As you know, thousands ofpeople from around the world have all sorts of visions, many of whichoccur when they undergo a Near-Death experience. It wasTwitchell who brought his second wife and yours to get initiated byKirpal Singh in 1963. The Making of a Spiritual Movement: The Untold Story of Paul Twitchell and Eckankar is also currently available in a new edition from Del Mar Press. By the way, all Twitchell had to do wasproperly cite and contextualize his material. Not only is your explanation a fairly lame attempt to condone plagiarism, but I can show you text-by-text, paragraph-by-paragraph, sentence-by-sentence how you are wrong. When Twitchell plagiarized Johnson he forgot to differentiate between Johnson's own writing and Johnson's quoted material. Then on up, clear up to the soulplane, every master on each level or dimension I have met, and othertoo many to mention.
Some of the items of Paul'sincluded a painting of Sudar Singh. Now, if you call that plagiarism fine, butit's a fact. The trouble with all of this,of course, is that Twitchell was creating a mythology whichintertwined but did not distinguish fact from fiction, imaginationfrom reality. Not to beconfused with Sudarshan Singh, the nephew of Shiv Dayal Singh, whoassociated with Soami Bagh in Agra. Johnson also made a number of spelling and grammatical errors which were only corrected in later editions in the 1970s and 1980s - long after Twitchell's own death. However, just because you have seen suchindividuals in your meditation or dreams does not mean that theyactually exist as historical characters.
You seem to have your information upside down. Twitchell is truly oneof the great plagiarists of the 20th century. Moreover, you have the story backwards. Do you really want to have a higher moral standard for high school or college students and alesser one for God-realized masters? Because Gail wasalso a fellow initiate of Kirpal Singh and was well aware of his lifeand work. Banjani, out inthe Gobi Desert, very much alive. I should also point out that J.
It was nothing like Kirpal Singhor any of the Singhs associated with Radha Soami. Paul only sat in on a satsang to learn how Kirpal Singh didit. Box 2508, Del Mar, California 92014 for free. McLeod, AaronTalsky, and a host of other Shabd yoga scholars investigated thehistory of Sant Mat and Radhasoami, Sudar Singh's life and work didnot come to light? Moreover, you have the story backwards. For your benefit, Darwin, I enclose a section from myforthcoming book, Exposing Cults: When the Skeptical Mind Confrontsthe Mystical New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc. Thus, bythis very simple blunder Twitchell exposed the secret behind his writing: he was parroting what he had read from The Path of the Masters and With a Great Master in India. Ihave seen Twitchell's own personal letter to this effect.
I guarantee you thatyour opinion will change if you really study how Twitchell copiedprofusely from other authors. Either Twitchell'swritings are original which you claim by citing that unknown authorwho studied Twitchell's writings and found less than 1% similarity orthey are not. Why is it that when MarkJuergensmeyer, J. If you want to defend your teacher, Paul Twitchell,there are no doubt many ways to do it. Fubbi Quantz appeared to me when I started outstudying Paul's writings. As such, then, visions tell us more about what one has beentaught or indoctrinated into than about the relative historicity orfacticity of divine beings.
By the way, Darwin, I don't ask you to believe me; I simply ask that you read both books side by side and see for yourself. Twitchellhimself has stated in print in at least twenty different places thatKirpal Singh was his guru, the master who taught him shabd yoga. You see, I havemet those great teachers that Paul wrote about and spoke of. I know why you cannot remember who did the study because itwas never done. First, at least one-half of The Far Country was appropriated from the writings of Julian P. But to completely overlook theplethora of historical documents which univocally attest to PaulTwitchell's discipleship under Kirpal Singh is really not a very wisedefense on your part.
What does that have to do withTwitchell's so-called originality? The answer, of course, is nothingexcept that you simply can't get the story straight nor can you decidehow to properly defend the literary transgressions of your mentor. They forget the man, Paul Twitchell,had a photographic memory. I don't recall who it wasthat did a study of Paul's writings, in regards to this plagiarismstatement, that they found less than 1% of all that he wrote to besimilar to another's writings. I amnot the one making the claim about Twitchell's association with KirpalSingh and Ruhani Satsang, your own teacher did. Youare simply wrong when you try to buttress your argument that Twitchelldid not plagiarize by invoking some unknown study by some unknownauthor. Why is it that nobody in the shabdyoga tradition has ever heard of such a Sudar Singh? I don't consider over 400 paragraphs to be few.
I have also compiled some pertinent documents which may be of some interest to those who want to know the inside history to the movement. Twitchell thought he could because he was usingrather obscure material. Gordon Melton, Daniel Gold, W. He is a cover-name to hide Paul Twitchell'sassociation with real-life gurus like Swami Premananda, Kirpal Singh,L. Also coming out is Exposing Cults: When the Skeptical Mind Confronts the Mystical Garland: August 1994. Twitchell literallycreated a galaxy of Eck names in order to deceive his followers fromhis real and imagined past.