By Jonker Tomasoa, The Netherlands

Years ago, my wife and I paid a visit to a dear friend and her family in Kenya. It was our first time in that country. When my friend married four years earlier, I was her best man. Although we are not related, she called me Abang, which means brother in the Malay language.

While visiting her, we took a three-day safari to the Maasai Mara wildlife reserve. Although I’d never been there before, I felt a strong bond with the endless African plains and the animals that roamed there. I also felt close to the red-robed Maasai people who live in parts of Tanzania and Kenya. Wild beasts—lions, elephants, Thomson’s gazelles, wildebeests, buffalo, and giraffes—roamed the expansive, dry grassland as far as the eye could see.

As I watched a herd of heavily muscled buffalo grazing in the tall, swaying grass one day, I was struck by how at peace I felt. In that contemplative state, I began to wonder if I’d had a past life in Kenya. That would certainly have provided an explanation for my strong and instant connection to that place.

When I returned from my holiday, I experienced a feeling of homesickness. I longed deeply for that connection I had felt with the land and the wild animals in Kenya. When thinking of the Maasai Mara plains, I experienced an emotional attachment that brought tears to my eyes. For me, it was not a normal feeling. It haunted me for months.

One day, I did a spiritual exercise to find out why I cried. At first I chanted HU, our love song to God, several times and went into silent contemplation. Inwardly, I asked the Mahanta, the Inner Master, “Please show me why I have this emotional attachment. And why Kenya?

Suddenly I saw myself, as Soul, walking up to and into the Temple of ECK in Chanhassen, Minnesota. That is our spiritual center on this planet, like the Vatican for the Roman Catholic religion. I saw an H and U on the two glass doors. Once inside, I wandered around until I ended up in an inner sanctuary. There the Mahanta, the Inner Master, was waiting for me. I sensed other spiritual beings, like angels, in the room, but they remained invisible for me.

Next, the Mahanta showed me a past life on a big screen. I saw myself as a wandering medicine man with three lions as my companions. That wonderful, peaceful life is what caused my longing for the Maasai Mara plains and the wild animals. After many years in that life, I had to leave my lion friends behind, which greatly pained my heart.

When I asked the Mahanta, “How do I free myself from this emotional sadness and homesickness?” he gently, graciously, touched my heart.

Returning from this spiritual experience, I felt different. My emotional sadness and homesickness were gone. No more emotional heaviness. As Soul, I found my spiritual freedom again.

Anyone is capable of gaining deep insights into life and of healing the heart with the tools that are available on the path of Eckankar and with the help of the Mahanta.

It works! Ask the Mahanta to help you, whatever it is.

lllustration by Richard S. McDiarmid

—Excerpted from the 2021 Eckankar Journal

Contemplation Seed

You are invited to reflect on the spiritual messages in this story by contemplating on this passage from Past Lives, Dreams, and Soul Travel, by Harold Klemp:

As you travel to new places, dreams may reveal some past lives you spent there. Such dreams shed light on habits, likes, or fears. They show things gained or lost ages ago. Travel is thus a chance to revisit the foundation of what helped make you who and what you are today.

So take a trip and be aware.