By Emeka, Nigeria
As a member of Eckankar, you can study monthly spiritual discourses that come from the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. ECK members (chelas) plant their feet on a direct path to draw ever closer to the heart of God through the ECK initiations, which include receiving a sacred personal word. Sri Harold says this secret word “fine-tunes you to the life stream of God, Divine Spirit.”
In Emeka’s story below, she describes a spiritual exercise that began with reading her ECK discourse and chanting her personal word, then developed into a Soul Travel experience where the Mahanta, her spiritual guide, led her to an inner volume of the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Eckankar’s sacred scriptures. It expanded her awareness with blessings of love and spiritual wisdom. Read More
By Harold Klemp
A search for happiness is the pursuit of God. Yet the reason so many people fail to find happiness is because they look for it in the wrong place—at the market instead of in their hearts.
It takes discipline to pursue God.
There is no mystery to finding God: just follow the Sound of the divine Voice back home. Could anything be easier? Not so for most people, for whom the pursuit of God is as unlikely as the phenomenon of a flying rabbit. And why? It’s simply not in their consciousness yet to know that the destiny of each Soul is to become a Co-worker with God, who expects more of us than an eternity of eating and play. Read More
By Harold Klemp
Someone sent me a poem. The title was “The Calf Path,” and one of the lines in it was “the calf-paths of the mind.” It tells an interesting story.
Three hundred years ago there was a little calf on its way home. It meandered as it made its way along a path that led through the forest, and as the calf wandered and made its trail, it disappeared into history. The next day, along came a dog. He was just out for a walk when he smelled these tracks, and he decided to follow the path of the calf. A few days later there came a bellwether, the sheep that leads the flock, and by some coincidence this sheep followed the trail made by the calf and the dog. Read More
with inexplicably glorious
an instant in the rush of time,
scarcely a breath of wind.
far beyond the shores of my knowledge
above the mountains arched,
upward to the sky,
the silent voice heard in the whisper,
to hear the unspoken words
etched on the sands
As the eagle dips its wings in gold,
the truth is learned,
the gift is received,
Awareness of Love and Protection
Rising high above our worries and doubts helps us gain the eagle’s perspective of life and truth. Here is a contemplation seed from Sri Harold Klemp to help you become an eagle, soaring into the spiritual heights of your own inner worlds. Read More
By Harold Klemp
“He must practice the disciplines of ECK. The first is to have cleanliness of mind, that no words which would pollute the air enter into his mind. He shall look upon all men as creatures of God and this only; for they, like himself, are temples who shall eventually become Co-workers with God.”
—Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Bk. 1, p. 100
Close your eyes, and chant the letters H-U for several minutes. In your Spiritual Eye, imagine a beautiful inner temple, constructed of the Light and Sound of God. See how the Light and Sound cleans, polishes, and purifies each detail of the inner temple of Soul. You may want to stay with this exercise for thirty minutes.
In your outer life, give extra care to cleaning one thing with all your love and attention. Be aware of the Light and Sound working through you.
From Spiritual Exercises for the Shariyat, Book One, p. 69
By Harold Klemp
Try this simple spiritual exercise to help you hear and see the two aspects of God, the Light and Sound.
Go somewhere quiet. Sit or lie down in a comfortable place. Put your attention on your Spiritual Eye, a point just above and behind your eyebrows. With eyes lightly shut, begin to sing a holy word or phrase, such as HU, God, Holy Spirit, or “Show me thy ways, O Lord.” But fill your heart with love before you approach the altar of God, because only the pure may come.
Be patient. Do this exercise for several weeks, for a limit of twenty minutes each time. Sit, sing, and wait. God speaks to you only when you are able to listen.
Excerpted from The Spiritual Exercises of ECK, where more than 130 spiritual exercise like this can be found. Learn more about spiritual exercises.
By Usen, Pennsylvania
Here is one of my favorite quotes from the Shariyat:
What is confidently expected in the future is worked out and anticipated in the present, and it is the experience of God in the present which leads to confidence in It in the future.
My faith and trust in the guiding hand of the Mahanta have brought fantastic blessings and love from him. I’ll share one such blessing here:
My early years in the United States saw many tough times. At a point my employer could only guarantee thirty hours of work a week. Read More
By Harold Klemp
A man and his wife owned a farm in the eastern part of the United States. They had llamas and sheep, and outside the fence they had coyotes.
The coyotes spent their time trying to figure out if it was worth it to go inside the fence to get the sheep. But inside the fence was also where the llamas were. And llamas are very protective of sheep.
A llama has a very peculiar warning cry. It sounds like a siren. The first time the man heard this siren sound, he had no idea what was going on. He ran outside, prepared for just about anything.
It was the llama sending a warning to a coyote or some other animal that was thinking about coming after the flock of sheep.
You have to consider that Divine Spirit, the Holy Spirit, watches out for each of you, for your safety and spiritual well-being, with as much care as a llama looks after the sheep in its care.
The Holy Spirit, or the ECK, is a wave which comes from God made up of both the Light and the Sound. It is the Voice of God, the Sound Current.
It speaks to us in different ways. Sometimes it’s through intuition, sometimes through a messenger speaking for the spiritual hierarchy, like a guardian angel. It also speaks to us through dreams.
Llamas are interesting, and the Holy Spirit is interesting too.
Excerpted from Animals Are Soul Too!