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  • prometheus_973
    Hello AA, I enjoy your perspective and comments. I think that this site, for me, is to explore not only why we all bought into Eckankar, but why we felt we
    Message 1 of 38 , Nov 18, 2011
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      Hello AA,
      I enjoy your perspective
      and comments.

      I think that this site,
      for me, is to explore
      not only "why" we all
      bought into Eckankar,
      but why we felt we
      needed another religion
      per se.

      Then, again, it was
      bait and switch since
      most of us saw it (EK)
      as a "spiritual path"
      versus a religion. Some
      are still under the mis-
      understanding and
      delusion that Eckankar
      is a "path" versus a "religion."

      However, let's not forget
      that Twitchell went back
      on what he said about being
      anti-religion and made
      EK a religion for tax purposes
      and for other non-profit
      org benefits and protection.

      But, it was Klemp who came
      up with "Religion" in Eckankar's
      title and has brought his
      Lutheran teachings and the
      most inaccurate, King James,
      version of the Christian Bible
      (along with his one-dimensional
      stories) into the mix with Twitchell's
      Eastern compilations/distortions.

      IMO-It seems that there
      is an innate desire, by each
      Soul, to Know God and, yes,
      to return Home. Unfortunately,
      this, along with giving unscientific,
      mystical and other imagined
      explanations of cosmology
      are, also, hooks that the religious
      conmen use to grab and trap
      ignorant and/or unsuspecting
      people. With Eckankar, mostly,
      New Age thinkers are the targets.

      Then again, we bought into
      what the ego wanted to hear....
      that this, Eckankar, was the
      most advanced spiritual path
      anywhere or ever! How Paul,
      Darwin, and Harold got to be
      "Mahantas" and greater than
      the (4th Plane) God we once
      worshipped was slid in under
      the rug with some other crap
      that we were asked to open
      our minds to and to "prove"
      on the "inner" in our "dreams."
      Apparently, dreaming about
      something validates what we
      want/need to believe as being
      true!


      Also, this site (ESA)
      is being used to reach
      out to those Eckists
      who look in, every
      now and then, in order
      to address issues that
      they've decided to hide
      from, often, out of convenience.
      Sometimes it's easier
      to remain in the cult
      than to make changes
      and to lose contact with
      EK acquaintances, friends,
      and family members.

      Nobody enjoys confrontation,
      change, or loneliness.

      And, in Eckankar, there are
      those "spiritual techniques"
      that reenforces and sustains
      both a conscious and subconscious
      of belief that the EK dogma
      is true... but it not! There's
      more to Truth than the empty
      and redundant words coming
      from Klemp.

      Still, ECKists do a lot of
      rationalizing in order to
      live with/under all the
      rules (spoken/written
      and unspoken) for fear
      of losing initiation and/or
      position advancement.

      Having 20/20 hindsight,
      still, doesn't always give
      clarity.

      Yesterday I was waiting
      for a haircut and some
      older women (65 plus)
      were discussing the OWS
      protestors and the one
      was saying how dirty they
      were and other negative
      things. True, I'm sure that
      there are a lot of homeless
      and street people as well
      as criminals in the crowd
      along with the protestors.
      But, these women should
      have remembered the sit-
      ins and protests of the
      1960's and 70's in regard
      to the Vietnam War. Or,
      maybe they were too busy
      working and raising their
      children. In any case, look
      at how the Vietnam protestors
      were viewed then! They were
      right! Look at how the anti-
      Iraq protestors were viewed
      and the intimidation tactics
      used to get Congress in lock-
      step to support the invasion.
      And, where were those WMDs?

      So, when looking at Eckankar
      or any religion we, also, need
      to look at hierarchies and the
      intimidation tactics that religions
      use. It's interesting that we each
      vote for a few of those within
      our political hierarchies, but
      are stuck for years with the
      results, unless, we chose to
      move to another city, county,
      state, or country.

      However, with Eckankar,
      chelas never get to vote
      for the RESA! But the RESA
      gets to vote on chelas.
      This is why, sometimes,
      it does help to have the
      right RESA in order to be
      promoted....but, then, one
      will eventually hit their head
      on the glass ceiling of the
      7th initiation.

