Questions for the Master... Jan/2011 (#2)
- This Q&A is from the Youth in ECK
Letter of Light.
Q: "I want to be social and hang out with
friends, but what do I do when everyone
wants to drink and smoke? I feel like 99%
of people in my age group do it,
1) so how do I stay on my path without
[ME: Just be confident in your decision
not to participate in their nutty and
destructive behavior. Don't enable them
but don't reject them either. You can
become their "designated driver" and
watch out for them and their safety.
In other words, be a good example for
them and know that it's the right thing
to do regardless of your religious dogma.]
2) What can I say to them?
[ME: I would just tell them "No, I don't
need it or want it and that's my choice
so respect my choice and I'll respect
yours. But don't worry, we're still friends
and I promise that I won't narc on you."]
Also, a few ECK friends and I have another
3) IF a youth in ECK decides to drink and
experiment with drugs, smoking, etc.,
is there still a place for him in ECKankar?
[ME: That's not your concern. It's up to the
RESA and the local Youth Coordinator or
others in local positions. It's not necessary
to squeal on him either, although, that seems
to be what ECKists do as S.O.P. and when
stuck in their own Holier-Than-Thou mindset.]
--Veronica Stern, age 24
ME: Okay, it seems HK has three questions
to answer. The 3rd seems kind of judgmental
in that it's between him and God, or the RESA!
HK: "Dear Veronica, Drinkers, smokers, and
users of illegal drugs have auras that harm
both them and others within their circle. To
nurture such friendships is playing with fire."
ME: Okay, For one thing I don't believe
ALL the aura hype/myth. However, how
can Auras harm people! LOL! Supposedly
Auras show the energy, or attitude, or
consciousness of the individual. Plus,
let's say that one does come into a close
proximity with someones "aura." The
hype states that when one is drunk,
(and some ECK Masters, it is said, drink)
one's aura (depending on the individual)
turns a darker color or becomes mixed
with colors and pulls in closer to that
person's body. The aura is not projected
outward beyond just an inch or two. Plus,
your own Aura would project out further
and "protect" you while influencing them
in a more positive manner... correct? Once
again, Klemp has approached a subject
negatively, too simplistically, and has
overlooked some details... like the use
and abuse of legal prescription drugs
as well. What do legal prescription drugs
do to one's aura? Klemp doesn't know!
HK: "Early in life, I was thrown in with
people of this kind, and they tried many
approaches to have me join them. I
declined politely but firmly. They wanted
my approval; I did not need theirs. ECK
was my way!"
ME: Bullshit! Let's look at this "Early" portion
of Klemp's life. Let's say it was at the age
of 15. This was 1957 and he was on a farm
outside of Appleton, Wisconsin for gawd's
sake! LOL! What did they want little Harry
do... smoke some Chesterfields and drink
a Schlitz beer? Wow, those are some serious
drugs! BTW- "ECK" was not his "way." He was
in a Lutheran High School at this time and
then went into the Seminary. And, little Harry
just didn't "firmly decline" to drink a beer
even with the family and the farm help, later,
as a young adult. He stuck his nose up into
the air at them in a holier-than-thou manner!
He even shares this in his earlier books!
HK: "Choices. Life is all about choices.
Some bring us down, others leave us
unchanged, and the right ones lift us
spiritually. Choices so often are tests."
ME: Choices are, generally, expressions
of who and/or what we have integrated.
Negative choices can, sometimes, have
positive results. Also, choices can become
traps, as well as, tests. Belief in Eckankar,
and in religion, first presented us with
tests, but later this belief became needed
like an addictive drug and, thus, a trap.
HK: "Any who indulge in the destructive
practices you mention are gathering a
store of bad karma."
ME: I'm not so sure that I still believe in
karma. It's nice thinking that the mean
and cruel and the crooks will get their
payback, but I'm doubting that it's so.
Look at Klemp! Will he be subject to
"bad karma" for his deceptions? Maybe
his health problems are the result of
that rather than the excuse he uses?
On the other hand, it's nice for 5th
Initiates, and above, to think that they
are "above karma" and get a free pass
to the God Worlds and that Klemp, like
Jesus, is taking on any additional sins