- talk about linking Eckanakar to things familiar. Darwin wanted to make a bumper sticker saying "The Force is Eckankar" after starwars came out. Actually I think they did make one
--- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973" <prometheus_973@...> wrote:
> Hello Etznab,
> It is amusing that these people thought
> Twitchell had some sort of a connection
> to the Knights Templar etc. when his real
> connection was with Sant Mat and Kirpal
> Singh. There is also a greater connection
> to India and to Hinduism than to Egypt
> and Moses. Apparently these people didn't
> realize that Twitchell plagiarized "The Path
> of the Masters" which mentions the high
> points of many religions including the
> Zoroastrian faith, Christianity and the
> teachings of Jesus, the Magi of the
> Mesopotamian school and of the Pythagoreans
> in Egypt, etc. Plus, "Path" talks about the
> Sun, Lightning and Moon Worlds of the
> Astral Plane and about the Light and Sound.
> Anyway, it seems like these people wanted
> to connect Twit to something they had researched
> previously. And, Twitchell used almost everything
> out there in an attempt to connect it to ECkankar
> and, thus, give the impression that this myth/history
> is validating his con about it being an "ancient
> teaching" and that there was a "lineage of ECK
> etznab wrote:
> Concerning Ruth and Noah Samuelson's critique of Eckankar, the subject of Egypt
> was mentioned extensively. IMO. And, to be quite frank, I believe they
> effectively "demonized" Egyptian mythology somewhat.
> It's not the first time (IMO) because The Bible, for example, "demonized" Egypt
> Now, do we really know that Moses and Pharaoh threw down staffs that later
> turned into serpents? Or is that a myth, fable?
> From a page about the subject (last paragraph):
> Changing Aaron's staff into a serpent is significant for another reason. This is
> the same staff that will be used with God's power to initiate the plagues and to
> part the Red Sea, events which will give protection and life to Israel but bring
> death to the Egyptians.88 As Currid states, the contest was not between Moses
> and Pharaoh, or between Israel and Egypt, but between Yahweh and Pharaoh, who
> was considered a god, and who was supposedly imbued with the special powers of
> his station. The miraculous signs given to Moses and Aaron challenged the
> potency and deity of Pharaoh, who personified the power of Egypt and whose crown
> bore the cobra, symbol of supremacy.89
> Going back to Ruth and Noah Samuelson:
> We are not members of any Christian organization or anti-cult group. We just
> want to share what we have found and to alert unsuspecting members, and the
> public generally, to the true nature of Eckankar.
> Ruth and Noah Samuelson
> October 10, 2008
> p.s. A copy of this article has been posted on Scribd, the online
> document-sharing archive.
> Read the first paragraph and the connection with Egypt becomes apparent.
> Short Summary
> Eckankar, a New Age religion with its worldwide headquarters in Minneapolis, is
> deceiving its members as to its true origin and purpose. It is not a spiritual
> organization but a disguised form of advanced Freemasonry. It was created by its
> founder, Paul Twitchell, in 1965, to promote worship of the gods of ancient
> Egypt. Not only did Twitchell plagiarize the writings of other authors to a
> shameless degree, but he deliberately concocted his teaching as a covert way of
> getting naive members of the public to worship the magical deities from the Old
> Kingdom period of ancient Egypt. Eckankar is therefore a disguised occult
> teaching with a hidden occult agenda. Most of its members appear to be unaware
> of this. [....]
> In the critique by Ruth and Noah Samuelson the word(s) Egypt (or Egyptian) are
> mentioned at least 40 times!
> Umm... "a disguised form of advanced Freemasonry"(?) It sounds like "conspiracy
> theory" to me.
> Numerous writers have written about the Egyptian gods. Other writers fear they -
> the Egyptian Ennead - are being exploited. The conspiracy theorists, etc.
> "A new religion is taking shape in the name of the Great Heliopolitan Ennead.
> Already, as we have seen, many obey their instructions to the letter. [....]"
> [The Stargate Conspiracy, Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince, pp. 334-336]
> Ennead means "the nine", I believe. And the number "nine" appears to be what
> some people question. Whether the Ennead, nine Knights Templar, or "Council of
> Nine" some conspiracy theorists fear (IMO) that this symbol (and mythology
> surrounding it) is being used like a "blind" for some mysterious secret cabal
> with aspirations to rule the world!
> About the Ennead:
> The development of the Ennead remains uncertain. Egyptologists have
> traditionally theorised that the priesthood of Heliopolis established this
> pesedjet in order to stress the preeminence of the sun-god above other deities,
> incorporating gods which had been venerated elsewhere for centuries while
> ignoring others. [....]"
> Sun-god? Wasn't there something about "sun gods" in The Spiritual Notebook?
> "That authority should be placed upon one who becomes the saviour is not
> unusual. In Egypt, the Pharoah of old was both a god and the son of a god, and
> Krishna, the beloved god of India, was one of the countless sun gods. Many men
> have become gods and many gods have become men. But the Mahanta is the living
> Light, in the tradition of the ancient sun gods of Asia."
> - The Spiritual Notebook, by Paul Twitchell (Copyright 1971), 10th Printing -
> 1983, p. 23 (2nd paragraph).
> The subject was touched upon again on pp. 145-146. Including:
> "The sun gods of Asia were given the title of Christ, for it is an ancient title
> among peoples of the prechristian era."
> - The Spiritual Notebook
> Like in the first quote I gave about the contest between Yahweh and Pharaoh,
> numerous religions / ideologies are in contest with others.
> IMHO. And in some cases even, winning depends on who can tell the tallest tale,
> myth, fable, etc. AND HOW MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE!