My 2 year experience with MasterPath was positive. It is a self improvement spiritual based program cobbled together from Eckanar, Sant Mat and Hindustani teachings. Nothing seems to be his own teachings. Although he presents them that way. After 2 years I decided it wasn't for me. The people are nice and friendly and much of the teachings, although taken from other programs, are interesting. It didn't resonate with me as being a single path to truth as Sri Gary claims in many of his satsangs. He claims to be the only, or one of a small number of living masters walking the earth. After I did some research I found several past Eckanar members who, like Gary, claimed the same mantle. I think there are 5 including the current Eckanar master. Anyway, that seemed coincidental that all these current masters walking the earth came from Eckanar and all claim they are the true master. MasterPath being the 3rd or 4th successful group in terms of membership size from what I could find. Anyway, I wish all its members well. And enjoyed the satsangs.
I do agree that Gary and Joy benefit greatly from the organization. They both draw nice salaries, monthly expense accounts, health insurance, car allowances, personal assistants, etc. Claim to rent a small house in the desert. But the house, although in a remote area is owned by MasterPath and is incredibly landscaped, with multiple structures in the fenced compound. MasterPath also owns the 5 acres to the north, east and across the street. All with small houses. Creating a much larger compound of residences then Sri Gary and his top aids portray. They used to publish their annual expense and revenue online but no longer do that. I found that a bit skeptical. Why try and portray a lifestyle different than what exists? If you are a living master with absolute truth. Just seemed contradictory.
It seems it could be interpreted that the MasterPath organization was built as a way to create a very nice lifestyle for Gary and Joy Olson. Similiar to the model Paul and Gail Twitchell created at Eckanar.
But I wish everyone well on their journey. MasterPath had too many tricky parts from my perspective.
I have read every review on this page regarding Masterpath. All reviews fall into two categories: either 5 stars or 1 star, either love it or hate it. Why would that be? I also noticed that the 5-star reviews all pretty much stated the same things:
- the organization holds the highest values and the writers have sensed no manipulation
- many of the writers have been involved for more than 10 years
- all the writers stated that Masterpath is about personal choice and a personal spiritual path
- the monthly fee, the cost of bound books, the cost of seminars are reasonable
- the writers seem happy with their choice to continue
The 1-star reviews all seem to say similar things:
- Gary Olsen is a fraud and his teachings are destructive and manipulative
- Gary Olsen claims to be the current "savior" equating himself to Jesus Christ
- Gary Olsen claims to be God incarnate
- Gary Olsen is in it for the money and he is using the Masterpath organization to that end
Quantitatively, on this page it seems to be a ratio of about 5 good to 1 bad review. There seems to be no middle ground on opinions.
Qualitatively, the flavor of the positive reviews are pleasant but not over-the-top enthusiastic, the writers seem happy with their spiritual attainments, and they emphasize their own perceived rewards rather than give accolades to the Mr. Olsen. The flavor of the negative reviews are absolutely caustic. Also, it was hard to determine the length of time that the negative reviewers were involved with the Masterpath organization but I sensed it was generally not long. To me, what this adds up to is an extreme divergence of opinion and perspective. There must be a segment in the middle that we are not hearing from, which may actually constitute the majority who are not particularly involved and not particularly unhappy. Therefore I see that Masterpath is a choice that is not for everyone and that one's level of satisfaction has more to do with the reviewer than the message. Personally, I don't think that the negative reviewers are people that I would like to associate with.
MasterPath is a cult that seeks to control peoples minds and profit from it. Gary Olsen is an exposed plagiarist and uses his hold over chelas to further his own agenda of power and a 'cushy life'. Stay away from this scam!
This con-artist nearly destroyed my family. Gary Olsen is a fraud and idiot. Well, smart enough to bilk the IRS for hundreds of thousand of dollars every year...