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Eckankar is Another Repackaged New Age Religion

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  • prometheus_973
    It s interesting to see Twitchell s resources side-by-side with his paraphrased regurgitation as in The Flute of God on page 74. Here s more on
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      It's interesting to see Twitchell's resources
      side-by-side with his paraphrased regurgitation
      as in The Flute of God on page 74.

      Here's more on Schopenhauer-Buddha-Plato
      to show this connection of influence that, also,
      helped to create the New Age Religions and other
      ART & MUSIC -

      5. Transcending the Human Conditions
      of Conflict

      5.1 Aesthetic Perception as a Mode of

      Schopenhauer's violence-filled vision of the
      daily world sends him on a quest for tranquillity,
      and he pursues this by retracing the path through
      which the Will objectifies itself. He discovers more
      peaceful states of mind by directing his everyday,
      practically-oriented consciousness towards more
      extraordinary, universal and less-individuated states
      of mind, since he believes that the violence that
      a person experiences, is proportional to the degree
      to which that person's consciousness is individuated
      and objectifying. His view is that with less individuation
      and objectification, there is less conflict, less pain
      and more peace.

      One way to achieve a more tranquil state of consciousness,
      according to Schopenhauer, is through aesthetic perception.
      This is a special state of perceptual consciousness where
      we apprehend some spatio-temporal object and discern
      through this object, the Platonic Idea that corresponds
      to the type of object in question. In this form of perception,
      we lose ourselves in the object, forget about our individuality,
      and become the clear mirror of the object. For example,
      during the aesthetic perception of an individual apple tree,
      we would perceive shining through the tree, the archetype
      of all apple trees (i.e., the Ur-phenomenon, as Goethe would
      describe it) in an appreciation of every apple tree that was,
      is, or will be.

      Since Schopenhauer assumes that the quality of the
      subject of experience must correspond to the quality
      of the object of experience, he infers that in the state
      of aesthetic perception, where the objects are universal,
      the subject of experience must likewise become universal
      (WWR, Section 33). Aesthetic perception thus raises
      a person into a pure will-less, painless, and timeless
      subject of knowledge (WWR, Section 34).

      Few people supposedly have the capacity to remain
      in such an aesthetic state of mind for very long, and
      most are denied the transcendent tranquillity of aesthetic
      perception. For Schopenhauer, only the artistically-minded
      genius has the capacity to remain in the state of pure
      perception, and it is to these individuals that we must turn
      — as we appreciate their works of art — to obtain a more
      concentrated and knowledgeable glimpse of the Platonic
      Ideas. The artistic genius contemplates these Ideas, creates
      a work of art that portrays them in a manner more clear and
      accessible than is usual, and thereby communicates the
      universalistic vision to those who lack the idealizing power
      to see through, and to rise above, the ordinary world of
      spatio-temporal objects.

      Schopenhauer states that the highest purpose of art is
      to communicate Platonic Ideas (WWR, Section 50). As
      constituting art, he has in mind the traditional five fine
      arts minus music, namely, architecture, sculpture, painting,
      and poetry. These four arts he comprehends in relation
      to the Platonic Ideas — those universal objects of aesthetic
      awareness that are located at the objective pole of the universal
      subject-object distinction that is general root of the principle
      of sufficient reason. Schopenhauer's account of the visual
      and literary arts corresponds to the world as representation
      in its immediate objectification, namely, the field of Platonic
      Ideas as opposed to the field of spatio-temporal objects.

      As a counterpart to his interpretation of the visual and
      literary arts, Schopenhauer develops an account of music
      that coordinates it with the subjective pole of the universal
      subject-object distinction. Separate from the other traditional
      arts, Schopenhauer maintains that music is the most metaphysical
      art and is on a subjective, feeling-centered level with the
      Platonic Ideas themselves. Just as the Platonic Ideas contain
      the patterns for the types of objects in the daily world, music
      formally duplicates the basic structure of the world as a whole:
      the bass notes are analogous to inorganic nature, the harmonies
      are analogous to the animal world, and the melodies are analogous
      to the human world. The sounding of the bass note produces
      more subtle sonic structures in its overtones; similarly, inanimate
      nature produces animate life.

      In short, Schopenhauer discerns in the structure of music,
      a series of analogies to the structure of the physical world
      that allow him to claim that music is a copy of the Will itself.
      His view might seem extravagant upon first hearing, but
      underlying it is the thought that if one is to discern the
      truth of the world, it might be advantageous to apprehend
      the world, not exclusively in scientific, mechanical and causal
      terms, but rather in aesthetic, analogical, expressive and
      metaphorical terms that require a sense of taste for their
      discernment. If the form of the world is best reflected in
      the form of music, then the most philosophical sensibility
      will be a musical sensibility. This partially explains the
      positive attraction of Schopenhauer's theory of music
      to thinkers such as Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche,
      both of whom combined musical and philosophical interests
      in their work.

      With respect to the theme of achieving more peaceful and
      transcendent states of mind, Schopenhauer believes that
      music achieves this by embodying the abstract forms
      of feelings, or feelings abstracted from their particular
      everyday circumstances. This allows us to perceive the
      quintessence of emotional life — "sadness itself," "joy
      itself," etc. — without the contingent contents that would
      typically cause suffering. By expressing emotion in this
      detached or disinterested way, music allows us to apprehend
      the nature of the world without the frustration involved
      in daily life, and hence, in a mode of aesthetic awareness
      that is akin to the tranquil philosophical contemplation
      of the world.


      prometheus wrote:
      Paul Twitchell used many different teachings
      and philosophies to create Eckankar. However,
      PT's "research" was incomplete and was distorted
      by his own ego, bias, and personal desires.
      On page 74 of "The Flute of God" Twitchell states:
      "Buddha said, 'The summit of Reality can only be
      realized within oneself.' Schopenhauser stated,
      'The essential to life's happiness resides in what
      one has in one's Self.'

      The principle source of human life comes from
      within and from the depth of Soul. The jewels
      of the ECK Wisdom are seldom strewn along the
      highway for people, but are left for the individual
      to find and know." [end of PT's quote]
      ME: See how Twitchell paraphrased the comments
      of Buddha and Schopenhauser! Usually, PT doesn't
      show from where his source information came!

      PT's "jewels" of "ECK Wisdom" came from Buddha
      and Schopenhauser, and others, are there for everyone
      "to find and know!"

      Why does one need a middleman, a preacher or
      a conman or godman, or any "expert" to interpret
      what is "left for the individual." You don't!
      Here's a site for info on Schopenhauser:



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