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  • Diana Stanley
    It s all bulls#it. My humble opion. Diana
    Message 1 of 8 , Jan 23, 2012
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      It's all bulls#it. My humble opion.
      Diana

      --- In EckankarSurvivorsAnonymous@yahoogroups.com, "prometheus_973" <prometheus_973@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hello Diana and All,
      > Yes! Back in the day...
      > when Darwin was at
      > the helm, H.I.s had
      > more authority to do
      > what was needed...
      > by any means necessary.
      > 5ths were "a law unto
      > themselves." Strange,
      > too, that EK membership
      > was at it's highest during
      > these years.
      >
      > Many longtime H.I.s
      > (35 plus years), today,
      > continue to passively/
      > aggressively circumvent
      > HK's RESA structure and
      > Guidelines.This is done
      > in quiet protest to their
      > loss of individual freedom
      > within Eckankar. Some
      > get away with it more
      > easily depending upon
      > their RESA's temperament,
      > awareness, and management
      > style.
      >
      > As far as Joan goes...
      > I'm thinking that HK
      > has made her a 9th,
      > but there's that Silence,
      > Catch-22, thing with
      > becoming a Ninth.
      >
      > You can't tell people
      > that you're a Ninth!
      > It's a secret because...
      > this teaches people
      > to keep Silent and
      > not to question and
      > to keep Secrets so
      > that everything can
      > seem like a intriguing
      > spiritual mystery instead
      > of, simply, another
      > religious scam and
      > shell game (con).
      >
      > Of course, HK could
      > mention who the 9ths
      > are, and has, in the
      > past, to "Board" members.
      > But, he's chosen to
      > keep secrets. He'll say
      > it's a test. Like not flinching
      > when someone puts a
      > gun to your head and
      > cocks the hammer back.
      > It's a "test." Be submissive
      > and die!
      >
      > Still, Klemp could have
      > made Joan an ECK Master
      > with the 12th Initiation.
      >
      > One doesn't have to become
      > the LEM just because they're
      > given a 12th. Look at the
      > fictional female ECK Master
      > Kata Daki (Kay-Dee). She
      > could never have been a LEM
      > according to PT's Negative
      > Atom polarity/battery thing.
      > As with all religions, Eckankar,
      > is an All Boys Club with the
      > females doing most of the
      > dirty work and other assigned
      > chores. Female RESAs are given
      > some power/authority over
      > men (especially when approving
      > initiations or handing out
      > positions, but it's all illusionistic!
      >
      > At one time it did seem
      > like Klemp was preparing
      > the groundwork for Joan
      > to become an ECK Master.
      >
      > However, Mish (a site
      > member), outed HK! She
      > had read his book "Those
      > Wonderful ECK Masters"
      > and saw where Klemp was
      > using stories and situations
      > to justify Joan's future promotion
      > to ECK Master.
      >
      > Anyway, there are ESC staffers
      > that look in at this site, as well
      > as, Harry and Joan from time-
      > to-time. Mish saw through the
      > plan and blew the whistle on
      > Harold's scheme.
      >
      > Thus, Joan's 12th initiation
      > has been put on the back
      > burner.
      >
      > After all, how is it that a former
      > ECKist, Mish, has the clarity
      > to see his plans for Joan when
      > his RESAs and 8ths couldn't?
      > That doesn't say much for
      > the ECKankar path of Total
      > Awareness or its spiritual
      > evolution.
      >
      > I imagine that Klemp is telling
      > Joan that she still has the inner
      > 10th and 11th Initiations to go
      > through anyway. LOL!
      >
      > Delay Tactics are what it's
      > all about at this stage of
      > Klemp's game.
      >
      > Prometheus
      > p.s. When was Harold's
      > and Marge's daughter,
      > Marion, born? Was it Oct.
      > 1972? BTW-Did you know
      > that that her middle name
      > is Gail. I was wondering
      > about the year since one
      > or the other was, obviously,
      > sucking up to Gail and
      > Darwin when Harold and/
      > or Marge gave Marion her
      > middle name.
      >
      >
      > Diana Stanley wrote:
      >
      > you used to become
      > an initator when you
      > recieved the 5th.
