Spiritual learners must read
Autobiography of a Modern Prophet
Lynn S. La Froth
Reprinted with permission of Twin Cities WELLNESS
IT WAS 1971 when I was first introduced to Eckankar material. My roommate at that time had stumbled upon a book by Paul Twitchell, who founded Eckankar, The Religion of the Light and Sound of God. I remember his fascinated delight and his chuckles interspersed by comments floating across the living room such as "…either this guy is crazy or there's really something to this." But even though the material tickled Ed, I had just become involved in studying meditation and yoga with Dr. U. Arya, now Swami Bharati. I had more than I could handle with my new studies and didn't pursue Ed's interest in ECK.
Throughout the last 30 years, even though ECK material resurfaced here and there again and again, I was always busy learning other things and hence felt there was no room in my study mind for another school of thought. And then recently, once again, Eckankar material, via an advance copy of Sri Harold Klemp's soon-to-be-published book Autobiography of a Modern Prophet, was placed on my doorstep. I decided to check it out; it looked like good summertime reading.
Good reading is putting it mildly. It is a riveting booka narration of Klemp's evolvement into his current position as the Living ECK Master, a title given to one who has achieved the highest state of God consciousness on earth. Back in 1971, I was reading Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda and Autobiography of a Modern Prophet indeed equals that classic bestseller.
During the time I was reading the book, Klemp was in my dreams which were unusually vivid. One of the basic tools of learning for Eckankar students is dream, that portal into the mystery of mysteries. Klemp's story about his "rise" to the top of the Eckankar ladder is narrated from the point of view of dream landscapes blended with real life chronological events. This is better than any sci-fi or metaphysical novelbasically because an autobiography is supposed to be true; I'm a believer.
There was one far-out section about his time spent in a mental institution after he "flipped" out from his first real brush with God. I guess this must be where the common term "touched" comes from. Anyway, the crazy factor that came into play reminded me of the shamans and holy men of many indigenous cultures who are marked as such by their crazinesstheir unconventional behavioroften viewed as a sign they've been touched by God and who can see greater dimensions than the average, everyday person. Now I can see what Ed was referring to when he wondered if Twitchell was nuts.
Eckankar material is "out there." Though now unfathomable for a large majority of folks, it's a direction where many will be moving in their evolvement in consciousness one day, someday. A few other religions and schools of thought are familiar with these other dimensionsother places of consciousnessbut none teach it in just the way Eckankar does. It is a unique and effective tool for spanning the cosmic gap in our learning. And, ultimately, another step along the path to God and to learning about our Selves.
I highly recommend this book as it introduces us to a person who through destiny and natural imperative, travels single-mindedly the road to God. A fascinating book.