WARNING: If what you want is to feel good then do not read these
critiques. There is nothing happy or uplifting in participating
in or viewing the exposition of another fallen master of a spiritual
path followed by thousands of individuals; each living, and breathing,
and feeling beings in search of the meaning of life, as you and
the Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master :-) (Raphael) are. What
options does an Eckist have whose spiritual eye is awakening to
the cleverly disguised illusions web by the fabricators of the
new age path of Eckankar?
Here are some ideas:
Just think about it:
If there is such a thing as karma operating in this universe,
how will Eckankar, it's leaders and it's mindless followers account
for the misinformation given in the past and the present in regards
to its history?
The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master (Raphael), repeats his
feelings from critiques # 1 & # 2. If Eckankar is to be a
viable path in the Aquarian age able to assist its members with
spiritual growth in a psychologically fit environment it needs
In addition Raphael would suggest:
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
AUTHORS NOTE: I, The Mahealer,
the Recovery ROOM Master, Raphael, am moving directly to the
MAIN EVENT, bypassing Attack Alley and Boast Corner. The attacks
and boasts will be analyzed as I, the Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM
Master, Raphael, move through the discourse. Also I, the Mahealer,
the Recovery ROOM Master, Raphael, will traverse the discourse
paragraph by paragraph for you. If a paragraph, in my opinion,
does not have any injurious effect, or contribute directly in
a negative way, I, The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master, will
not critique that paragraph, nor quote it for you to read. In
this way I, The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master, hope to give
you more of the 'CONTEXT' of the sentences quotes and more of
the general flow, or lack of it, within this discourse.
All participants on A.R.E. should realize that
Eckists cannot discuss, nor share, outside their immediate family,
or SATSANG class, any discourse material, what-so-ever under Eckankar
supported fear of halting their spiritual progress. Long time
Eckists will tell you of the Manu-Samhita, the Code Of Ethics
for Eckankar. Ask them about it. Obviously this rule about not
sharing the discourses is for self serving purposes to the benefit
of Eckankar, the organization, and not the individual. What better
way to keep you coming back for more? You will always believe
that finally in discourse series # ??? that you will be given
something of spiritual value. Instead you get the garbage that
I, The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master, have been analyzing.
The following quotes strung through the discourse comprise Klemp's
main message to the long time Eckists. What is Klemp saying here
? Let's review what the Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master feels
are important sections for you to be made aware of. I, The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master,
have not added any emphasis to the quotes, nor do I, The Mahealer,
the Recovery ROOM Master, clarify within the quote by use of parenthesis
or brackets. The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master's analysis
follows each paragraph or group of paragraph quotes.
As I trace the corruption of the spiritual works of ECK in the practices of different religions; nothing is more empty that the rite of baptism. Originally, as you know, the early Living ECK Masters, like Decates of Sar-Kurteva in old Atlantis, gave the true initiation of Spirit. It was the entrance of Soul into the mysteries of God which put into reverse the awful downward pull of mind and matter.
Analysis: Harold tells us that baptism is empty. Truly
his heart is empty. For we see in life what we hold in our hearts.
In reality, poor Harold is so threatened by the other paths and
their attractiveness to the chelas that he uses every opportunity
to degrade them in hopes that it will influence the chelas from
leaving Eckankar. This is why he cannot acknowledge, to himself
or his chelas, the beauty in other rituals of other paths. Harold
also tries to use spiritual knowledge or the perception in our
minds that as a Master (?) he possesses spiritual knowledge, to
drive a wedge into our consciousness by making the distinction
'true initiation of Spirit' so that we will doubt other spiritual
teachers and paths. In truth no-one can give that which he does
not possess. No man or being possesses (owns) God therefore no
man nor being can give the initiation of God, for there is no
initiation other than what you accept for yourself. And you decide,
not the teacher/master when you are ready for another step in
your life. Whatever direction you wish to take, remember that
God is everywhere, and each step is therefore of equal distance
from the Creator. Klemp continues to influence us into feeling
that life on earth is something awful, that our minds, and our
bodies are in some way 'sinful'. Obscure references to old Atlantis,
and to fictional Eck Masters that most, if not all Eckists, do
not 'know' of are intended by Klemp to make us believe in the
'traditions of ECKANKAR'
This holy ritual was a sacred connection between the chela and the ECK Life Current. It led to spiritual liberation of the highest, most complete, and satisfying order.
Analysis: This short paragraph is intended to prop up and
glorify the ECK initiations above all others. Isn't a link up
to spirit, a linkup to spirit ? Aside from the illusion that soul
is linked up to spirit by some man or being, what is it that really brings
the most complete, and satisfying liberation? You, your choices,
and the grace of God. We are already linked up to spirit
(or the force of life), otherwise we would not even exist.