      >
      > I was thinking if a
      > lower initiate marries
      > a higher that they
      > become the initiation
      > of the higher spouse.
      >
      > Wouldn't that mean
      > joan should become
      > an Eck master so she
      > could be balanced with
      > her husband?
      >
      > prometheus wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello Diana and All,
      > > In Klemp's Eckankar there's
      > > a lot of posturing taking
      > > place due to the requirements
      > > for power and prestige (initiation
      > > level and position) associated
      > > with advancement within
      > > HK's RESA Hierarchy.
      > >
      > > With some H.I.s the climb
      > > is more ego driven while others
      > > are just trying to jump through
      > > the hoops, of new requirements,
      > > for spiritual advancement. It's,
      > > really, a little of both.
      > >
      > > It's a progressive climb up
      > > the initiation/position ladder.
      > >
      > > One has to become a 5th but
      > > then wait one or two years
      > > before being eligible to become
      > > a Cleric.
      > >
      > > Of course, Klemp has added
      > > training and service requirements
      > > to the Cleric, Initiator, and
      > > ESA positions.
      > >
      > > These additional training and
      > > service requirements are a
      > > means of distracting H.I.s with
      > > "busy work." And, the distraction
      > > ensures a large volunteer work
      > > force, continued donations, and
      > > sale of materials ($$$).
      > >
      > > BTW-The Slow Down of Initiations
      > > prevents more and more ECKists
      > > from becoming 7ths. These elitists
      > > are frustrated by being "topped out"
      > > with, basically, no place to go.
      > > 8th initiations don't come often
      > > nor even to those who have been
      > > 7th Initiates for 25 years! Look
      > > at Fran Blackwell! She's a former
      > > RESA, a spokesperson/speaker,
      > > and is still a 7th! WTF!
      > >
      > > Anyway, after becoming a
      > > Cleric one must, then, become
      > > an Initiator. This is usually
      > > around the time, prior to or
      > > shortly after, of getting one's
      > > 6th initiation.
      > >
      > > When getting the 6th one,
      > > next, sets their sights on the
      > > ECK Spiritual Aide (ESA) position.
      > > Many 6ths and 7ths are ESAs,
      > > but not "most." One (now) has
      > > to be an ESA in order to become
      > > a 7th initiate and RESA.
      > >
      > > After all of those years of service
      > > H.I.s have to believe/imagine
      > > that it wasn't all wasted and
      > > that they are more "spiritual"
      > > and advanced on the inner
      > > planes and more "balanced"
      > > (and passive/detached) on
      > > the outer (physical plane).
      > >
      > > Of course, there's more to it
      > > than additional training and
      > > service (volunteer/missionary
      > > work) or acting and talking "as
      > > if" they're enlightened. One,
      > > also, has to have a local or state
      > > position within the local Satsang
      > > Society i.e. RESA Hierarchy.
      > >
      > > Local Director is a good
      > > position to have and wields
      > > some power and gets one
      > > noticed by the RESA since
      > > the RESA approves this and
      > > most major Satsang positions.
      > > Many Eckists will have problems
      > > with the ego in this position
      > > of power and can become
      > > tyrants.
      > >
      > > The best position to have
      > > is that of the state/satsang
      > > society Spiritual Services
      > > Director. The Spiritual
      > > Services Director will be
      > > an ESA and this means they
      > > are qualified to become the
      > > Regional ESA. This is, also,
      > > a good position to become
      > > knowledgable of "the Guidelines."
      > >
      > > Anyway, it's important to
      > > become a leader and to get
      > > noticed (in a good way) by
      > > the RESA. This can lead to
      > > a position on the Satsang
      > > Board with includes Officers
      > > and Trustees. The local Board
      > > is modeled after "the Board"
      > > at the ESC. The RESA hires
      > > and fires locally while Klemp
      > > hires and fires within the
      > > ECKankar org. No vote of
      > > Board members have any
      > > authority or relevance over
      > > that of the vote and decision
      > > of the RESA (locally) or Klemp
      > > (CEO/President/Bossman).
      > >
      > > As for those seeking the RESA
      > > position: It does help to be well
      > > organized, an "in-charge" task
      > > oriented leader, and a good
      > > speaker... but I've seen plenty
      > > who don't fit this criteria,
      > > as well as, those who tend to
      > > take little responsibility and
      > > will delegate everything to others.
