ECKANKAR: Inner Guidance—Listening to Your Intuition Can Help Others
This clip—and the transcript below—is from Harold Klemp’s 1994 talk “Just Keep Moving Ahead.”
Often people are afraid to follow their inner guidance. It sounds like such a foolish thing to do, especially if they have to face other people and explain why they are doing what they are doing.
One of the very strong pressures in a seeker’s life is the social consciousness: What will people think? What will people say?
The social consciousness is so strong that it keeps people in religions that they have outgrown years ago. But they’re afraid to leave because they worry about what the neighbors will say. It is a very strong force that the negative power uses to keep people in line.
It keeps them trapped in their present life, in their state of futility, in their state of hopelessness and unhappiness. Most people do not have the spiritual strength to muster the courage to take a step away from the crowd.
Most of you just didn’t fit in with the groups you were in before ECK. You said, “There has to be more to life than what I have now.”
These forces in life—pain, unhappiness, joys—were the motivating factors, and you came to ECK. The Mahanta or the ECK used these factors to bring you to your next step.
People come to ECK and stay here for a while. And after a while they may have gotten as much as they can take in this lifetime. Perhaps they just came for an introductory tour. So after a few years, they may say, “I’ve gotten as much from the path of ECK as I can. I want to go back to my other religion.” Or they follow some other teaching for a while.
It’s perfectly all right with me. If someone is ready for ECK, they’ll want to be in Eckankar.
If they feel that it’s not right for them, it means that their inner direction is showing them a need to move somewhere else. It’s telling them to go to some other teaching to fill in their spiritual understanding.
Once they’ve plugged the holes and filled in the potholes in their pathway to God, they’ll come back to the path of ECK.