Among the members and former members of Eckankar whom we contacted in thecourse of our research was Robert Marsh, the author of two books on Eckankar (
We Are Not Alone
Unfold Your Golden Wings
). He was deeply shocked by theevidence set out in our (then) draft article and took several days to recover, at whichstage, he said, “the spell was broken.” He realized that the charges made in the articlewere substantially correct, particularly in light of a “ghastly” experience he himself had just had while on an Eckankar mission to Africa (He later sent us a letter describing this and other events which, with his permission, we reproduce below).Other former members of Eckankar supplied additional relevant information andconfirmed certain matters of fact.We’ll begin by taking a closer look at Paul Twitchell and then see how this cunningindividual deceived a shy and lonely young man, a former student in training for theChristian ministry, Harold Klemp.
However, before embarking on our analysis of Twitchell and Klemp, we’d like first tosay a few words about Darwin Gross, the ‘Eck Master’ who succeeded Twitchell asleader of Eckankar. Despite the many disturbing facts about him, most new membersknow little or nothing about his role in Eckankar. This New Age ‘religion’ is being presented to the public as though he had never existed, even though he led theorganization for ten years. His bullying, womanizing and arrogant behavior, not tomention his attempted theft of Eckankar funds – seemingly over $1m – was hardlyconsistent with his role as God’s representative on earth.
conduct alone wouldconvince any objective person that Eckankar is a fraud on every level.He and Klemp fought a nasty battle for control of the organization, which Klempwon. In the course of their confrontation, Klemp wrote an article which he circulatedto all members, entitled ‘Methods of the Black Magician’
The Mystic World,
Winter 1983). This was clearly aimed at Gross. Klemp described the methods of the black magician as follows: “The black magician creeps into his prey’s life, step-by-step.Every emotional trick is used to bind the two ever more closely together.” Please bear this statement in mind as we proceed as you may wish to consider whether, and towhat extent, it applies to both Twitchell and Klemp.
Twitchell, Hubbard, Crowley and Parsons
In our previous article we showed the close association between Paul Twitchell andRon Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. We mentioned the Satanic rites whichHubbard conducted with the famous Satanist, Jack Parsons. Parsons studied magicunder the most notorious black magician of the 20
century, Aleister Crowley. Duringa magical rite, Crowley became possessed by the demon of Horus while on a trip toEgypt in 1904. This demon called itself Aiwaz (For some reason, many demons likenames with the letter ‘Z’ in them). Over a period of several years the demonstrengthened its grip until it had Crowley under his complete control. Workingthrough Crowley via the occult technique known as channeling, the demon produceda number of major works on black magic, including
The Book of the Law
The Book of Lies
. These Satanic books have been consulted avidly ever since by studentsof the occult, most of whom try to raise demons through the rites of ceremonialmagic.2