      > >
      > > And, since 7ths are NOT handed
      > > out like they once were many H.I.s,
      > > now, have to become a RESA in
      > > order to receive the 7th initiation.
      > >
      > > Actually, it's not that tough
      > > of a job, but it is a 3 year
      > > (minimum) commitment.
      > >
      > > Prometheus
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Diana Stanley wrote:
      > > So many rules and regulations
      > > and for what? So I can pretend
      > > I am more spiritual. I know for
      > > a fact that every hi knows he
      > > dose'nt no anything. He lives
      > > in fear someone will find out.
      > > I lived with this fear myself.
      > > The only way I could justify it
      > > was to believe that I had all
      > > this spiritual wisdom on the
      > > inner. I never did wonder how
      > > you could be so smart on the
      > > inner and so dumb on the outer.
      > >
      > >
      > > prometheus wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Hello Diana,
      > > > This practice still happens
      > > > (to a degree), but is no longer
      > > > done as blatantly as it once
      > > > was.
      > > >
      > > > However, the lower level
      > > > initiate spouse (let's say
      > > > a 4th) would receive their
      > > > 5th quickly, especially,
      > > > if their spouse was a 6th
      > > > or became a 7th. I personally
      > > > know of this happening
      > > > not all that long ago.
      > > >
      > > > And, in this example, the
      > > > lower level spouse is put
      > > > on the "fast track" for the
      > > > 6th initiation. This means
      > > > that they are recommended
      > > > for promotion by the RESA.
      > > > It helps to really know the
      > > > RESA and to be on their
      > > > good side.
      > > >
      > > > Whereas, most other initiates
      > > > (without recommendations)
      > > > have to wait for their name
      > > > to appear on the RESA's initiation
      > > > approval list from the ESC.
      > > > Sometimes the ESC (Membership
      > > > Services) has to be notified
      > > > of the situation so that the
      > > > list can be adjusted to have
      > > > the person's name (for initiation
      > > > approval) to appear sooner
      > > > or more often.
      > > >
      > > > The main factor will always
      > > > be how "active" both spouses
      > > > are with their "service" to
      > > > Eckankar.
      > > >
      > > > The lower initiate is, thus,
      > > > brought up to the level of
      > > > the higher level spouse in
      > > > order to "balance out" the
      > > > relationship/marriage. This
      > > > is how/why Co-RESAs are
      > > > created.
      > > >
      > > > The drawback to this is that,
      > > > sometimes, the higher initiate
      > > > spouse will have their initiation
      > > > progress slowed down while
      > > > the other catches up. But, not
      > > > to worry.... the 7th is as high
      > > > as most Eckists will get, but
      > > > they can always imagine they
      > > > are "Higher" on the Inner Planes.
      > > >
      > > > Codependency, Denial, and
      > > > Status Seeking are alive and
      > > > well within Klemp's Eckankar
      > > > Hierarchy.
      > > >
      > > > Prometheus
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Diana wrote:
      > > > This has nothing to do
      > > > with the subject but I
      > > > was thinking about the
      > > > old days. If a high married
      > > > someone with a lower
      > > > intiation the person would
      > > > automactly recieve the
      > > > same intiation as the
      > > > person they married.
      > > > So you could marry up.
      > > > A friend of mine a 5th
      > > > married a girl with a
      > > > second and she then
      > > > became a 5th! I asume
      > > > they don't do that anymore!
      > > >
      > > > Diana
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > <prometheus wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > Hello All,
      > > > > I noticed that in the below
      > > > > information "Chapter 2" that
      > > > > the pathological liar, Paul
      > > > > Twitchell, mentioned a "dream"
      > > > > he, supposedly, had with
      > > > > Swami Yogananda's former
      > > > > Master, Swami Sri Yukteswar
      > > > > Giri (1855-1936).
      > > > >
      > > > > What's interesting about this
      > > > > connection is that in Yuketeswar's
      > > > > book, "The Holy Science," the
      > > > > term "Mahanta" is mentioned
      > > > > and defined in a footnote on
      > > > > the Introduction page, vi.
