Shakyamuni said as you bite into gold check my teachings for yourself first without taking my word for it. In Vajrayana taking a root guru is much more serious. Also as the metaphor of a snake in the bamboo shows, one either goes up fast or down in Vajrayana. This is no joke or trivial matter as someone might say here. If someone, like a few teachers in the past from other traditions, is asking for regular standing order financial deductions and threatens damnation if you stop your bank doing so, then this is not breakage of samaya but cultist abuse. The norm in Nyingma has been to be able to take on multiple gurus. They might allow this for lower ranks in such setups but not on certain matters for higher up more secret ranks under financial abuse as far as certain commitments are concerned. So ask for advice from a genuine Tibetan or western lama by any means of communication. My only concern here from page one has been people lured into various webs.
If a fake terton is making up new deities from the composite of various deities and/or animals and/or symbols and declares them as novel deities and terma and stipulates them to his paying regular clients as a practice in a false non historic lineage, then he is attacking the core of vajrayana by making up such false deities whose iconography we can see on the web these days. This outrage will not stand. The fact that one is then immediately attacked here for daring to defend the basic tenets of Vajrayana and Terma traditions is utterly unbelievable.
If someone has committed ALL the following major attacks on Vajrayana and Terma traditions, then you should avoid that fake terton:
1- Tell some people they are not tertons. But tell others they are tertons as we see by themselves openly as well as their aides.
2- Make up funny combination deities and fake tantric figures corrupting vajrayana as prophesied by Padmasambhava for the degenerate age by the worst spirits around.
3- Who break samaya with great gurus that they use for publicity and fund raising in order to buy property in various continents for themselves.
4- Who were banished by those dead gurus that initially hoped to correct them, that now they use for publicity, who told them to stop their teachings and false claims before being banished.
5- Who make up fake lineages that no lama or academic accepts as real.
I will respond to this major attack by such extended mandala, and it's various level defenders, on Vajrayana and Terma tradition not here but elsewhere on the web by various freedom of expression based methods and means on a sustained basis. In the meantime if you are in any spiritual setup, Terma or Vajrayana or even lower yanas, and are being threatened by accusations of samaya breakage into regular financial deductions then you need to save your precious human life and get back to the path and document and record as much as you can before you leave. And make sure you do your best to save other victims too. This does not only apply to people doing this in the name of Buddhism but any other religious or spiritual excuse. As far as the dharma is concerned the best way to salvation is through the genuine gurus of the authentic lineages of Guru Rinpoche. In the meantime praying to him directly from the heart as refuge is a good first step.
Dzogchen masters I know say: 1)Buddhist religion essence is Dzogchen 2)Religions are positive by intent/fruit 3)Any method's OK unless: breaking Dzogchen vows, mixed as syncretic (Milanese Soup) 4)Don't join mandalas of opponents of Dalai Lama/Padmasambhava: False Deity inventors by encouraging victims 5)Don't debate Ati with others 6)Don't discuss Ati practices online 7) A master told his old disciple: no one's to discuss his teaching with some others on a former forum nor mention him. Publicity's OK, questions are asked from masters/set teachers in person/email/non-public forums~Best wishes