Truth-Seeker Bulletin Board Post, by TS 8/30/2005
- TS has posted excellent comments about Paul Twitchell and Eckankar
in regards to some imaginary stories that Soultraveler has posted as
a means to justify Twichell's lies and fabrications in setting up
his "religious" teachings (Eckankar). Some of the posters on TS were
quite enthralled by Soultraveler's speculations which he presented
as a real encounter with the deceased founder of Eckankar Paul
Twitchell. Some even remarked that it made them feel better to have
this new understanding of why Paul did what he did. Some said it
tied up the loose ends and so forth. Talk about leading people
astray! But thankfully, Ford has made a very good effort to set the
Truth-Seeker BB readers straight. I truly hope they "get" Ford's
message, because it is very clear about how Paul was able to make
even the educated and smart seekers gullible! I guess that it is
still hard for so many to admit to the fact that they fell victim to
the scam--it is a bitter pill for some. I find it interesting at how
some ex-eckists are abhored by our postings here, because we vent
and point out the lies and deceptions that have been uncovered. I
wonder how they will view Ford's new post which brings them back to
one of his central messages (the other message of course is his New
Spiritual Paradigm) in "Confessions of a God Seeker?" It has been
debated as to who has been healed and who has moved on. I think we
can agree that all of us who post, either pro or con, have not moved
on--that is why we are all still here. Of course, we on this site do
want to keep the lies and deceptions out there in the public for
those who hopefully will follow us and leave the cult! I plan to
hang around to continue this message for some time still.
I would really like to post Ford's message intact, but darn, I
haven't figured out how to insert it on this site. Can any one of
you do that? I do see a lot of value in his post and it would be
nice to archive it here. I'm sure Ford would not mind.
I will quote a few of his comments, though:
"Paul knew that he was lying and intentionally lied and fabricated
in order to secure a following."
"The simple point is that Paul lied to get a following."
"All of this was made up by Paul to mislead and gain a following.
None of it was true except in the imagination and therefore the
inner experiences of the true believer."
"The problem with attempts to rehabilitate Paul's image is that all
of these words essentially amount to the justification of a lie and
a liar, no matter how well intentioned."
"We are left with the fact that what he said and wrote in so many
instances were lies and stories, perfect bait for the gullible who
would believe." (Ford admits in his post that he was one of the
gullible--so, see it is okay to admit to that! : ) )
"One of the less well know(n) motivations for Paul's actions was
money." So, imagine what Klemp and company's motivation is!!!
Ford concludes his post:
"Therefore, we must let Paul Twitchell and all others go and begin
the often lonely but essential journey that lies within. . . ."
I was very happy to read this post. It reminded me once again why I
like Ford's book and why it is so valuable for a spiritual seeker to
read! Too bad though that Ford doesn't pay attention to the other
cults and scams that have been mentioned and promoted on his BBs. He
doesn't seem to apply what he has learned about Eckankar in testing
these other scams that keep popping up on his BBs. The Creative
Arts/Youth page is inundated with so many links to these confusing
and misleading sites and groups.