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.
As part of my job, I am responsible for logging and filing mail as it arrives or is sent from my office.
One day, we received an important piece of mail, which I signed for and filed. Later on, I was asked to retrieve that document and bring it to my supervisor’s manager.
I looked in my files, but the document wasn’t there. Frantically, I searched everywhere, hoping to find it. But I couldn’t.
I went to my supervisor and told her I couldn’t find the letter. She became very angry with me and took me to her manager. They both demanded to know what happened to the document.
I explained that I had followed the same procedures as always, but for some reason the letter wasn’t where it was supposed to be.
The manager told me I had three days to find it or he would fire me.
I was in big trouble and didn’t know what to do. I didn’t even tell my husband.
I continued to search for the next two days, but the letter still didn’t turn up. I loved my job and didn’t want to lose it. Now I had only one day left to produce the document or be fired.
Then I remembered the song of HU. I had learned that HU is a sacred name for God and can bring help and comfort in times of trouble. So that night, I sang HU and surrendered this difficult situation to the Mahanta, the Inner Master, asking him to help me. As I sang, I fell asleep and had a dream.
In the dream, the Mahanta appeared, and together we went to my office. There he opened an old cupboard where we kept unclaimed mail.
Inside the cupboard was a bundle of files tied together and covered with dust. It looked like the files had not been touched for a long time.
He untied the bundle. I noticed that all the files were dirty brown, except for one that was blue. The Mahanta pulled out the blue file, opened it, and gave me the piece of mail inside.
As he handed the mail to me, I woke up. The experience seemed so real, as if it had actually happened. I could barely wait until daybreak so I could go to work and see if the dream guidance was true.
When I got to the office, I went straight to the cupboard the Inner Master had shown me in the dream. I opened it and found files tied together and covered in dust, just the way I saw it the night before.
All the files were brown in color except for a blue one stuck between the others. I pulled it out and opened it.
Inside was the letter I had been searching for!
Tears of joy streamed down my cheeks, and my heart overflowed with gratitude for this wonderful gift from the Inner Master.
When my boss arrived, I went to her office to give her the document. She was both surprised and delighted, and she asked where I found it.
I explained that it was in the cupboard. Then she asked how I knew where to look. I told her it was simply God’s grace.
By personally experiencing the gift of HU and the guidance of the Inner Master, I now knew the ECK teachings were for me. Through the Mahanta’s loving kindness, I had been touched by the grace of God. That day, I became a member of Eckankar, and I have never looked back.