But truth is always driven off by the forces of evil. The ECK Masters have had to fly from persecution by the lords of orthodox beliefs. As soon as they were forced from the mainstream of a culture, the corrupted doctrines of the priestcraft swept over the land like the jungle reclaiming the abandoned cities of grandeur in the central plateau area of Mexico after Cortes began his conquest of Mexico. In the long run, however, the suppression of truth in the lower universes is defeated by the true Word in the regions beyond the Sat Lok.
Analysis: This paragraph polarizes the chelas against the
orthodox systems. At once engendering fear in the Eckists, and
then holding up the banner of victory as if the Eckists are involved
in some cosmic level drama for the fate of some fictional Spiritual
Empire called Klemptonia.
The primary initiation in ECK is the Initiation of the Second Circle. Here the Mahanta connects the chela with the ECK, for no one can do this by his own efforts. The disciple is henceforth known as the Kitai, the enlightened one, or the Arahata, who is the teacher.
Analysis: Study for 2 years, and now you are known as the
enlightened one? How does that appeal to the new-comers ego? Contrary
to the illusion of the Mahanta (Klemp) we all are ALREADY connected
to the source of life; we are each already living.
There is no deliverance greater than the ECK initiation, but the results depend upon the initiate to follow the instructions laid down by the Master or his Initiator. Obedience is given to the Law of Silence in regard to the initiation, and anyone who violates the doctrines of ECK will be dropped from the path. This halts all spiritual progress, nor will it continue again until the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master lets him enter into the circle of followers.
Analysis: Eckists are you following a unique spiritual
teaching? Or Klemp's twisted version of Lutheranism / Christianity?
New-comers be aware that even though promised by the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad there are no precise instructions laid down during the second
initiation. You may be sorely disappointed if you
take the Initiator to task. The Law Of Silence, is really
the Tool of Klemp's Control. Each of us is a free soul.
Unfortunately after listening to these types of threats and the
claimed God-link of the Mahanta, an Eckist will find it nearly
impossible to accept that Klemp is not a Master with the power
over their unfoldment in God. But that is the truth. Klemp is
a fallen master, most likely never a master, appointed by an Eckankar
sanctioned fallen master, who was appointed by the wife of the
founder of Eckankar, (himself a compiling fraud), who became the
wife of the man she appointed to replace her dead husband. Look
at it this way: Has anything in your life ever worked out so great?
Why on earth would you believe that you have found the one-true-path
to God which lords itself above all others? Earth to Chelas, come
in please. Anyone can call themselves a God-Realized Master.
Do you chelas fear anything? How about The Law of Vengeance?
But do you see a pattern?
A divine seed of spiritual liberation had been planted among the
nations by the ECK Masters, but the imperfect minds of people
could do nothing else but distort it when put into their hands
Analysis: Seems that the omniscient Eck Masters are pretty
stupid. If they are so great and mighty how is it that they could
not see the folly of entrusting such to mere mortals? The fact
is the Eck Masters don't exist. I.E. Calling yourself the Living
ECK Master doesn't mean you are a Master. You cannot even prove
it to yourself Harold. Also remember how the KAL dearly loves
titles, seems you love yours dearly; the Mahanta, the Living Eck
Master. It appears about 1000 times in the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad
books 1 and 2, and throughout your writings. Admit it, aside from
your fantasy world there is no hierarchy of past masters. Eckankar's
claiming of historical masters such as Pythagoras and St. Paul,
being Eck Masters is comical, immature, self-serving spiritual
masturbation. Go back to the farm, hide in your barn, and stop
trying to milk us to 'spread your message of Eck'. The very premise
of spreading your message of Eck is ridiculous. Whatever life
force exists, as the foundation of life, exists regardless of
what you think or say, regardless of whether one hears about ECK,
or is initiated into Eck and linked to the Living ECK Master through
membership (as stated on your superficially attractive - identification
ladened new Eckankar home page). We are all INITIATED into life
whether we like it or not by the very empirical fact that we are
HERE! And no one has the secret key to liberation with which to
LORD over us.
For this reason the Living ECK Master repeats the old axiom that a chela in the physical body must have a Master in the physical body.
Analysis: A supreme self-serving statement which suits
Eckankar and Harold Klemp's purposes perfectly. If this statement
were true one certainly wouldn't choose an Eck Master to be one's
master anyway. They do not have very good discrimination do they?
