Eckankar, a spiritual teaching that offers direct experience of the Light and Sound of God, announces its introduction of the community HU Song. This ancient, pure prayer can bring about healing and a realization of God’s love.
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Eckankar, an international religion headquartered in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is offering the spiritual practice of singing HU at a community HU Song in locations around the world. In a community HU Song, people can come together to chant, or sing, HU (pronounced hue), an ancient name for God. Eckankar is offering the HU as a love song to God that gives strength to meet the challenges of everyday life. It awakens people to inner wisdom and divine guidance. To find out more about the HU and Eckankar, go to www.HearHU.org.
Eckankar’s spiritual leader, Harold Klemp, says HU is “for those who desire true love, true freedom, wisdom, and truth.”
Peter Skelskey, president of Eckankar, says, “Singing HU has a purifying power that brings peace, comfort, spiritual purpose, and love to people of any faith. In these times, we all need help with daily travails and trials of life. Some people who come to community HU Songs tell us that singing HU helps to relieve fears in life. Others recall naturally hearing the sound of HU when they were children. They are grateful to have an explanation that HU is God’s love expressed in one word. HU is nondenominational and transcends religion; it is only about our relationship with the Creator. I have shared HU with rabbis, priests, and bishops. It enhances anyone’s spiritual beliefs.”
In 2010, at the Temple of ECK in Chanhassen, Minnesota, members of Eckankar and visitors began participating in community HU Songs. Now community HU Songs are taking place in other Eckankar centers and temples around the world and in community rooms and conference centers. The community HU Song begins with a two- or three-minute introduction to the HU and how to sing it. Then the group sings HU for twenty minutes out loud, followed by five minutes of silent contemplation. It is a time for individuals to explore their own connection with the Divine. Afterward, they can enjoy light refreshments and informal chatting with others. A recording of thousands of people singing HU together is available at www.HearHU.org.
In a 2008 AARP survey of religious practices, 80 percent of people polled said they pray every day or at least once a week. Most people pray for something or someone, using directed prayer, which petitions God for a specific result. Singing HU is a nondirected prayer that does not ask God to change other people or situations.
Harold Klemp, the spiritual leader of Eckankar, says that “HU is both a name for God and a sound of the Audible Life Stream, which we know as the ECK, or Holy Spirit. HU is a charged name for God that can spiritually uplift the people of any religion.” He adds, “It can lift the grieving heart to a temple of solace. A companion in trouble, it is likewise a friend in times of prosperity. And is it any wonder, for HU is Soul’s most precious gift from God.”
Singing HU has been practiced for thousands of years by diverse peoples, including West African tribes and Sufis. The HU can be found in the thirteenth-century Persian poetry of Rumi. Although HU is little known today, Eckankar’s spiritual leader, Harold Klemp, says, “In time, people everywhere will have the chance to sing this age-old, universal name for God. This is a new cycle in the spiritual history of the human community. It will all be due to HU, the most beautiful prayer.”
Eckankar is a nonprofit religious organization and church with members in over one hundred countries. The spiritual home of Eckankar is the Temple of ECK in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Eckankar is not affiliated with any other religious group. Its purpose is to help individuals find their way back to God through direct, personal spiritual experiences. The word Eckankar means “Co-worker with God.” Eckankar teaches simple spiritual exercises, such as singing HU, to experience the Light and Sound of God and recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit. A modern-day religion with ancient roots, Eckankar was introduced in 1965. Sri Harold Klemp, the Mahanta, the Living ECK Master is the spiritual leader of Eckankar today.