      Yes, we've been there,
      done that, and I actually
      did buy an EK Tee-shirt
      along with a coffee mug!
      Plus, I spent thousands
      of dollars on donations,
      books, jewelry, tapes,
      CDs, brochures, bookmarks,
      pocket posters and cards,
      etc., etc., etc. That's not
      even counting the air fare
      or hotel stays for all of
      those seminars over the
      years!

      Well, that's enough for
      now. Got to go! However,
      I encourage everyone here
      to write or post something
      about an ECKankar memory
      ... a blast from the past!

      Prometheus





      Austin Atma wrote:

      Isn't it a little less strange
      now that we're looking
      at all this rap in our
      rearview mirrors?

      We've all got the t-shirt.
      Trips over.

      So are we going together
      fooled again, stoke up
      the opium pipe and toke
      ourselves into religious
      stupor? Or just rehash
      (bad pun) the monomaniacal
      mash up of PT and HK?

      Inoculation against self
      delusive wishful thinking
      and weaning ourselves
      off the religious teat - not
      finding another to suck on -
      seems the way out of the
      rat race of religious political
      and social superstition once
      and for all.

      I do enjoy dipping into the
      Wreckankar coffee table
      book of memories.

      Sometimes when I read the
      stories of initiations missed
      etc it reminds me of what
      a stupid system we bought
      into. Controlled by hierarchical
      manipulations of undefinable,
      yet socially related human
      evaluations.

      As they say in the old country
      frack that.

      AA


      "Diana Stanley" wrote:


