Every living creature in this world is Soul, a unique and eternal being that is continually refined by life experience. This world is a school in which we live many lifetimes to grow as spiritual beings. Every experience, joyful or painful, contains a personalized lesson. You may know this as karma, or cause and effect. We repeatedly face a challenge until it is overcome.
These lessons are not random. The point is for each of us to master our own spiritual destiny—to get to where we can find love, happiness, and balance in life under any circumstances. This is a goal we can all reach in this lifetime.
By Harold Klemp
A farmer in Scotland had a large herd of cows. He and his wife treated these cows like their children. Every morning they’d come out to feed and milk them. They would call each cow by name and give them little treats. They’d pet them. The cows loved the farmer and his wife, and the couple loved the cows.
One day the farmer got on his tractor and drove out into the field to check on a newborn calf. This was risky because a neighbor’s bull had been brought over for breeding purposes and was loose in the field.
When the bull saw the farmer, he charged the tractor and knocked the farmer off and began to gore him. The farmer went unconscious. Read More
By Katie, California
What an awesome day it was in Davis, California this past weekend. Fun in the sun was had by all: players and volunteers alike. At the end of the day, I truly felt like a co-worker with the Mahanta.
It all started four weeks ago when I was asked to officiate tennis matches at the Special Olympics. To say that I was honored was an understatement. I had never done anything like this before. Yes, I am a tennis player but I have never served as an officiator. Would I be able to do it? Were the rules different? Could I withstand a full day in the heat and sun? Could I give them my best at all times?
I felt a little overwhelmed and unsure of myself. So I asked my husband, Jim, to help me on the courts. I was allowed two ball “boys” or “girls.” These are the people who scurry and clear the courts of balls so that the players don’t fall or get hurt. He said yes to this task. Read More
By Harold Klemp
Q: In the ECK writings, reference is made to the Angel of Death. Some of these references portray this figure in unsettling terms. Elsewhere, the writings indicate the noninitiated are met by friends and loved ones at the time of passing and guided across by a benign angelic being. Could you say a little about the experience of death for the noninitiated and what this special time means for the ECK initiate? Read More
By Harold Klemp
Why do we dream? Why is it important to dream? Because dreaming comes from the creative imagination, which is God’s gift to you and me. It is the nature of immortal Soul to dream. This is why your dreams, both in everyday life and while asleep, are so important.
Through your ability to dream, you often have experiences in the other worlds where you act as an observer. But as you move farther along, you become the participant in your dreams. You become the actor.
You begin to see goals, spiritual goals which may be as valid as finding a home for your family. You want a place where they can be happy, a haven away from the fast pace of today’s society. You create a warm place where friends are welcome. Read More
The traditional concept of Soul is that you have one, but that it is distant from your everyday life and will become important only when your physical body ceases to exist. The ECKist, on the other hand, believes that each person is Soul and that It is the essential and permanent center of our being. It can never be lost.
We can, however, forget who we are. Our physical senses and emotions become overwhelming, and we lose Soul’s spiritual viewpoint. Regaining this viewpoint is called Soul Travel. And Soul Travel is accomplished by practicing the Spiritual Exercises of ECKANKAR on a daily basis.
By Tosin, Nigeria
Although a student of Eckankar, I occasionally doubted the constant presence of the Mahanta in my life. I wondered if the Inner Master‘s promise, I am always with you, was really true.
One evening, I was lying in bed, trying to decide whether I should do a spiritual exercise, have dinner, or just go to sleep. All of a sudden, I heard the very clear voice of the Inner Master within me.
“Get up and sing HU!” he said.
The voice was so strong and urgent, it sounded like a command. I promptly got out of bed and began singing HU, Soul‘s love song to God. About five minutes into the spiritual exercise, I heard another clear, inner instruction. Read More
By Harold Klemp
The great benefit of the ECK teachings is that they offer spiritual freedom.
Each religion holds out some promise to its followers. The word of Christianity to its people is the redemption of sins, a problem that stems from Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. Yet for their error, all future generations should carry the blame. A Christian, lost spiritually at birth, has the stigma of this original sin automatically fastened to him. Original sin means inborn guilt.
By contrast, the ECK teachings speak not of guilt but of responsibility. People are where they have put themselves. Read More
By Harold Klemp
If you have a pet, you are aware of the bond of love between yourself and your pet. This bond of love exists because you are Soul—a particle of God sent here to gain spiritual experience. Ultimately, to learn how to give and to receive divine love.
What most people don’t realize is their pet is also Soul. Animals are Soul too.
Soul exists because God loves It. It’s very simple. And when two Souls set up a bond of love, it is stronger and more enduring than eternity. It doesn’t matter if the two Souls are human beings or if one of them happens to be a bird, a dog, a cat, or another animal form.
You, me, our pets—we are all Soul dwelling here in the world of nature. Nature itself reflects the laws of ECK, the Holy Spirit. We can observe the working of Divine Spirit in the habits of birds, the cycles of plants, and the instincts of reptiles and mammals.
All sing the glory of God; all teach the secrets of life.
Excerpted from Spiritual Wisdom on Relationships.
An ECK Satsang class is a gathering of ECK members who choose to come together once or twice a month to further their spiritual understanding through study of the ECK discourses. In studying the ECK discourses, an ECK Satsang class revolves around the rhythm of the Living Word.
This rhythm is important because it is the Life Force, the ECK. The words of the outer teachings are instruments of the Mahanta to help unlock your heart so you can enter into the secret kingdom. To the eyes of the world it may all seem foolishness, yet the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to those who cherish them enough to reach out for them. Read More