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HU, a Cat’s Spiritual Exercise

This clip—and the transcript below—is from Harold Klemp‘s 2007 talk “Change Is Change.”

 

This is the story of “Alita.” She’s the mom of Minnou, a cat she’s owned for ten years. I have to say, the only name that I haven’t changed in these stories is Minnou’s. I don’t think she’ll mind.

During the ten years that Minnou has lived in Alita’s home, the Spiritual Exercises of ECK have become very important for Minnou. This is the HU session with the Mahanta, the Inner Master.

Well, Alita had just taken up knitting. She became so engrossed in knitting one day, she knitted clean through the time set aside for the HU session. OK, Minnou forgave her that day, but this HU session is for Minnou too. Read More

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New Edition of Classic Eckankar Book: “How to Find God”

“There is an even greater law, and this is the Law of Love. This is the Law of Spirit, the Light and Sound of God. You can bring It into your own life, and when you do, there will be no one who can take It from you or tell you this or that way is right for you. You are going to know for yourself from direct experience with the Light and Sound of God.”

—Harold Klemp, How to Find God

 

Sri Harold Klemp’s talks and question-and answer sessions during his travels around the world in 1982–83 are now beautifully presented in this second edition of How to Find God, Mahanta Transcripts, Book 2. Each page features sidebar quotes that spotlight key points and contemplation seeds. Read More

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A Love Letter to Dad

By Adelheid, Arizona

The ECK, the Holy Spirit, uses each moment of our lives to teach us spiritual wisdom, to expand our consciousness, and to open our hearts to divine love in often unexpected ways. It is up to us to open our eyes and our hearts to see and to experience.

During my childhood in Germany, my relationship with my father was always challenging. We hadn’t been close, and I hadn’t felt loved. He offered my sisters and me experiences such as little vacations, music lessons, and visits to the theater or a concert. This was unusual for families right after World War II because there was so little money. Yet our family dynamic, on the whole, was not a loving one. I was an unhappy child, lost in a big, unknown world. Growing up was difficult for me. I had major challenges. Then I found Eckankar, which brought me a new point of view. I don’t know how I would have gotten through life if I hadn’t found the teachings of Eckankar and the love of the ECK Masters.

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Avoiding Daily Karma

Karma describes our actions and reactions in life. It is one way God teaches us grace and respect for ourselves and others. 

Spiritual students of Eckankar, also known as chelas, work with the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master to resolve karma from past actions and learn techniques for making wiser choices.  

It benefits all when we harmonize our actions and reactions with the ECK (also known as the Life Force or the Holy Spirit) which sustains the universes. This puts us in alignment with Sugmad, Eckankar’s name for God, which is the source of all life.  

The exercise below offers practical tips for dealing with karma and living in greater harmony with life. Read More

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Eckankar Defined

This clip—and the transcript below—is from Harold Klemp’s talk “The Subtle Golden Thread of Love” in 2016.

 

I’d like to briefly define the meaning of Eckankar in Sanskrit, which is the classical language of India and Hinduism, it literally means “the one path.” We’ve taken the word Eckankar, and we define it as “Co-worker with God.” Then we further define it as the Religion of the Light and Sound of God, which tells how to become a Co-worker with God. And this Co-worker with God is an ECK Master. Read More

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The Sacredness of Each Moment

El and Shelley Hyndman, decades-long members of Eckankar, shared their heartwarming love story with thousands of attendees at an Eckankar international seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the familiar, funny, conversational style of a longtime married couple, they brought their relationship’s sacred moments to the foreground.

Many years ago, while both Shelley and El were recovering from painful breakups, they connected unexpectedly on a sunlit beach filled with people. Although they’d met at Eckankar gatherings in the past, this encounter was intense and noteworthy. Read More

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Inner Guidance and HU Help Heal Deep Wounds

By Jerry, Minnesota

As I often do, I declared myself a vehicle for the Mahanta one day before arriving at the hospital where I work. I would try my best to see with the Master’s eyes, listen with the Master’s ears, and feel with the Master’s heart.

A little while after I started my shift, I noticed the light flashing above a patient’s door. It indicated that a patient in the room needed assistance.

I knocked on her door. “Please come in,” said a voice inside the room. I entered and saw a woman lying in bed, bandaged and hooked up to IVs.

“What are you doing here?” she asked in an angry voice. Read More

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Bonds of Love—a Gift to Always Cherish

By Ruth, Ontario, Canada

My father was in the hospital recovering from a major heart attack when I was in my early twenties. I was not yet a member of Eckankar, and I was terribly afraid he was going to die.

After crying myself to sleep one night, I was awakened by a group of people at the foot of my bed. I knew them to be relatives who had passed on. My father’s mother was among them, making beckoning motions and appearing to say something. From this I took assurance that, when my father’s time did come, he would be met by those who loved him. There was nothing for him—or me—to fear.

Seven years later, I was married, had become an ECKist, and was preparing to follow my husband to England for his studies. Dad had become increasingly frail, and I knew I would likely not see him alive again. I was sad to go but comforted myself that he would not leave this world without finding a way to say good-bye. Read More

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The Angel on the Bus

By Mimi, Oklahoma

A dear friend and I traveled from Oklahoma to Minneapolis for the annual ECK Springtime Seminar. Unfortunately, due to weather, our direct flight was canceled, and instead we had to take two flights, through Atlanta, to get to the seminar. I had been suffering from an inner-ear/dizziness problem for the last four years, and this was my first trip away from home. So, keeping my energy level and balance intact was critical. By the time we got through two bumpy flights and waited forty-five minutes for the hotel shuttle at the Minneapolis airport, my “low-energy-level light” was flashing red; I was very drained and had an upset stomach. Read More

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My Life-after-Death Dream

By Philippe, Quebec, Canada

I had a powerful dream which lasted only four minutes, but it was an extreme four minutes.

The dream was about my translation, my death. I was sitting on an operating table. The lights were all on, and the room was full of machines that were all turned on. I looked to my left, and my physical body was lying on the table.

Strangely, I wasn’t scared or surprised to see my body. I realized that I was dead, but I wasn’t afraid. On the positive side, I was now free. I then looked to the end of the room. The Mahanta, the Living ECK Master was there, watching me. At his left was a door of light of a magnificent brilliance. He then invited me, with a simple gesture of his left hand, to enter the door of light. Read More

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