As a student of Eckankar, you receive a yearlong study course written by the spiritual leader of Eckankar for your personal study. Each month you read one of the discourses to delve more deeply into aspects of the ECK teachings.
The discourses contain spiritual exercises and reflective activities that inspire you to contemplate on a topic. Answers to your questions may come through a dream, in written or spoken words, or from people and events in your daily life. Sri Harold writes in the article below about what happened after an ECKist contemplated on a question about love.
An ECKist was reading her monthly discourses one evening. At the end I had written, “In contemplation, ask the Mahanta, ‘What does “a great love for God” mean?’ Then watch for the answer. It will come in either your outer life or your dreams, or both.” Read More
Q:Can you give a spiritual insight on: How to expand into a more patient, more loving being? How to let go of attitudes or people that are hurting me spiritually? How to let go of them without having feelings of sin or guilt?
A: Yours is an excellent question. It bothers others too. The key is “without having feelings of sin and guilt,” because that phrase puts the concern into down-to-earth living.
Notice how changes in nature are most often over eons of time. The heat and cold of desert mountains set rocks to tumble—one here, another there. Eons pass. But the ages see those mountains turn into gentle, rolling hills. Read More
The question below (by Jack, age 19, California) is answered by Harold Klemp, spiritual leader of Eckankar.
Q:I feel that I am at a crossroads. I know the path people want me to take, but I am unsure if that’s what I really want. With such complicated decisions ahead of me, how do I know what is truly best for me as Soul?
A: Soul loves experience. Crossroads are a vital, though unsettling, part of living. In a way, Soul sings though the human self weeps.
Sometimes we have to play along with people who virtually demand we do their bidding. Time used in this way can be put to good use: letting us meet key people to help us in the future, gaining new knowledge or skills, or teaching us patience.
So how will you know what is truly best for you? You learn by doing. Experience will make it sparkling clear if there’s a better direction for you.
A bit of advice is to not burn your bridges behind you. You may need them later.
Q: How does one know if a relationship is based on love and is worth developing?
A: No one has the final word on love, but consider the following points in deciding if you really love someone:
Does he bring joy to your heart when you think of him?
Do you want to make him happy?
Will you love him for what he is and not try to change him? Will you let him be as he is and not what you want him to be?
Young people tend to fall in love with their ideal of love. This means that one has the ideal of a Prince Charming who is really a toad. Not all Prince Charmings are toads, and not all toads are Prince Charmings.
Don’t forget your self-worth. How does he treat you—like a treasure or someone to be used?
Love is the expression of the ECK, Divine Spirit, on earth, and these points should give you a fairly good opportunity to see what kind of relationship you are in.
Those of you who have moved through several different levels of spiritual consciousness have found that your life can get rough at times. Why? Not because somebody in the dark alley is shooting arrows at you. It’s because you’re meeting yourself. And this is truth. Truth means meeting yourself.
It’s one of the paradoxes of truth. So many people claim to have truth. So many people claim to know it. But they can’t agree with each other about what truth is. And they’re ready to fight to the death to have their view of truth prevail.
This is wrong. Because if you have truth, you realize that another person has truth too, at his or her own level. There’s no reason to fight about it. Read More
This is a road map to the inner planes or heavens. You can use this chart to plan your spiritual travels or to better understand where you have been or what you have experienced.
There is a bold line dividing the top half and lower half of the chart; this separates the lower worlds from the higher God Worlds of ECK. Thus, the chart shows which worlds are predominantly negative and which are positive (this is noted on the left side of the chart). The right side of the chart shows that the lower worlds are the training ground for Self-Realization and the higher worlds are the training ground for God-Realization. Read More
Q: Recently I’ve seen my friends going through tough experiences like a life phase of unfulfilled goals, the burden of too many duties, the injuries of a car accident, or the loss of a family member. I would love to learn more about compassion. How can I best support them?
A: The very worst thing one can say is “I know how you feel!”
You can’t know. No one else could ever possibly know, because that person is unique. There is no one else exactly like that in thought or feeling in the whole, wide world. Read More
It’s that most awkward moment. A person you know has lost a loved one. What do you say? How can you offer comfort? What will give the greatest solace?
Sri Harold Klemp addresses these questions and more inECK Wisdom on Life after Death. This book is a touchstone for anyone who has struggled with the pain of grief and mourning. The following excerpt offers words of compassion and guidance for when you most need them.