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Today’s Quote:

“Sometimes you are called upon by the Holy Spirit to go out of your way to help another person toward the enlightenment of God.” —Harold Klemp The Language of Soul

For those of you who do not know, my religious path is Eckankar. Sri Harold Klemp is the spiritual leader of my path and I wanted to pass along a few quotes of his during the holidays. His quotes apply to any path.

Have you ever felt so good about the religious path you follow that you had to share it with others? This is a common feeling. We receive God’s love and we want to help others find this same feeling.

When I was growing up, I felt a little embarrassed by being an Eckist, because the town I grew up in was predominantly Christian. All of my friends went to Church and I didn’t. I felt strange and out of place when others could talk about going to Sunday School and the things they learned. I had nothing to share with my friends and when they asked I had to make something up to fit in.

I don’t feel bad about this. It is the nature of our existence here. Some of us are different and have to adapt to our differences. At the time, I chose conformity, making up a Church my family and I went to, to avoid the chastising I visualized receiving from my classmates had I admitted that I was not a Christian at all.

After following this path for 47 years, I have finally come to realize that this is just a phase that we must pass through. I imagine it is the same for any child who follows a path that is different from the mainstream in his school. Some may choose ridicule and “stick to their guns”, while folks like me took the easy way out and avoided the criticism by blending in.

Over the years I have matured in my beliefs and hope everyone has the opportunity to find a path that suits their needs. Whether their path is Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, or any other number of paths, each path is the right one for the individual who chooses it. They all lead the follower back to God.

Embrace your path. Follow its tenets. Study and follow the practices required by your holy books. The more you put in the more you get back.

Until next time…