The title of this discourse refers
to Obstacles to the Mahanta's Mission. Within this discourse there
are multiple references to what Klemp perceives to be obstacles
to the Mahanta's Mission but not a single definition of what
the Mahanta's Mission is. In absence of a description by Klemp
of the Mahanta's mission here is a quote from the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad,
the Bible of Eckankar (emphasis added):
Perhaps Klemp too has been injured
by his association with Eckankar. How can Harold act like a true
Master when he is tied by his Holy Book to be the 'militaristic'
leader of the spiritual revolt of the planet? I say militaristic
because of the use within this quote of the words OPPOSE, FOOLISH,
RETRIBUTION, and POWER. This statement of retribution is not of
a loving God. It's more like a warning or a threat. But for lack
of a simple definition of the Mahanta's mission from Klemp's discourse
this is all we have to go by. Unless there is a hidden mission.
Perhaps we can uncover the mission that Klemp is talking about
by reviewing his own writing. We may then discover the true purpose
of this discourse: Obstacles to the Mahanta's Mission.
As you read the critique refer back
to this quote by Harold's Master Paul Twitchell, the modern-day
founder of Eckankar. The following quote is from the discourse
series, The Precepts Of Eckankar, discourse # 3, The Thirty-Two
Marks of the Master, 1967, page 8, by Paul Twitchell.
Before Eckists complain of using
Mr. Twitchell as source material since his 'consciousness' was
from the 60's, please note that Mr. Klemp pulls in Paul's name
several times in this discourse to use as supporting material
for his points. Notice in this quote the use of the word 'victim'
by Paul. When I read such statements as Paul warns of in Klemp's
writings, even though I may not be the target of these statements
by Harold, I feel like a victim too! What kind of person wants
to pull another person to look at negative things? An angry one?
How can I blame Harold for disobeying Paul when I too am pointing
out negative things in Harold's writings. For one thing, unlike
Harold, I don't claim to be a master. Oh Well. (Yes questioning
chelas, the Shariyat Book II does say that the Chela must listen
to and obey the command of the Mahanta, The Living Eck
Master, Page 134).
I will repeat my feelings from critique
# 1. If Eckankar is to be a viable path in the Aquarian age it
needs to rid itself of all plagiarized documents, all threats
written and implied, coercion, claims of God, apologize for the
same. Abolish the initiations above the second because the initiations
create a separateness between the chelas, foster vanity
in the spiritual students, and are used as a control tool by Klemp.
Allow other views and faiths to be represented at the Eck temple
and centers, and in services. An honest open inquisitive Eckankar.
The Sound of God is not the voice of the Old Testament God Of
Retribution that Klemp is the trumpeter of.
Recall the old adage: "By his
actions, ye shall know him."
One of Klemp's favorite KAList techniques
is to flatter and degrade his followers at the same time. The
following quotes from the discourse are displayed here to demonstrate
the adjectives, adverbs, and superlatives that Klemp uses to describe
himself, Paul Twitchell, the Eck Masters, and Eckankar. Such statements
give the Eckist 'ego strokes', as well as calm his doubts and
engender a greater sense of importance within the Eck teachings.
Shouldn't the experiences, concepts, and words stand on their
own? The bolded-italicized words are my emphasis to show the elitism
You would truly be
wonder-struck at the complaints from initiates in
regard to the call of service to ECK..."
- page 7
You put up with taxes, you put up
with mosquitos in Minnesota's summer, and you put up with your
spouses snoring, but not the 'efforts' made for the unfoldment
of your students. That is a Master's greatest love and his life's
work and pleasure. You put up with something you do not really
want to do, something you resent but feel you can't change. Klemp's
martyr complex continues (from discourse #1 ) with his emphasis
on his hardships. Don't you all have hardships in your
life? It seems that the Godman of Eckankar would have you believe
that his problems are far greater than yours.
