What is Eckankar?

The teachings of ECK define the nature of Soul more carefully than do other current religions. 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.

Key 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.

The 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.

Personal experience with the Light and Sound is the cornerstone of Eckankar. Of all the religions on earth today, Eckankar offers the most direct teachings on the Light and Sound of God. These twin pillars are missing in whole or in part from the rest. 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.

                               -Harold Klemp, “What Is ECKANKAR?” The Temple of ECK


The ECK teachings of the Light and Sound have been passed on to spiritual seekers by ECK Masters since before recorded history.

Although they have ancient roots, Eckankar was introduced as a modern-day religion in 1965 by Paul Twitchell. In 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 until his death in 1971, he was the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master.

Present day Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, Harold Klemp has greatly expanded the work begun by Paul Twitchell.

Eckankar has been established as a growing worlwide religion with an emphasis on service to others and all life. It is a living religion.

Each Living ECK Master keeps the teachings pure and carries the works of ECK forward to new levels to reach people of the time.



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