Paul Twitchell is to Kirpal Singh as Graham Forsyth is to Harold Klemp
- Hello All,
I just read a post by David Lane on the A.R.E. site. Lane posted
some interesting information that he reposted from the Radhasoami
group site which had to do with Paul Twitchell and Kirpal Singh's
physical son Darshan.
A disciple of Kirpal's quotes him and "His" take on the inner
experiences of Twitchell. He says of Twitchell:
"One of His oldest Western disciples [Paul Twitchell] had published
a series of books, without getting Master's permission, in which he
recounted his inner experiences in great detail. According to the
books, he had in fact reached Sach Khand... It was evident that the
disciple was maintaining that he had permission from the Master
within to publish the books, and that (according to him) the Master
within had withstood the repetition of the five charged names. But
Master made it very clear that there was some deep and serious error
here: not only had He not given permission for the books he
published, but the disciple was most decidedly not in Sach Khand...
He said, 'I quite fully admit that the Master did take him in His
lap and showed him some of the inner treasures, that's right; but he
misused what had been given to him and it turned sour.'"
So, what we have here is a correlation between two "Masters" and two
disciples. The disciples, Paul Twitchell and Graham Forsyth both had
inner experiences and both used charged words to verify the validity
of their experiences. And, the angry and negative reactions by both
Kirpal and Klemp seem to parallel one another! It seems that one's
inner experiences don't mean a thing unless the outer "Master"
confirns them! Quite a Catch-22 isn't it?!
Here's a quote from "The Path of the Masters" to put Twitchell's
claims into perspective and from Kirpal's P.O.V.:
"As said in a preceding paragraph in the technical terminology of
this science, a Saint or a Master is one who has reached the fifth
region called Sach Khand, there being eight great planes in all. A
Sat Guru is a Saint who has been appointed by the Supreme Lord to
perform the duties of giving Nam or Initiation and to lead the
disciples back to their home in Sach Khand. He is the executive
officer of the Supreme Guru."
This is why Twitchell, in the beginning, had the goal of the Fifth
Initiation only for his disciples! The background information
from "Path" continues:
"A Param Sant or Supreme saint is one who has advanced to the
highest possible degree, the supreme region of pure spirit. These
several degrees can be obtained only by hard work and individual
For Eckists this amounts to thousands of hours of Vahana work and a
lot of boot licking, keeping silent, and acting happy! More
"In this book the terms: Master, Sat Guru and Saint will be used
synonymously, but meaning in all cases, one who has gained the
exalted status of Saint, rising to the fifth region by his own
efforts with the aid of his Guru."
Well, I can see why Kirpal had a problem with Twitchell's claims. By
claiming of having going to the fifth region or plane (Sach Khand)
Twitchell was also claiming that he was now a or the "Master, Sat
Guru and Saint," but this was the title of Paul's Master Kirpal
Singh! And Kirpal claims that Twitchell could not have truly had
these experiences. Who was right... Paul or Kirpal... Klemp or
Graham? If Paul was correct then why couldn't Graham be correct?
And, was Kirpal and Klemp mistaken? More from "Path:"
"If the student is to gain any proper understanding of this
teaching, he must keep this fact always in mind. A Saint as the word
is used in this book, has absolutely no reference to a canonical
saint of the church. Such saints are made by decree of the Pope,
while the real Saints develop into Saints by their own hard work
under the directions of their Gurus, and by their help. There is no
other way to become real Saints."
It seems that Kirpal thought Twitchell needed more hard work,
direction, and help from Him to achieve his goals. Or, maybe
Twitchell thought his work to achieve inner experiences was with the
direction and help of his outer/inner Master... Kirpal Singh! I can
see why there was confusion when one thing is said here and another
thing is said or suggested somewhere else! Klemp did the same to
Graham and Owens as Kirpal did to Twitchell. [Ironically, John
Rogers-Hinkle and Twitchell had a similar fall out].
Here's just a little bit more background from "The Path of the
"3. SAT DESH, THE HIGHEST REGION
Beginning now from above, and going downwards, we come to Sat Desh
(Sat, true, and desh, country). Many other names have been applied
to it, such as Nij-Dham, Sat Lok, Mukam Haq and Sach Khand. These
names are usually applied to the lowest section of Sat Desh, but
occasionally to the entire grand division."
In the Eckankar Lexicon on page 147 is the following definition for
Nij-Dham: "The Far Country; region of pure Spirit; Sat Desha, true
country; another name for Sach Khand, Sat Lok. See also Mukam Taq."
Notice how "Mukam Haq" was changed to "Mukam Taq." This is just one
more example of a Twitchell "modus operandi" to make Eckankar
different from anything else, (exclusive) and the highest spiritual