Harold writes in paragraph 20 that the imperfect minds of the
people distorted the seeds of liberation, but it seems, if the
Eck Masters are real, that it is their imperfect minds who chose
to view as perfect the truly imperfect minds of the people in
whom they planted the seeds of liberation. In other words if the
Eck Masters screwed up once, they'll screw up again. And why should
we listen to and follow screw-ups like the Eck Masters. Anyway
historical ECK masters don't exist.
Remember as The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master
, Raphael, advises:
BE YOUR OWN INNER MASTER (You are already anyway).
The human consciousness is a poor reflection of the ECKshar enlightenment because of all the short circuits between Soul and the mind. Only the Mahanta can make a clean line between the spiritual and material worlds.
Analysis: Title of Klemp's next book: "You're a poor reflection,
I'm not". As an aside note what is all the boasting done in A.R.E.
about how prolific a writer Klemp is? New-comers and others need
to remember that most of Klemp's books are simply transcripts
of 15 years of talks at seminars. If any of you gave the meager
amount of lectures (which consist mostly of letters/stories sent
to Klemp by chelas) that Klemp has in 15 years of mastership (?)
you would also have volumes to your credit. It is much different
to sit down and write 15 coherent God-Inspired works by oneself
at one's typewriter or pen, than it is to speak and have a team
of editors write your 'books' for you. Just like Gross and his
lame writings, we have God on earth. Review Klemp's writings;
are they from God on Earth?
The simplicity and power of the ECK initiations are, in comparison with orthodox baptism, a thing of beauty and wonder. The murky intercession of the priest, who does nothing at all of a spiritual service, is ignored. The Mahanta, has both the power and authority to link up Soul with the almighty ECK Stream.
Analysis: Here is the quote as it might appear in a discourse
series which could be entitled The Reversed Eck Satsang Discourses:
"The simplicity and power of the Christian Baptisms are,
in comparison with the ECK Initiations, a thing of beauty and
wonder. The murky intercession of the ECK Higher Initiate, who
does nothing at all of a spiritual service, is ignored. The
Mahanta , has no power or authority to link up Soul with the Holy
Spirit." - The Proposed Reversed Eck Satsang Discourses,
Do you now see how Klemp and ECKANKAR respect other paths?
This is a claim that can be made by no orthodox religion or mystery group. The Mahanta, the Living ECK Master is the SUGMAD on earth and has unlimited power to carry out the will of the Supreme One in all ITS countless worlds. This is a vain boast to the ears of the profane, nevertheless the ECK initiate learns the truth for himself during the daily spiritual exercises. He is honest in his dealing with all men, for even a little lie to man or Spirit destroys the trust needed to advance in life.
Analysis: Who is honest? Harold is God on earth? Who lies
to the membership about the theft of sacred Indian writings for
personal benefit? Who lies about being God on Earth? God on Earth?
The Shab is a 7th initiate in Eckankar. Klemp has shown
he is not worthy of the 7th level let alone the 14th (or whatever). Therefore on this day
let it be known that Klemp is not even a 7th initiate,
much less God on Earth. A fallen master if ever he was one.
This takes us into a happier area, the inner life of the ECKist after initiation. The misunderstandings of the priests that are impressed upon the followers are a black hole in the development of Soul.
Analysis: Ah what a much happier area to discuss Harold!
Klemp seems to love to attack other clergy and faiths. Such Spiritual
Arrogance is a common occurrence in the writings of the fallen
master, Harold Klemp.
The following excerpt is from The Holy Liar of ECK, sorry
I mean The Holy Fire of ECK by Harold Klemp, from chapter
35 entitled: Spiritual Arrogance
Paragraph 1: "This week, I told a chela of an experience
on the inner planes that gave me a completely different outlook
on a certain metaphysical group, which will remain unnamed here.
Until now, I had considered it a benign, senile teaching that
really hurt no one."
Klemp's own spiritual arrogance is apparent even in the first
paragraph of his article which tries to point out other's spiritual
arrogance. Sounds like the certain metaphysical group that Klemp
is referring to is Eckankar itself, doesn't it?
Here is another example of Klemp's spiritual arrogance:
Quote: "Before closing,
we must mention the Akshar Realization. This impersonal state
lies beyond God-Realization, which is of a more personal nature
to the individual Soul. The Akshar state is not exclusive to itself.
That means, a Soul that has gone beyond God-Realization and is
serving in the capacity of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master
may also have attained the Akshar.
But what does that matter to a Second, Third, Fourth,
Fifth, or higher initiate? Their hands are full at their spiritual
level. How can they hope to understand the nature of spiritual
consciousness of the highest levels known to mankind, when they
have yet to master their own state? The answer: They can't.
The creed of a Self-Realized person is to see, know,
and be. That allows no room for distinctions of the human mind.
