- It was just yesterday when I contemplated a way to tag all my findings about quotes where sayings of Eck Masters read similar, or exact when compared with the writings / sayings of other people. Meaning, I wanted a way to find all the posts by keyword searching for a single word. From this point forward I am making an effort to include a word mistique whenever illustrating such examples. And if there is time I am going to revisit all of my posts on the subject and insert the word mystique so in future all examples can be found by searching for this single word.
One of the first published materials by Paul Twitchell that resembled any of his Eckankar books was The Flute of God; in Orion Magazine during the early 1960s. I've heard it said the manuscript was written in 1959. Some examples:
Orion Magazine Ch. I, Par. 44 (1966?): "One of my experiences while serving under the Yoga Satsang line of masters, was that I found one of the masters in the guise of a beggar. I had been in difficulty for sometime, and very unhappy over the fact that nothing could be found to solve my problem. [....] The night after my problem dissolved the Indian Master Yukteswar, of Yoga Satsang, appeared to me in a dream. He said, 'You are under my protection. I come to you to give you help. Whenever anything happens that you are discouraged and beaten by the world, I will come to you, in many guises,
The Flute of God, Ch. I, Par. 45 (1970): "One of my experiences, while serving under Rebazar Tarzs, was that I found one of the ECK Masters in the guise of a beggar. I had been in difficulty for some time, and was very unhappy over the fact that nothing could be found to solve my problem. [....] The night after my problem had dissolved the ECK adept appeared to me in a dream. He said, 'You are under my protection. I come to you to give you help. Whenever anything happens and you are discouraged and beaten by the world, I will come to you, in different guises, to help. Never worry again about life's problems on earth.' " to help. Never worry again about life's problems on earth.' "
Comments: I have a theory that Paul Twitchell's writings started long before he founded Eckankar in 1965. I believe he kept his writings and recycled them. Changing words, terms, names, etc. to conform to the group he either belonged to, or was writing for at the time. As Eckankar came to the fore, I believe Paul Twitchell dropped some of the earlier manuscript material and had it conform to Eckankar Inc. and that it would be unique from the others. That's my theory.
Frankly, it is not necessary to have a Master to make contact with this power. Many people who have gained insight into truth did not have a teacher. Rebazar Tarzs told us that the spirit of Truth would always be with us, and then, "He will lead you into all Truth."
- The Flute of God, by Paul Twitchell, p. 94 (8th Printing - 1982)
Why does that remind me of Jesus, or The Holy Bible?
(3) Rebazar Tarzs spoke of the existence of this ability and the higher plane when he said, "I have much to say to you, but you cannot accept it all now. When the ECK enters into you IT shall lead you to Truth." This points out that all can find the gift of Spirit within himself by effort, persistence and self discipline.
- The Flute of God, by Paul Twitchell, p. 102-103 (8th Printing - 1982)
Why does that also remind me of Jesus?
*Trivia (quoting - see links): Twitchell's enormous editing of names reached a pinnacle when he decided to publish in book form The Flute of God. The work was originally printed in installments in Orion Magazine, from 1965 to 1967. The first six chapters of the text profusely mention the names of Kirpal Singh, Sawan Singh, and Jesus Christ. When Twitchell had the book republished, however, he redacted every single mention of Kirpal Singh, Sawan Singh, and Swami Premananda. In some cases, he even edited out the name Jesus and replaced it with "Gopal Das" or other Eckankar Masters. And, although he quotes from the Christian Bible, he even changes the name of his source (to that of the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad) while retaining the same biblical quote. Below is a comparison study of the two versions. Remember that the Orion version is the earliest, and that Twitchell's editing is primarily "name replacements."
These are some other examples, compliments of David Lane.
The Flute Of God by Paul Twitchell as it appeared in installments in Orion Magazine. Chapter II - "The Symbol of The Princes":
Par. 12: "Therefore, the principal (sic) involved here is: `We live and have our being in the Supreme Being.' Jesus said it in another way as `we move and have our being in God.' Other savants e.g., Jalalddin Maulana Rumi put it another way, `Divine Grace is not limited by the conditions of ability, but ability, in fact, is conditioned by Divine Grace.'"
