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In terms of endorsing specific political candidates, or offering positions on issues like war, healthcare, abortion, capital punishment, and the like, Eckankar shies away from overarching political stances. As John mentioned, “We don’t take a political stance.” Instead, Eckankar teaches that one must “act within the laws of man while keeping attention upon the worlds of God. At the same time, they live a responsible, involved existence, paying their own way, serving a useful function in society, and fulfilling commitments of family, employer, and country.”1 In terms of why Eckankar avoids political issues, Klemp writes, “The main purpose of the ECK teachings is to help people find their way back home to God, no matter what their circumstances in life. People have all sorts of problems in life, simply because that is the way of things on earth…We look at these problems from the top. How can people gain in spiritual freedom and not do in the future more of what has brought on their problems of today? Yes, we must deal with the issues of daily life. However, we also must watch our emotions and not let them trap us into tunnel vision. This would only bring on more lifetimes in spiritual darkness.”2
The main purpose of the ECK teachings is to help people find their way back home to God, no matter what their circumstances in life.
Eckankar, About Eckankar (Chanhassen, MN: Eckankar, 2003), 5. ↩
Harold Klemp, Youth Ask A Modern Prophet about Life, Love, and God (Chanhassen, MN: Eckankar, 2004), 118-9. ↩