Have you ever felt a hunger for something you can’t even put words to?
What if you are actually on a journey—a quest—that has spanned the ages, continents, lifetimes? It has survived victories, tragedies, wealth and poverty, unimaginable gains and losses. Death and rebirth time and again.
The journey is worth everything. Because you are the hero, and your saga continues until the quest is fulfilled.
Earlier this year I began working with an exercise from Spiritual Exercises for the Shariyat, Book Two, by Sri Harold Klemp. I love true contemplation of the ECK works and diving into a spiritual exercise over an extended period. Continually working with one exercise in contemplation often reveals hidden aspects that don’t appear at first.
This particular exercise was titled “The Disentanglement of Soul.”
“The practice of discipline must now enter into the scheme of liberation of Soul. This is the unfoldment and disentanglement of Soul from every identification It has had on every lower plane in the material or psychic worlds.”
As a columnist for Eckankar’s Animals Are Soul blog, I had the opportunity to be interviewed on an “Animal Writes” podcast from the Pet Life Radio network. It was delightful to talk with the podcast’s host, Tim Link, and his animal-loving audience. To listen to the podcast, click on any of the links at the end of this article.
Tim is an author who has been interviewed for national and local television and radio shows as well as newspaper and magazine articles. He closed our interview by saying, “I encourage everyone to go to the Animals Are Soul blog. Take a look at it. Learn a lot. Share your stories. Find other stories that relate to you and your spiritual path. It’s a wonderful, wonderful blog.” Read More
This story is about “Matthew” from Ghana, and how he learned the secrets of health and harmony.
For two days, Matthew had been bedridden with malaria, and he took medications to help him get through this. Then he tried a healing technique. He thought, Being an ECKist, I’m going to try something. So he envisioned, or imagined, some of the ECK Masters helping him heal the rest of the way.
This clip—and the transcript below—is from Harold Klemp‘s 2007 talk “Change Is Change.”
This is the story of “Alita.” She’s the mom of Minnou, a cat she’s owned for ten years. I have to say, the only name that I haven’t changed in these stories is Minnou’s. I don’t think she’ll mind.
During the ten years that Minnou has lived in Alita’s home, the Spiritual Exercises of ECK have become very important for Minnou. This is the HU session with the Mahanta, the Inner Master.
Well, Alita had just taken up knitting. She became so engrossed in knitting one day, she knitted clean through the time set aside for the HU session. OK, Minnou forgave her that day, but this HU session is for Minnou too. Read More
“There is an even greater law, and this is the Law of Love. This is the Law of Spirit, the Light and Sound of God. You can bring It into your own life, and when you do, there will be no one who can take It from you or tell you this or that way is right for you. You are going to know for yourself from direct experience with the Light and Sound of God.”
—Harold Klemp, How to Find God
Sri Harold Klemp’s talks and question-and answer sessions during his travels around the world in 1982–83 are now beautifully presented in this second edition of How to Find God, Mahanta Transcripts, Book 2. Each page features sidebar quotes that spotlight key points and contemplation seeds. Read More
The ECK, the Holy Spirit, uses each moment of our lives to teach us spiritual wisdom, to expand our consciousness, and to open our hearts to divine love in often unexpected ways. It is up to us to open our eyes and our hearts to see and to experience.
During my childhood in Germany, my relationship with my father was always challenging. We hadn’t been close, and I hadn’t felt loved. He offered my sisters and me experiences such as little vacations, music lessons, and visits to the theater or a concert. This was unusual for families right after World War II because there was so little money. Yet our family dynamic, on the whole, was not a loving one. I was an unhappy child, lost in a big, unknown world. Growing up was difficult for me. I had major challenges. Then I found Eckankar, which brought me a new point of view. I don’t know how I would have gotten through life if I hadn’t found the teachings of Eckankar and the love of the ECK Masters.
Karma describes our actions and reactions in life. It is one way God teaches us grace and respect for ourselves and others.
Spiritual students of Eckankar, also known as chelas, work with the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master to resolve karma from past actions and learn techniques for making wiser choices.
It benefits all when we harmonize our actions and reactions with the ECK (also known as the Life Force or the Holy Spirit) which sustains the universes. This puts us in alignment with Sugmad, Eckankar’s name for God, which is the source of all life.
The exercise below offers practical tips for dealing with karma and living in greater harmony with life. Read More
An ECKist in California was preparing to move to another state. Her son made arrangements to rent a truck to move her belongings. In his conversation with the rental agent, he mentioned that his mother was looking for a real estate agent in the area to sell her home. The rental agent just happened to know someone.
That very afternoon the ECKist went to visit the real estate agent. She liked him right away and felt comfortable listing her home with him. Read More
This clip—and the transcript below—is from Harold Klemp’s talk “The Breath of God” in 2006.
“Lisa” is an Australian, and some time ago she lost her first daughter. The girl was only three months old when she passed away. Lisa was heartbroken. But later she realized that she had repaid karma of a certain kind, both with that Soul and of her own.
Through this, she learned to value life more than she did before. Then, seven years later, she had a second daughter. Read More