How does this statement make Eckists
feel? If I allow myself to slip into the Eckankar viewpoint, the
feelings I have are a strong empathy and desire to assist Harold
with his hardships. In other words to ease his load. I feel sorry
that he is suffering. I want to be a good chela, and not cause
him any more problems and hardships than he already has. This
is a convenient place for Harold to have his chelas, for it is
from there that he can further influence their actions towards
his own ends (i.e. The Mahanta's Mission) and the chelas can perpetuate
the illusion of their own Christ complex.
Aside from the play on Eckists' emotions
for his own benefit, the Eckists should ask Klemp why they should
be wonder-struck about the complaints from the initiates? Harold
has taught and continues to teach us all about complaints. Do
you see how Harold accuses his own chelas of complaining about
service to ECK, when he himself writes in the very first
paragraph of his discourse that he puts up
with such great hardships as the Living ECK Master.
Complaint: 1: expression of grief, pain, or resentment.
(From Webster's New Collegiate
The first sentence of this discourse
is a complaint from the Godman of Eckankar about his role, a role
he simply puts up with (resents?), for your benefit.
Life is the teacher, not Klemp.
Each of us is a free soul and has an awareness of
spirit as to our desire, interest, and effort. Don't let anyone
take away your self-responsiblilty, especially a hypocritical
complainer like Klemp.
What's the greatest obstacle to the
Mahanta's Mission? Perhaps himself. But then again what is the
secret agenda of this Mahanta's Mission?
This absolutist and self-elevating
statement documents Klemp's attempts to take credit (through his
leadership of the Eck Masters) for other people's choices when
it is in his benefit,( i.e. one leaving a conventional religion)
and yet he clearly takes no responsibility whatsoever for people's
alleged propensity to complain, nor of the causes behind their
Do you notice who is in the dirt
here? Why is such imagery needed from a Master (sat guru)? This
seems to be a place a master salesman would envy
to have a potential buyer in. Desperate, tired, and in need of
Harold, why not write something like
this: "The grace of God assists all who wish to know truth,
all who are struggling to open their hearts, and understand the
riddle of life."
The use of the word 'common' here
means ' inferior to Eckankar'. Air is pretty common, so is water,
and food. Should we stop eating, drinking, and breathing because
they are so common? The Eck Master's (i.e. Klemp's) continual
self-elevating statements infest the Eckist's subconscious. Their
ego, already smashed by life, or going through withdrawals from
their addictive need for approval from the Eck, is injected with
so much flattery from these discourses that they probably tear
the discourse from the envelop to devour it as soon as it arrives.
I know I did!
Its very interesting how Klemp tells
stories upon stories which illustrate the help of the 'great'
ECK Masters in the lives of the Eckists and non-initiates. But
somehow he claims here that he and his efforts alone, are
responsible for his enlightenments? What about the rest of us
Non-Mahantas? Isn't it possible Harold, that everyone earns what
they receive? And they neither owe anything to, nor need the pompous
help of the masters of Eckankar. I'm getting tired of your holier
than thou writings.
This is a One-Two punch. One, authority
and power over the chelas - the Mahanta's way to let (i.e. allow).
Two, flattery and vanity - the superior awareness of ECK. Klemp
Another one of Klemp's favorite KAList
techniques is to attack other spiritual paths and wield his illusion
of control over the initiates. The following quotes from the discourse
are displayed here to demonstrate how the 'compassionate' Mahanta
attacks all who oppose him, don't even know of him, those who
want to follow him, and the Eckists as a whole. Such statements
give the Eckist the emotionally charged message to NOT be one
of the group of people, or type of person that Klemp attacks lest
you lose favor with the Godman. The bolded-italicized words are
my emphasis to show where the attacks of Klemp come out.
This statement, from the self-proclaimed
SUGMAD(God) on earth, equates serving in the 'spiritual hierarchy'
to higher states of consciousness. Spiritual Hierarchy here is
a synonym for 'spreading the Message of Eck'. If only the master
Harold would follow Eckankar's teaching and recall that everything
is in it's proper place within all the worlds of God instead of
trying to influence Eckists to serve, serve, serve. The Eckists
become so consumed with serving that they mistake service for
spiritual growth, and vanity for Self and God-awareness.
