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Willow

Hello Chuck. Just letting you know that it is a misconception that Eckankar is an off-shoot of Sant Mat. Paul Twitchell the founder of Eckankar had studied many teachings and writings before and after he became a participant of Sant Mat, some of these were Theosophy, Sufism, Scientology, he was studying about and mentions other masters well before Sant Mat came into the picture.
The difference between Sant Mat and Eckankar are major and not minor. These are some of Sant Mat teachings that don’t belong to Eckankar to name a few, strict obedience to the master, a vegitarian diet, dreams as not important. Eckankar teaches that dreams are a valuable experience and much can be learned from the dream state, many people who take notice of their dreams know this, the latter is significant enough to say Sant Mat and Eckankar are very different.
Paul Twitchell was able to see a big picture of what spirituality was about, bigger than many from whom he learnt and we all learn from one another. He put much of the best of it to-gether to form Eckankar and of course he didn’t form Eckankar, for it was already here and has always been, he had helped to make it known to the many .
You may see these as minor points but there is a lot controversary on Paul Twitchell as there is on nearly any spiritual giant, I think controversary probably got Jesus killed, so things haven’t changed much. I just want the slate to stay clean and for Paul Twitchell’s work to be recognized for what it IS. Cheers Ben.

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