Teach Your Self: Listen and Learn From Your Own Experiences
- Hello All,
I saw the string of "Listening and Learning" on HU-Chat and thought
it might be interesting for us to explore and share our own
perspectives and insights.
On HU-Chat there were comments like, "WE don't blindly take the word
of even the Master. It's our own experience that is the teacher."
And, "So glad to see someone else write that... despite the fact
that both Paul and Harold have said very similar things themselves.
It's one of the things that attracted me to Eckankar,- there is
no 'you "have to" believe that' about the teachings."
I find these comments interesting because I too found the "prove it
to yourself" part of Eckankar to be appealing as well! However,
within a hierarchy with Zoas, Guidelines, SOPs, Rules, and Spiritual
Laws like Non-Interference and Silence, etc. there are restraints on
what an Eckist can say, ask, teach, think or believe if they want to
be considered a true Eckist!
Let's just look at one thing out of many... the initiations. Yes,
listen and learn Grasshopper this is important! It is taught that
the Eck Initiations are yardsticks to measure one's spiritual growth
in consciousness. Now, does an Eckist just believe this or does one
Listen, Learn, and Experience this? Outside of oneself what is
observed from the speach, behaviours, and actions of High Initiates
and of Klemp? Does this reflect higher consciousness or the Kal? How
can the Mahanta not know about this neg. behaviour of his H.I.s or
even see it in his own words? Is it another test? Is it just me? No!
However, if there is one thing that one can definitly see that is
wrong with the Eck teachings then what else is wrong? Perhaps the
flaw is in the eye of the beholder of the teachings? Do two
negatives make a positive? What is truth?
After years and years of accepting things on face value and being
taught to just give up (surrender/submission) Eckists are no longer
listening and learning or experiencing, except, within the confines
of the Eck Dogma and Guidelines! Any Eckist that listens and learns
and experiences Truth outside of Eckankar doesn't need a LEM/Mahanta!
If one Listens and Learns then one will see that those years of
trainings and initiations and being 'as if' just makes most Eckists
better actors and more deluded towards reality. The spiritual growth
and understanding come from being more aware of Soul (the
Experience) and has nothing to do with a middleman/Mahanta, except,
to take credit for what you have done on your own. If Eckists really
want to "Listen and Learn" then they should do a slow read
of "Confessions of a God Seeker" by former 7th Initiate and RESA
Ford Johnson. What is the hesitation of buying this book if one is
not afraid to learn some interesting facts about Eckankar and about
a RESA's experience? If an Eckist wants to 'walk the walk' then they
should read the book and Experience this too! Why not keep an open
mind? Afterall, Ford was an important voice and a familar figure at
Eck Seminars. The thing is that everyone's Soul experience is unique
and, therefore, so will the experience of reading this book for
yourself with an open mind. Just try to temporarily block out the
opinions (mostly distorted and preconceived) of the book's
detractors. "Confessions" does have many very good points, much
information, and Ford's Eck experiences that every Truth Seeker and
Eckist should be made aware of.