Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
By Sri Harold Klemp
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions," said Mark Twain, humorist and writer. "Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
Magnanimity on that order is a demonstration of love. Good friends will do that. It is as natural to them as breathing, because they want to help you realize your dreams and, in doing so, let you discover a measure of your godlike qualities and turn up your lamp to let a little more light brighten this world.
Love, truly, makes the world go around.
In fact, a capacity to love is the very quality that attracts a seeker to the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. One who finds him is often poor and humble, not in good health. Of note is that the Master loves the seeker more than the seeker loves his own impurities.
Love is a many-splendored thing. It is reflected in every part of life, from the Maker's creation of the universes to the affinity that exists even among the smallest creatures that abide there.
Love is a golden thread.
Love is generally thought of as being of two kinds: detached love and warm love. The first is goodwill or charity. This is what we give to all people outside our immediate circle of family and friends.
Second is warm love. People are capable of giving only a limited amount of it, no matter what they believe. The reason is that it also involves the giving of small considerations to those within their close circle, like a tender hug or kiss, giving help and encouragement, sharing duties at home, sympathizing at some setback, and being kind and considerate.
It further means holding our tongue when there is a misunderstanding or a difference of opinion between us and our loved ones.
Yet there is a third kind of love, spiritual love.
Spiritual love is of the highest nature, the love of an individual for the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. He is the manifestation of God's love. Another name for divine love is the ECK, Holy Spirit. It is rightfully called the Voice of God, too, for It speaks to our spiritual Self.
Still another name for the ECK is the Music of God. It, along with the Divine Light, is central to one's spiritual life.
The holy book of Eckankar, The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Book One, tells how the ECK Sound Current is often weak at first. However, the Master gives a student unique methods to begin opening the Spiritual Eye. As it opens, the Sound becomes ever clearer, more distinct, more compelling, a magnet of love.
This divine music then begins to draw Soul higher. The journey home to God may now proceed in earnest.
The special methods the Master gives to a lover of God are the Spiritual Exercises of ECK. Many, many are available in the outer works of Eckankar. Moreover, the Master will also pass along others in the dream state or contemplation. The latter matches one's state of consciousness. The experiences that accrue from them are, like the outer exercises, designed to refine one spiritually.
Giving love must necessarily begin at home. If you can love those near and dear to you, then you are well on your way to loving God.
In sum, The Shariyat, in Book Two, says that "love, faith, and humility are the virtues which must be established in the seeker before he can come unto the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master."
God's love, you come to find, is surely a many-splendored thing.
Excerpted from the 2010 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 2009 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.