Emails from Dennis Hanisch and Richard Allen
From: Dennis Hanisch
From: "Joyce Allan"
Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2003 13:24:55 -0400
Sincerest thanks for your work, dedication and postings helping to unmask SSB.
I too had highest regard for PY, and still do so, regarding much of his life, and many of his teachings. I have been exposed to the Kriya lessons, taken them myself during a one-year SRF membership in the '70's, and feel they are fine and valuable.
A longtime friend of mine, however, has been associated with the LA PY Center for many decades. He was for years close to a number of the elder devotees living at and near the Shrine Center, and reports to me, from these informants who knew PY personally, and were there during the first formative years of SRF, that: 1) much of the material in Autobiograpy is bogus, and was ghost-written by a devotee in order to magnify PY's otherwise outstanding spirtual model of life. The bilocation and other most "miraculous" tales were inserted in order to sell books, at a time - the 1920's - when mysticism was the rage; 2) PY fathered a child, by a devotee, who was spirited away by his underlings and is alive today, yet is disenfranchised from his paternity and the wealth it has accrued [am sure you've read the press reports re this aspect]; 3) later SRF leaders have benefitted temporally from income the LA center receives [which I gather is massive, if looked at over the many decades the book and SRF lessons have been purveyed].
Let me assure you that I have no ax to grind , nor any intent to engage in lengthy debate, re the above. I trust my informant, whom I know, just as I trust the SSB informant's, whom I don't know. [My reason for the latter stems from my own longtime study of child sexual abuse. It is clear to me that the fondling stories fit a pattern, and are too broad-based to be deniable.] I also implicitly trust the judgement and efforts of our fellow ex-devotee, Barry Pittard, whose character I know to be beyond reproach.
I believe that: the Kriya course, as well as PY's own core of teachings [not unlike SSB's], are a spur encouraging each of us to seek and we will find; that there exists an inner condition of luminance; that when we encounter it, our ego perforce falls away; that while dwelling in this Source, or Blessing, we Know and are assured that Peace and Union are the ultimate context of being.
I suspect you know well the condition I refer to. All the mystics name it, but words, including those above, will never suffice to express it. Only through indirection, metaphor or poetry can mere language frame that which is utterly beyond language.
Thank you again for your fine works.