By Peter, Massachusetts
My wife had been ill for quite some time. She had already had part of one lung removed, and her remaining lung was not healthy. She’d also had heart bypass surgery. Now on oxygen, only medical equipment was keeping her alive.
After five years of pain and discomfort and being ready to let go of this physical life, she decided to remove herself from the life-support apparatus.
My wife was not afraid to die. She had once been a member of Eckankar and understood that Soul is eternal. Now she was ready to allow the physical body to die, ready to move on to her next spiritual adventure.
We called our children to explain what was about to happen, and they came to stay with us during the transition. Hospice personnel were also there to help us through the process.
We removed the equipment. Soon my wife was drifting in and out of sleep, her breathing becoming more and more shallow.
Each time she awoke, my wife would have brief conversations with my daughters, letting us know what was happening to her as she began her new journey.
One time when she awakened, I noticed a fragrance in the air.
“Are you wearing perfume?” I asked her.
“No,” she replied, “but I can smell it too.” The soft fragrance didn’t seem to be coming from anywhere in particular. Soon she fell asleep again. A short time later, my wife left her physical body behind permanently.
My granddaughter had been asleep in a nearby chair. Suddenly she woke up and looked at me quizzically.
“Grandpa,” she asked, “who’s that man in the big, floppy hat with the shawl over his shoulders?”
I was surprised and asked her to explain what she meant.
“There’s a man by the bed,” she continued. “I asked him what he was doing here, and he said he came to escort Grandma.”
Immediately I got one of my ECK books and showed her a picture of one of the ECK Masters.
“That’s him!” she said.
It was the ECK Master Shamus-i-Tabriz. The fragrance had been an indication of his presence at my wife’s passing. Happily, I realized she had somebody to help her across into the next world.
I know that what we learn about the nature of life and death in Eckankar is true. The ECK Masters tell us Soul is eternal. These great beings are always with us, ready to help us in every area of life, including our transition into the heavenly worlds.
I will always be grateful for this experience. Eckankar is amazing!
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Editor’s note: The scent of jasmine (pictured) is associated with Shamus-i-Tabriz.