      It's all too strange!
      Diana

      --- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973" <prometheus_973@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hello Diana and All,
      > I remember going
      > to the HK's first LEM
      > Youth Conference in
      > Chicago. Everyone was
      > lined up to shake his
      > hand because they/we
      > wanted to ekperience
      > the Darshan.
      >
      > Klemp later complained
      > that some people squeezed
      > his hand too hard but
      > continued to shake
      > hands at one or two
      > more seminars until
      > complaining about
      > his hand hurting and
      > discontinuing what
      > was beginning to be
      > seen as a new EK
      > tradition. Anyway,
      > at the next seminar
      > I just stood back and
      > watched the people
      > stand in line to get
      > near him to touch.
      > It was very strange
      > for me to see the
      > looks on their faces.
      >
      > It seems that Klemp
      > went back on what
      > he said about not
      > creating anymore
      > 8th or 9th Initiates,
      > but has slowed and
      > limited them and all
      > Higher Initiations.
      >
      > I know that back around
      > 1987 that Klemp promoted
      > one East European H.I.
      > to the 9th. Elmo told me
      > this and at the time Elmo
      > was on the ECK Board
      > and was, of course, an
      > 8th himself and had been
      > an 8th way before Klemp
      > took power. I found out
      > later that Elmo had told
      > several people about this
      > 9th. Actually, according
      > to EK dogma the 9th isn't
      > allowed to tell others
      > that he/she is a 9th,
      > but it doesn't prohibit
      > others from telling. Well,
      > there is the catch-all Law
      > of Silence, but Elmo was
      > a free thinker and who's
      > going to censor him? Not
      > Klemp! Of course Klemp
      > can always mention who
      > these 9ths are or introduce
      > them as 9th Initiates. HK
      > could make some H.I.s
      > 12ths. They don't have to
      > be LEMs! I wonder if the
      > Initiation number 9 is on
      > their ECK Membership Cards?
      > Strange that a 12th can
      > be known but a 9th can't?
      > Too many stupid rules to
      > follow let alone remember!
      > I guess that's why the EK Law
      > of Silence is used so often!
      >
      > Prometheus
      >
      > dianastanley wrote:
      > I remember when Harold
      > first became the leader
      > he went to vist a mutual
      > friend. The guy asked
      > him when there would
      > be 8 an9th initiates.
      >
      > Harold said never!
      >
      > He also was freaked
      > out at his first Seminar
      > wondering why all
      > these people were
      > standing in line in
      > front of him, Mike
      > said they just want
      > to shake your hand.
      > Harold had no clue
      > how to act so he
      > began inventing
      > all the rules anew.
      > I believe when Harold
      > goes Ecankar will
      > begin to fall apart.
      > Diana
      >
      >
      >
      > <prometheus wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello All,
      > > I was thinking back
      > > about being passed
      > > over for a higher
      > > initiation way way
      > > back in the late 80s
      > > and at the time it
      > > really pissed me off.
      > > I almost quit then
      > > and there and wish
      > > I would have. I had
      > > ruffled a few feathers
      > > and the timing was
      > > bad. The initiation
      > > list from the ESC had
      > > just been received by
      > > the RESAs and their
      > > pettiness, suspicion,
      > > and judgmental attitudes
      > > were having an effect
      > > upon, mostly, innocent
      > > victims of Klemp's RESA
      > > hierarchy.
      > >
      > > Why is Klemp and his
      > > RESAs so stingy with
      > > Higher Initiations?
      > >
      > > Anyway, I had to wait
      > > awhile but did finally
      > > get the pink slip. It
      > > wasn't a big deal after
      > > all, but we all made it
      > > seem so didn't we!
      > >
      > > Then again, look at
      > > all of those leadership
      > > classes, intros, Satsang
      > > classes, etc., etc. and
      > > the time and money we
      > > donated. We earned it
      > > all but were never "paid"
      > > as promised. ECK Initiations
      > > are, supposedly, tied
      > > directly to consciousness
      > > so why does consciousness
      > > (for most) end at the
      > > 7th Initiation?
      > >
      > > BTW-Hundreds of 7th
      > > Initiates have been stuck
      > > on an "older" past level
      > > of consciousness which
      > > is lower than what many
      > > 1st Initiates are at today.
      > >
      > > [Klemp stated, about ten
      > > years ago, that most of
      > > those (newbies) coming
      > > into Eckankar, today, have
      > > a higher state of consciousness
      > > over that of many H.I.s]
      > >
      > > The only noticeable lower
      > > and outer plane differences
      > > is that newbies (1st Initiates)
      > > are less indoctrinated with/by
      > > dogma, ESC Guidelines, and
      > > are less experienced with
      > > putting on a good show and
      > > with defensive double talk.
      > > Plus, they feel less fearful
      > > and less threatened for saying
      > > the "wrong" thing or of being
      > > too honest and truthful. Of
      > > course they're less brainwashed,
      > > as well, maybe that's another
      > > reason why Klemp thinks
      > > they're more pure of consciousness.
      > > Eckankar's crap hasn't gummed
      > > up the gears just yet and they
      > > come across as more "real."
      > >
      > > Yes, it has to be frustrating
      > > and insulting for longtime
      > > H.I.s to see Klemp's 30th
      > > anniversary coming up for
      > > 2012. Will this be his last
      > > year? ECKists can only hope!
      > > Will HK give Joan a 12th
      > > before leaving office? She
      > > can only hope! But would a
      > > change in leadership produce
      > > more and higher initiations?
      > > What if it does? They're meaningless
      > > anyway!
      > >
      > > Prometheus
    • prometheus_973
      Hello Diana, You ve got my curiosity. Please tell me/us more! Prometheus Diana Stanley wrote: I met a perfect soul. He did not want followers and did not have
      Message 38 of 38 , Jan 12, 2012
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        Hello Diana,
        You've got my curiosity.
        Please tell me/us more!

        Prometheus


        Diana Stanley wrote:
        I met a perfect soul.

        He did not want
        followers and did
        not have a spiritual
        path.

        You could listen to
        his words and apply
        them to your spiritual
        life.

        He only would let
        people attend his
        talk for two weeks,
        no charge.

        He said everyone has
        a guru inside. You are
        already connected to
        the highest.

        He gave no initiations
        or put anyone higher
        than another.

        He introdced me to
        a way of spiritual
        thinking that I apply
        every day.

