It's Easy, Being the Mahanta
- I just looked at the March 2011,
The Mystic World of Eckankar
recently sent to me, and Klemp's
front page article is titled, "Love--
What Would We Do without It?"
I'm not sure why "without" wasn't
capitalized are you? Anyway, it's
funny how Klemp seems to state
the obvious and then puts his
Eckie spin on the topic and adds
his opinions while tweaking the
In this article Klemp shares some
"stories" by "Barry" and "Dana"
while adding his comments and
putting his own POV and Eck spin
In Barry's EK story he had a small
potted tree that wasn't doing well
and Barry became disgusted with
it and withheld his "love" from the
tree and it became worse. BUT,
Barry "knew" the reason why it got
worse... he had withheld his "love."
Therefore, Barry, now, gave the tree
more care and attention and new
leaves began to appear! WOW!
Who would have thought that
some water, light, fertilizer and
insect spray (plus love) would help
a plant to grow!
Anyway, "Barry jokes, 'I am turning
over a new leaf."' Get it, H.I.s are
called "Brothers of the Leaf." LOL!
So, that's quite a "spiritual" story
the Mahanta is sharing. Eckists
must really feel Full Of It (spiritual
food) after all of that was shared
with them! LOL!
BTW- I remember a long time ago,
and even when Klemp was in charge,
that we were told NOT to share our
spiritual stories because people could
ridicule them and it was like "casting
your pearls before swine." But now
it's encouraged because Klemp, the
Mahanta, needs material.
Okay, next we have "Dana's" story.
This one involves a cat versus a
plant as in "Barry's" story. Oh, I
also see that Klemp is doing some
name dropping as well. Kata Daki
is mentioned probably because this
is the Only Female EK Master, and
"Dana" is female. Prajapati is mentioned
because he is the EK Master over
animals and Dana has a cat. I wonder,
which Catholic Saints would these
EK Masters correspond to. Mother
Mary for women (?) and which for
animals... St. Francis!
So, let's get on with Dana's story
that Klemp is modifying/tweeking.
Okay, Dana is a teacher's aide and
over the years has developed "fears,
worries, and problems" and unable
to "turn them over to the Mahanta
for resolution." Therefore, these
ECK Masters have come to her now
"to show her how to let go of some
cares and fears."
Why did they (the Mahanta/Klemp)
wait so long in showing up since
HK stated that Dana has "Over the
years," been "hounded by fear" etc.
Apparently, most ECKists tend to
overlook details because faith
requires total belief, a blind eye,
and a deaf ear. But, this is what
makes being the Mahanta so easy!
So, Klemp states that Dana's problems
were what helped her to open her heart.
WOW! I guess that most of the world
is experiencing this same "spiritual"
lesson! Anyway, Dana next begins to
look for "signs." She saw a large orange
cat (versus blue?) sitting on a driveway
across the street and that triggered
a connection to an ECK Master, of course!
Dana had been to that school before
and had never seen that cat before.
Strange! After her meeting she came
outside and the cat was gone! Another
mysterious event (sign)!
Dana needed to return to that school
(building) later that day, but decided
to go to a park to do a spiritual exercise.
I guess that this is another reason for
Klemp choosing this story. It includes
"instructions" and the "need" for doing
the S.E. This is very basic stuff taught
since day one. Okay, so "Dana" decides
to do the "Snow Ball" technique. This is
kind of funny, for me, because I taught
this same Snow Ball technique in a workshop
probably some 25 years ago.
So, Dana starts out with a HU. Klemp
was able to get that into the story as
well... very good, but predictable.
Anyway, after the S.E. she returns to
school for her meeting. BTW- The "cat"
was not across the street. Hmmm, very
mysterious. She still had time for her
meeting and decided to do a brief HU
before going inside and then she heard
a thump on the side of her car. Okay,
can anyone guess what just happened?
Really, this is a "spiritual sign" and a
minor miracle at least! Come on, guess
what caused the "thump." Right, it was
that orange cat! He was perched on her
side mirror and then jumped in through
her open window. Oh btw, before he jumped
in Dana says that he first peered in "as if
to say, 'Let me in, will you?" As if? Really?
Wow! Pretending can lead to serious
delusions, but that's what religion is
all about... imagining what you want
Okay, back to the cat and the moral
of the story. The cat jumped in and
crossed to the passenger seat and
"curled up into a ball (you know, like
a furry snow ball), and purred." The
cat "showed Absolutely No Fear."
Now, either Dana or Klemp, I'm not
sure which reads the cat's mind.
"He sensed that Dana needed to
leave. He jumped into the backseat
and waited for her to open the back
door. Then he made a graceful exit.
Such unconditional love!"
Interesting that Klemp uses the terms
"graceful" and then "unconditional
love." See how easy it is to for "spiritual
signs" to pop up! So, Dana has been
going through a tough time for years
and it took this long for a cat to jump
through her open window while sitting
in a parking lot and for her to turn this
into an experience with an EK Master
and to receive unconditional love. Why
does she need someone outside of herself
as Soul to look to?
"Dana knew the Mahanta was telling
her to keep doing what she was doing
and let him take care of her worries,
fear, and problems. And to venture out,
to accept love that comes her way. What
would we do without love?"
Thus, belief in Klemp/the Mahanta, is
a mental thing as it is with all other
religions. It's what you make of it and
what you see and believe to be true.
One has to use their imagination and
then give Klemp, or someone other
than Self the credit when things turn
out okay. BUT, what happens when the
Mahanta doesn't come through with
his promises? Who's fault is that? It's
never Klemp's fault or responsibility
even when it takes years for someone
like "Dana" to have a "spiritual ekperience."
And it's not until it's, finally, validated
in writing, via snail mail, by Klemp.