I have learned so much but feel there is also so much more. Is there a special spiritual exercise we can do in order to serve better as ECK leaders—to open to ever greater love, wisdom, and surrender?
You already do so much, but here’s an ECK spiritual exercise to try:
Find a quiet place where you’re likely to be undisturbed for a few minutes. Shut your eyes. Be comfortable. Relax.
Then put yourself in the center of NOW. Watch your mind and its thoughts dance around you. Appreciate them. Let them play. Yes, they are mental creations, but spiritualized, they are your able and willing helpers.
With you is the Mᴀʜᴀɴᴛᴀ. Enjoy this holy moment.
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As we work with you outwardly and inwardly to manifest the pace of growth in our regions, what is the ECK leader’s role or responsibility in that rhythm of growth?
That rhythm is already there, as you rightly say. Like an ocean wave it is never still, but rises and falls, a living thing.
The idea is to ride that wave. You are like a boat borne upon its surface. This rhythm is the ECK Itself, echoed in your heartbeat and breathing.
And always rely on your unerring compass, the Spiritual Exercises of ECK. They offer you a wellspring of guidance.
Your role is to keep the Vahana Marg foremost in mind, giving your heart over to carrying the teachings of ECK to all who will listen.
An ECK leader is a sailor on the cosmic sea. What opportunities lie ahead? What personal growth?
I am trying to impart to you a vision, and a confidence in the rightness of things. Ride the rhythm. Treat seekers with love, because divine love is the longed-for pearl of their ages-long quest.
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I was wondering about the guided contemplations that some chelas like to do. Some go into quite a lot of detail in describing the setting and the experience. Could you give some guidance on this?
What chelas do at home and what they do in a group setting are two different things. At home, alone, they can get into as much detail as they please.
But a guided contemplation for a group should generally stick to one of the exercises in The Spiritual Exercises of ECK, Spiritual Exercises for the Shariyat, Book 1 and Book 2, or one from my other books such as Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel or the Mahanta Transcripts series.
There is a reason for this.
Often the details of a cooked-at-home exercise are too limiting for some person in the group. In the end, he has no experience of any kind. Each individual needs a chance to spread his inner wings as he will and when he will.
Some leaders, therefore, get off track without meaning to with such guided contemplations for groups.
I would also like to thank you for helping me serve those who love the ECK and Its ways. You are key to spreading the ECK teachings.
—Sri Harold Klemp
There are many images given in these Q&As. What spiritual exercise could you create for yourself that would let you spread your spiritual wings in a new way?