Animals and Heaven

ECKANKAR, Animals, heaven, Spiritual UnfoldmentBy Harold Klemp

Q: When animals meet their goal, do they become ECK Masters the way we do?  Where is heaven?  What is heaven?

A: Souls in animal forms do not get the initiations as we do.  Their spiritual unfoldment is handled in other ways.

Animals can follow their own path to mastership if they want to.  Only through the lower worlds, though.  For example, earth allows several levels for Soul to gain experiences in life, including the mineral, plant, fish, animal, and human stages.

But there’s no fixed spiritual law about a rock having to stay a rock.  Or a daisy staying a daisy.

By choice, though, most Souls want to taste life at all levels.  They do go from the lower to higher body forms.  So animals could move up to human.  Yet that would take many lifetimes.

Sometimes, in a spirit of fun, we ask, “Why on earth would a cat want to be a kid?  It’s more fun to be a cat.”

(But do you think a cat would go back to being a mouse?  Probably not.)

Heaven is inside us.  No one can point to a place and say, “It’s here,” or “It’s there.”  It is a state of consciousness.  As Soul moves to higher states of consciousness, It may choose to live and serve in places of more love and beauty.  So people think that heaven is a place.

Higher Souls may live in finer places.

Yet heaven is not a place.  It is a state of consciousness.

To give you an example, a child born into a family of wealth may enjoy every pleasure and still be unhappy.  A sort of hell.

Again, a poor country child may be very happy with so many things to see and do.  A heaven on earth.

There are few fixed rules about Soul’s path to God, as humans understand them.  Yet they exist.

Excerpted from A Modern Prophet Answers Your Key Questions about Life, Book 2.


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