      > > > >
      > > > > Thus, Twitchell knew, full
      > > > > well, that Sri Yukteswar
      > > > > was initiated as a "Swami"
      > > > > by Babaji, "the Mahanta,"
      > > > > i.e. monastery head, of
      > > > > the Buddha Gaya, Bihar.
      > > > >
      > > > > It states: "*In 1894, when
      > > > > this book was written,
      > > > > Babaji gave the author
      > > > > the title of 'Swami.' He
      > > > > was formally initiated
      > > > > into the Swami Order
      > > > > by the Mahanta (monastery
      > > > > head) of the Buddha Gaya,
      > > > > Bihar, and took the monastic
      > > > > name name of Sri Yukteswar.
      > > > > He belonged to the Giri
      > > > > ("mountain") branch of
      > > > > the Swami Order. (Publisher's
      > > > > Note)"
      > > > >
      > > > > Look below at the info marked "NOTE"
      > > > >
      > > > > BTW- I, also, see that Twitchell
      > > > > mentioned the "line of masters"
      > > > > and that one master was in "the
      > > > > guise of a beggar." Doesn't that
      > > > > sound familiar to Eckists! Plus,
      > > > > Swami Yukteswar told Twit that:
      > > > >
      > > > > "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, to help. Never
      > > > > worry again about life's problems
      > > > > on earth."
      > > > >
      > > > > This, basically, became Twitchell's
      > > > > modus operandi for his Eckankar
      > > > > philosophy/business/church.
      > > > >
      > > > > Prometheus
      > > > >
      > > ************************************
      > > > >
      > > Chapter Two
      > > > > >
      > > THE SEARCH (1950-1963)
      > > > > >
      > > Paul Twitchell's Association with Swami Premananda, Kirpal Singh, and L.
      > > Ron Hubbard
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > "I remember very well when Swami Premananda of India, who has a Yoga
      > > Church in Washington, D.C., said, "When someone asked Bertrand Russell what
      > his
      > > philosophy of life was, he wrote several volumes of books on the subject."
      > > --Paul Twitchell
      > > [Paul Twitchell, "The Flute of God", Orion Magazine (April-March 1966),
      > > page 32.]
      > > > > >
      > > Orion Magazine printed Twitchell's book, The Flute of God, in bimonthly
      > > installments. Note that Twitchell later changed the name Swami Premananda to
      > > Sudar Singh when he republished the book at Illuminated Way Press. Refer to
      > Part
      > > Three of this book.
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > > >
      > > NOTE- Here's the connection to
      > > Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri and to
      > > the Mahanta title:
      > > > >
      > > Paul Twitchell and his first wife joined the Self-Revelation church of
      > > Absolute Monism around 1950. Swami Premananda, the founder of the Church, was
      > > closely associated with Paramahansa Yogananda of the Self-Realization
      > Fellowship
      > > (known as Yogoda Satsanga Society in India). It was from Swami Premananda that
      > > Twitchell learned Kriya yoga, a psycho-physical discipline for mastering the
      > > pranic life-current. Concerning his study under the Yoga Satsang, Twitchell
      > > recounts:
      > > > > >
      > > "One of my experiences while serving under the Yoga Satsang line of
      > > masters, was that I found one of the masters on 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 had dissolved the Indian MASTER YUKESTAR
      > > [sic], 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,
      > to
      > > help. Never worry again about life's problems on earth."
      > > [Ibid., page 38. Also refer to the third part of this book.]
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > In 1950, Paul Twitchell and Camille moved to the Church compounds. During
      > > much of this time he edited the Church publication, The Mystic Cross. In 1955,
      > > Twitchell was requested to leave the Church by Swami Premananda for personal
      > > misconduct. In that same year, Paul and Camille were separated. They were
      > > finally divorced in early 1960.
      > > [Camille Ballowe in a personal letter to the author, dated October 30,
      > > 1977.]
      > > > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Kirpal Singh and Ruhani Satsang
      > > > > >
      > > "I have studied under many teacher [sic], and may yet have to study under
      > > more. Like Meher Baba, the Indian Saint, who was said to have had nineteen
      > > teacher [sic] to help him gain his place in the universe, I have so far had
      > > seven, some outstanding ones, including, Sri Kirpal Singh, of Delhi, India.
