Experience in India
I grew up in a small farming town in India, near the school where my father taught. From my bedroom window, I could see the Himalayas towering behind green pastures. They seemed to stretch into the heavens, as far as the eye could see.
Sometimes when I gazed out deep in thought, I would become aware of a presence in my room. I looked around only to find no one there. Yet I seemed to know where the person was standing.
I discovered that if I turned my head really fast I could glimpse a man in a maroon robe, with dark, clear eyes.
One day my mother said, "Jassie, the next time you see this being in your room, challenge the purity of his intentions by saying, 'Sat Nam, Vi-Guru.' If he is not working for your highest good, he will disappear."
Sat Nam is a name for God. Vi-Guru is a true teacher. In Eckankar this is the Mahanta, my inner guide. These words were very familiar to me because my parents are Sikhs, and these are common terms in that religion.
Anytime I became aware of this man in my room, I would just close my eyes and say, "Sat Nam, Vi-Guru." Instead of vanishing into thin air, his presence would get stronger! Somewhere along the line, without consciously being aware of it, I accepted him as my friend.
Whenever I visited my grandparents, I would walk a mile or so through a beautiful pasture, past a lake with a grove of mango trees. As I walked and skipped along, I would become aware of footsteps right beside me. They would stay with me for a while and then go away.
This continued until I was in my early teens, when I moved to England. I did not feel this presence again for several years. Then a friend gave me a book on Eckankar. I read it and was really impressed. Finally someone was speaking my language!
One day, as we sat discussing the book in my friend's home, I looked across the room and saw a painting on the wall. Walking up to it, I pointed to a figure in the painting.
"Who is this man?" I asked.
"This is the man who used to appear in my room years ago."
At that moment of recognition my whole being vibrated. All the many experiences I'd had with Rebazar Tarzs flashed before my eyes.
I realized that no matter what path we follow, what we believe or don't believe, these spiritual giants, the ECK Masters, work to uplift us. They guide and protect us and are right beside us, waiting for a spark of recognition or an opportunity to take us a spiritual step forward.
If you want to meet one, try singing HU tonight.
Excerpted from the 1997 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 1996 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.