Out Damn Spot! Purge time. Are all
you chelas ready? Whom of you will be on the right hand of the
Mahanta? This divisive statement is an attack upon Klemp's own
students. This statement appears to be an expression of Harold's
grief, pain, or resentment. In other words, another complaint
from the Godman himself. Are you wonder-struck yet? (Refer to
quote from Precepts of Eckankar)
Harold, why do you love to attack
other religions? What are you afraid of? This is the first ever
discourse that I recall Klemp mentioning the Sant Mat groups,
which are the Light and Sound teachings from which Paul Twitchell
plagiarized most of the Eckankar works. Harold attacks them also.
He forgets (in his blind belief that he is the fountainhead
of the Light and Sound) that each soul can in and of itself
contact the essence of God from which it came. Harold, you
have claimed that Eckankar is making bridges to other faiths to
make it easier for others to understand Eckankar, but instead
of simply grooming a path to Eckankar's door, you also fire your
ballistic missiles of hate directly into the camp of those religions
so that the souls there are forced into fleeing from their spiritual
path. On second thought, new people don't receive this discourse
series. Perhaps Klemp is actually tearing down all other paths
so the long-time Eckists reading his words will be influenced
to stay in Eckankar, since all of the other paths are trashed
by the self-proclaimed SUGMAD(God) on earth (discourse # 3), Harold
This reminds me of a quote from the
Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Book I, by Paul Twitchell, page 181, paragraph
How does Klemp know that priests
have no knowledge or experience in the Audible Life Stream? How
do Eckists know this? How does this statement make one feel?
This is how this statement makes me feel as an Eckist; "I
am so holy, I have the Eck, ALL those 'religious' people, all
those others know NOTHING of it. I am so special, so loved, so
fortunate, I am on the True Path of God". Attack all you
want Harold, but don't complain when you receive the same.
Oops, how did this quote get here!
I must have mixed up my source material on complainers, you know
Harold, Hitler, both begin with H's. Actually, now that I look
at this quote it seems that Harold Klemp is not the only powerful
leader who complains about complainers. Interesting support and
interpretation of the 'Law of Silence' by Hitler. I wonder if
Harold Klemp believes that the Eck chelas who are complaining
should also shut up and keep their opinions and sufferings to
themselves? Who would have thought? I do not support Hitler,
or Nazism in any way. I only use it here to point out the
possible subconscious control techniques used by powerful leaders
And I suppose you are the life of
the party Harold; the perfect being on earth; Adolph's dream man.
"The vanguard of the human race" (your words
from discourse # 3). Harold do you recall this from the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad,
Book II, page 64, by your Master, Paul Twitchell:
How can one learn to be a master
from a master who hasn't mastered himself? (Refer to quote from
Precepts of Eckankar)
What about 'masters' who pay lip
service to their Holy Book? Harold do you recall this from the
Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Book II, page 64, by your Master, Paul Twitchell:
Harold, how can one learn to be a
master from a master who hasn't mastered himself, or who has forgotten
how to live his own life in tune with the spiritual ideals of
his own path? (Refer to quote from the Precepts of Eckankar) And
tell us Harold, since you seem content to degrade your chelas
by accusing them of being failures who do not want to take responsibility
for what they do, do you take the responsibility for the
failures and complaints of your students, i.e.; the failure
of your path, Eckankar, to produce God-Realized beings
and instead produce all of the chelas whom you are complaining
about? No, I didn't think so. In Eckankar the buck stops far below
the SUGMAD on earth..., umm I mean the Mahanta..., no wait I should
say the Living Eck Master..., No, how about Godman..., the Prophet
of Eckankar?..., Ah-ha, the Spiritual Leader of Eckankar..., Oh
OK! I mean the guide, someone's who's been to God and back. (Sorry
newcomers didn't mean to confuse you about Harold Klemp's official
Internet web-stated position.)
This brings up an interesting point.
That of greed, and deceit. Hardly the mark of an honest master.
