The Next Step
By Jeremiah, Pennsylvania
Many years ago, I went on a picnic with some friends, and we decided to go for a hike. The trail was leading uphill, and we’d soon be high up on the mountainside. This made me a little nervous because I was afraid of heights.
Two of us soon came to a cliff. My hiking partner sat near the edge, but I hung back a few feet, reluctant to get too close.
My friend said, “Don’t be afraid. Try to come closer.”
I sat down on the ground and slowly moved closer. We were very high up, and I felt a little dizzy.
Then I looked up at the sky. A beautiful glow of sunlight streamed through the clouds. The sun’s rays shone brightly on everything around us, even illuminating the treetops below.
As I marveled at such beauty, my fear disappeared. Suddenly I heard a glorious sound. It surrounded us, as if it were emanating from all directions at the same time.
It was the celestial sound of many voices singing HU. I was amazed. Not yet an ECKist, I didn’t know what this sound was or where it came from. All I knew was that it was beautiful.
“Do you hear it? Do you hear it?” I asked my friend. He did, and we sat there listening to this incredible sound for about thirty seconds. Then suddenly the clouds closed out the sunlight, and the sound stopped.
“We’ll never forget this,” I said to my friend. “But I don’t think anyone will understand it.” So we kept quiet about our experience.
Years passed. I studied massage therapy and eventually took a position in a chiropractic office. By this time, I had become dissatisfied with my religion. I felt as if I was a plant growing in too small a pot and in need of transplanting. I stopped going to church. Instead, I would go to the park or to the shore to listen to God and pray.
One day, the office receptionist told me about Eckankar and gave me a HU card. I read about this beautiful love song to God and decided to visit the local ECK center. But I didn’t make the connection between the information on the HU song and my experience on the cliff.
On my visit to the ECK center, I attended a HU song. As we sang, I suddenly recognized the same beautiful sound I’d heard so many years before! I realized the ECK teachings had a lot to offer me.
Still, I wasn’t ready to let go of Christianity. Although I wasn’t attending church, I had developed a close relationship with Jesus, whom I called Yeshua. I wasn’t sure which path to follow.
A short time later, I decided to attend the ECK Worldwide Seminar in Minneapolis. Before I arrived, I had a dream.
I am walking through a forest on a path. Golden sunlight shines through the leaves, illuminating my way.
Ahead of me is a building made entirely of glass. The forest is reflected on its exterior walls and almost hides the structure from view. A golden statue that resembles Yeshua stands at the front of the building.
I approach the statue and touch it. Suddenly, it comes to life. It is Yeshua! He steps toward me. “Yeshua,” I say, “I love you. I miss you.”
“Don’t worry,” he replies. “I love you too.” He takes my hand, and we walk toward a huge temple with pillars of white gold which gleam in the sunlight. We enter the temple together.
Inside, Yeshua leads me down a long passageway. He stops to teach some students along the way. Then we continue down the corridor.
Inwardly, I am struggling to decide which direction to go spiritually. I want to be with Yeshua. Yet I felt like I am ready for something more. I am confused and don’t know what to do.
I look down the passageway and see Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master walking toward us. He greets us, and we all join hands to form a circle of three—Yeshua, Sri Harold, and me.
Yeshua says to me, “It’s all right. He will be your teacher now.”
Sri Harold smiles, and I finally feel at peace.
Then I woke up.
The dream was a turning point in my life. Although I loved Yeshua, it was time for me to follow a new path and learn more about myself as Soul. I became a member of Eckankar.
This experience showed me that when there is love for God, all religions are connected. There is a spiritual path for everyone. When the time is right, Soul will be shown the best path to follow for Its greatest spiritual unfoldment. Thank you, Mahanta, for helping me take the next step.