        Diana

        prometheus wrote:
        >
        > Hello All,
        > Well, it seems that this
        > needs a response merely
        > to correct some of the
        > inaccurate info on Darwin
        > if nothing else.
        >
        > Re: Why Doesn't ECKankar Have More and Higher H.I.s?
        >
        >
        > ----- Forwarded Message -----
        > From: shabdamoksha <shabdamoksha@...>
        > To: EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com
        > Sent: Friday, January 6, 2012 8:09 PM
        > Subject: [EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous] Re: Why Doesn't ECKankar Have More and
        Higher H.I.s?
        >
        >
        > Dear Eckankar Survivors Anonymous,
        >
        > Responding to your recent post titled: "Why doesn't Eckankar have more and
        Higher HI's?" I emailed Prometheus a response but I will repeat it here. I am an
        Ex-Eckist who was a former member of Eckankar for over 17 years. During that
        time I had several leadership positions such as a state wide service leader.
        >
        > ME: This leadership position
        > must have been a very long
        > time ago. I recall State and
        > Local Rep positions. Actually
        > I forget all the titles. It's like
        > trying to remember the various
        > words describing ECKankar...
        > A Way of Life, The Path of
        > Total Awareness, etc., etc.
        >
        >
        > The reason that Eckankar cannot give higher initiation levels is because
        Eckankar can only bring individuals up to the mental plane. Cosmic consciousness
        is the highest level that Eckankar can bring individuals. That is true now but
        it wasn't true during Paul Twichell's time. After Paul Twitchell translated it
        became a cosmic consciousness path. There are several reasons for this. A reason
        why there are also no Masters in Eckankar is because currentlly Eckankar creates
        followers and not spiritual masters. As I explained it brings people to cosmic
        consciousness.
        >
        >
        > ME: No! ECKankar (Klemp) can
        > and does sell higher initiation
        > levels... just not that many 8ths
        > or 9ths. And they're as invalid
        > as any other religious initiation
        > being handed out and sold via
        > membership requirements (fees/
        > donations). Consciousness has
        > to be recognized and achieved
        > by the individual and not handed
        > out by others. Paul Twitchell was
        > no "master" he was a conman,
        > liar, wannabe and plagiarist.
        > Cosmic Consciousness is merely
        > a term used by New Age Westernized
        > religious sects to describe the
        > benefits of their brand of religion.
        >
        >
        >
        > The first reason is that in 1971 when Paul Twitcell translated he never
        declared a successor. He only left a list of six names. The Eckankar leadership
        which included Gail Twitchell, Patty Simpson and others chose Darwin Gross who
        was not a Master but only a ninth initiate. Instead when Paul died he gave
        Rebazar the rod of power and brought the true path of Eckankar non-public and at
        that moment the outer Eckankar became an offshoot. It was at that moment that
        Eckankar was no longer the highest path to God even though it claimed to be.
        >
        >
        > ME: Darwin was dating Gail behind
        > Paul's back. DG had only been
        > an EK member since around 1968
        > and was a third initiate at the time
        > of Paul's death. Gail claimed to
        > have had a dream where Paul told
        > her that Darwin was to be the LEM.
        > Gail was running the show and
        > had the Board's support. Darwin
        > was made a 5th initiate by the EK
        > Board in order to receive the Rod
        > of ECK Power on Oct 22, 1971...
        > 35 days after Paul's death.
        >
        > The Rebazar fill-in story was
        > one that was dreamed up by
        > Klemp. After all, there was no
        > need for a fill-in Mahanta since
        > the Mahanta was still Paul and
        > the story is that there has always
        > been a Mahanta whether in a
        > physical body or not... not every
        > LEM is a Mahanta. A picture was
        > done showing Paul giving the
        > Rod to Darwin.
        >
        > Klemp altered this story to fit
        > the dogma requiring a LEM to
        > pass the Rod. And, HK inferred
        > that Darwin was a 13th initiate
        > and was merely a Mahanta "in
        > training" and not a "full" Mahanta
        > like himself. Thus, the Blue
        > Carnations given to Darwin
        > when he went on stage only
        > indicated that DG was a
        > Mahanta-in-Training.
        >
        > Only the LEM needs a physical
        > body. The ECK dogma requires
        > the LEM to pass the Rod (position)
        > to the next LEM. Thus, the ageless,
        > imaginary Rebazar who Paul
        > dreamed up to initiate him is
        > the natural choice for fill-in.
        > Rebazar Tarzs, supposedly,
