The Essence of All Truth
By Harold Klemp
A Higher Initiate had been in Eckankar a long time. She had recently lost a younger sister to cancer. In the final days before the sister died—we say translated—her condition grew worse and worse. Finally the doctors decided to do an emergency operation. The sister was terrified of the operation. The ECKist wondered if she should have acted as more of a guardian for her sister against the intrusions of medicine. Her sister wasn’t going to live anyway.
As the operation was about to begin, the sick woman said to the doctors, “Leave my body alone, and let me die.” They kept interfering and interfering. All she wanted was peace. So she slipped into a coma, and the life-support systems were hooked up to her. After a few days, this younger sister finally died. The ECKist felt badly that she hadn’t protected her sister more in the final days of her life on earth.
Several weeks later, the ECKist was sleeping in bed. In the middle of the night, she suddenly woke up in the Soul body. This feels more alive than waking up in the physical body or the dream state. If you are so lucky ever to awake in the Soul body, you find that you are more alive and more aware than you have ever been in your life.
Suddenly the woman heard a whirring sound. In experiences like this, there’s usually some kind of a sound, which is one of the actions of the Holy Spirit. It’s the power of the Holy Spirit working through Sound and Light. The woman went through an enormous black space. Little specks of light were moving past at a very great speed. She knew that the Mahanta was taking her to see her departed sister.
All movement stopped. Suddenly she was with her sister. They came toward each other. She could feel her sister’s arms around her as surely as she had felt them in everyday life. “I love you, I love you,” the sister said. And the ECKist said in return, “I love you, I love you.”
When the first joyous meeting was over, the ECKist stood back and looked at her sister. She was thinking, I wonder if she’s going to some spiritual classes now that she’s in heaven.
She said to her sister, “By the way, are you taking any classes?” And her sister said, “Yes, cooking classes.”
This caught the ECKist completely by surprise. She realized that her sister was probably getting ready for her next lifetime when good food and nutrition would be even more important than it is today.
As our planet goes along, it’s using up its resources. There will be a time we will find ourselves having to leave this planet. That is why there is this movement in scientific circles to go out into space and explore different planets. They have this instruction, this knowingness. They know we’d better go out there and start looking, because gradually this place is going to become truly a garbage can. It won’t support life anymore. Its resources will have been all used up and wasted. Not real soon; don’t expect it in your lifetime. These are long-range plans.
This woman was finding wisdom from the heart. She knew that her sister was all right. Whatever happened in the operating room in the last week of her sister’s life really had no more bearing on anything. Her sister was happy. She was in heaven; she was doing what she liked to do. That’s all that mattered.
She realized that surmounting all of this were the simple words, “I love you, I love you. I love you, I love you.” This is all there is. If you can understand this with your heart and not with your mind, then you will have the essence of all truth that can ever be taught in any religion, including Eckankar.