“The Jade Master” is a story in a book by Ed Seykota called The Trader’s Window. It’s about a young man who didn’t know what to do with his life.
He had heard about a man known as the jade master who lived about five miles away. One day the young man said to himself, Even though it’s winter, I’m going to visit the jade master and learn all about jade.
So he walks five miles through the snow and bitter cold. Finally he comes to the jade master’s house and knocks on the door. An old man with a broom in his hand opens it. “Yes? What can I do for you?”
The young man says, “I’ve come to learn about jade. Would you take me as your student?”
Eckankar‘s name for God—the Supreme Deity with no limits, characteristics, or gender—is Sugmad. Its expression—Divine Spirit, or ECK—can be seen as Light and heard as Sound.
The Master referred to in the spiritual exercise below is the living spiritual teacher and guide who helps people rediscover their connection with Sugmad. When you accept his invitation to conquer fear and take your next spiritual steps, opportunities may open for you to help someone else. These are the timeless rhythms of spiritual growth.
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Did you know it’s possible to find joy even though you’ve made a mistake? This ancient truth is found in the passage below, from The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Eckankar’s sacred scriptures. It offers hope and encouragement.
Chelas, spiritual students, can be reassured of the Mahanta‘s presence, lifting their spirits even after a setback.
The spiritual exercise that follows suggests another way to sing HU, a holy name for God, for bathing in the purifying Light and Sound of God (Divine Spirit). Trust in the Mahanta’s guidance can help you understand you are always loved and never alone—no matter what may have gone sideways in your life.
“The extrovertive way looks outward, through the physical senses into the external world, finding there the greater experience of the divine reality. The introvertive way turns inward, with an introspective manner of seeing through the inner senses and eyes to find the greater experience of the divine reality beyond the human consciousness.”
“Hold all and wait. The questions that are in one’s mind will be worked out eventually without a word from the Master. The light becomes stronger and the darkness vanishes in the reorganization of the inner man and his thinking processes and habits. Do not make the mistake of trying to fit the teachings of ECK into the old ways of thinking. Drop all and start over again.”
Do you have a problem or a question you would like to get beyond? In contemplation, sing HU for several minutes, and open your heart to divine love.
In your Spiritual Eye, see the Light of ECK entering your inner being and reorganizing the atoms of your thoughts and habits. The sparkling Light of ECK soothes and uplifts you in spirit. Continue this exercise for fifteen to twenty minutes or more.
Watch for a subtle feeling of lightness in your heart and mind as you go about your day.
Whenever somebody is making it difficult for you at work, simply sing HU quietly to yourself. Let the other person vent his rage, and just wait and see what the ECK will do to work out the situation.
You’ll find that you know what to say or not to say, when to speak or be quiet, when and how to keep out of the individual’s way, or whether it will be necessary to appeal to the person’s supervisor to get him off your back.
When you run into these things, by all means sing HU to open yourself as a channel for God. You don’t use the HU to change the other person’s state of consciousness; you use it for your protection.
It surrounds you with a blanket of white light, and whatever is thrown at you must return to the sender. The person who attacks you often finds himself so busy with his own problems that he no longer has time to continue his attacks on you.