A woman lived in a foreign country and often transferred money from her American account to her local account. Lately she had been having a great deal of trouble financially and was losing money on the exchange rate. It got so bad that she thought, I have so many financial problems, I don’t know what to do. I think I’ll do the Shariyat technique.
So she sat down on the bed in contemplation and opened The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad at random. The passage said something to the effect that there is no limit to what Soul may accomplish. That’s pretty neutral, the woman thought. She opened the book again and read something about how Soul cannot know the value of its experience until It is like an empty vessel. (And here the woman is on the verge of losing everything.) Read More
In The Book of ECK Parables, Volume 3, Sri Harold Klemp tells the following story of an ECK initiate (member of Eckankar) who faces a dilemma after an unexpected request for her hard-earned money. In sharing this story, Sri Harold offers spiritual gold for all of us.
A young mother carrying a baby approached an ECK initiate in a parking lot. She had the typical sob story. “I don’t have any money,” the young mother said, “and my baby is sick. Would you give me some money for groceries?” Read More
I was driving home on a stormy night, when my headlights suddenly outlined a solitary goose standing in the farm’s driveway. This goose shouldn’t be here. It’s supposed to be in the barn, I thought. With the safety of the farm, domestic geese never really learn to fly; they just become fat and happy. So this lone goose would likely be a sitting duck for some hungry coyote.
But I was in my warm, dry car, wearing my good clothes. Outside it was wet, cold, and windy. Even though my inner guidance said, “Just do it,” my mind was trying to convince me the goose could take care of itself. After all, a goose can put up a big, nasty fight with its razor-sharp claws and biting beak. And normally, there is no way to walk up to a goose undetected. Read More
Marie is a very busy mom. She teaches some ECK classes and is active at the ECK Center. But at home, her first devotion is to her husband and her three children, some of whom are teens. And Marie now has the feeling she’s coming close to an understanding of who and what she is.
This is what everyone should be looking for: to find out who and what you are.
Why are you here? What is your purpose? Is it just a random walk in time and space without a reason for the beginning and the end of this cycle? What’s it all about? Read More
Where do you look for answers? Do you identify as spiritualbut not religious?Have you had puzzling spiritual experiences? Do you want something different than the conventional religions and churches of your childhood?
When I was in my early thirties, I had similar questions and desires. I’d grown up with a traditional religious education. Its beliefs were handed down to me like a quickly spent spiritual inheritance. For three years I’d searched for the right path. I enjoyed Transcendental Meditation; it put me into a soothing state of bliss. But during the stillness of meditating, spiritual longings stirred again. I hadn’t yet found satisfactory explanations for life, death, suffering, and heaven. Read More
Every month Sophia and a friend go from Mexico City to Guadalajara to teach a Satsang class. They’re Higher Initiates. The flight takes about an hour each way. When they arrive back home, they get a taxi.
One time they found that their taxi driver was a woman. This is very unusual in Mexico, so they commented on it to their driver. They said, “Very unusual, but we’re happy to have you.”
They started going to their respective homes. As they were driving along, the cab driver overheard them talking in back. She said, “Do you teach a class?” They said, “Yes, we do.” “A class on what?” Read More
Eckankar’s sacred scriptures, The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, speak of ECK Masters. They are advanced spiritual beings who far exceed the normal human capacity for giving and receiving divine love and yet continue to spiritually evolve. They help others use imagination, among other spiritual gifts, to embark upon journeys of self-discovery and freedom.
This inspiring passage from The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Book Two, and the spiritual exercise that follows it, offers a simple way to exercise the creative ability of Soul, the eternal self. Limitless possibilities dwell within the Ocean of Love and Mercy—source of the life-giving Light and Sound of God.