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ECK Masters—Kata Daki

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My Mysterious Visitor

Kansas Nurse's Spiritual Identity Is Revealed Years Later


In November 1994, the year I joined Eckankar, I became very ill. Barely able to breathe, I reluctantly allowed my two daughters to take me from my home in Arizona to the hospital emergency room. As I waited, my breathing became more labored, and one of my daughters went to the nurse's station to request help.

When the nurse checked me, she found my oxygen level dangerously low. She hurried off to get an order from the doctor for oxygen.

Once the oxygen was flowing and I was feeling some relief, another nurse came in to fill out the hospital admissions paperwork.

"What is your religion?" she asked.

"Eckankar," I replied. She looked puzzled and wrote "other."

Finally, after some tests, I was admitted and taken to a hospital room, where I rested in gratitude for the life-giving oxygen.

A new nurse stopped by to see me. She had soft, gentle eyes, and her light brown hair was pulled back from her face. She began asking me the same questions I had answered in the emergency room. When she got to religion, I said, "You probably never heard of it. It's Eckankar."

"I know about Eckankar," she responded. "I've been a member of Eckankar for a long time." She told me she was from Kansas. Her presence was so soothing that it relaxed me deeply. I finally drifted off to sleep. She cared for me the entire shift, and when she left, she stopped at the door, turned back, and said, "Baraka bashad," the ancient blessing of the ECK Masters, which means "may the blessings be."

I never saw her again. Later, when I asked the other nurses about her, no one seemed to know who I was talking about.

I moved back to Missouri in 1996, and in October 2000 I attended the ECK Worldwide Seminar in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The first thing that caught my eye in the Eckankar bookroom was a display of portraits of the ECK Masters. One of them was the picture of the nurse who had cared for me in the Arizona hospital years before.

It was the ECK Master Kata Daki!

Excerpted from the 2005 Eckankar Journal, copyright © 2004 ECKANKAR. All rights reserved.

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