I met Mark and Edith in 1997 at the first centre they started in NSW, Australia. My husband and I were also fortunate enough to live with them, for several months, on more than one occasion. I therefore would like to share my perception of them as people.
They are spiritual teachers, offering a wonderful opportunity to better oneself not only spiritually but personally, through simple and practical techniques. They are also beautiful individuals, who live modestly, dedicating their lives to helping humanity, to show anyone who is open minded enough to understand the profoundness, difficulty but yet simplistic techniques to self-awakening.
Mark has a gentle yet profound nature which exudes honesty, wisdom and simplicity, with a great sense of humour. His humour is clean, honest and just, and through it he often gives insights into life. Besides providing the teachings, his deep knowledge of life and the universe is great yet never flaunted. He emanates love, compassion and humbleness. It is also obvious how he loves nature; he gets a childlike glee about him in the presence of the beauty of nature and animals, and sadness when faced with its destruction and injustice. He has a keen interest in music, the arts and history.
Edith is energetic and knowledgeable about life, and is easy to talk to. She often uses day to day generic examples to help one understand the depth of things about life and beyond. Although she is petite in structure she emanates strength. Smiles and laughter comes to her with ease; here again there is no sarcasm or maliciousness in her humour. This to me means a lot, because if you reflect for a moment, you will realise that this type of humour is rare in this world today, unless laughing with little children.
After all they have done for us over all these years, it’s sad and frustrating to witness what Mark and Edith have to now face from disgruntled and dishonest ex-students; constantly having to deal with frequent waives of negativity.
I have witnessed Mark and Edith suffer many difficult circumstances and injustices while trying to spread the Gnostic teachings; with all that difficulty, they both show great stamina and resilience and somehow manage to remain compassionate, while overcoming consistent obstacles being thrown their way from all directions.