I joined this cult in the early 80's, thinking it was a legitimate "spiritual path". In 1998 I got on the internet and found out the truth, that this cult was started in 1965 by a former Scientologist (another "religious" scam) who plagiarized the cult's "holy scriptures" from books written and published by many other authors, including Alan Watts, Neville Goddard, Walter Russell, L. Ron Hubbard, Helena Blavatsky, Julian Johnson, Ouspensky/Gurdjieff, Hazrat Inayat Khan, Kirpal Singh, Lama Anagarika Govinda, and probably many others. They've even stolen from the Bible, and claimed the 25th Psalm was "dictated" by a fantasy "eckmaster" named Lai Tsi, renaming this Psalm "Lai Tsi's Prayer", and getting away with it because few people can spot the theft.
The cult's leaders have been aware of the plagiarism since at least 1979, when they threatened to sue two college students who wrote papers exposing this cult's lies. Instead of coming clean and admitting to the lies and deceit, to this day they're still trying to prevent current cult members and potential recruits from learning the truth. And even after they learn the truth, many eckists are still too brainwashed to leave, plus they've been indoctrinated with threats such as:
"Woe be unto him if he does (resign), for it is known among those who have reached these lofty heights and witnessed the consequences of the few who have. Those few have found that spiritual decay sets in immediately, affecting the health, material life and spiritual life, and brings death more swiftly." Paul Twitchell, Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad #2, pg. 166:
At the very least, this cult should admit the truth publicly and apologize. And, they should at least refund the membership "donations" that innocent, trusting, but gullible people foolishly kept paying - some for as long as 30 years - before they learned the truth and walked out in disgust.