Therefore I wonder why the official net page on the Living Eck
Master describes Klemp as a mere guide, and the brochure for the
Contemplation Trails of The Temple of ECK describe Harold only
as the 'Prophet of Eckankar, not to be worshiped'. Is Eckankar
trying to trick the newcomers? Is it misrepresenting itself to
the public? It appears that they are hiding what Klemp writes
about himself! Klemp writes that he is literally GOD on earth
and has all the power to carry out the will of the Supreme One
(his own words from discourse # 3, care to retract that claim
Does Harold's and Eckankar's honesty
begin after the new-comers are entrenched in Eckankar?
The following quotes strung through the discourse comprise Klemp's main message to the long time Eckists. I have bolded and italicized words that I consider keywords in the quotes.
What is Klemp saying here ? What
is the main message of this discourse, Obstacles to the Mahanta's
This quote is in itself a complaint. By pointing out the problem
Harold points out his own pain, which is one of the definitions
of a complaint. The word 'complaint' has seemed to have gotten
a dirty name. Words are used to communicate. The word 'complaint'
is difficult to process because if complaints are truly viewed
we must deal with the pain or grief that underlay them. But simply
being wonder struck by complaints does nothing to constructively
handle the pain and grief. Here I wish Harold would have listened
to Paulji and NOT point out the negative. There's enough grief
in the world. Do we really need more grief from Klemp about fellow
Eckists? What's Harold trying to teach here? Selfish and lazy?
Remember the old adage: 'The child (chela) who lives with criticism,
learns to condemn.'
quote sets up the division between two groups of Eckists. The
first are those willing to conform, they have a higher state of
consciousness. Those who 'revolt' (hmm mission of the Mahanta
is to stir revolt?) have a lower state of consciousness. Spiritual
hierarchy means 'the Eckankar movement' for Harold's purpose as
quote is an attempt to direct our attention to the negative attributes
of certain chelas whose actions run contrary to pulling more 'converts'
into Eckankar. Again I wonder why Harold doesn't follow mark No.
30 of the Master. I don't want to watch 'negativity' Harold.
I feel like Klemp is trying to instigate 'loyal' Eckists to take
charge and do something about this 'problem'. Why Harold doesn't
handle it himself by: establishing firm field policies; having
the Eckankar Spiritual Center pay local Eck Center's costs; hiring
Eckists as employees to man the centers; and controlling the
areas more like parishes of other faiths, instead of allowing
the chelas to fight amongst themselves. That may settle this 'introversion'
he complains about. And allow Eckists to concentrate on Soul and
God realization, instead of converting new-comers.
chelas, whom Harold claims are into bickering and self-service,
may actually be trying to communicate, resolve their differences,
and form agreements. The advice from the previous quote analysis
would also apply here. If you don't like what you see Harold do
something CONSTRUCTIVE about it instead of trying to polarize
the Eckists against one another. Notice the throw in of Sardar
Lhunpo. This master is certainly on the fringe within the
spotlight of Eck Masters that are normally spoken of. I wonder
why Harold added his name here? Also instead of using the phrase
'ideal of the great saints' perhaps the discourse pages could
have been better used by explaining, with examples from the Saints
lives, the IDEALS themselves. Certainly the ideals are not 'POINTING
OUT THE FAULTS OF FELLOW ECKISTS'.
Get rid of them Harji. Talk, talk, talk. Complain, complain, complain.
Of what use is this statement to me? Will I now go to the Eck
Center meetings and stand up and point out those Eckists who are
standing in Harold's way? These people need LOVE, not censure.
Certainly if there is no wasting away of the Mahanta's power to
those who oppose him, there must be no wasting away of the love
for those same people. Let's just love them, and accept them,
and address their concerns with respect. Perhaps then they can
come to realize the underlying reasons for their opinions, and
you for yours. If not, just do as I suggested above: finance and
administer the whole structure of Eckankar down to the Eck center
level. (Cost too much?- Oh well)
Methinks this statement here is to calm the Eckists who are the
one's that recognize themselves as the obstructions as Harold
has described them. It appeals to their vanity. First of all because
their insolence is acknowledged, and then as the quote shows
their Spiritual Eye is awakening. In essence Harold is saying
that there is still hope for the revolters to put down their weapons
of opinion and move further into the secret doctrine.
