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Spiritual Exercise: Game of Chess

By Harold Klemp

You can do this exercise anytime—whether you are at work, in contemplation, or about to fall asleep.

Lightly place your attention upon a situation in your life, then put your viewpoint as Soul above the situation.  Look down on everything going on below as if it were a chess game—even though it might be in your imagination.  You can look at a situation anywhere in the world from this viewpoint.

As you are gazing upon it, change the situation by simply rearranging your place on the chessboard.  It’s a successful device, and those who use it often make great changes around themselves.

Excerpted from The Spiritual Exercises of ECK, where more than 130 spiritual exercises like this can be found. Learn more about spiritual exercises.

 

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Touched by God’s Grace

By Dorathy, Nigeria

Six years ago, my husband became a member of Eckankar. At the time, I had mixed feelings about this. The ECK teachings were unfamiliar to me, and I wondered about the value of singing HU as a prayer of love to God.

But I also love and trust my husband. So I went with him to ECK events to understand more about this religion.

I discovered that the ECK teachings were about God’s divine love for us as Soul. I learned that singing HU opens the doorway for a deeper connection with the Holy Spirit and draws us closer to God. I also learned about the constant presence and love of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, Sri Harold Klemp. In his inner form, the Mahanta is always with students of ECK to help them on their journey home to God.

But I was still not convinced the ECK teachings were for me. Without having any personal experiences of my own, I had difficulty accepting them as true.

Then something happened to change my point of view. Read More

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Overcoming Resistance and Finding Love

Call of Soul coverBy Valerie, Texas

My journey in ECK started three and a half years ago.

I had been looking for a way out of the church because I needed a real connection with the Holy Spirit. On January 1, 2010, I decided that I will spend the day in prayer until I enter in contact with the Holy Spirit.

As I was praying I was also singing Holy Spirit hymns and songs. That day something special happened but I did not realize it until almost the end of the year when I met my future husband who gave me an ECK book The Call of Soul and a HU song CD. I listened to that CD late at night around 2:00 a.m. Sri Harold’s voice sounded so familiar that I felt at home. When the HU song played I could not stop listening. I recognized the sound. Read More

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For Creative Inspiration

Shariyat SpirEX Bk1_CoverBy Harold Klemp

“If man is to survive in the physical universe, then he must find time for creative activity in spiritual things. Until this comes about, within a group with time to do something besides subsist in the materialistic worlds, there is little opportunity for the spiritual sensitivity of man to develop.”

—Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Bk 1, pp. 183–84

Is there a goal or a project you would like to take the next step with? Picture this clearly in your Spiritual Eye.

With eyes open or shut, chant the word ghata for several minutes. It’s an ECK word for the act of opening the consciousness. After a minute or so of silence, return to chanting the word and going into silence, until you have repeated this pattern three times.

Inspiration may come during this exercise or during the day as the word draws new vibrations into your awareness.

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From Spiritual Exercises for the Shariyat, Book One, p. 134.

 

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Why Are We Here?

ECKANKAR, God, Soul, DestinyBy Harold Klemp

Q: In the grand scheme of things, why are we here?  I believe I understand that we are here to attain Self-Realization, then later God-Realization on our journey home to God to truly be a Co-worker.  Why this “journey” in the first place?

A: Why this journey home to God?

Do you know the parable of the prodigal son?  A young man, born into all the advantages of a wealthy family, decided to leave home and see the world.  Well, he wasted his money and ended up in a far land, among strangers, working as a swineherd.  He would gladly have eaten what the pigs did.

One day it came to him: here he was living nearly like a beggar.  Even his father’s hired servants fared better.

So the wastrel returned home.

“Father,” he said, “I’m a waste.  I’m not worthy to be called your son.  Make me as one of your servants.” Read More

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HU, the Most Beautiful Prayer

By Daisny, Mauritius

When I became a member of Eckankar, I learned about singing HU, the ancient name for God.

Sung as a love song to God, HU is a beautiful prayer that draws Soul closer to God. It uplifted me, and I decided to share it with my father, who was a devoted member of the Catholic Church.

My father enjoyed the HU and began to sing it every morning. Over time, his awareness of the invisible spiritual worlds expanded. Occasionally, he shared his experiences with me. I could see that the ECK, or Holy Spirit, was an important part of Dad’s life.

Three years later, my father had a stroke which left him paralyzed and unable to speak. I was very sad and went to visit him every day. Read More

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Choosing Love over Anger

ECKANKAR, Love, AngerBy Harold Klemp

A woman worked with a person who seemed to take great pleasure in insulting her.  Some people in this world form friendships by making fun of their friends.  It’s a strange thing.

One day this woman went to a restaurant with her coworkers.  The man began to insult the ECKist in a friendly way.  She decided she couldn’t take any more.  Normally she’s a quiet, soft-spoken person who hardly ever shows anger.  But this time she flared up.

“If you couldn’t insult me,” she said to the man, “you wouldn’t be able to think of one thing to say.”  The man was shocked.  She got really angry and kept at him, talking louder and louder until people in the restaurant began looking around to see who was causing such a scene.

After the man and his wife had left, the ECKist stood with her husband and a friend out in the parking lot.  “You were right to defend yourself,” the friend said.  “If he can dish it out, he better be able to take it.”

“You’re a saint to have been able to put up with him all these years,” added the husband.  Read More

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A Dog’s Love Transcends Death

dog, Soul, Harold Klemp, Prajapati, Spiritual EyeBy Harold Klemp

A man had a very old dog, Zeke, who was his special friend.  The veterinarian had bad news, though.  The fourteen-and-a-half-year-old dog had cancer in his abdomen, but no pain.

He’d probably slip peacefully away, said the vet.  But if Zeke developed a breathing problem, it would be time to let him go.

That sad day soon came.  The man and his wife took Zeke to the vet and had him put to sleep.  Zeke was in the man’s arms when he went, literally leaping from that tired old body like a prisoner set free from his cell.

On the drive home, the man’s Spiritual Eye opened.  He saw Prajapati, the ECK Master who cares for the animals. Read More

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Reunion with a Departed Loved One

ECKANKAR, Dreams, Divine LoveBy Harold Klemp

Five years had gone by since “Adele’s” sister had passed on, or translated.  Adele often wondered, Does my sister still remember me?  Why doesn’t she come, even in dreams?

Adele teaches art.  She lives in a quiet suburb.  One day one of her students looked out and saw a kitten nearby that had apparently been struck by a car.  It looked as if it wouldn’t be able to live much longer.  The student ran outside and tried to catch the little kitten but wasn’t able to.  For the next week Adele worried about the kitten.  She put out food and water because it would need some help in getting fed.  But the kitten never showed up. Read More

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