Letter of Light Oct. 2008
- This article is from: "Young * Vahana"
on page 2 and is titled, "Being an ECK
Vahana," by Bobby XXXXX, age 16
"I have been working at ECK booths at
fairs and expos in Illinois. I've served
by setting up and taking down booths
and working one of the shifts. I have
been doing this for three years now,
so that is a total of about ten booths."
ME: Well, that must mean that he's an
expert, of sorts, with all of that "experience."
BOBBY: "I've noticed that the events have
their differences and their similarities.
Some expos are more focused than others.
On one hand, there are fairs that are for
the general public, usually held outdoors;
there we do get visitors to our booth, but
most people are there for the fair. On the
other hand, there are spiritual expos, where
everyone expects to see booths like ours.
More serious seekers appear at the spiritual
expos, but there will always be seekers at
ME: Sure, there will be seekers at both events,
but to say that the more "serious" ones will be
at the "spiritual" (psychic) expo is inaccurate.
Long ago I visited the EK booth at a state fair,
bought a book, then visited the local EK center,
and then joined! It's true, however, that these
other "public" and free events aren't conducive
to presenting a New Age religion (cult). That's
why the Body, Mind, Spirit Expos and other
Psychic Fairs work best for the presentation
Most RESAs and local Eckists should have
learned these lessons by now! The RESA/
mahanta consciousness in some local areas
seems to be slightly retarded and behind
the times. Plus, the psychic fairs do present
a friendlier crowd to sell your wares to, but
they are so caught up in hodge-podges of
metaphysical New Age crap that this too
becomes a, mostly, pointless exercise and
definitely a waste of Satsang Society resources!
True, it is good vahana training for Bobby and
others, but is the cost worth it? It seems like
Klemp is promoting this useless activity by
printing this story in this Letter of Light.
But, what were the costs for Local ECKists?
If there was an expenditure of Satsang money
I'll bet that the funding of these events would
stop. The booth was probably paid for by either
one or two local (high profile) chelas who feel
very important. But, How many new members
joined as a direct result of the booth? Where
are these stats? This is tracked!
Basically, the EK booths are just more "busy work"
to keep the local Eckists happily distracted and
feeling good about their religion, and themselves.
Chelas need something to do, and this, also,
places the EK spotlight upon certain "leaders"
and these people will be promoted faster (in part)
by their RESA.
BOBBY: "... My favorite part of working at an ECK
booth is meeting a serious seeker who really listens
and can connect or relate to what we have to say.
I also discover new truths and spiritual insights
myself while serving ECK in this way."
ME: I've set up, torn down, scheduled time slots,
paid the fees, etc. and worked probably 40 four
hour shifts at various booths over the years.
Actually, that's a conservative number!
Bobby worked one shift, but at sixteen he's got
a good start into EK brainwashing! Bobby, however,
overlooked one basic EK Booth Guideline. That's
for the Vahana (Bobby) to "Listen" to the seeker
and Not for the seeker to "listen" to Bobby! If Bobby
is reading this he'll have a another new "insight!"
Besides, ECKists shouldn't judge and assume that
the one "listening" and who seems to be open to
and agreeing with everything being said is the
"serious seeker." Sometimes the real "serious seeker"
has already read some things and just wants to
get a first impression of what an ECKist looks like,
behaves like, and to watch their body language.
Are they selling something, preaching something,
or presenting something?
Anyway, Eckankar has honed its sales skills over
time and still catches people in their religious
trap. I just wish they'd be more open and honest
with people from the very start. Tell people of
the importance of the initiations and that a 5th
will take, at least, 15-18 years and that volunteer
service and missionary work is important and
necessary for promotions. Also, that a set annual
donation payment is required in order to maintain
p.s. Thanks to G. for sending this to me.