Paul Twitchell introduced the sacred teachings of Eckankar to the modern world in the mid-1960s.
Born in Kentucky in the early part of the twentieth century, Paul explored a variety of professions in his early life—writer, promoter, military man. Yet his destiny was guided by an ancient line of spiritual teachers known as the Vairagi ECK Masters.
The ECK Masters had taught truth since humanity’s earliest history, but without the name Eckankar. While different paths accepted parts of it, they attached their own conditions and interpretations.
Paul Twitchell’s mission was to gather the scattered fragments of truth and restore them via the body of teachings now known as Eckankar. Paul ventured into a wide range of spiritual traditions under different teachers. He separated the golden threads of wisdom from their cultural trappings.
A spirited nonconformist, Paul called himself a Cliff Hanger, an individual who lives in a high state of spiritual freedom and self-responsibility. Yet years came and went before his life-changing experience of God-Realization in 1957. In October 1965, he became the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master.
Eckankar grew from humble beginnings as Paul held workshops, gave lectures, and wrote discourses for spiritual students. At the time of Paul Twitchell’s passing in 1971, Eckankar had become a worldwide spiritual path and organization serving seekers all around the world.
We can look forward to a greater life than merely reliving former experiences, by becoming a conscious Soul handling the environment, body, life, spirit, or whatever you might call the ECK power, and participating in events of our own creation. Then life becomes the pleasure it should be and could always have been.Paul Twitchell
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF PAUL TWITCHELL
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