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
There is more to life than what you see on the surface. You may already sense this, perhaps through experiences in lucid dreaming, out-of-body travel, seemingly impossible coincidences, or just a strong, unshakable feeling. You are not alone. Many people have similar experiences and want answers to their burning questions.
The ECK teachings can help you find answers, giving you tools to prove spiritual truths to yourself and discover the adventure in your daily life.
Odd as it may seem, you had a special reason for coming into this lifetime. It was to become a more godlike being, but most people do not realize this fact. They assume that birth is a fancy of destiny.
All the lives you have ever lived were for the polishing of Soul. Like it or not, you are now at a higher and more spiritual level than in any prior incarnation. So look at yourself. Do you like what you see? Keep in mind, whatever it is, for better or worse, it’s of your own making.
You are the sum of all your thoughts, feelings, and actions from this life and every lifetime in the past. Read More
Q:There are so many choices available to the seeker of truth today, including various teachings of the Light and Sound. What makes Eckankar different?
A: There aren’t that many teachings about the Light and Sound. There are a lot of teachings that know nothing about either the Light or the Sound as an important part of the spiritual path.
Christianity speaks about the Light in a number of places in the Scriptures. For instance, Saul on the road to Damascus—that was the Light of God. I don’t think Christianity understands the full importance of the Light of God. And even those religions that do have both the Light and Sound of God may not fully understand the importance of having both of them as part of a viable spiritual path.
So, in ECK we teach that there is this balance of the two aspects so people can have the straightest, most direct, and most spiritually beneficial path to God.
ECKANKAR teaches simple spiritual exercises to experience the Light and Sound of God. These exercises also help us Soul Travel, to move into greater states of consciousness. A spiritual exercise can be as simple as relaxing and singing the word HU, an ancient name for God. As we practice these spiritual exercises, we learn to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We learn that each of us is Soul, a spark of God sent to this world to gain spiritual experience. And as we unfold spiritually, we learn to express the love of God through service to others. Read More