Confessions of a God Seeker: A Journey to Higher Consciousness
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Title: Confessions of a God Seeker: A Journey to ...
Publisher: One Publishing, Inc., Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition:Very Good
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Edition: First Edition
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Confessions assembles the puzzle pieces that answer the questions: -Why are we here? Is there a spiritual purpose to life? What+s the connection between spirituality and science?+ The book reveals the true history of the Gospels, Eckankar, Shabd Yoga, and other religions. It outlines a new spiritual paradigm explaining who we are as spiritual beings and our relationship with God.From the Publisher:
Confessions of a God Seeker: A Journey to Higher Consciousness ("ONE" Publishing, Inc) written by Ford Johnson, former member and major international speaker for Eckankar for more than thirty years, exposes an insidious pattern of spiritual betrayal, fraud, fabrication and plagiarism that is endemic in the teaching. A worldwide religion, based in Chanhassen, Minnesota, Eckankar was founded by Paul Twitchell in 1965. In it’s almost forty years, Eckankar has impacted hundreds of thousands of seekers through its books, discourses, classes and seminars. Explaining why he wrote the book, Johnson said:
"Over a period of thirty years, I spoke before thousands of newcomers and Eckists both in the U. S. and abroad. I felt responsible for unwittingly leading many seekers to this path, which, unknown to me at the time, was based on a lie, even though it contained many truths. Once discovered, I felt compelled to inform others of the extent of the prevarication and cover-up. What they do with the information is up to them, but at least they will know."
Johnson, a Graduate of Harvard Law School and President of a Maryland based Corporation specializing in educational and residential services for youth, uncovered this information during a period of intense study and research. Explaining how he came to make these discoveries, Johnson said:
"More than a year ago, I was asked to deliver a journal of inner spiritual experiences, written by an Eckist from England, to the spiritual leader of Eckankar, Sri Harold Klemp. This journal described inner experiences that were comparable to those described in the Bible and other holy books. Many sublime truths were communicated to this seeker, including warnings about deception, a fraudulent history, and other insidious doctrines that had infected Eckankar. Klemp was also challenged in the Journal to remove the lies and make drastic changes in the teaching. Rejecting these inner experiences with himself and other Eck Masters, Klemp simply declared them a reflection of the negative and imposed sanctions on the Journal’s author and others who helped transmit the Journal to him. This response raised serious questions in my mind about the veracity of Eckankar as a teaching."
Johnson initiated a search for the truth behind Eckankar, which resulted in his discovery that Paul Twitchell "was one of the most accomplished plagiarists of the twentieth century with literally hundreds of paragraphs lifted wholesale from the works of other writers." Beyond this, Twitchell was so prolific at prevarication and exaggeration that he was a textbook example of Mythomania, i.e., pathological lying. He even induced the noted writer Brad Steiger, who authored his biography, In My Soul I Am Free, to include numerous distortions about him and his family’s history. So outrageous were the lies that it prompted a close Twitchell family member to declare ‘His book is full of lies. Most everyone who knew him [Paul] considered him a crook.... I am sorry to hear of anyone being hooked on his teachings." The evidence of Twitchell’s Mythomania was so extensive that an entire chapter is devoted to this subject alone. Confessions documents, in more than 300 footnotes, the countless examples of plagiarism, lying, fabrication and distortion that constitute the spiritual betrayal that Johnson uncovered. Included in these discoveries was the astonishing admission by Twitchell’s wife and co-founder that Eckankar was a fraud and that Paul Twitchell had simply "made up the whole Eckankar thing." Indeed, Confessions reveals the scope of that fabrication.
The spiritual betrayal is most apparent in the reliance that Twitchell’s adherents place in his admitted 1965 invention of a super spiritual being he called the Mahanta, the Living Eck Master. Though newly minted, he proclaimed that he and his successors to this position were "born of virgin birth", were "God made flesh" and "the Son of God." Indeed, Twitchell’s Mythomania crossed over into Megalomania when he declared:
"All the power of God must reach these worlds through the perfect instrument of the Mahanta, the Living Eck Master [i.e. through him and his successors.] There is no other way for he is the distributor of the power."
Confessions also shows how Twitchell meticulously created the history and legend of a newly minted line of Eck Masters. He claimed them to be the most ancient on earth. They, along with Eckankar, according to Twitchell, were the source of all known world religions. Such was the magnitude of Twitchell’s mendacity.
Confessions goes beyond simply showing patterns of spiritual betrayal and deception in Eckankar. It also explores similar patterns found in other religions that may have been the blueprint Twitchell followed to create Eckankar. As such, it sounds a warning to all sincere seekers of what to avoid and how to spot deception in any spiritual path.
But the book’s greatest contribution to spiritual discourse is not its revelation of patterns and strategies of religious deception but the eternal message of spiritual empowerment which derives from a recognition that every person is a God-seeker, a spark of God. Through successive life experiences every soul is expanding in its awareness to encompass the single truth behind their existence, which Johnson succinctly summarizes in seven words: I AM, GOD IS, WE ARE ONE.
The author elaborates on this simple truth in Part IV of Confessions, which describes: [T]he nexus between recent scientific discoveries and ageless spiritual truths that transcend all religions, myths, dogmas, and rituals. It describes the spiritual search of humankind through countless religions, which comprise the spiritual classrooms of life. Confessions then explains the universal spiritual laws of life, the why of our spiritual journey and how these laws, when properly understood and applied, can bring happiness, abundance and spiritual unfoldment.
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