1674Re: Eckankar: 07/2006 Letter of Light - Questions for the Master...#2
- Sep 28, 2006Hi Mish,
You make some very good points on both the weight/fear 'problem' and
the age range for Eck Youths.
BTW - I recently saw a show on the Discovery Health channel
titled "Obese at 16." It seems that this young boy was born with a
obesity gene that lowers the body's metabolic rate. Now, this may
have been a karmic result for him and his parents, and as well as
others. Or not! Anyway, the weight problem was Not created by him
because of a lack of self-esteem or confidence, although, I'm sure
that self-esteem and confidence issues resulted from the weight
problem. Once again, Klemp misses the mark, doesn't get it, can't
see the specifics or the big picture, and just can't relate to
I was thinking Klemp should have directed her to an eck master or
another eck entity within the eckankar spiritual hierarchy that
oversees this specific problem. He doesn't really offer any solution
but as pointed out, Klemp just hands it back to the chela, blaming
her for the fat cells. But then again many people, including
eckists, have weight problems. Of course many seekers join groups
like eckankar in search of finding and building their self-esteem
and confidence after lacking it a good portion of their lives. But
eckankar actually impedes this development even more, requiring that
the chela rely on a fake master and spend much time HUing and
cutting themselves more off from the world. The social circle
narrows around the very small eck community and the chela finds it
more difficult to deal with the real world. It becomes almost
impossible to separate from such an inclusive group, because the
dependency and loyalty to the group becomes so great. However, an
individual who develops healthy self-esteem and confidence would not
need to associate with a controlling group like eckankar. I'm sure
this chela must feel more unworthy after reading Klemp's response to
As to the age for eck youth, up to age 25--well, that's rather
ridiculous. Most people by that age have been married a few years
and probably have children of their own. Seems to be an enforced
delay in maturity being pushed by the mahanta, but then look at how
socially immature he has been most of his life, so I guess age 25
would still be considered juvenile for him??? Arrested development?
LOL! Just imagine being of age (25 years old) to run for the U.S.
House of Representatives and listed on your qualifications
statement, it reads you are an eckankar youth! I wonder how many
votes of confidence one would get with that! : )
Klemp's focus seems always on the Negative. He finds fault and
blames this chela while ignoring the possible medical aspects of
her weight problem.
Q: "How do I learn to truly love myself and build self-esteem?
I have struggled with self-esteem, weight issues, and a lack of
confidence for many years. I have read many ECK books searching
for the answer, but I still don't know. Is there a practical tool or
spiritual exercise that will help? Plus, what is the spiritual
significance of such a barrier?"
S.M., age 25
HK: "There is a single reason for the three problems you
mentioned. It is simply fear.
We may fear another's rejection.
So we, in FACT, line up a bunch of EXCUSES for the occasion when
someone does reject us. And yet, we're thus laying the groundwork
for future unhappiness too. [my caps] We gain weight to be
unattractive. BUT in doing so, we also shut the door on possible
opportunities to meet people who could bring us happiness.
Poor self-esteem and a lack of self-confidence are, for the most
part, the very same problem.
What's at play here? A fear of rejection!
To counter such a possibility, we go halfway to meet any and all
rejections before they even get a chance to occur. It is an
upside-down way of living. We go to great lengths to make negative
expressions of fear come true. It's no wonder we're unhappy, isn't
The question now is, What to do about it?
So fear is your assailant. Love is the antidote. Whenever you become
aware of fear trying to throw you back into old, negative patterns,
know that SUGMAD, the ECK, and the Mahanta do love you. In
recognition of this divine love, sweetly sing one of the holy names.
This will gradually let you love yourself and build self-esteem."
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