6590Re: "Dear friend, our records show your membership has been inactive...
- Mar 1, 2007--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Robin Perry" <jinto83@...>
> I'm surprised they haven't gone to a pyramid (MLM) plan format in
> Eckankult. You know... initiations would be tied to your
>*** Several years ago when my now husband first requested the free
intro packette, he showed it to me and said it sounds like Eckankar
is just another MLM Scam! LOL That was 7 years ago when I was
still an eck HI. I looked over the packette, since I hadn't seen
one. Sure enough, I saw the same thing!
Ever wonder if you can really leave Eckankrap? ;-)
Here is an answer to ponder: (A repost from ???)
Yes, it's easy enough to quit and tens of thousands of people have.
The fly in the ointment, though, is that the Eckankar writings are
riddled with fear tactics right out of Scientology and dire threats
of what damnation awaits anyone foolish enough to quit. Without the
Living Eck Master's guidance, all a person's karma is dumped onto his
head and will likely crush the poor soul. Numerous threats promise
countless rounds of more miserable lives spent in the astral hells
and back here on earth. All is not lost, though, if the hapless
student someday crawls back to the feet of the Living Eck Master and
asks to be saved. As you may guess, these fear-laden admonitions
against quitting are only available to the student after
approximately 10 years of conditioning (er...study), so new members
have absolutely no idea what less-than-pleasant surprises await them
down the road.
Also, after a 5 year period of not sending in membership fees, a
student loses all initiations and is busted back to rank newbie.
Considering how fervently Eckankar ties in its initiations to a
student's spiritual progress, the loss of these have had a
devastating psychological effect on some sensitive people who weren't
able to move past all these controlling fear tactics. It's not
unusual to talk with ex-eckists, people who quit 20 or more years
ago, and hear that they're still struggling with these fear messages.
In his day, Twitchell wrote much about the perils of ever trying to
quit Eckankar. His book Illuminated Way Letters, has been quietly
withdrawn from publication. In it and other books and discourses, he
goes on at great length about what happens if anybody tries to
leave - they lose ALL spiritual progress and must begin again at
the very bottom of the evolutionary ladder; that is, as minerals. A
number of his discourses are equally hard on the student. Quite a
heavyhanded approach, isn't it? And, in typical Eckankar fashion,
this information is never told to people before they join.
Although representatives of Eckankar will always downplay this if
confronted, Harold Klemp continues the threats and fear tactics. In
fact, some of Klemp's discourses read like the ravings of a very
The wrath of the eck (spirit) crashes down upon anybody who is still
a slave to the ego and deserts the master. Not once will he see the
connection between his betrayal of the eck and the horrendous
troubles that strike him down like a plague on every hand. And thus
he goes downward on the spiral of awareness until he leaves this body
in hopeless despair, still wondering why the fates have treated him
Eck Satsang Series 3, Chapter 8.
Whosoever...shall divulge the secrets of his initiation...shall be
deprived of his sight and tongue in order to never say anything about
the degrees of initiation in ECKANKAR.
Shariyat ki Sugmad - Book 2, pages 177-178, 2nd edition, 10th
"But once the chela [member of Eckankar] has become a member of the
inner circle, HE CANNOT RESIGN...Those few have found that spiritual
decay sets in immediately, affecting the health, material life and
spiritual life, and BRINGS DEATH MORE SWIFTLY."
Shariyat ki Sugmad - Book 2, page 197, (page 166 in older editions)
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