Those Nasty Eck Guidelines!
- Hi Ingrid,
It seems that this Eckist doesn't understand his place in the
hierarchy. Under the RESA structure one must be a team member and
follow the rules (spoken and unspoken), know the Mahanta's mission,
but especially comply with the written guidelines. Does he know
there are even guidelines for postering? I was quite an enthusiastic
vahana at one time, but eventually mellowed when I continuously saw
the overwhelming flaws. How could such flaws exist in H.I. chelas
and the Eckankar org if this was the highest spiritual path in all
of the universes of Sugmad?! This was very confusing, didn't make
sense, and caused me a lot of conflict! This chela (a 4th?) will
never be trusted with a higher initiation if he cannot work within
or understand the RESA structure. The standards are much stricter
for today's Eckists than in the past. However, this is the big
problem with Eckankar... all of those old timer H.I.s that reject
the Guidelines! I don't blame them! Eckankar has become very
controlling, narrow of focus, and a top heavy business (religion)!
And, that glass ceiling of initiation (the 7th) is starting to show
more cracks! LOL!
Today, we met an eckist who has brought quite some members to
Eckankar. He is confused, too, because he has been a member for 24
years now and really has done more than his share - but still no 5th
initiation. The thing is that he isn't very complying to the
guidelines, has never sent in any initiation reports and such. He
knows that he doesn't fit and that this is why. He was excluded from
vahana work by the resas. He said that some months ago, he had seen
that a postering workshop was planned and asked himself why he was
not asked because that was what he had been doing for 20 years or
so. Well, he is still very much into the "higher/lower/master"
stuff, but we have given him the website address for background
information about Eckankar.
The Eckist I spoke of wanted to know in one sentence what Ford's
book was all about. No way to tell him in one sentence! It's even
not possible to describe Eckankar in one sentence. I finally broke
it down to "I can have all the love and protection I need without
They are still stuck in that higher/lower thinking. Just as this
Eckist said that a certain tincture he is making comes from
the "highest and purest" source. I told him that it was highest and
purest because his heart was in it. So weird, at least for me, to
think that there is a "highest" out there whereas we can find it in
our own heart if we are pure and honest!
Happy Holidays to all, too!