“The Jade Master” is a story in a book by Ed Seykota called The Trader’s Window. It’s about a young man who didn’t know what to do with his life.
He had heard about a man known as the jade master who lived about five miles away. One day the young man said to himself, Even though it’s winter, I’m going to visit the jade master and learn all about jade.
So he walks five miles through the snow and bitter cold. Finally he comes to the jade master’s house and knocks on the door. An old man with a broom in his hand opens it. “Yes? What can I do for you?”
The young man says, “I’ve come to learn about jade. Would you take me as your student?”
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
On the inner planes I met a number of ECKists who worked on a farm. They were bringing in hay from the fields, all the while looking up at the sky which was full of rain clouds. I was sitting on a tractor not far from the field when one of the ECKists spotted me. Read More
Sri Harold Klemp sometimes uses folktales, fables, parables, and stories to illustrate spiritual principles. In the excerpt below from one of his talks, he retells “The Scratched Diamond” from The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales,by Peninnah Schram.
A student was walking along with his master one day. This master was known for always answering questions with a parable. His student said, “Rabbi, I have so many imperfections. What can I do? How can I work with them so that I can be a better person?” The Rabbi said, “Listen, and I’ll tell you a story. Read More
Sometimes Sri Harold Klemp will use a fable to illustrate spiritual principles that can help people live more fulfilling lives. In the story below, he shares an important key to surviving in this world. What gift does it offer you?
In an old kingdom in some faraway place in a forgotten time, the people had a system of government whereby they elected a new king every four years. The king, once elected, had absolute power. He could do anything he wanted, and his subjects were at his beck and call. There was only one problem. Read More
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“After hearing Sri Harold’s talk, I felt an amazing spiritual transformation. The creativity, beauty, joy, and inspiration was like a wave of God’s love for me.”—SAZ, Minnesota
Listen to these amazing talks by Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, a God-Realized, living spiritual teacher. They can help you navigate life and enter new worlds of freedom, love, and creative self-expression. Read More
A mother went shopping with her bratty daughter. They were standing in the checkout line, waiting to pay for groceries. The mother had a shopping cart filled with food, and the little girl had her hands all over it. She kept pushing the cart against the back of the woman ahead of them in line. “Bam, bam, bam,” she said, as she rammed the cart into the woman.
Finally the woman turned around. “Could you please ask your daughter to stop? That hurts!” she said to the mother.
“I will not,” the mother answered. “My daughter is being raised the antiauthoritarian way. And I wish her to have freedom.” And the little girl went right on banging this woman in the back. Read More
I was driving into the parking lot of a local discount store when I suddenly saw a white Cadillac tailing me. I wasn’t paying too much attention until the person in the Cadillac began honking the horn over and over.
The driveway was huge, but the Cadillac cruised right on my left rear fender. The driver was upset. She thought I had cut in front of her while driving into the parking lot. She cruised on my bumper for a long time, then finally pulled around me, parked, and rushed into the store.
I don’t like to be pushed, so when she came out of the store, I went over to her and said, “You probably didn’t notice, but the freeway is over there.” This was not the thing to say. She batted my ears down. When she left, I said, “That was really something.” I could feel the waves of anger coming from her so strongly that I found myself shaking. Read More