        > has his same 500 year old
        > physical body and took the
        > place of the Living ECK Master
        > (Paul) for 35 days in order to
        > pass the Rod of ECK Power
        > to a fake Master (Darwin) who,
        > later, passed it to Klemp! This
        > way Klemp can die while in
        > office and RT, via Joan's dream,
        > can pass the Rod to her choice.
        >
        > Of course, Rebazar didn't really
        > fill-in as LEM for 35 days because
        > he was nowhere in sight! He
        > didn't attend any "physical"
        > meetings or take any calls
        > or make himself available as
        > Klemp would have ECKists
        > imagine. It didn't happen!
        > Can't these longtime ECKists
        > remember? No memos or
        > articles either! Besides, did
        > RT really have to fill-in for
        > 35 days as LEM as Klemp
        > claims? RT, actually, only
        > needed to fill-in for 35 seconds
        > in order to Pass the Rod.
        >
        >
        >
        > Paul Twitchell made a guarantee that initiates can usually reach God
        Realization in 25 years and he guaranteed an initiate can reach God Realization
        in this life time or the next.
        >
        > My friend said: If that guarantee is true than all Eckists would reach it in
        the (next) life. Paul brought initiates up through initiations quickly. The
        reason modern Eckankar has what is called "The Glass Ceiling in Eckankar" is for
        two reasons.
        >
        > The first reason is it would disturb the status quo.
        >
        > The second reason is that Harold although a good person he is only a sharadda,
        a sixth initiate.
        >
        > I do not care to talk negatively about people for when I was in Eckankar he
        helped to bring me many inner experiences, love, and some karmic help. However
        even though a shradda is not a spiritual Master, a sixth initiate is still a
        powerful spiritual being.
        >
        >
        > ME: Wait a minute! God Realization,
        > as well as, Self Mastery and Spiritual
        > Freedom was guaranteed for "this"
        > lifetime as long as one reached the
        > 5th. There was no "next" lifetime
        > after reaching the 2nd initiation!
        > BTW- Klemp is a liar, deceiver and
        > an arrogant wannabe. He sought
        > those phony book awards by fellow
        > publishing companies and paid to be
        > listed in Who's Who. HK's not a 6th
        > either. Twit created a bunch of
        > initiation levels as carrots to be
        > dangled in order to appease egos,
        > thus, they're all phony and Twitchell,
        > their creator, was the phoniest!
        > No one has power over you unless
        > you give them power... remember
        > that? You helped yourself by thinking
        > it was someone else. You could
        > have placed your attention and
        > faith in other areas or with non-living
        > "masters" and had the same outcome
        > and benefits. What they (the religious
        > conmen) don't want you to know
        > is that as Soul... YOU are your
        > own teacher and master.
        >
        > Sure, you can take tid-bits and
        > insights from others but don't
        > rely upon them...that's the trap!
        > Take responsibility and invent
        > your own personal relationship
        > and religion with YOU and Spirit.
        > Besides, what has Klemp said
        > that Paul didn't already say via
        > his plagiarism of Sant Mat...
        > which was another phony religion.
        >
        >
        > While a former member of Eckankar, my partner had an extremely high level of
        success in spiritual exercises on the inner planes mostly in the lower worlds.
        (They were not his imagination) But after 29 years of successful practice he was
        still only a 4th initiate. He hit the "Glass Ceiling in Eckankar" and could go
        no higher. He felt trapped in the lower worlds and blamed himself. Physically he
        was practically dyeing from lack of adequate outflow in spite of his loving
        efforts. He was having lots of inner experiences with Paul Twitchell, Rebazar,
        and other Masters. I also had many inner experiences but felt held back.
        >
        > ME: I had some very phenomenal
        > experiences prior to Eckankar, while
        > in TM, and these weren't imagined
        > either. BTW- This 4th hadn't hit the
        > "Glass Ceiling in Eckankar." Maybe
        > for the outer effort he wanted to
        > put into it he had. The "outflow"
        > supposedly comes from volunteering
        > for intros, as a Satsang Arahata,
        > and for local leadership positions,
        > etc. There had to be something
        > "wrong" with a person who has 29
        > years in and is still a 4th. Did he
        > fall asleep during meetings, classes,
        > and at the EWS and say he was
        > getting it all on the "inner?" That's
        > frowned upon by RESAs and is
        > probably why he wasn't promoted
        > if that was the case. I knew of a
