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Discover the Meaning of Life, and Overcome the Fear of Death

ECKANKAR, Youth, Love, Relationships

By Harold Klemp

You are Soul—an eternal, individual spark of God, who can never die. Each person is a divine being who comes to life on earth with a spiritual purpose. Lifetime after lifetime, Soul grows in love and grace, ultimately to become a Co-worker with God.

A lifetime is a precious gift, an opportunity for spiritual growth and service to others. Most of all, life brings Soul the purity of love, compassion, and grace.

Death is a doorway, a transition into the inner worlds. Births and deaths mark the journey of Soul. The translation, or movement, from one stage of experience to another is but a further step on Soul’s journey home to God.

The great fear behind all fears is the fear of death. Death is such an absolute term. It means that’s the end of everything. That’s how people think of death. But if we look at the spiritual matter of the death of the physical body, we in Eckankar prefer the term translation; we say someone has translated.

Think of it in terms of translating one language to another—like from English into German, or from German into English or French. The meaning and content, the essence, is the same. Likewise, Soul is the same and can carry Its body of knowledge from one lifetime into another.

The purpose of the ECK teachings is to make you aware of yourself as Soul. You begin to realize your ability to move beyond the physical body even while you are still alive in the body. When Saint Paul said, “I die daily,” he referred to this process. It is similar to death in that in the Soul body, one actually leaves the physical body to take a look at the worlds beyond.

Here one gains confidence and courage and becomes acquainted with the other worlds, so that when the time comes, Soul moves through the transition very smoothly, very naturally. Death loses its sting; the grave loses its victory.

Excerpted from ECK Wisdom on Life after Death.

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