A Cloak of Protection
Singing the Sacred Name of God Brings Protection from Harm
I was planning to visit a friend in a neighboring state to ask his help with a financial problem. But the night before my visit, I had a vivid dream.
I am riding on a bus that is taking me to my friend's home. When I arrive, I get off the bus and find myself surrounded by armed bandits. They order me to give them money.
I tell them I don’t have any money and am visiting my friend to ask for his financial help. They decide they will follow me to my friend's house.
My friend's home is in a gated compound. When we arrive, we are met by the gatekeeper. To my surprise, the gatekeeper is the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master, Sri Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar.
Sri Harold opens the gate for me but refuses entry to the men. They are angry and unhappy, but they can’t get in.
Then I woke up.
The next morning, I told my wife about the dream. She was concerned this was a warning and suggested I postpone my visit. But I still felt it was important to go. I was sure the dream was assurance from the Mahanta that I would have his protection under any circumstances.
We decided to surrender the experience to the ECK (Holy Spirit) by singing HU, the ancient name of God. I left the next morning.
The journey went smoothly, and soon I arrived at my friend's home. When I got there, he and his family gave me a warm welcome. My friend invited me inside and told me I would be staying in his apartment. He would sleep in another part of the compound.
That night, after my host had retired for the evening, I stayed up to watch a sports match with two of my friend's young sons. After the game, I stepped outside the gate for a few minutes to get some water.
On my way back to the house, someone shouted at me not to close the gate. I turned around and saw four armed men approaching. I didn't know if they were friends or enemies.
I called on the Mahanta for help. Immediately I heard an inner voice say, "Don't listen to them!"
Quickly, I shut the gate, locked the padlock, and ran inside.
When I got there, I motioned to the two young boys to sit with me on a chair by the door. Then I began to sing HU. The boys joined me.
One of the boys paused and asked, "Will the robbers kill us?"
"Don't worry," I said. "Singing HU can protect us."
Then we fell silent. But I continued to sing HU inwardly.
I heard the armed men break the lock on the gate. Moments later, they broke through the front door of the house and rushed inside our apartment.
Angrily, the men screamed they were going to kill us. But even though I was sitting together with the boys right in front of them, they didn't seem to see us.
As they frantically looked for us, I had no fear. I just continued to sing HU silently, knowing the Mahanta's protection was with us.
They searched the whole house without seeing us. But we could see them. It was as if the Mahanta had woven a cloak of invisibility around us.
After a while, they became frustrated trying to find us. Finally, they just grabbed the television set and left. Then everything was quiet once more.
A few minutes later, my friend arrived at the house, terrified at what he would find. He was sure the robbers had killed us. When I told him what had happened, he was shocked. He said he didn't believe I was an ordinary human being.
But I told him this gift was not my doing. I explained about the prayer of HU and the powerful protection of the Mahanta. He was amazed.
My dream really had been a message of protection. The Mahanta's love kept all of us safe from a dangerous and possibly fatal situation.
I cannot thank the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master enough for his wonderful love, guidance, and protection. I am very grateful to be a spiritual student of Eckankar.
Excerpted from the 2012 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 2011 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.