Author: David Christopher Lane Publisher: Alt.religion.eckankar Publication date: 1996
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BRAND NEW DISCOVERIES OF TWITCHELL'S PLAGIARISM: Part One I want to thank Steve for claiming that Twitchell only copied one percent of his writing. I always have fun discovering new Twitchellian appropriations, so last night I spent a couple of hours trying to track down some completely new ones. Within the first five minutes I found three. Below is just a sample of what I unearthed last night alone: EXAMPLE ONE: Compare pages 129 and 130 of Paul Twitchell's STRANGER BY THE RIVER (1970) with page 67 of Kirpal Singh's MAN! KNOW THYSELF (first published in 1954) in THE WAY OF THE SAINTS. The following is a glimpse: Writes Kirpal Singh: "The repetition of the holy names is given to the disciple at the time of initiation AS A GUARD AGAINST ALL DANGERS. IT ACTS ALSO AS A PASSWORD TO ALL SPIRITUAL PLANES, GIVES STRENGTH AND SUSTENANCE TO THE BODY AND MIND DURING TROUBLE AND AFFLICTIONS, BRINGS THE SOUL NEARER TO THE MASTER, IS INSTRUMENTAL IN ACHIEVING concentration..." (page 67, Kirpal Singh) Writes Paul Twitchell: "You must sit in silence chanting the sacred names of the Sugmad. The practice is A WEAPON AGAINST ALL DANGERS. IT IS A PASSWORD TO ALL SPIRITUAL PLANES, GIVES STRENGTH AND SUSTENANCE TO THE BODY AND MIND DURING TROUBLE AND AFFLICTION, BRINGS SOUL NEARER TO GOD, AND ACHIEVES happiness while on this plane." (pages 129-130, Paul Twitchell) Sidebar: Guess who is talking in Twitchell's excerpt? Rebazar Tarzs. ----------------------------------------------------------- EXAMPLE TWO: Compare pages 152 and 153 of Paul Twitchell's THE ECK VIDYA: ANCIENT SCIENCE OF PROPHECY (1972) with pages 444 of Julian Johnson's THE PATH OF THE MASTERS (1939 copyright, but the same edition I used for my term paper comparisons): Writes Julian Johnson: "Tisra Til is also called SHIVANETRA, THE EYE OF SHIVA. ALSO IT IS NUKTA-I-SAVEDA, THE BLACK POINT. IN THE SYSTEM OF THE MASTERS ALL CONCENTRATION IS BEGUN AT THIS POINT AND IS HELD THERE UNTIL READY TO GO HIGHER. ALL THE LOWER CENTERS ARE DISREGARDED. THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE SYSTEM OF THE MASTERS AND THAT OF ALL YOGIS, FOLLOWING THE PATANJALI METHOD. THUS THE MASTERS ACTUALLY BEGIN THEIR WORK WHERE THE OTHER SYSTEMS LEAVE OFF, FOR FEW, IF ANY OF THEM, GO ABOVE THIS CENTER. WHILE THE MASTERS KNOW OF THE LOWER CHAKRAS, THEY DISREGARD THEM AS UNIMPORTANT. (page 444 of THE PATH OF THE MASTERS, near the end of the section called "The Microcosmic Centers.") Paul Twitchell: "third eye IS ALSO CALLED the SHIVA-NETRA, THE EYE OF SHIVA. IT IS ALSO THE NUKTI-O-SAVEDA THE BLACK POINT...IN THE WORKS OF ECK, ALL CONCENTRATION IS BEGUN AT THIS POINT AND HELD THERE, UNTIL READY TO GO HIGHER. ALL THE LOWER CENTERS of chakras ARE DISREGARDED. THIS IS ONE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE SYSTEM OF THE ECK MASTERS AND THAT OF ALL YOGIS, FOLLOWING the PATANJALI METHOD. THE ECK WORKS ACTUALLY BEGIN ITS WORK WHERE ALL OTHER SYSTEMS LEAVE OFF. FOR FEW PERSONS, OTHER THAN THE ECKISTS, IF ANY, GO ABOVE THIS CHAKRA. WHILE THE ECK MASTERS KNOW OF THE LOWER CHAKRAS, THEY DISREGARD THEM, KNOWING THAT THEY ARE UNIMPORTANT." (pages 152-153 of ECK VIDYA) -------------------------------------------- EXAMPLE THREE: Compare pages 125-126 of Paul Twitchell's THE TIGER'S FANG (1965) with pages 502-503 of Julian Johnson's THE PATH OF THE MASTERS (1939): Julian Johnson writes: "WE BELIEVE THAT THE ENTIRE ESSENCE OF THIS SCIENCE MAY BE SUMMED UP IN SIX WORDS. EACH WORD IS A GIGANTIC PILLAR OF LIGHT. THESE SIX WORDS EXPRESSING THREE GREAT TRUTHS, ARE SUBJOINED TO GIVE EXPRESSION TO THE GREATEST SYSTEM OF TRUTH EVER REVEALED TO THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF MAN. THEY ARE LIKE THE THREE GREAT MOUNTAINS OF TRIKUTI, WHICH GROUPED TOGETHER TO FORM ONE GIGANTIC MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT." (pages 502-503 of THE PATH OF THE MASTERS Paul Twitchell writes: "THESE SIX WORDS SUM UP THE COMPLETE TEACHINGS OF THE TRAVELERS. THEY ARE THE THREE BLAZING TRUTHS, COMBINED TO PUT TOGETHER THE GREATEST SYSTEM OF TRUTH EVER REVEALED TO THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF MAN. THEY ARE LIKE THE THREE MIGHTY PEAKS OF SAHASRA-DAL-KANWAL IN TIRKUTI (ASTRAL WORLD) WHICH ARE GROUPED TOGETHER TO FORM ONE GIGANTIC MOUNTAIN OF LIGHT." (pages 125-126 of THE TIGER'S FANG) --------------- Sidebar: If you are curious to know what those six words are here they are: Johnson--Sat Guru, Shabd Dhun, and Jivan Mukti (1939); Twitchell--Spiritual Travelers, Bani (sound current), and Jivan Mukti (1965). You may have also noticed that Twitchell says that "the three mighty peaks of sahasra-dal-kanwal in Tirkuti [sic] which are grouped together." Check Twitchell's other cosmologies, because he is contradicting himself and shabd yoga tradition here. Sahasra-dal-kanwal and Trikuti are two distinct regions, according to Twitchell's other maps and other shabd yoga cosmologies. -----------------
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