      > Each
      > > has had their place in my growth toward the spiritual goal; each are equally
      > > great in their respective work for mankind. However, I have felt a closer
      > > kinship and friendliness to Kirpal Singh, who has shown me a lot of the other
      > > work during my first year or so under him. . ."
      > > --Paul Twitchell
      > > > > >
      > > [Paul Twitchell, op. cit., page 34. Also note that the name Kirpal Singh
      > > is changed to Sudar Singh in the Illuminated Way Press edition. Refer to Part
      > > Three of this book.]
      > > > > >
      > > After leaving the Self-Revelation Church in Washington, D.C., Twitchell
      > > came in contact with Kirpal Singh, the founder of Ruhani Satsang. It was
      > Kirpal
      > > Singh who was to have the greatest influence of any teacher on Twitchell's
      > > spiritual life. In fact, years later Twitchell would create his own movement,
      > > Eckankar, based almost entirely on the teachings of Kirpal Singh and Ruhani
      > > Satsang.
      > > > > >
      > > Kirpal Singh was a disciple of the Radhasoami Satsang Beas master, Sawan
      > > Singh. He was initiated in 1924 and served his guru steadfastly for over
      > > twenty-four years. In 1948, after Sawan Singh died and bequeathed his
      > spiritual
      > > ministry to Jagat Singh, Kirpal Singh claimed that he was the true heir to his
      > > guru's mission. Subsequently, he founded a new movement named Ruhani Satsang,
      > > which was a center "for imparting purely spiritual teachings and training for
      > > mankind, irrespective of class barriers, such as caste, colour, creed, sect,
      > > age, education or advocation."
      > > [Kirpal Singh, Ruhani Satsang: Science of Spirituality (Delhi: Ruhani
      > > Satsang, 1970), page 1.]
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > It was in the year 1955 that Kirpal Singh made his first tour of the
      > > United States. In that same year, Twitchell was initiated and became a
      > follower
      > > of Kirpal Singh and his Satsang.
      > > [Kirpal Singh, Heart to Heart Talks, Volume I (Delhi: Ruhani Satsang,
      > > 1975), page 53.]
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > For over eight years, Twitchell kept in friendly contact with Kirpal
      > > Singh. In the latter part of the 1950's (1956/1957) Twitchell lived in
      > > Washington, D.C., and attended the satsangs (meetings) held by Tricholan Singh
      > > Khanna, who was Kirpal Singh's first representative in the United States. On
      > > such occasions, Twitchell would bring his spiritual writings and share them
      > with
      > > the other satsangis (as initiates of Kirpal Singh are called). Some of those
      > > same satsangis are still alive today.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Tricholan Singh Khanna and Betty Shifflet
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > It was around this time (1956/1957) that Twitchell told Betty Shifflet and
      > > Wave Sanderson (both initiates of Kirpal Singh) at a dinner date that Master
      > > Kirpal Singh had appeared in his Nuri Sarup (light body) over the weekend and
      > > dictated some of the book to him. In this regard, Kirpal Singh comments:
      > > > > >
      > > "Paul Twitchell used to write to me every week, 'Master came and sat down
      > > on the chair and dictated his teachings to me. He published them in the
      > Tiger's
      > > Fang.'"
      > > [Kirpal Singh, Heart to Heart Talks, Volume II (Delhi: Ruhani Satsang,
      > > 1975), page 205.]
      > >
      > > Writes Twitchell:
      > > "I have talked with and taken down the words of Kirpal Singh who appeared
      > > in my apartment in Nauri-raup [sic], his light body, although his physical
      > body
      > > was six-thousand miles away in India."
      > > [Paul Twitchell, "Eckankar: The Bilocation Philosophy," Orion Magazine
      > > (January, 1964).]
      > > > > >
      > > Although Paul Twitchell continued to follow Kirpal Singh and Ruhani
      > > Satsang until 1966, he joined another spiritual movement, Scientology, in the
      > > late 1950's.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology
      > > > > >
      > > "Ron Hubbard was trying to get people out of their body with his HCA
      > > courses, but frankly, he was failing badly. When I was a staff member,
      > occasions
      > > came up that I was asked to help some member of the graduating class to get a
      > > reality on out-of-body experiences...Hubbard would never acknowledge this
      > > ability of mine, and after leaving him I did a lot of experimenting. . . ."
