Could you say more concerning finding one’s “personal mission”?
Thank you for your request. I addressed one’s “personal mission” at the 2007 ECK Springtime Seminar. There, I referred to it as “a calling.”
And what is an ECKist’s calling?
It is to tell others about the Mahanta and the Light and Sound of God.
This direction lies at the heart of the ECK teachings because it is born of a true love for SUGMAD. And as you well know, love is all. There is nothing more.
Rumi, the thirteenth-century poet from Persia, is a memorable example of such pure love and devotion. He directed it toward Shamus-i-Tabriz, his Master, for he knew that Shams, the Wayshower, could show him the way to God.
The poetry of Rumi has served as both a compass and an inspiration for God seekers over many centuries. His poetry was the manifestation of his calling, his personal mission.
I hope this gives you a clearer picture of what to do now.
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Lately our Vahana presentations have been very successful. The spiritual seekers of today seem to reflect our ability to provide a vehicle for them. I wonder: as the Mahanta prepares the way for others, are we being prepared or are they being prepared? Or does it just work both ways?
You’re right on the button: it works both ways.
A Vahana (missionary) who does the right thing in the right way will find the right people.
A simple, clear ECK presentation will reach good-hearted people, those who desire the teachings of ECK for the purest reason. That, of course, is to find their way home to God’s complete love and mercy.
SUGMAD (God) provides an infinite number of routes for spiritual unfoldment. They run the gamut. In the beginning, an individual often takes the solitary road of study. And why not? Soul must first get Its own house in order.
As one unfolds to the deeper levels of understanding and putting into practice the fruits of faith, there is a shift to positions of greater service to others.
But divine love falls in equal amounts on the solitary traveler on the ECK path as well as the individual whose role is more like that of a tour guide for others. A large involvement in true service to God and others opens the heart.
Love is a two-way street. Otherwise it’s nothing.
Give Vahana presentations with love and the natural enthusiasm which shows that love. Heart people can tell; mind people will catch the spirit too.
You’ve seen it work.
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In a recent dream experience, one of the Eighth Initiates pointed out that more important than any Vahana project or tool we may develop is to ask oneself, “Are the spiritual needs of the person being met?” I realize this is a crucial question. What are the seekers’ needs?
Your dream was a fitting reminder of what a Vahana’s real goal is. Seekers wish to know what the ECK teachings can do for them. Such a concern is of the highest sort. They unconsciously want spiritual freedom.
Consciously, on the other hand, they may think they want wisdom, human love, knowledge, or some other quality or attribute that they would find hard to define.
The ECK programs will generally help you find the seekers.
But as Vahana teams give intros in the community, ask for their feedback. It can be valuable information. What topics did the people most respond to? How successful was the intro’s style (a lecture, a give-and-take approach where the leader tries to tactfully draw out the attendees to speak of their own insights and experiences, or some other approach)?
So, Vahanas are the eyes and ears of the community. Ask for their suggestions. Let them help develop effective ways to reach new seekers.
And last, keep in close touch with your RESA so that better Vahana tools can be developed for future use.
This method will naturally lead to better ways of serving the spiritual needs of all concerned.
–Sri Harold Klemp
When do you most feel aligned with your personal mission? How does this result in more spiritual freedom for you? Let the Inner Master show you the connection.