"God's River of Love" - A Profound Riddle by H. Klemp
- From the 2002 ECK Spirituality Today pages 53-54:
HK: "Love is the River of God. It carries all living things upon it
toward spiritual perfection. It shows itself every day, BUT how many
of us know it to be so? Consider the following riddle." [My caps]
Me: Well, love is Not really the "river" of God now is it? And, it
Doesn't really "carry" all living things "upon" it either! Divine
Love does surrounds and immerses us in It and Its many expressions.
However, I think that many of us already "know" of this and
even "understand" the importance of love, versus hate (and
intolerance), in regard to spiritual growth. So, it seems that Klemp
has more cheap talk, and another silly story while preaching blind
mindless acceptance once again!
HK: "IF you were to teach a fish, a duck, and a rattlesnake about
water, which would find the concept most difficult?" [My cap]
Me: Gee, that's a tough one! Am I being graded on this mahanta? Just
off hand I would say that the fish would be easiest
to "teach." 'Takes like a fish does to water' seems to come to mind.
Actually, fish have "taught" mankind much about water over the
years, but I'm thinking Klemp wants to distort the facts in order to
twist facts and make a simple point of sorts. Eckists will use their
imaginations to fill-in the blanks as needed.
HK: "Most people would say the rattlesnake because it uses water the
Me: Well, I admit the rattlesnake would be more difficult to "teach"
safely at least. But rattlesnakes do swim and do so faster than
ducks. Except, when ducks flap their wings and run on the water when
trying to evade a rattlesnake! A lot of loud quacking would also
take place - I'm sure! LOL!
HK: "However, the fish has the hardest time understanding the
concept of water. Why do you suppose?"
Me: Really! I kind of doubt that. I would think that with those
gills and being born in water, and everything else, that it comes
pretty naturally for fish! Of course, I'm Not listed in the
International Who's Who of Intellectuals (Ninth Edition) like Klemp.
HK: "Yes, because it lives within the water itself. The fish is
completely immersed in the environment of which one is trying to
make it aware."
Me: So, this makes the duck more spiritually advanced? The
definition of "spiritual hierarchy" on page 197 of the Eckankar
Lexicon lists fish higher than animals! Now that's a riddle since HK
claims the duck is more teachable regarding water!
HK: "The duck, on the other hand, has the most experience with the
variety of water."
Me: I disagree. The fish would know more about water than even man
could "teach." This is really getting stupid isn't it! Don't blame
me - Klemp wrote it - I'm just responding now because I wasn't
allowed to as an Eckist!
HK: "It lives in two worlds, in the water and out of it."
Me: Actually, the duck Does Not really live "in the water" (like the
fish) as much as "on" the water and "near" the water. Like surfers -
such as David Lane. LOL!
HK: "The duck meets creatures that live only in the water, only on
land, and both in water and on land."
Me: Penguins do too right! They can't fly however, but that's good
because they can't bombard you with their crap either!
HK: "The duck drinks water. It lives or nests on land."
Me: And beavers "nest" on the water too, but they have to swim under
the water to reach the nest. I'm told they drink water too!
Personally, I wouldn't drink any water where ducks swam. Mr. Klemp
is really giving us a complex riddle to unravel isn't he?!
HK: "It swims on water."
Me: Well, it doesn't really "swim" like a fish or like we humans do.
Ducks kind of "paddle" their feet don't they.
HK: "Yet the duck can also fly above the water, letting it make a
comparison of above and below."
Me: Not a very good comparison is it since the duck really
doesn't "know" as much about all of the volumns of water as does the
fish. However, aren't there also other birds that "swim" on and
under water and can also fly? Of course, they even do these things
better than ducks (another riddle)! Maybe Eckists should be more
like "ducks" instead eagles! DUCKS in ECK! QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!
Sounds good to me! LOL!
HK: "From the air, it can see the tracings of the wind upon a lake."
Me: And the fish can "feel" the ripples caused by the wind and
currents from the "flow" of water as it travels here and there free
to explore various depths. I wonder - How well does the duck "know"
the wind? What could "we" teach the duck about the wind? [Another
HK: "Also, it knows the look of rainfall upon a mirrored surface,
and the return and sending of the sun's golden sheen."
Me: Sort of poetic, but it's nothing original and I've heard much
better. Say, what ever happened to Twitchell's poetry book "Coins of
Gold?" Why doesn't Klemp make this available again?
HK: "The duck, in short, has a broad range of experience with water.
So the duck would catch the concept of water faster than either the
rattlesnake or the fish." [The End]
Me: Actually, I could have just told Klemp's stupid little story
without commenting, but where's the fun in that! Of course, by
itself is really funny and stupid! LOL!
No, the duck will Not "catch" the concept of water faster than the
fish or rattlesnake. Water is natural for all three - more so for
the fish, which according to Eckankar's Spiritual Hierarchy listing
is more advanced than the duck. After all, the fish has "mastered"
the water! Perhaps, this is the true meaning of the "riddle" which
Klemp has overlooked.