      > > --Paul Twitchell
      > > [Paul Twitchell in a personal letter to John and Ann Fish, dated June 5,
      > > 1965.]
      > > > > >
      > > "In the early 1950's Jack Hapner who founded the Personal Creative
      > > Freedoms Foundation and Charles Burnek who founded the Ability Center and Paul
      > > Twitchell and myself were students of L. Ron Hubbard studying Dianetics and
      > > Scientology."--Fredricka Sutton
      > > [Fredricka Sutton in a letter to the editor of the Movement Newspaper,
      > > dated May 12, 1973.]
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > Paul Twitchell joined Scientology--the religious outcome of Dianetics--in
      > > or around 1958. It appears that Twitchell was a staff member of the group and
      > > had attained the much sought after title a Clear.
      > > [Paul Twitchell, op. cit.]
      > > > > >
      > > Although very little is known of Twitchell's association with L. Ron
      > > Hubbard and Scientology, it is quite evident that the group's teachings left a
      > > profound effect on him. Three of Twitchell's later works, The Flute of God,
      > > Letters to Gail (Volume One and Two), and The Far Country contain
      > Scientologist
      > > and Dianetic terminology. In a personal letter to Mr. Fish, dated February 6,
      > > 1961, Twitchell writes:
      > > > > >
      > > "Sometime ago I wrote and requested a couple of things I left with you. 1)
      > > "The Science of Survival" & The Yellow Booklets, "Technique 80."
      > > > > >
      > > All three of the quoted books are Scientology publications. In a later
      > > letter, dated May 6, 1961, Twitchell writes:
      > > > > >
      > > "Want to make a couple of trips into western Canada before going South.
      > > Like to see a Scientologist living up in central British Columbia who I know
      > > very well. . . Want to see Rosina Mann again in England."
      > > [Paul Twitchell in a personal letter to Mr. Fish, dated June 5, 1965.
      > > Twitchell had extensive correspondence with the Fish's during the 1960's.]
      > > > > >
      > > Both of the preceding letters were written by Twitchell to a Scientologist
      > > auditor who later joined Eckankar. The "Rosina Mann" mentioned in the above
      > > excerpt was considered one of the best "auditors" in England. In a letter,
      > dated
      > > May 23, 1963, to Gail Atkinson, Twitchell devotes several pages to L. Ron
      > > Hubbard's teachings regarding "Tone Scales." Remarks Twitchell:
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > "This is a unique yardstick drawn up by Ron Hubbard a number of years ago,
      > > and is one of the best for determining where an individual stands on the
      > > existence scale of life."
      > > [Paul Twitchell, Letters to Gail, Volume One (San Diego: Illuminated Way
      > > Press, 1977), May 23, 1963.]
      > > > > >
      > > Although Paul Twitchell did not stay very long in Scientology, he did
      > > refer to many of L. Ron Hubbard's practices in his own writings on Eckankar.
      > > > > >
      > > Paul Twitchell also makes several references to a teacher named "Bernard,"
      > > who ultimately settled in England. In light of Part Three of this book, it
      > could
      > > well be that "Bernard" is a cover-name for Hubbard. Note that the same amount
      > of
      > > letters are in each name; also, L. Ron Hubbard lived in England during the
      > early
      > > 1960's. However, it may be that "Bernard" was one of the Self-Realization
      > > Fellowship monks whom Twitchell had close contact with. Refer to Part Three of
      > > this book.
      > > > > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Gail Atkinson
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > After an assortment of jobs--which included working for the Seattle Post
      > > Intelligencer --Twitchell met Gail Atkinson, a young college student. Recalls
      > > Twitchell:
      > > > > >
      > > "We met in the Seattle Public Library in 1963. She had a part-time job
      > > there while she attended the University of Washington as a full-time student.
      > .
