The Cliff Hanger, Spiritual Trail Blazer
Paul Twitchell often referred to himself as a "Cliff Hanger" or "Spiritual Trail Blazer". What he meant by this is that very often people have a sort of herd instinct and when an individual is moved by the divine current that flows from HURAY (God) ITSELF we begin to ignore such herd instincts and become more independent spiritually. When the call to return to God becomes great it is at this point that we tend to break free from the pack and instead of flowing with the social currents we begin to more and more flow with the current of HURAY (God) with its waves of light and sound emanating from the all encompassing Ocean of Love and Mercy where dwells the HURAY.
We become more so the individualist, the bold adventurous individual willing to bravely jump into the untried waters by learning out of body travel in spite of fears and the opinions of others to the different levels of heaven. Often most religions speak of the few individuals, the rare saints, the spiritual trail blazers who are willing to break from the pack and have their own direct experiences of heaven.
Previously in our experience of "Eckankar" after it became an offshoot we found members most often were rewarded and given praise, initiations, and seen as advanced by the leadership for being more compliant, agreeable, and a conformist. Paul Twitchell who was a true VARDAN Master never advocated Eckankar as the path of conformity and compliance.
Instead Paul Twitchell advocated that the spiritual individual is the CLIFF HANGER who scales where the meek and fearful fear to tread to the various heavens. In ignorance onlookers will condemn him as he doesn't go along with everything his peers say to persuade him to stay in the lower worlds of time, space and reincarnation. Instead the Spiritual Trail Blazer sets his sights on heaven and charts a course, blazing a trail.
While most are fearful of leaving their physical bodies the Spiritual Trail Blazer is a true advocate of out of body travel and actively practices it on a daily basis. Further he is never satisfied with visiting the Astral Worlds or any of the lower psychic planes but is what Paul Twitchell called the hound of heaven. The true Spiritual Trail Blazer will never rest until he has reached true God Realization and become a conscious coworker with the HURAY or God while the masses slumber in a semi sleep like state of unconsciousness and are stuck in a mechanical like rut of boredom or trivial amusement.
Just like in early pre- 1971 Eckankar under Paul Twichell in VARDANKAR the individual is also more important then the group. The individual creative spark that shines to its fullest expression blazes a brilliant light and wondrous sound, a trail by which Divine Spirit will blaze through the fog and shine a vast light and sound into the lives of spiritually hungry Souls yearning truly for God.
In the post 1971 offshoot Eckankar as former participants we were on occasions told that if the student (lower initiate) is so bold as to have made effort to have an experience in the Pure Positive God Worlds he and his superiors are to believe his experience is total illusion and to not trust his inner experiences. The individual is lead to believe he is a negative channel for having such an experience in the God Realm. As we stated before that is absurd! It is essential to verify our experiences actually come from the higher realms, the pure positive God Worlds.
And when people or gurus try to train us to stay in the lower worlds or to wait until the after world this is the play of illusion trying to trick us into conforming and complying to be herded back the lower world flock. Souls that incarnate in the animal kingdom begin in more of a group consciousness and then upon incarnating in the human kingdom Soul becomes gradually more and more independent. Finally when Soul begins to graduate from the human kingdom to become God Realized IT will become even more independent as IT's inner direction does not come from the social influences of the spiritual herd instinct but from HURAY ITSELF.
The unready Soul afraid of out of body travel will say the God Realized being is a criminal, a liar, a plagiarist, a fantasy spinner, disillusion, unoriginal, and every imaginable complaint or put down he can possibly scrounge up out of the mud of negativity to spew his anger out into the world instead of opening up his own spiritual life to higher and higher Godly levels that free him. Instead of freeing himself from the prisons of reincarnation he attacks the God man making more incarnations for himself. To an Earth bound or Astral Bound person a God Realized Soul looks like a fool, a fantasy spinner, either a total liar or a total fool. But really those who quickly believe everything people tell them with out doing out of body travel to learn the truth for themselves will find themselves swimming away from the spiritual stream.
We cannot be a spiritual trail blazer if we are too lazy to daily practice spiritual exercises and be patient enough to endure as long as it will take to learn out of body travel and prove the reality of heaven for ourselves.
VARDANKAR guides the student step by step in learning out of body travel in the spiritual worlds for the purpose of reaching Self Realization and God Realization. Only a person with a degree of an independent spirit would be strong enough to stay on the trail long enough to make it home...even if it meant that sometimes he had to go the trail alone. Not many are willing to do that. Many hold on to their old friends, opinions, dogma and so on like old luggage that won't be let go.
Although at times the spiritual trail blazer may feel totally alone and perhaps even abandoned by God ITSELF this is never the case. The holy spirit or VARDAN is always present as is the inner Master, the Margatma The Living VARDAN Master whose body is made of the VARDAN ITSELF. It's actually quite the opposite that the spiritual trail blazer is closer to life then the average person who has sunk into a sleep like state and is drunk with the intoxication of his lower senses of pain and pleasure rather then the Pure Light and Sound of God which contains all love, wisdom, power and freedom and emanates from the heart of the HURAY the Ocean of Love and Mercy far above the worlds of M.E.S.T., matter, energy, space and time.
Offshoot groups may sometimes have individuals who have spiritual experiences just as all religions do however these are often in the very impressive and beautiful lower heavens. Their promises of God Realization are often empty promises of all talk and no action. Most of their students do not reach this state sometimes after 40 years of dedicated skilled practice because it is not possible in such groups. A so called Master that is not God Realized cannot give the God Realization initiation or experience.
The individual who is the Spiritual Trail Blazer is not likely to sit back and accept this limited reality of not reaching this dreams of God Realization simply because his guru says that he must loose himself in the fold. Instead being detached from the opinions of others, his own opinions, dogma, religion, idolatry he instead moves into what is for some the scary zone of uncertainty and opens his spiritual ears and spiritual eyes to be lead by divine spirit past gates and traps of the lower worlds into God's abode.
The law of Love supersedes all other laws. If someone desires God more then life ITSELF they will find God. those who have fear or do not consider themselves Spiritual trailblazers can start life a new if they so disire God above all else. God never prevents anyone from Reaching IT based on personality. It is always our choice. ablity, intelejence, good looks and a sparkling personality are not reqired in order to reach God realization.
Desire, love and a willingness to let go of all dogma, cherished beliefs and opinions is what separates those who find God from those who do not.
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