Near-Death Experience Brings Spiritual Help
By Harold Klemp
When Marion, a girl from Germany, was fourteen years old, she got meningitis. A bacterial infection turned serious, and in just a matter of hours she went into a coma.
Her parents called an ambulance; Marion was rushed off to a hospital.
While the ambulance was driving along, Marion found herself out of the body for the first time. She was standing next to the stretcher in the ambulance. The paramedics couldn’t stand up straight in the ambulance, but she could because she was a viewpoint, in the Soul body.
Marion said, “Hey, this is pretty good. I’m there, but I’m here too.” She realized that life didn’t have to be just in that body, but life was here too.
When they got to the hospital, the doctors hooked Marion up to life support. She was mostly out of the body all this time, but one time she came back in. Just as she did, the heart monitor started going crazy, a long steady screech. That meant her heart had stopped. She was back in the other worlds again.
This time Marion saw a brilliant blue light, all around her. And with it came a humming sound.
The humming sounded like a high-powered generator. It’s one of the sounds that an individual can hear in the other planes, one of the Sounds of God. It came with the Blue Light, which often refers to the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, the spiritual leader of Eckankar.
The Seeker and the Master
This Blue Light is part of the Master’s ability, part of his duties, to act as the Outer and the Inner Master of the seeker.
The Master of Eckankar is only the Master of ECKists. He isn’t the master of the whole world; he isn’t the master of Christians or Muslims or Jews—just ECKists. And all those who have been in Eckankar before.
Marion saw this Blue Light and heard this humming sound. She looked at the doctors working frantically over her, trying to bring life back to her body. But Marion realized, “Hey, I’m Soul. That’s my body.”
Sometimes it takes spiritual experience to get it right, to get the horse before the cart again. She said, “I’m Soul. I live. I don’t need that body to live. Everything’s beautiful and happy.”
Traveling Out of the Body
Marion rose up in the air, looking from high above at the hospital. As she went up further, she found herself in a broad, green meadow.
It’s a little bit like on Star Trek. The crew is on the starship Enterprise, and a couple of them get into the transporter. They stand very still, their atoms break down, and they’re transported to a planet or another spaceship. They dematerialize here and reform there.
This is what happens on the inner planes when Soul moves. This is the quick way. There are also some preliminary stages, where there is a sense of movement, sometimes a rushing or a roaring sound like a jet. But other times it’s simply like dematerializing here and reforming there. Suddenly you’re there.
Time and space are collapsed. You don’t have to go through the laborious, time consuming process of going through space. To go from one point in space to another usually takes time, but you can do away with all that.
Meeting Gopal Das
Marion found herself standing on a huge, beautiful lawn. There was dew on the grass, she was barefoot, and she had on some sort of light clothing. In the distance, coming down from the green hill, she saw a figure.
As the figure came closer, she saw it was a tall man in a white robe. As he got even closer she saw he had long blond hair to his shoulders and bright blue eyes. He came up to her, and she could see that his aura was full of harmony and energy. This aura engulfed her.
The man took her hand. “Welcome,” he said. “Let me show you the Kingdom of God, and then you can return to the physical plane with refreshed memory and knowledge, and wait until the time is ready for you to begin your mission.”
Marion didn’t know this was the ECK Master Gopal Das.
Some people mistake him for Jesus Christ. But often it’s Gopal Das, even though Jesus Christ does work on the inner planes and some of you have met him. Each of these masters has a place and works in the far worlds.
You might say, “No such thing can be possible. Heaven is this huge room with God the Father sitting there, and on his right hand or somewhere nearby is his son.” And how big is he? “I’m not sure,” you might say. What does he look like? “He has blond hair, white robe,” you say. And what do people do in eternity?
But these are issues that really have nothing to do with the spiritual advancement of anyone. That is a state of being that is whatever it is. There are steps to it; there are different degrees of consciousness, even as there are manifestations of the places where people express these states of consciousness. These different places are the different levels of heaven.
After Gopal Das gave Marion this greeting, she went back into the body. It took her a number of weeks to recover enough to leave the hospital. But after this out-of-body experience and meeting Gopal Das, she remembered. She remembered other experiences she had with him. And she started looking for him.
Marion had to look for eighteen years before she made her first contact with Eckankar.
She always thought of Gopal Das as her guardian angel—this blond-headed, tall man, very fair of face, with a good feeling about him because he had this good aura.
Years later she met an ECKist who in time became her husband. And after a while, she told him this story.
“Here are some pictures of ECK Masters. Maybe he’s one of them,” her husband said. (There are a lot of other ECK Masters besides the handful shown in ECK pictures.)
Marion recognized the picture of Gopal Das. “That’s him,” she said.
She came into ECK because of this near-death experience, her first out-of-body experience when she met an ECK Master.
Why was it Gopal Das who met her, and not someone else? Sometimes the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master will send a certain ECK Master to a certain individual because they had a past-life connection. Marion had been a spiritual student of Gopal Das in some past lifetime. They had a bond of love between them, a spiritual bond. This is what she knew and understood, and so he came.
Gopal Das was the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in Egypt, about 3000 BC. He now teaches the ECK bible, the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, which means Way of the Eternal. He teaches it on the Astral Plane, in the temple of Golden Wisdom there.
Excerpted from ECK Wisdom on Life after Death.