      > > I wouldn't marry Gail until she turned twenty-one. I wanted her to understand
      > > that our marriage would be for keeps. She persisted and I persisted. I went to
      > > San Francisco in late November of `64 and left her in Seattle. Then I couldn't
      > > stand it there without her so I drove back to her home near South Bend,
      > > Washington, and married her."
      > >
      > > [Brad Steiger, In My Soul I Am Free (San Diego: Illuminated Way Press,
      > > 1974), pages 65-66.]
      > > > > >
      > > Before Twitchell and Gail Atkinson were married in 1964, Kirpal Singh made
      > > his second tour of the United States in 1963. At that time, Twitchell brought
      > > his wife-to-be, Gail, to see the eastern adept. She attended the satsangs held
      > > both in San Francisco and Seattle. Finally, Paul presented Gail to the Ruhani
      > > Satsang master and she received initiation into the path of surat shabd yoga.
      > > The records of both Paul and Gail's initiation under Kirpal Singh are
      > currently
      > > on file at Sawan-Kirpal Ashram in Old Delhi, India.
      > > > > >
      > > For a number of years I could not trace Twitchell's initiation records.
      > >
      > > For example, Thakar Singh, one-time spiritual head at Sawan Ashram, wrote to
      > me
      > > in a personal letter (dated October 10, 1977): "It is regretted [sic] to
      > inform
      > > you that the record regarding Mr. Paul Twitchell is not available over here.
      > > There has been a search so many times, I feel no hope of finding it now." The
      > > files at Sawan Ashram have been subject to a variety of mistreatment since the
      > > death of Kirpal Singh in 1974. In some cases, the records of initiates were
      > > destroyed; in others, misplaced. When I visited Sawan Ashram in the summer of
      > > 1978, I found the classification system to be in a total disarray. It is not
      > > surprising, therefore, that Twitchell's file could not be traced. However,
      > after
      > > Thakar Singh's removal from Sawan Ashram (there is a continuing controversy
      > over
      > > Thakar's systematic abuse--sexually and violently--of women), the records were
      > > recently discovered. For more on this see The Delhi Connection.
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > Although Twitchell had brought Gail Atkinson to see his spiritual mentor
      > > in 1963, he broke off formal ties with Kirpal Singh and his group shortly
      > > thereafter.
      > > > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > The Tiger's Fang: A Broken Tooth
      > > > > >
      > > > > >
      > > "Master Kirpal Singh spoke briefly of these masters when he took me
      > > through the several invisible worlds in 1957. The sotry [sic] of this trip has
      > > been recorded in my bookThe Tiger's Fang." --Paul Twitchell
      > > [Paul Twitchell, "The God Eaters," Psychic Observer (November 1964), page
      > > 11.]
      > > > > >
      > > In 1963, Paul Twitchell sent in manuscript form his book, The Tiger's
      > > Fang, to Kirpal Singh in Delhi, India. Kirpal Singh did not approve of the
      > work
      > > because the inner experiences Twitchell described having were not complete or
      > > accurate.
      > > > > >
      > > Reno H. Sirrine in a personal letter to the author, dated February 22,
      > > 1977. Writes Sirrine: "Master Kirpal Singh told me that he did not return the
      > > manuscript, The Tiger's Fang, because many of the inner experiences he
      > described
      > > were not complete or accurate."
      > > > > >
      > > About this episode, Kirpal Singh comments:
      > > > > >
      > > "I tell you one American was initiated by me--I've got the initiation
      > > report in his own handwriting. Then he wrote to me, "The Master's Form appears
      > > to me inside." That form used to speak to him, dictate to him, inside. And all
      > > that dictation was put into a book and the manuscript was sent to me in 1963.
      > > Later he sent me another letter, "Return my book, The Tiger's Fang." I
      > returned
      > > his book.That was dictated by me on the inner planes, and that's all right. He
      > > changed that book before printing; where he mentioned my name, he changed it
      > to
      > > another guru's name. . . ."
      > >
      > > [Kirpal Singh, Heart to Heart Talks, Volume One , page 53.]
      > > > > >
      > > The year 1963 was to prove to be a pivotal time for Paul Twitchell, for
      > > not only did he break off friendly ties with Kirpal Singh, but he also began
      > to
      > > prepare the foundation for his own movement.
      >
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