Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cult Is Cult

I recently watched a documentary about how Heinrich Himmler, the head of Hitler's SS was obsessed with the occult and a devout believer in Madame Helena Blavatsky's teachings, "German occultists and racists embraced Blavatsky's idea of being descended from superior Aryan god-men", a quote from the site/blog with a section about Blavatsky that I have linked below.  So, it creeped me out recalling how Father Yod was also heavily influenced by Helena Blatvatsky.  Another writer who had a major influence on Jim Baker was the theosophist and writer Mabel Collins; so it was not surprising when he declared that both M Blatvatsky and M Collins had 'reincarnated' into The Source Family  But, of course!  The belief in a superior race of people was something that Himmler believed in, as did Jim Baker and its believed that Himmler used his occult beliefs in forming the feared SS believing that the German people particularly the Nazi were a superior race with a preordained purpose.  So, the reason that I'm making a correlation between the occult origins and beliefs of the Nazi Party and The Source Family cult is only to make this point:  that belief in the occult and the practice of occult ceremonial magic, whether used for 'good' or 'bad' purposes is still indicative of delusional or a 'magical thinking' that people can access hidden or unseen 'magical' powers in the universe, and then used to achieve their goals.  Adopting occult magic or any 'magical' belief system is folly in my mind, even if someone ardently believes those beliefs are for 'the benefit of mankind.'  Himmler delved into occult beliefs that would be for the benefit of the German people, just like Jim Baker believed his adopting occult beliefs and practices were for the benefit of his followers within The Source Family, as well as for all mankind.  But, after spending six years in The Source Family and practicing some of the occult beliefs extolled by Father Yod; I believe that those occult practices and beliefs that Jim Baker read about and adopted from the writings of Manly P Hall, Aleister Crowley, Helena Blavatsky or Mabel Collins were certainly not worthy of perpetuating, much less creating a following around, yet it was those writers who had the most profound effect and influence on what Jim Baker came to believe and began to 'teach' or impart to the loyal and devoted acolytes, who began to follow him.  The following statement from the site linked below helps explain why someone like Jim Baker, a man who saw himself as a 'new age' and 'spiritual' father and teacher would readily adopt the words and beliefs of M Blavatsky---"Madame Blavatsky was the first person to bring Eastern Indian spirituality to the Western world.  Words and concepts such as karma, reincarnation, consciousness, kundalini, meditation, yoga, aura, OM, mantras, tantra, chakras, prana, akasha etc are now familiar, if only in a small way, to almost everyone in the West."

Throughout history, total and complete submission and adherence to a cult leader's edicts has been a necessary component in order for any cult to endure.  The Nazi Party believed in the 'superior genetic material' of the Aryan race being spread through the unbridled sexual servicing of all Nazi men by German women; a similar belief that Father Yod held about spreading his own perceived 'superior' genetic material to create a super race of 'new age' more highly evolved 'aquarian' children within his own group of devoted followers.  Occult beliefs and practices are all the same when it comes down to it; whether someone tries to distinguish between a 'white magician' or a 'dark' one; both still involve ritualistic practice and belief in forces beyond the visible world waiting to fulfill a person's innermost desires and purpose in life, by ritualistically invoking some hidden powers.