        > guy who was a 4th with the same
        > amount of time as a 4th and this
        > was his problem. Maybe it was
        > the same guy. I think he finally
        > got promoted to the 5th when
        > a friend of his became the RESA.
        >
        > Shortly after this we called out to God for God Realization. Our call was
        answered and we both had profound light and sound God Worlds experiences with
        the true successor of Paul Twitchel. We had profound experiences of being
        brought up to higher states of consciousness much more quickly than Eckankar.
        Eckankar is currently only an offshoot and no longer the highest path to God.
        >
        >
        > ME: And who was the "true successor"
        > of Paul.... Bernie Madeoff (sic?)? Gail?
        > Oops! It couldn't be Gail since it has to
        > be a guy right? That old negative atom
        > polarity thingie right? So, Eckankar is
        > an offshoot of an offshoot of an offshoot.
        > What does that make this other "highest
        > path?" Sikhism had the Radasoami offshoot.
        > Ruhani Satsang was the offshoot of this
        > that Twitchell joined under Kirpal Singh
        > and then he created his own offshoot
        > Eckankar. So, do you follow the offshoot
        > created by Twitchell? True, Klemp created
        > his own offshoot of the original Eckankar
        > created by Twitchell.
        >
        >
        > No person is perfect and it is pointless to dwell on the many human flaws of
        individuals. It is a common misconception that Spiritual Masters are made of
        plastic, perfect beings incapable of human mistakes and human emotions. Yes, as
        many say Paul made human mistakes, because masters are not perfect as many
        falsely assume. Masters have emotions and make human errors. The mythology that
        masters are perfect is a myth that keeps people believing that Mastership is an
        impossible goal of some far distant future, never to be had by any humble
        person. But Paul was a true Master even though he made some mistakes. People can
        dwell on such superficiality of his tiny mistakes until the cows jump over the
        moon but they will never learn the truth because they don't want God.
        >
        > ME: Is Rebazar Tarzs perfect?
        > What mistakes has he made?
        > You see, Rebazar is perfect
        > because Rebazar is imaginary!
        > Rebazar's existence is myth!
        >
        >
        > When I shared with a few close friends in Eckankar about my God Realization
        experience they were so focused on their initiation, status, dogma, personality
        worship, habit pattern thought that they didn't hear a word of it or care to
        know anything about it. They built a 12 foot high wall of fear and were quick to
        judge me. Another friend did care and his life changed overnight.
        >
        > I feel too many people prefer spiritual fluff, distractions, status, dogma, or
        the safety of closed off beliefs to embracing God. All I wanted was God. And I
        prayed to God for three days to be shown who is the true Mahanta who could bring
        me to God and my call was answered. What is the point of being in Eckankar if
        not to connect with God, and reach self and God Realization in this life and not
        a million years from now.
        >
        > It is like Paul Twichell once said: Only the bold and adventurous find God.
        >
        > Many people don't want a true connection with God, Self Realization, or God
        Realization because they are afraid to become the spiritual giant that they
        already are. I am a spiritual master now and it doesn't concern me if no one
        believes me or knows. But I am concerned if people who want to truly connect
        with God or God Realization don't because they are being misled by people who
        don't love them truly.
        > May the blessings be, Shabdamoksha [end]
        >
        >
        > ME: God Realization experiences
        > are subjective. It was probably
        > a Cosmic Consciousness experience.
        > Just kidding. However, a rose
        > is still a rose by any other name.
        > I try not to get caught up in
        > classifying, pigeon holing, and
        > judging my own private, personal,
        > unique spiritual experiences.
        > What do I know? True, people
        > do go for the religious bullshit.
        > New Agers are just as much the
        > suckers and fools (not for God)
        > as the hugely populated religions.
        >
        > BTW- Twit also stated (long ago)
        > in the Square Peg article that he
        > was a Cliffhanger and that the
        > Cliffhanger is his own religion!
        > There's a point in everyone's
        > life when they has learned enough
        > that they no longer need to be
        > a joiner. Soul doesn't need mental
        > plane dogma and a physical plane
        > religion or a master. IT is the Master
        > and always has a relationship with
        > Spirit...
        >
        > Prometheus
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