer.
I feel bad because all this SCP stuff is part of what I want to put on
a new & comprehensive website, to make it easier for people to find
this info without searching usenet & Yahoo group archives, etc.
It would be easier to find on a website. Sort of like when I was
doing my own "getting out" research and working 24/7 at it, getting
all excited about the discoveries, and only after leaving did I find
that so much of it had been "discovered" - like, in Gunner Reitel's
excellent expose', which was being "shared" privately and sent to
people only *after* they'd made the decision to leave ekult, and
happened to be posting at a.r.e. or somewhere. Reading it, I thought,
damn - if I'd seen this six months ago it would've saved me so much
time digging thru the eckbooks!! It's awesome, and it's now available
in ET's "files" section - where it's not as easily accessible as it
would be on a website, but the "files" were a quick & easy place to
On the other hand, Prometheus, I bet that all the research you're
doing is really helping you get totally de-programmed - at least,
that's how it worked for me!
If I procrastinate long enough, maybe someone else will do that
totally comprehensive website. <gg> (hint, hint!!)
Anyway, anyone interested in more specific stuff & exact quotes &
citations can do a Google group search.
Prometheus, I don't know if you were a member back in '79 when the SCP
Journal came out, but some former members who were there at the time
confirmed that Darwin sent out letters to all the eck centers telling
people not to read it - I don't remember if he specifically
recommended that it be burned but some HIs *did* burn it - and
probably chanting "hu" for protection! <ggg>
Gawd, gotta run, I will *never* get caught up on the housework enough
to start working on that darned pesky website!!
Oh - ekult sued over this article, and I recently came across another
little old newspaper article about another old lawsuit I'd never seen
publicized before, where ekult sued the Lutherans over a listing in a
little anti-cult booklet of theirs or something. One of these days
I've got to get a new scanner. Actually, I *did* get one but it won't
run on my old computer.
Bye everyone, have a great day, enjoy summer, and above all, get away
from all this ekultcrap and enjoy the whole world & sunshine & your
families, etc.!!! Celebrate Life!!!
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973"
> Hello All,
> I was looking at the SCP Journal on
> ECKANKAR of Sept. 1979 (pg. 11)
> and saw an interesting article. [BTW
> there's a picture of 21 or 22 year old
> GAIL on page 10] Here's part of that article.
> [SCP]: "One of the crucial missing links in the
> development of Paul Twitchell's personal occult-
> mediumistic experiences into the full-fledged
> religious system of Eckankar is supplied by
> Twitchell's own pen in an article he authored
> in July 1964. The piece was written in response
> to an avalanche of mail that came to him after
> a publication of the Jack Jarvis interview, and was
> entitled 'The Cliff Hanger.'
> [PT]: The Cliff Hanger may be the vanguard of a new
> religion called 'Eckankar,' a Hindu word meaning
> union with God. This unorthodox philosophy took
> hold with the European intellectuals and in college
> circles following the publication of my works abroad...
> ... My saints are Kabir, 16th century Hindu mystical
> poet who taught Shabda Marg, the path of Shabda
> Yoga. Other saints I follow are the ancient Sufi avatars
> Jalal al-din Rumi, Hafi, Shamus-i-Tabiz, Rama, the
> Indian savior and Kirpal Singh, of India....
> Eckankar, which I formed out of my own experience,
> is the term used for the philosophy I have developed
> for the Cliff Hanger. It is based upon Shabda-Yoga,
> a way out form of yoga. The word is the Hindu locution
> for the cosmic sound current which is known in our
> vernacular as the cosmic river of God.
> [SCP]: 'The Cliff Hanger,' however, was itself a rewritten
> and sanitized version of an article originally entitled 'The
> Square Peg.' Twitchell is even more candid and revealing
> in the original:
> [PT]: The Cliff Hanger is a one-man cult. I am the original
> Cliff Hanger and its sole disciple....
> This zany character is called the vanguard of a new
> religion, entitled Eckankar....
> .... but as I have said, it is a one man cult, with
> myself as founder, president and disciple.
> [SCP]: Within the brief span of two years, this 'one-man
> cult' the sum total of one man's personal experience, was
> being hailed by many as the Ancient Science of Soul Travel
> (ASOST), the world's most venerable path to truth."
> [ME] And, let's not forget Eckankar as the most "ancient"
> of teachings! <smile>
> If you would like to purchase this SCP Journal on Eckankar
> go to the "LINKS" page here and look for: A-1 Buy... SCP
> Journal on "Eckankar"- $6.00 Total
> Anyway, please feel free to respond with your comments
> to the above SCP article on "The Cliff Hanger."