When the ancient mysteries have strayed so far afield that only distorted fragments remain in the public mind, then the Order of Vairagi Adepts sends forth a chosen one from among its band to restore truth, such as it is, in the material domain.
In 1965 the time had come, and Paul Twitchell became the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master. His was a short, rugged mission.
The high teachings of ECK had been scattered to the four corners of the world. Various writers had pieces of the true teachings but often attached strings—such as requiring students to become vegetarian or to spend many hours a day in meditation if they wanted to be true followers on the path to God. This was wrong for our day and age.
So in keeping with his mission, Paul Twitchell showed himself to be the master compiler.
He gathered up the golden teachings strewn around the world and released them from the cultural trappings and social aims which limited their spiritual radiance. He reoriented these fragments to show the direct path home to God.
By 1971 he had established Eckankar as a world teaching.
The fountainhead from which the ECK writings spring is the Ancient Gospel, the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, compiled by the Nine Silent Ones, whose main duty it is to gather up and sort out the unchanging laws that enfold every ripple in life.
On the inner planes are libraries connected to the Golden Wisdom Temples. The library alongside the main Temple on the Astral Plane is an enormous place of many roomy departments, much like the US Library of Congress, providing a comprehensive source of books and materials.
Good researchers—such as Julian Johnson, Paul Brunton, and others—have come in and selected the paragraphs that suited their audience. Few knew the source of their inspiration.
But there was one who did. Paul’s mission was to clarify, reveal, translate, and illuminate the sacred ECK teachings for all. And the great work continues on.
Every article or Wisdom Note by the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master is taken from the Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad on the inner planes. Over 130 books later, the writings of Sri Harold Klemp continue to expand the body of spiritual wealth on earth.
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Sacred writings inspire us. Yet by themselves they will always be imperfect translations written in an imperfect world.
The foundation of ECK is not in the physical writing. It’s always within you as the Light and Sound of God. The Mahanta can reveal all the truth you are ready to hear.
He awaits your invitation.