It allow room only for the love and mercy that comes
of complete love for God.
The law of the universe is that each person has the right to choose his own course of progress on earth. But the hidden side of the same principle requires a full payment for all that is said or done in ignorance of the spiritual doctrines of ECK.
Analysis: Dear new comers, does this statement give you
warm fuzzies, or fear of punishment, simply because you do not
know of, and follow the doctrines of ECK? Surely you MUST follow
ECKANKAR (not) or suffer and pay in full for your ignorance. Kal
Klemp strikes again. Harold simply bolding the words above doesn't
mean a thing about your true feelings, as you have written over
and over, including in MASTER 4 series, that the chela may leave
Eckankar, but he will and must come back in some future life.
Harold, don't you think before you write about what effect you
might have on people? Don't you know what will happen to you Harold
if you cause people to leave Eckankar by your negativity and attacks
on other faiths, and the degradation of your own chelas (see below-
Perhaps that heavy karma has been your recent illness, Harold.
We know that ECKANKAR is the name coined by Paul Twitchell to memorialize the body of practices that are unique to the disciples of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. The outsider sees only a minor religion that is making serious inroads into the sacristy of the orthodox clergy, and this poses a threat to him. The unique feature to him is that ECKANKAR is a religion that has the Living ECK Master for its spiritual leader, but beyond that the writings make no impression upon him.
Analysis: We have come to know that ECKANKAR is the name
used by Paul Twitchell to create his one-man cult based on the
practices stolen from Indian Masters Twitchell was initiated into.
The unique feature Klemp says the orthodox see in Eckankar is
really what he wants to rivet your attention to so as to see it
as a benefit to you, in order to make you believe that it is something
special. Klemp has degraded the outer Eckankar writings so much
why should the orthodox clergy be impressed by them (hey Harold
- why continue the discourses?).
The strength of ECKANKAR is its direct line to the ECK and the SUGMAD. The ECK, the Voice of God, is heard on occasion like a mighty wind that travels up and down a corridor, blowing every corner and square inch of wall clean and free from dirt and debris. Soul, in a conscious effort, can control Its relationship with that Wind of Change, the ECK.
Analysis: The strength of ECKANKAR is in it's absolutist
claims that only the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master can link you
up to the Life Stream that will take you back home to God, and
that you can only be linked to the Mahanta by formal membership
in the Eckankar organization (see their web site on membership
in Eckankar). Perhaps the strength also lies in self-serving threats
like this one:
You'd be surprised how many initiates cannot hear the Mahanta's words that speak softly behind the writings of the outer volumes of The Shariyat.
Analysis: Everyone get ready for the following soft
words from Klemp.
They do not have the necessary phone line with the Inner Master. Consequently, they become rigid about the letter of the law and forget its spirit. But nobody can tell them this, because they are so fixed in their own great self-image.
Analysis: Their own great self-image. How about Harold's
own great self-image?
These words are not soft? Are they?
Remember the following quote from the discourse series, The Precepts
Of Eckankar, discourse # 3, The Thirty-Two Marks of the Master,
1967, page 8, by Paul Twitchell.
Obviously Harold Klemp (God on Earth) does not remember this quote
otherwise he would teach only the positive truths.
Letters still cross my desk from people who juggle the meaning of Paul's January 1971 Illuminated Way Letter. He said that the next Mahanta would be along in about fifteen years, and that he might appoint an ECK Master to serve in the interim until the appointment of the next Mahanta. They count their fingers like monkeys in a zoo, scratch their heads, and lay their lack of success with the spiritual exercises to an outer cause.
Analysis: ECK Monkeys. I wonder which initiation that is?
Perhaps Harold is referring to this uplifting (not) story from
one of his first discourses:
The real reason is that they neglect the self-disciplines asked of them: the Law of Silence about their conversations with the Mahanta, the steady drill of contemplation, one of the Friday fasts, and the monthly reports to the Master.
Analysis: The Law Of Silence is actually one of Klemp's
They shuffle about, raising their fists about this heady argument or another, but they miss the heart of ECK, which is the secret doctrine.
Analysis: Is this how Klemp wishes to teach his students?
To be like him? Earth to fallen master, you deserve a break today,
retire this October 22nd, 1996.
Paragraph 35, 36, and 37:
The training of the next Living ECK Master is begun years before the candidate even knows of the special tests and disciplines that are for his strengthening.
In the winter of 1971, Paul came to me on the inner planes where
I lay sleeping on an empty hay wagon. Two huge farm dogs, companions
and protectors of Paul, awakened me by pulling gently at my arm.
I feigned sleep while Paul worked beneath a nearby piece of machinery,
but he talked while he made the repairs.
