From: ROBTMCELWN@aol.com
Date: Thu Nov 07 1996 - 03:59:22 EST

                        GRADUATION from the SCHOOL of LIFE

               ALL of us were ORIGINALLY created and born into one of
          the upper Spiritual Planes of Heaven. In general, we were
          sent us down here for a long series of incarnations and
          RE-INCARNATIONS between the Physical Plane (Pinda) and the
          Psychic Planes (Astral Plane, Causal Plane, Mental Plane, and
          Etheric Plane), and the numerous SUB-planes within each of
          these major planes, for the purposes of gaining EXPERIENCE,
          building CHARACTER, and learning the importance of SERVICE to
          OTHERS, to become a SERVANT of Life and a CO-WORKER with God.

               To help us accomplish this training, God created and
          assigned to us a SCHOOLMASTER, who rules over ALL of the
          Psychic Planes and the Physical Plane, BELOW the Soul Plane
          and higher Spiritual Planes. Christians know him as the
          Devil, Satan, Lucifer, etc.. He is also known as Kal
          Niranjan, or simply the Negative Power. It is his God-given
          DUTY to use clever tricks to keep us IMPRISONED here in the
          lower worlds for extended training.

               God also provided us with an easy way of ESCAPE from the
          MISERABLE and seeming ENDLESS cycles of births, deaths, and
          rebirths. All a person has to do to obtain this Salvation is
          to find, and seriously accept Initiation from, a PHYSICALLY-
          LIVING Divine Master, and then daily do some of the various
          suggested spiritual contemplation exercises. (A TRUE Divine
          Master is one who tunes his Initiates into the Sound Current,
          the Audible Life Stream, referred to as "The Word" in John
          1:1-5.) When the Initiate physically dies, s/he will go
          DIRECTLY to at least the Soul Plane and will NEVER AGAIN have
          to REincarnate into ANY Physical or Psychic Plane of existence.

               One such PHYSICALLY-LIVING Divine Master is an American,
          Sri Harold Klemp, the Living ECK Master, or Mahanta, for the
          Eckankar organization, now headquartered in Minneapolis (P.O.
          Box 27300, zip 55427; 1-800-568-3463; www.eckankar.org).

               Another Divine Master alive today is Maharaj Gurinder
          Singh Ji of the Sant Mat organization, now living in Punjab,
          India. There are others. However, Eckankar has some
          important ADVANTAGES over these others, including fewer
          restrictions on life style, less daily time required for
          spiritual comtemplation exercises, and the ability of
          Initiates to work off negative karma during the DREAM STATE
          where it won't disrupt the Initiate's outer physical life.

               It should be emphasized that one can NOT obtain this
          Salvation from a DEPARTED Divine Master, such as Jesus
          Christ, who is NOT now physically alive, NOR will be again.
          Therefore, ALL Christians, as well as ALL Muslims, Hindus,
          Buddhists, etc., WILL CONTINUE to REincarnate.
               Quoted from "The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad, Book One" (the
          Eckankar Bible), pages 95-96 (1987 Edition):
               "A vital difference exists between the Mahanta and a
          departed Master [such as Jesus Christ]. The chela cannot
          follow a Master who has left this plane and gone into the
          other worlds. The departed one cannot initiate anyone on the
          spiritual path. He has nothing now to do with the earth
               "No child can get nourishment from a deceased mother,
          nor a sick man from a departed doctor. The Masters of the
          past ages have left this field of action and so their work
          here is finished.... The SUGMAD [God] cannot instruct, or
          give man the needed help on the upward path, without the
          Mahanta in human form to act as his instrument and
               "Those who cling to a Master [such as Jesus Christ] who
          has been translated from this earth are in error. He is not
          dead, but he has left the field of action in this region of
          matter. He is no longer in touch with humanity; his work is
          elsewhere. The discipleship of the chela must change to the
               Books containing several kinds of evidence supporting
          REincarnation, and the related LAW of RETRIBUTION or KARMA
          (Galatians 6:7, Revelation 13:10, etc.), can be found in most
          bookstores and libraries. One of the best of these books is
          "Here and Hereafter" by Ruth Montgomery. See also the book
          "Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives", by
          hypnotherapist Dr. Micheal Newton, Ph.D., 4th edition, 1995;
          but note that this book's references to the "spiritual
          realms" are actually LIMITED to the PSYCHIC Planes.

               The CLASSIC original Eckankar books are: "ECKANKAR: The
          Key to Secret Worlds", "The Tiger's Fang", and "The Spiritual
          Notebook", all three written by Paul Twitchell.

               For more information, answers to your questions, etc.,
          please consult my CITED SOURCES.

               UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this
                                           Robert E. McElwaine
                                           2nd Initiate in Eckankar


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