A Glossary of ECK Terms
Here are some terms commonly used in Eckankar. Use the links at right to jump to the desired definition. »
Eckankar. EHK-ahn-kahr Religion of the Light and Sound of God. Also known as the Ancient Science of Soul Travel. A truly spiritual religion for the individual in modern times. The teachings provide a framework for anyone to explore their own spiritual experiences. Established by Paul Twitchell, the modern-day founder, in 1965. The word means "Co-worker with God."
ECK Masters. Spiritual Masters who can assist and protect people in their spiritual studies and travels. The ECK Masters are from a long line of God-Realized Souls who know the responsibility that goes with spiritual freedom.
Living ECK Master. The title of the spiritual leader of Eckankar. His duty is to lead Soul back to God. The Living ECK Master can assist spiritual students physically as the Outer Master, in the dream state as the Dream Master, and in the spiritual worlds as the Inner Master. Sri Harold Klemp became the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master in 1981.
Mahanta. mah-HAHN-tah A title to describe the highest state of God Consciousness on earth, only embodied in the Living ECK Master. He is the Living Word. An expression of the Spirit of God that is always with you. Sometimes seen as a Blue Light or Blue Star or in the form of the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master.
planes. The levels of existence, such as the Physical, Astral, Causal, Mental, Etheric, and Soul planes. Click the thumbnail image at right to view The Worlds of ECK chart (PDF).
Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad. SHAH-ree-aht-kee-SOOG-mahd The sacred scriptures of Eckankar. The scriptures are comprised of twelve volumes in the spiritual worlds. The first two were transcribed from the inner planes by Paul Twitchell, modern-day founder of Eckankar.
Soul. The True Self. The inner, most sacred part of each person. Soul exists before birth and lives on after the death of the physical body. As a spark of God, Soul can see, know, and perceive all things. It is the creative center of Its own world.
Soul Travel. The expansion of consciousness. The ability of Soul to transcend the physical body and travel into the spiritual worlds of God. Soul Travel is taught only by the Living ECK Master. It helps people unfold spiritually and can provide proof of the existence of God and life after death.