The Church of the Churchless
- Hello Etznab and All,
I found more interesting info on this site about
the origination of the ECKankar Teachings. Radha
Soami Satsang Beas was founded by Kirpal Singh's
Master [Kirpal was Paul Twitchell's real Master (aka
Sudar Singh, Rebazar Tarzs) from 1955-1965].
Kirpal split from Radha Soami and founded Ruhani
Satsang and died (age 80) three years after Twitchell
(age 63) in 1974.
From the Church of the Churchless:
We all want to belong.
The Church of the Churchless welcomes those who
feel like they don't belong, even if they are members
of an organized religion or spiritual faith.
You can be a member and not belong. You can sit
through a communal service, sermon, celebration,
or cermony, and still say to yourself: I don't belong
here. You are going through the outward motions
of what it means to be a member, but deep down you
know that somewhere else is your real spiritual home.
A lot of people feel this way. No one is alone in feeling
alone. The big questions we all need to ask are:
What am I missing?
And: Can any organization give it to me?
Every person has to come to grips with these questions
by himself or herself. That said, here are my own pithy
Reality and No.
By "reality," I mean a direct experience of what is really,
really, real--what lasts when everything else passes away.
Let's call this "God" for lack of a better term.
If I am to experience God, where will this occur?
Where every other experience of mine occurs:
in my consciousness. The same is true for you,
and for every other person on Earth.
Nothing is real for us except what we consciously experience.
A religious organization provides experiences of--
no surprise here--a religious organization.
What else would we expect?
Well, many people illogically believe that an experience
of something that isn't God can substitute for the real
thing. It can't. God is God. Ultimate reality is ultimate
Everything else is everything else.
So if you want to truly belong to God, to reality, you
can't belong to anything else. For that thing will water
down your experience of God to a greater or lesser
degree. Usually greater, because our natural tendency
is to cling tightly to the familiar rather than embrace
mystery. And God is the ultimate Mystery.
Bottom line: you can join the Church of the Churchless.
Even more: you must join the Church of the Churchless
if you want to know God.
But this joining is wholly within you, not without.
There are no application forms to fill out, no dues
to be paid, no initiation ceremonies to be gone through.
You are the Church of the Churchless. So am I.
And so is everyone who wants to experience reality
rather than religion, truth rather than dogma, substance
rather than shadows.
Each of us must make a choice. You or I can say,
"I am a Christian," "I am a Muslim," "I am a Buddhist,"
"I am a Hindu," "I am a Wiccan," "I am a Taoist," or whatever
other faith [Eckankar] we subscribe to at the moment.
The other option is to simply say with conviction, "I am."
Do that, and you have joined the Church of the Churchless.
Welcome. You belong. We have a lot to share.