The way to spiritual freedom is really very easy. But first you’ve got to recognize that there is a need to have spiritual freedom. That’s a big step. Most people never come to that in a single lifetime. It never occurs to them that they don’t have spiritual freedom.
Once you come to the realization that you are without spiritual freedom, then comes the question of how you go about getting 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
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
Similar to prayer, these spiritual exercises help you open your heart to Divine Spirit, the Light and Sound of God. ECKANKAR teaches over one hundred different exercises, all designed to give you a greater understanding of yourself and of God. They can be practiced privately and at your own pace. Success at Soul Travel is not dependent on any special diets, customs, or ascetic practices. It is truly a natural ability.
Many people experience Soul Travel as an expansion of awareness and knowingness: an inner nudge to call a friend or seeing beyond their difficulties to a deeper meaning. Others may have dramatic experiences full of spiritual majesty. In ECKANKAR you can learn to prove spiritual truths to yourself through your own experiences.
2015 marked the fiftieth anniversary of ECKANKAR in the modern era. This video shows highlights from ECKANKAR’s time line, and a glimpse of the ancient lineage of ECK Masters.
Hear from Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master and Paul Twitchell, and learn what ECKANKAR offers seekers of truth today. Enjoy inspiring images of people living the path of ECK around the world.
Every living creature in this world is Soul, a unique and eternal being that is continually refined by life experience. This world is a school in which we live many lifetimes to grow as spiritual beings. Every experience, joyful or painful, contains a personalized lesson. You may know this as karma, or cause and effect. We repeatedly face a challenge until it is overcome.
These lessons are not random. The point is for each of us to master our own spiritual destiny—to get to where we can find love, happiness, and balance in life under any circumstances. This is a goal we can all reach in this lifetime.
The traditional concept of Soul is that you have one, but that it is distant from your everyday life and will become important only when your physical body ceases to exist. The ECKist, on the other hand, believes that each person is Soul and that It is the essential and permanent center of our being. It can never be lost.
We can, however, forget who we are. Our physical senses and emotions become overwhelming, and we lose Soul’s spiritual viewpoint. Regaining this viewpoint is called Soul Travel. And Soul Travel is accomplished by practicing the Spiritual Exercises of ECKANKAR on a daily basis.
An ECK Satsang class is a gathering of ECK members who choose to come together once or twice a month to further their spiritual understanding through study of the ECK discourses. In studying the ECK discourses, an ECK Satsang class revolves around the rhythm of the Living Word.
This rhythm is important because it is the Life Force, the ECK. The words of the outer teachings are instruments of the Mahanta to help unlock your heart so you can enter into the secret kingdom. To the eyes of the world it may all seem foolishness, yet the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to those who cherish them enough to reach out for them. Read More