These two quotes find Harold using Paul Twitchell's statements
to his advantage. Why the claim is made that these are handwritten
by Paul is uncertain. Except as an emotional link to influence
the Eckists. Here we see what Harold believes is one of the major
problems within the body of the Eckists. It's the factor of Eckankar
being a religion or not. Harold also seems to be using the Shariyat
to his own ends. The Eckists who complain about critics using
the early Eck writings from the 60's consciousness to support
their position that Eckankar is a cult, should stop and realize
that the present Godman of Eckankar is using the same 'outdated'
material to support his positions. End of discussion?
Harold hits the mark here. 'Like the Old Testament writers'.
I think that's where Klemp is lodged from his seminary training.
For his Old Testament God of retribution seems to have pervaded
his writings. I've yet to meet any Eckist who believes that Eckankar
should not use mailing machines. Perhaps Klemp is mistaken about
the 'gripes' of the Eckists. Maybe instead of summarizing here
Klemp could give us documents from RESA reports to support what
he says is occurring at the Center level.
Get rid of them Harold. Kick them out. Why wait? Remember that
the meek shall inherit the earth, and who wants the earth anyway?
Why so strong in your writings and so meek in reality? Is it
because if other Eckists silence the concerns of the revolters
rather than you, then you won't be blamed for it?
This quote cleary documents Klemp's main thesis. One he has been
pushing for 12 years at least. I recall some flyer from Eckankar
and Harold from 1983-84 that talks about this very same subject.
How long does it take you Harold to get off the pot and do something
real about this? Or maybe you're just trying to get rid of the
revolters once and for all? Or divert attention from the other
problems, such as plagiarism, the disappearance of Eck books by
Paul such as The Far Country, from the Eck Sales catalog.
I have nothing to say about this quote except I wish again Klemp
would have listened to Paul and not point out percieved negative
traits within fellow eckists. Maybe most Eckists don't even know
anyone like Harold describes(halfhearted, sloppy, introverted,
self-righteous losers). This just seems to be more inflammatory
statements by Klemp. Why? Maybe the discourse should be retitled:
"How to Complain and Degrade without appearing to Complain
When Harold gets down to it he just cannot resist pulling in God,
and his direct link to IT, to support himself and his divisive
positions. On top of the SUGMAD link, Klemp also makes it clear
that the Eck Masters are in total alignment with the mission of
the Mahanta. In other words they all support what Klemp is writing
in this discourse. So if Rebazar comes to you in a dream, etc.
and tells you Eckankar should be handed down by word of mouth,
it's not really Rebazar (or maybe Rebazar is no longer an Eck
Master)? Note the Paul link here again. I guess Paul's statements
and writings are fair game even though they are from the 60's
Here we go again with Paul. Klemp claims that Paul knew the best
way for people to reach beyond the limits of self-serving but
what we really see in this quote is that Harold knows the best
way to use Paul Twitchell to his advantage in order to turn
YOUR attention to Klemp's purpose. At the same time Harold uses
Paul to support his divisive positions, he blacklists Twitchell's
books from Eck publication. (Have you noticed the disappearance
of The Far Country, Dialogues with the Master, and the Illuminated
Way Letters ?)
This quote is bolded as is in the discourse. What a simple spiritual
bribe this statement is. Harold seems to be saying: All you
halfhearted, sloppy, introverted, self-righteous Eckists, if you
just realize that you need to serve God (i.e. Eckankar, and the
Mahanta's mission) then you will GAIN in consciousness. (Gee what
happened to hard work and effort with the Spiritual Exercises?)
I just can't believe a real master would use this kind of statement
to influence his chelas. Tell me it ain't so Joe.
Father says to children fighting in the house: "If you two
mean, contentious, halfhearted, sloppy, introverted, self-righteous
children don't stop all this bickering and fighting, well, well
I am just going to leave! Then what are you going to do? Who's
going to get you food and pay the mortgage." Why don't you
just take a hike Harold. If you can't bribe us with gains in consciousness
then you threaten us with abandonment. Maybe we would be better
off with a real master after all. Oh and don't forget to leave
the 'Rod of Power' by the door when you slink away.
