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of the Light and Sound of God
choosing different bodies and different life experiences, the
Soul learns to view life from all sides. Living as male or female,
as black or white, as rich or poor, for example, the Soul tests
and purifies itself "
teachings of ECK define the nature of Soul. Each person is Soul,
a particle of God sent into the lower worlds (including earth)
to gain spiritual experience. Purified by the spiritual exercises,
he comes into contact with the Holy Spirit. His goal is spiritual
freedom in this lifetime, after which he becomes a Co-worker with
God, both here and in the next world. Karma and reincarnation
are primary beliefs.
to the ECK teachings is the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. He
has the special ability to act as both Inner and Outer Master
for ECK students. He is the prophet of Eckankar, given respect
but not worship. He teaches the sacred name of God, HU, which
lifts one spiritually into the Light and Sound of God, the ECK.
ECK (the Holy Spirit) purifies one of karma (sin), making it possible
for him to accept the full love of God in this lifetime. Then
he gains wisdom, charity, and freedom.
experience with the Light and Sound of God is the cornerstone
of Eckankar. Of all the religions on earth today, Eckankar believes
that they offer the most direct teachings on the Light and Sound
of God. People who truly find these two aspects of God undergo
a complete spiritual change. Life becomes fresh and new again,
as it was in early childhood.
teaches people spiritual exercises that will help them experience
the Light and Sound of God (the Holy Spirit). Those exercises
also seek to help people enter higher states of consciousness;
something ECKists call Soul Travel. The goal of the exercises
is the heightened awareness that each person is a soul or a piece
of God. Recognizing the presence of the Holy Spirit is an important
aspect. ECKists call the Holy Spirit the ECK, that which sustains
and reincarnation are primary beliefs in Eckankar. ECKists believe
karma is the spiritual form of the physical law of cause and effect.
Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. According
to "Eckankar-Ancient Wisdom for Today" published by
Eckankar, "Most ECKists want to be free of karma. They would
like to balance their karmic account by the end of their present
lifetime ... By practicing the Spiritual Exercises of ECK, they
drop the attitudes and habits binding them to the past. They can
fulfill their spiritual destiny without having to be reborn."
ECK teachings of the Light and Sound have been passed on to spiritual
seekers by ECK Masters since before recorded history. Although
the ECK teachings have ancient roots, Eckankar was introduced
as a modem-day religion in 1965 by Paul Twitchell. A seeker from
an early age, Twitchell was introduced to a group of spiritual
masters who would change the course of his life. These were the
Vairagi ECK Masters. While they trained him to become the Living
ECK Master, he explored a wide range of spiritual traditions under
different teachers. The high teachings of ECK had been scattered
to the four comers of the world, and Twitchell gathered them and
made them available to all. By 1965, he was offering Soul Travel
workshops to the public on how to move into greater states of
his many talks, articles, books, and discourses, Twitchell emphasized
personal spiritual unfoldment via direct experience with the Light
and Sound of God. As the spiritual leader of Eckankar from 1965
until his death in 1971, he was the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master.
Twitchell was followed by Darwin Gross, who served from 1971 to
1981. In 1981 Gross passed the spiritual and temporal leadership
of Eckankar to Harold Klemp.
is a living religion. Each Living ECK Master keeps the teachings
pure and carries the outer works of ECK to new levels to reach
people of the time. Harold Klemp, the current Living ECK Master
is responsible for the continued evolution of the Eckankar teachings.
He says his mission is to help people find their way back to God.
ECK Worship Service is a one-hour service. Typically a service
begins with a brief reading from one of the ECK books, followed
by singing HU (pronounced like the word hue) for a few minutes.
HU is an ancient and holy name of God and is sung as a love song
to God. Next is a brief period of silent contemplation and then
an open discussion of a spiritual topic. Services may also include
music, group singing, and talks. An ECK Worship Service is led
by a member of the ECK clergy.
regular ECK event is the HU Song or HU Chant, which consists simply
of singing HU for a longer period of time, usually for fifteen
to thirty minutes, followed by a silent contemplation period.
The HU Chant is mainly for ECK members.
are four ECK celebrations of life:
The ECK Consecration Ceremony is for infants and very young children
and celebrates new life and the beginning of a new phase in Soul's
journey home to God;
(2) The ECK Rite of Passage is for youth on the threshold of becoming
adults, at about age thirteen; (3) The ECK Wedding Ceremony celebrates
the marriage bond and commitment of the couple to bring a deep
spiritual awareness to their life together;
(4) The ECK Memorial Service honors the journey of Soul and celebrates
a loved one's life and passage to a new life in the spiritual
worlds. These ceremonies are conducted by ECK clerics.
used by ECKists
- Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Also means Coworker
ECK - The Divine, or Holy Spirit; the life force; the essence
of God which supports and sustains all life.
ECKist - A member of Eckankar.
Light and Sound of God - The Holy Spirit. The two aspects through
which God appears.
The Living ECK Master - Eckankar always has a living master. He
or she makes sure the spiritual essence of the teachings remains
pure even though the outer form of Eckankar may change. The Living
ECK Master is not idolized or worshipped, but is given respect.
Mahanta - The inner form of the Living ECK Master who guides the
spiritual students on their inner paths.
Soul Travel - A way to expand consciousness; experiencing self
as soul through spiritual exercises.
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