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.”

But his father greeted him with joy and dressed him in the finest clothes.  Further, his father made up a feast in celebration of his son’s return home.

A beautiful story once told by Christ.  He, like all true avatars, told people of their divine heritage.  And so do we.

The journey to God is a journey back home to God.  The high heavens are the true home of Soul.  It is in exile in these lower worlds of time, space, and matter to learn the lessons of humility and love.  Like the prodigal son.

On earth, the common state of awareness is the human consciousness.  As one learns more about love and humility through the trials of many lifetimes, he moves higher in consciousness.  First comes cosmic consciousness.  Later, for one in ECK, Self- and Spiritual Realization.

The highest level comes to the few who love and serve God with their whole being—God-Realization.  It’s a state of wonder and bliss beyond words.  It’s Soul’s destiny.

Now you know the story.

Excerpted from Youth Ask a Modern Prophet about Life, Love, and God.


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