Harold here seems to support the public channel of the Internet.
Yes, the secrets are coming out now aren't they? Now everyone
can have access to source material on the original doctrines for
their own use, especially if they can't reach the Astral libraries.
Spiritual bribe reference number two. How can Harold talk about
the ego as an obstacle since he seems to cater to it with his
bribes, and with his threats of abandonment? And speaking of ego
Harold, isn't it egotistical to state in discourse after discourse
(at least within this series) that The Living Eck Master (re:
Klemp) is SUGMAD on earth, the direct agent of the SUGMAD, and
the embodiment of the SUGMAD? I wonder if Jim Jones, or David
Koresh were ever so deluded?
Retro-Eck? Harold are you speaking of your rise to Eck Mastership
from 15 years ago (still) ? Do you believe that High Initiates
are leaving Eckankar now because their anger is related
to you as the 'new Master'? I think the tight pinch that you speak
of is your unwillingness to fess up the truth about Eckankar's
past, and that one little thing, claiming to be God on Earth (discourse
# 3). Lately Harold you seem to be the Living Ego Master yourself,
and yes, you are a strange master Harold.
What does it all mean?
The secret mission of the Mahanta?
It's not so secret from this discourse is it? Split the Eckists.
Polarize them. Clearly point out the 'offenders' ( the halfhearted,
sloppy, introverted, self-righteous losers) so that either the
'loyal' Eckists will handle the situation at the Eck Center level,
or the 'offenders' will realize they have been found out and will
on their own, influenced by Klemp's bribes and threats, modify
their behavior to no longer be an obstruction to spreading the
message of Eck. I don't feel any closer to God or Spirit after
reading this discourse.
The overall tone of this discourse
is distressing. I opened the discourse to see the spirituality
in it, to learn about God and love, to grow. I had not yet even
thought about writing Letters To Harold. That decision was made
sometime after reading the claims in discourse # 3. With all the
attention within this discourse on the hardships of Harold, the
controlling statements, and Harold's own complaints what shred
of Spirit remains in this discourse? I now open Klemp's discourses
in dread of finding more of the same from Klemp; complaints, attacks,
and vain boasts. I hope this will change. Perhaps I will be free
someday from all this.
Peace and growth, Harold. All we
really want is peace and growth, and a little truth.
Harold complains about the complainers.
Here is a quote from Klemp which shows his own complaints about
how much money Eckankar was paying Darwin Gross as the president
of Eckankar and how much less Eckankar was paying him as the Living
Eck Master. Am I wonder-struck by the complaints from initiates,
from 14th initiates? No, not wonder-struck, but sick and tired
of it all.
- Harold Klemp, 1983 World Wide
of ECK, High Initiate's Meeting, Los Angeles, Ca.
Notice how Harold calls Darwin 'the
man'? It seems Harold is still complaining about coming up the
hard way. All his hardships once again. Thirteen years later and
still he talks of hardships. Why does Klemp make us perform mental
division? Why doesn't he say he made about Twenty Thousand dollars
a year, instead of beating about the bush. Will Eckankar ever
publish membership data such as number of members, totals dollars
taken in, operating expenses, and salaries of all employees, including
Harold's? Why the secrecy? Listen to the first quote of this section
for yourself. It sounds like to me that the Living Eck Master
is voicing his pain, grief, and resentment (i.e. a complaint).
Listen for yourself.
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I hope this document stimulates further
analysis of the teachings of Harold Klemp. Also I ask other Brothers
Of The Leaf (H.I.'s) to come forward to lend their ideas and observations.
Some of you are considering taking the first step out of fear
and conditioning. If you are in the process of unwinding the many
years of repression in Eckankar, or are considering it, know
that you are not alone, you do have others willing to help you.
The next critique of The ECK Satsang Discourses, Fourth Series
# 3, entitled 'The Purpose of the ECK Initiations' will be posted
on or around 07/03/96.
Peace and Growth,