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Basic Beliefs of Eckankar

Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar, describes the basic beliefs of Eckankar as follows:

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he teachings of ECK define the nature of Soul more carefully than do other current religions. Each person is Soul, a particle of God sent into the lower worlds (including earth) to gain spiritual experience. Purified by the spiritual exercises, he comes into contact with the Holy Spirit. His goal is spiritual freedom in this lifetime, after which he becomes a Co-worker with God, both here and in the next world. Karma and reincarnation are primary beliefs.

Key to the ECK teachings is the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. He has the special ability to act as both Inner and Outer Master for ECK students. He is the prophet of Eckankar, given respect but not worship. He teaches the sacred name of God, HU, which lifts one spiritually into the Light and Sound of God, the ECK.

The ECK (the Holy Spirit) purifies one of karma (sin), making it possible for him to accept the full love of God in this lifetime. Then he gains wisdom, charity, and freedom.

Personal experience with the Light and Sound of God is the cornerstone of Eckankar. Of all the religions on earth today, Eckankar offers the most direct teachings on the Light and Sound of God. These twin pillars are missing in whole or in part from the rest. People who truly find these two aspects of God undergo a complete spiritual change. Life becomes fresh and new again, as it was in early childhood.

—Harold Klemp
The Temple of ECK

Eckankar teaches . . .

  • Soul is eternal.
  • Soul exists because God loves It.
  • Soul is on a journey of Self- and God-Realization.
  • Spiritual unfoldment can be accelerated through conscious contact with the ECK, Divine Spirit.
  • This contact can be made via the Spiritual Exercises of ECK and the guidance of the Living ECK Master.
  • You can actively explore the spiritual worlds through Soul Travel, dreams, and other spiritual techniques.
  • Spiritual experience and liberation in this lifetime are available to all.

Taking another step

For those who are ready for a new spiritual step, Eckankar offers a membership program designed to allow students to unfold spiritually at their own pace.

Meet Harold Klemp . . .

Eckankar: Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master
The Mahanta,
the Living ECK Master

Sri Harold Klemp has been the spiritual leader of Eckankar since 1981.


Video . . .

Short talk by Harold Klemp on: We Are Soul
(1 min., 34 sec.)

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