ECK, EK, Ancient Science of Soul Travel (ASOST), Religion of the Light and Sound of God
Paul Twitchell (1909?-1971)
"Sri" Harold Klemp (a.k.a. "Living ECK Master," "Mahanta") (1942-)
Los Angeles, CA USA (1965)
Chanhassen, MN USA (home of the "Temple of ECK")
include Eckankar: The Key to Secret Worlds, The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad (2 vols.), The Tiger’s Fang, Stranger by the River, Letters to Gail, The Flute of God, Autobiography of a Modern Prophet
A modified form of Hinduism heavily influenced by the Radha Soami tradition of northern India (Beas, Punjab).
Paul Twitchell, the group’s founder, plagiarized and adapted large amounts of material from books on the Radha Soamis. "Sri" Darwin Gross, who succeeded Twitchell as the group’s Mahanta/Living ECK Master, was ousted in 1983 and replaced by "Sri" Harold Klemp.
Said to be growing most rapidly in Africa.
Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic), Congo (Republic), Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, France, Finland, Gabon, Germany, Gabon, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela
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