'The next Mahanta should be ready in ten years,' he said. 'For
that matter, he may be ready even sooner.'
Analysis: What a convenient dream to tell us at this point.
And in order to buttress your attacks against the Eck Monkeys
described in paragraph 32. You just now made this dream up to
suit your own purpose didn't you?
The point I'm making is twofold: The actual date may be on a sliding scale that missed the actual event, though the event does occur at some time. Secondly, the event comes about in a manner of indirection so that it is often overlooked by the people who make a habit of blindly accepting predictions without taking them to the Inner Master for verification.
Analysis: Gee Harold in paragraph 21 of this discourse
you just told us of the need of a living master. Here we see you
following a dead master (Paul died in the fall of 1971) and then
advising us to take the living master's words to the inner master
for verification. Why is it that Gross, your living master, wasn't
followed by you? And as I recall Gross was the Mahanta. Why didn't
you expose Gross as an impostor and not the Mahanta, since your
inner master (dead living master) told you that the next Mahanta
(a reference to you Harold, n'est pas?) was about 10 years away.
1971 to 1981, hmm. The point you actually make is that the Living
Master is unreliable. Well that's clear from your description
of the Eck Master's lousy sense of discrimination you described
in paragraph 20. We should instead validate it with the inner
master. Outer / Inner, personality 1, personality 2, agenda 1,
agenda 2, lie 1, lie 2, lie 3, lies, lies, lies from Eckankar.
Remember as The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master
, Raphael advises:
BE YOUR OWN INNER MASTER (You are already anyway)
Paragraph 41, 42, 43, 44 and 45:
The ECK initiations are now spaced out at the higher levels at five years or more. The first reaction chelas had when they got wind of the longer time between initiations was that their spiritual life was going to run into stagnation.
This is not true. Much fruitful growth has been missed in the
past by initiates who were moved along too rapidly.
The outer initiation marks a major elevation into a higher plane,
but each year between the five or more outer years ought to bring
a conscious memory of an inner initiation. This means that there
will be a minimum of four or more inner initiations during the
interval, if ones does the spiritual exercises with love and devotion.
Paul brought this up to a small group of students at a Golden
Wisdom Temple. He stood on a dais and was dressed in a modish
blue suit with slightly discernible square patterns woven throughout
it; still, the suit was in a conservative style.
'Everyone should have at least one or more initiations a year,'
he said. 'This comes about and reflects from a change in personal
habits and attitudes.' That was one of Paul's more pointed lectures
aimed at the problems of his audience.
Analysis: Klemp is quite the magician. He pulls stories
about Paul Twitchell out of his hat all the time now. Is Harold
trying to enforce the illusion of the Traditions of ECK, or simply
use Paul Twitchell once again to buttress his failing positions?
One obvious reason to slow down initiations is to keep the members
hanging in there longer, paying for discourses and the like. The
other as pointed out in critique # 1 is that Klemp's worst nightmare
would be to have hundreds of ninth initiate Eck Masters running
around. He can hardly control his other so-called higher initiates.
The spiritual path is easy for those who do not pick and choose, but who can adapt themselves to all conditions. In a sense it is like this old saying, but exercised with discretion: 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do.'
Analysis: To what conditions does Harold mean us to adapt
to? Perhaps these:
I'd like to repeat an excellent definition of vairag, detachment: One can have a burning vision and dream within oneself and yet not force it into manifestation, as strong as this urge may be - yet to hold back and allow it to manifest as it will. It seems to me that gaining this vairag is what Paul meant by pulling the tiger's fang.
Analysis: Klemp's definition here also seems to say that
one should not proceed with that which one wishes to. Compare
that with what the Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master, Raphael
states about detachment:
"Detachment is the acceptance of the reality of our
life as it is now."
And what is the reality of our life in Eckankar now?
What does it all mean?
The paragraphs not included in this critique deal with background
on Baptism and initiations of 'lower' orders through ancient cultures.
It is rather banal, and of course Klemp claims that Baptism is
a shadow of the Eck Initiations. Summarized by a long time abused
and controlled Eckist, The Mahealer, the Recovery
ROOM Master, and contrary to the muddled message of
Remember as the Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master, Raphael advises:
Peace and growth, Harold. All we really want is peace and growth,
and a little truth.
How did you like reading over and over again the reference to
The Mahealer, the Recovery ROOM Master? I don't think long time
Eckists realize the pervasive brainwashing effect of this technique.
I hope that by including this 'title' people can become aware
of how this technique permeates all of the Eck writings.
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. This ends the last critique
in this series. Please review the Postscript for more information.
Peace and Growth,