Hi Mish and All,
Actually, it's an Ego thing with Stever. This is Why
he travels to EK Seminars. He likes to feel important
as the EK Internet Public Info Guru! SR likes to be in
the "spotlight" like so many other high profile H.I.s
do. Plus, it's a lonely hearts search. Stever is looking
for that female EK Soul/mate, but others are looking
for mates too. There really should be an EK Singles
gathering at Regional and Major EK Seminars. Or,
one could always look for someone more normal,
more balanced, and more spiritual outside of Eckankar.
One would have a much better selection!
Some Eckists attend EK Seminars because they have
been pointed out or mentioned by Harry both at the
Seminar and in his books. It's like an Awards Show
just waiting to see if your name is called! Wow! It's
so funny, afterwards, watching these celebs acting
"as if" they are humble when their fans approach them.
Most to many ECKists were Non-Conformists prior
to joining Eckankar (some still are), but the EK rules,
guidelines, and expectations for "normal" conforming
"Church" behaviour have beat most into submission.
This is Why it's so difficult for many to give-in, fit-in,
and surrender their unique identities.
Religions and their local little church communities
are okay when a person has nothing else and is lonely
and is looking for a place to feel safe and needed and
appreciated. Religions give answers for questions...
although those answers need a "Leap of Faith" and
only fit the limited dogma and the opinions of those
in power who have added their own touch over the years.
All one really needs is to seek out, find, and take the
Original untainted dogma, quotes or info (from different
sources much like Twitchell originally did) that fits you.
Then personalize this for your own Private Use Without
creating another religion or another Pope/Mahanta.
It sounds easy, but only the strong and experienced
Soul can find true Spiritual Freedom without the need
of following anyone who has placed themselves or been
placed above them with phony unattainable initiations
and titles. But, such is the way of the world and of the
Additionally, Steve R has stated that he attends
seminars to see HK in the flesh so that it will
confirm the 90% experiences he has on the inner
with the scrawny mahanta! Interesting that Steve R.
does admit to some doubt about his 90% inner
experiences and needs to travel the long highway
in the physical to meet up with old HK! LOL! Why
the doubt? Maybe, Steve R still has a chance to get
out before it is too late?
Also, by stating that the eck teachings are
really on the inner, I guess that 10% amount
on the outer is really nothing. I mean those outer
initiations are meaningless, especially, if you are
a lower initiate and are being given higher initiations
on the inner. Of course, if the spiritual exercises
aren't working for a chela and there is little inner
experience, I guess the chela is really left out in
the cold but for spending all that money on membership
dues, books and other eck materials, and junk,
plus working their arse off to get recognized--
I wonder if those lonely, single eckists have
figured out why they do not have relationships
with significant others, why it is so hard to find
someone to enjoy life with? Well, it could be all
those ugly pics of HK strung all over their homes,
their cars, their wallets, etc. Plus, I doubt if anyone
outside of eckankar would find going to a seminar
in Minneapolis as a fun vacation thing to do. All that
eck babble certainly would put a "normal" critical
thinking individual off! : )
Just a little heads up for someone like Steve R
who is looking for a relationship and hoping that
nice guys do finish first! Get out of eckankar and
see what opportunities will evolve! I think Sword
(Paul) had a significant and positive life change when