The Flute Of God by Paul Twitchell as published by Illuminated Way Press (1970). Chapter II - "The Symbol of The Princes":
Par. 11: "Therefore, the principle involved here is,`We live and have our being in the Supreme Being.' Lai Tsi, the Chinese ECK Master, said it this way, `We live and move and have our being in the SUGMAD.' Other savants state it in a slightly different vein. For instance, Jalaluddin Maulana Rumi said, `Divine Grace is not limited by the conditions of ability - but ability, in fact, is conditioned by Divine Grace.'"
The Flute Of God by Paul Twitchell as it appeared in installments in Orion Magazine. Chapter III - "Purification of the Princes" (Sept.-Oct. 1966):
Par. 38: "Christ said, 'Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.' Guru Nanak said, 'Be pure that truth may be realized.'"
The Flute Of God by Paul Twitchell as published by Illuminated Way Press (1970). Chapter III - "Purification of the Princes":
Par. 38: "Jesus said, 'Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.' Rebazar Tarzs said, 'Be pure so that truth may be known.'"
The Flute Of God by Paul Twitchell as it appeared in installment in Orion Magazine. Ch. I, Par. 41:
"When Jesus looked upon His people and said, `I cannot tell you more because you cannot hear the whole truth.' He was saying that they were so far down the spiral of life they could not grasp His meaning. To tell them all would bring disorder into their lives, for once exposed to Truth, those not understanding develop hostility."
The Flute Of God by Paul Twitchell as published by Illuminated Way Press (1970). Ch. I, Par. 42:
"When the ECK Master, Gopal Das, looked upon his people and said, `I cannot tell you more because you cannot hear the whole ECK,' he was saying that they were so far down the spiral of life they could not grasp his meaning. To tell them would bring disorder into their lives, for once exposed to Truth, those not understanding develop hostility."
There was a section in Doug Marman's book on this subject (quoting).
For the reader who is interested in looking at how wide-ranging Paul's use of other materials really is, outside of the Radha Soami references that David has offered, here are a few of the books I have run across that turned out to be more than just a little bit familiar sounding:
In The Way of the White Clouds, by Lama Govinda, a book about Tibetan Buddhist teachers, you will find the exact description Paul used when approaching Lai Tsi's cave in The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad. In Walter Russell's book, The Secret of Light, you can hear the words of Brahm speaking to you, just like the words Brahm spoke in The Tiger's Fang. Read Darkness and the Deep, by Vardis Fisher, and you will see the origin of creation as Paul wrote about it in the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad. A book by Edouard Schure, called The Great Initiates contains some of the same sweeping historical overview as The Spiritual Notebook. Manly Palmer Hall's Karma and Reincarnation covers the whole subject of nidanas that you will find in The ECK Vidya. Besides these, there are a few pages in The Varieties of Religious Experience, by William James, some sections from Ouspensky's The Fourth Way and In Search of the Miraculous, passages from Neville Goddard's The Power of Awareness and Awakened Imagination, and even The Bible has been a source for Paul. Lai Tsi's contemplation seed in the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad looks very similar to one of the Psalms.
A couple paragraphs latter Doug writes:
Running across words from Paul's writings in other books surprised me at first, but I now find it an enjoyable discovery. It is like running into a "Paul Twitchell Seal of Approval," which were the humorous stickers that Paul stuck in books he liked, in his cliffhanger days. It is always interesting to see the books that Paul read, because it is like finding another piece to this fascinating puzzle of the steps he took on his way to ECKANKAR.
For the record, when I find the works of other authors attributed to Rebazar Tarzs, or other Eck Masters, animating the reality of Rebazar Tarzs and other Eck Masters, it is not for me an enjoyable experience (not totally) because I don't see how it can be both ways. How can Eck Masters be saying / originating the words when tangible records show they were written and published by other authors? There are two sides of the coin, it seems. One can be researched and verified; the authors and their books have a verifiable physical history. The other side of the coin seems to require a lot of imagination and belief.
Sorry about the long posts, but my thanks to ESA for allowing me to post here. I wanted to give some examples in black and white so the new reader / poster would not be able to escape "The rest of the story."
This was where I found the word mistique:
late 14c., "spiritually allegorical, pertaining to mysteries of faith," from O.Fr. mistique, from L. mysticus, from Gk. mystikos "secret, mystic," from mystes "one who has been initiated" (see mystery (1)). Meaning "pertaining to occult practices or ancient religions" first recorded 1610s. The noun meaning "exponent of mystical theology" is from 1670s, from the adjective. [....]