Who and What Is the Mahanta?
By Harold Klemp
Who and what is the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in Eckankar? What is his function?
The Mahanta, the Living ECK Master is the spiritual leader of Eckankar. He is the spiritual guide for those on the path of ECK.
Sometimes people don’t understand the role of a spiritual guide—whether it’s Christ, or the Mahanta, or Buddha, or the leader of a church somewhere who has a very definite, direct connection with the Holy Spirit.
So let me explain.
Over all creation is the Creator, God, whom we know as Sugmad in the ancient teachings. The name doesn’t make any difference. The Creator is one and the same.
The Voice of God, the ECK, is the active force that goes out and is responsible for the actual creation of all the universes. This Voice of God is what is known as the Holy Spirit. Or sometimes the Spirit of God, the creative force, or whatever. But it’s a neutral force. It simply obeys or does the will of the Creator.
A True Spiritual Master
A true spiritual master is in tune with the Voice of God. A human manifestation that people can see and understand. In that role, his will is that of Divine Spirit. And that’s all.
In Eckankar this divine force works both in the Outer Master and also through the Inner Master.
That means those on the path of ECK have the additional benefit of a Master who can come to them in the dream state and teach them there. Or sometimes by direct Soul Travel. Sometimes through contemplation. The Inner Master is there, working when the individual sleeps, or prays, or meditates, or contemplates. And the Outer Master is out here to provide the books and discourses, and to give talks and things of this nature.
But the Outer and Inner Master are not two separate things; they’re just two different aspects of one being who serves the Holy Spirit.
In his physical body, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master is like everyone else and can only be in one place at a time. In the Soul body, however, he is like the air that you breathe. He is everywhere. As the ECK, he can easily be with you and thousands of others in the very same moment.
The sole purpose of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master is simply to help Soul find Its way home to God.
Excerpted from ECK Wisdom on Inner Guidance.