In the very early beginning, when Jim Baker was forming The Brotherhood of The Source many of us thought it was fun and exciting to chant and use/repeat magical incantations meant to 'call upon' the powers and forces that were believed to dwell in other realms unseen to our eyes; like invoking the lords in 'the Halls of Amenti' deep inside the earth's core that were to be taken on faith actually existed and would convey 'magical powers' to anyone who knew the 'magic' words to invoke their powers.  Invoking 'the lords within the Halls of Amenti' was the kind of thing that Jim Baker added into his supposed 'teachings'.  Jim Baker set about convincing all who joined The Brotherhood of The Source that they belonged to an esoteric 'mystery school' whose sole purpose was unlocking the 'mysteries of the universe' by adopting and following the writings of Blavatsky, Collins and Manly P Hall and reciting the 'magical' incantations found in their books.  Jim Baker's 'teachings' were a hodgepodge of 'kundalini yoga' practices and beliefs that he had learned and adopted while in Yogi Bhajan's cult, and all of the mystical, magical incantations and beliefs in the writings of some of the world's most visible 'magical thinkers' and writers of theosophy and mysticism.  A belief in the occult and the powers that could be attained was believed to be the foundation of the Nazi party and was certainly true of The Source Family cult.  Although the analogy of occult beliefs influencing and shaping the Nazi Party were also shared by the leader of The Brotherhood of The Source will incite and infuriate the more fervent remaining followers of Jim Baker; exclaiming him to have been a 'white magician' and not a magician of the 'dark' arts; I believe that in order to gain clarity and understanding into how cults are formed and how/why they exist and function; you need to have a broader understanding of the origins of that cults belief system, especially why people would willingly submit and eagerly adopt a belief system that offers a 'magical solution' to their problems, much like how the German people willingly adopted the Nazi belief in a superior race.  People who are searching for a better life and more power or control in their lives' will often look to the 'occult' searching for wisdom, power and control in practicing or performing occult ceremonies and incantations believed to be meant only for a chosen few.

The Source Family became a perfect example of a group of people attempting to use 'magical' thinking and occult rituals and incantations in order to achieve hidden and mysterious powers to control their own destinies, but over forty years later----nobody who spent time in The Source Family have anything to show for those endeavors, but just more of the same worn-out ineffectual repetition and parroting of the phrases and sayings adopted and used by Father Yod.  If the result of people having been in The Source Family cult, after forty years time was one of complete and utter achievement and success among its former members, than that might offer some proof of the efficacy of Jim Baker's occult 'teachings', yet the only proven result of being in The Source Family, that I have witnessed has been a few rabid diehard followers of Jim Baker's trying to create an entire mythos around Father Yod and of course, to sell Father Yod and The Source Family branded merchandise and maintaining their Source Family persona or artifice, as though they possess some kind of divine power or wisdom transferred to them by Jim Baker.

Although, I did witness a wake of messed up people's lives, long term drug and alcohol use, broken and failed marriages and relationships, and the inability for some former members to adjust or adapt back into normal society, unable to disabuse themselves of the magical thinking they adopted, while in The Source Family cult.  For me, joining a cult like The Source Family brought an awakening and realization that 'occult' magic simply does not exist, but only in the minds of those intent on pursuing their own agendas.  The people in Germany were looking for a 'magic solution' back in the 1930's which paved the way for a madman to gain power and control based on the belief of a 'chosen' race of people and a preordained destiny.  Jim Baker may not have been a sadistic madman like Himmler or Hitler, but he did believe in and adopt 'magical thinking' and 'occult magic' to persuade a group of mostly young people to follow him.

So, my personal advice to anyone enchanted or mesmerized by the seemingly outward appearance and presentation of Father Yod and The Source Family as being forerunners or leaders of the 'new age' would be to look askance at the entire thing and to know that there are no 'secret teachings' or 'magical powers' or esoteric knowledge to be gained or acquired by practicing or adopting the 'teachings' of Father Yod or any other cult leader, who like so many throughout history believed they were 'divinely' chosen with a preordained purpose.  It is my belief that if everything that Jim Baker aka Father Yod/Yahowha was espousing and extolling like practicing 'the mystic road' or reciting the 'birth litany' from a book by Mabel Collins were so powerful and effective that the world would have seen the results in the repetition of those practices and beliefs by now!  Over forty years later, not one person from The Source Family has gone on to 'change the world' simply by repeating the words or practicing any of the occult ceremonies extolled by Jim Baker.  You would think that if Father Yod's 'teachings' were so powerful and profoundly effective that the results would be evident by now, but that has certainly not been the case.

Here is a link to read about the Halls of Amenti.