A First Out-of-the-Body Experience
By Sri Harold Klemp
A college student, cramming for finals, stayed up two nights in a row to study. On the third day, after she had passed her tests, she wanted to go to sleep and get some rest. She was so exhausted that when she lay down, Soul immediately went out of the body.
She stood off to the side of the bed, looking down at her body. Seeing her body laying there, she believed that she had died; it was the first time she had had an out-of-the-body experience. She didn't know that the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master of the time, Paul Twitchell, was standing by to see what she would do with this experience of expanded consciousness.
As she stood by the bed, looking around the room, she happened to glance out her bedroom window. There appeared a shaft of brillant, blue-white light. The column of light was probably six to eight feet in diameter. With it came a sound almost like a rushing wind; only instead of wind, it was more of a pulsing electrical sound. Then all of a sudden she was back in bed, united with her body again.
Years later, the woman met the Master who was with her during this experience. Many are brought into ECK in this way. There are those who feel that all miraculous experiences occurred during the time of Christ or that they happened only to saints. But if a spiritual teaching is true, experiences of the Light and Sound are a very real part of a follower's life. There are probably more people in Eckankar who have this type of experience than in any other path on earth.
Excerpted from The Book of ECK Parables, Volume 2, copyright © 1988 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.