The History of Eckankar
The ECK teachings have been here since the earliest times that man inhabited this planet. . . . The Living ECK Master of any era wants only to lead the individual to look within to the source of all knowledge, wisdom, and understanding: the place where one can move toward Self- and God-Realization.
The Founding of Eckankar as a Modern-Day Religion
Although the ECK teachings have ancient roots, Eckankar was introduced as a modern-day religion in 1965 by Paul Twitchell.
A seeker from an early age, he was introduced to a group of spiritual masters who would change the course of his life. These were the ECK Masters. While they trained Paul to become the Living ECK Master, he explored a wide range of spiritual traditions under different teachers.
The high teachings of ECK had been scattered to the four corners of the world. Paul gathered these golden teachings of Light and Sound and made them readily available to us. By 1965, Paul was offering Soul Travel workshops to the public. He wrote many books on Eckankar and the Light and Sound of God.
Since 1981, the spiritual leader of Eckankar has been Sri Harold Klemp, whose spiritual title is the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master.
Today, Eckankar is a nonprofit religious organization and church which has members in over one hundred countries. The spiritual home of Eckankar is the Temple of ECK. The Eckankar Spiritual Center houses administrative offices. Both are located on the Eckankar Spiritual Campus in Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA.