Glossary of Eckankar Terms
Blue Light. How the Mahanta often appears in the inner worlds to the chela or seeker.
chela. CHEE-lah A spiritual student, often a member of Eckankar.
ECK. EHK The Life Force, the Holy Spirit, or Audible Life Current which sustains all life.
Eckankar. EHK-ahn-kahr Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Also known as the Ancient Science of Soul Travel. A truly spiritual religion for the individual in modern times. The teachings provide a framework for anyone to explore their own spiritual experiences. Established by Paul Twitchell, the modern-day founder, in 1965. The word means Co-worker with God.
ECK Masters. Spiritual Masters who can assist and protect people in their spiritual studies and travels. The ECK Masters are from a long line of God-Realized Souls who know the responsibility that goes with spiritual freedom.
ECK-Vidya. ehk-VEE-dyah The ancient science of prophecy.
Fubbi Quantz. FOO-bee KWAHNTS The Mahanta, the Living ECK Master during the time of Buddha, about 500 BC.
God-Realization. The state of God Consciousness. Complete and conscious awareness of God.
Golden-tongued Wisdom. A form of the ECK-Vidya, the Ancient Science of Prophecy. The ECK-Vidya generally covers the past, present, and future of an individual, a nation, or the universe as a whole; whereas the Golden-tongued Wisdom focuses more on the individual and his relationship with his immediate environment. It can come as a nudge, a direct message from the Inner Master, dream, or a waking dream.
Gopal Das. GOH-pahl DAHS The Mahanta, the Living ECK Master and founder of mystery schools in Egypt, 3000 BC.
HU. HYOO The most ancient, secret name for God. The singing of the word HU is considered a love song to God. It can be sung aloud or silently to oneself to align with God’s love.
initiation. Earned by a member of Eckankar through spiritual unfoldment and service to God. The initiation is a private ceremony in which the individual is linked to the Sound and Light of God.
Inner Master. The inner form of the Living ECK Master.
Kata Daki. KAH-tah DAH-kee A female ECK Master who, like all others in the Order of the Vairagi, serves the Sugmad by helping others find the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. Her pet project is to help people get back on their feet during hardship.
Klemp, Harold. The spiritual leader of Eckankar. The present Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. Sri Harold Klemp became the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in 1981. The spiritual name of Sri Harold Klemp is Wah Z.
Lai Tsi. lie TSEE The Mahanta, the Living ECK Master who served in ancient China.
Living ECK Master. The spiritual leader of Eckankar. He leads Soul back to God. He teaches in the physical world as the Outer Master, in the dream state as the Dream Master, and in the spiritual worlds as the Inner Master. Sri Harold Klemp became the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in 1981.
Mahanta. mah-HAHN-tah An expression of the Spirit of God that is always with you. Sometimes seen as a Blue Light or Blue Star or in the form of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. The highest state of God Consciousness on earth, only embodied in the Living ECK Master. He is the Living Word.
planes. The levels of existence, such as the Physical, Astral, Causal, Mental, Etheric, and Soul Planes.
Rami Nuri. RAH-mee NOO-ree A former Mahanta, the Living ECK Master who bears the letter M on his forehead.
Rebazar Tarzs. REE-bah-zahr TAHRZ A Tibetan ECK Master known as the Torchbearer of Eckankar in the lower worlds.
Satsang. SAHT-sahng A class in which students of ECK study a monthly lesson from Eckankar.
Self-Realization. Soul recognition. The entering of Soul into the Soul Plane and there beholding Itself as pure Spirit . A state of seeing, knowing, and being.
Shamus-i-Tabriz. SHAH-muhs-ee-tah-BREEZ Guardian of the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad on the Causal Plane. He was the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in ancient Persia.
The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad. SHAH-ree-aht-kee-SOOG-mahd The sacred scriptures of Eckankar. The scriptures are comprised of twelve volumes in the spiritual worlds. The first two were transcribed from the inner planes by Paul Twitchell, modern-day founder of Eckankar.
Soul. The True Self, an individual, eternal spark of God. The inner, most sacred part of each person. Soul can see, know, and perceive all things. It is the creative center of Its own world.
Soul Travel. The expansion of consciousness. The ability of Soul to transcend the physical body and travel into the spiritual worlds of God. Soul Travel is taught only by the Living ECK Master. It helps people unfold spiritually and can provide proof of the existence of God and life after death.
Sound and Light of ECK. The Holy Spirit. The two aspects through which God appears in the lower worlds. People can experience them by looking and listening within themselves and through Soul Travel.
Spiritual Exercises of ECK. Daily practices for direct, personal experience with the Sound Current. Creative techniques using contemplation and the singing of sacred words to bring the higher awareness of Soul into daily life.
Sri. SREE A title of spiritual respect, similar to reverend or pastor, used for those who have attained the Kingdom of God. In Eckankar, it is reserved for the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master.
Sugmad. SOOG-mahd A sacred name for God. It is the source of all life, neither male nor female, the Ocean of Love and Mercy.
Temple(s) of Golden Wisdom. Spiritual temples which exist on the various planes—from Physical to the Anami Lok; chelas of Eckankar are taken to the temples in the Soul body to be educated in the divine knowledge; the different sections of the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, the sacred teachings of ECK, are kept at these temples.
Towart Managi. TOH-wahrt mah-NAH-gee The ECK Master in charge of the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad in the Temple of Golden Wisdom on the Mental Plane. He was the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in ancient Abyssinia (now Ethiopia).
Twitchell, Paul. The Mahanta, the Living ECK Master from 1965 to 1971. An American, he brought the modern teachings of Eckankar to the world through his writings and lectures.
Vahana. vah-HAH-nah Vehicle; carrier of ECK or the message of ECK; the ECK missionary.
Wah Z. WAH zee The spiritual name of Sri Harold Klemp. It means the Secret Doctrine. It is his name in the spiritual worlds.
waking dream. A form of the Golden-tongued Wisdom, which is a form of the ECK-Vidya working in your daily life; occurs while we are awake among the seemingly meaningless and insignificant events of our daily life. It is having the degree of consciousness expanding outwardly in concentric circles around you, reaching further and further to encompass the knowledge you need to make better decisions to run your life. Outer confirmation of what was revealed in your inner worlds.
Yaubl Sacabi. YEEOW-buhl sah-KAH-bee Guardian of the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad in the spiritual city of Agam Des. He was the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in ancient Greece.