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Creating Your Life

ECKANKAR, Goals, ECK, MahantaBy Harold Klemp

Q: A while ago, I was doing a spiritual exercise that was an extension of the “as if” principle.  At the time, I was unhappy with work and relationship issues, and so I began to write in my journal each day about the life I wanted to create for myself.

It changed me completely and helped me focus on particular goals.  Within weeks, the experience I had written about in my journal began to manifest.

How do I know, when practicing an exercise of this nature, that I am working in alignment with spiritual law and not infringing on the spiritual freedom of others?

A: In your first paragraph, the key words are “the life I wanted to create for myself.”  So was it an upright, honest goal? Read More

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Could I Please Pay for That Honey?

By Harold Klemp

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

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What the Master Offers

ECKANKAR, Harold KlempBy Harold Klemp

Q: You have spoken about being a holding tank for our karma, to the point where it makes you physically sick.  Also, your wife, Joan, wrote about the unique value of the Master to the chela.

In a culture imbued with the tradition of messianism, it’s hard to imagine what may lie beyond the concept of a savior who needs to sacrifice himself to save mankind.  What are some of the differences between the role of a savior and the way the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master helps people with their karma?

A: Faith and belief are based on feelings instead of reason.  So it’s pointless to argue with someone of another religion about the validity of Eckankar over his beliefs.

This being so, it greatly simplifies the matter for us.  We do not wish to convince anyone about anything. Read More

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A Little Black Kitten Heals a Broken Heart

ECKANKAR, Pets, Love, FreedomBy Harold Klemp

An elderly woman in England had a cat named Scrap that she had to have put to sleep.  This was a very great loss for her.  Our pets become our very close friends; when they leave there is a great emptiness in our lives, and we don’t know if we’ll get another pet.

During one of this woman’s empty days, she looked out her window into the garden and saw a little black kitten. Somehow it had jumped over the six-foot fence into the backyard.

“I don’t want to start feeding this kitten,” the woman said.  “It probably belongs to someone else, and it should go home.”

But she put food out because the kitten was very hungry. Read More

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