Divine Master and Founder of Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, Inc.
Ruben Edera Ecleo, Sr. (December 9, 1934 – December 20, 1987), a Filipinospiritual leader who founded the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, Incorporated (PBMA, INC.) in 1965.
He was born from a poor family in the Island of Cabilan (formerly Puyange), Dinagat,Surigao del Norte, in Northern Mindanao. At the age of 8 he started his mission as a transient healer-missioner assuming different personalities and travelled all overMindanao Islands and in some parts of the Visayas Region. He learned Arabic, Hebrew,Sanskrit and Aramaiclanguages, from whence, he abled to interpret the ancient mysteries and read the Akashic Records and taught a different and unique doctrine ofChristianism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Akasha combinations.
On the early parts of 60’s he organized his first group of followers and called it the “First Thirteen” resembling the Twelve Apostles who have received Jesus‘s teachings and instructions. He eventually became known by the title “Divine Master” which is equivalent to “Grand Master” or “Worshipful Master” of the order of Freemasonry. In 1965, he organized and established his association, the Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association, Incorporated and registered it with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He was once featured in the WHO Magazine (26-09-81) as “The South’s Mysterious Superstar.” Barangay San Jose of the Municipality of Dinagat, which was the home base of PBMA, Inc. was acclaimed as “Most Outstanding Barangay of the Philippines” by the eliteRotary Club of Makati in 1980. Then, he was elected as mayor of the Municipality ofDinagat and holds the record for serving the longest term for a mayor. He was chosen as the “Most Outstanding Mayor” of the Philippines in 1985.
After Ecleo died, the Association’s leadership was bequeathed to his eldest son, Ruben Ecleo, Jr. A mausoleum at the top of the hill in Barangay Cuarenta, San Jose, Dinagat Islands Province was built in his honor.
Born for a Great Mission
Little boy Ruben, the wonder child of Cabilan grew in the islet with his five brothers and sisters. Espiritu, Orcenciana, Nicolas, Oldarica, and Moises are the members of the Ecleo Family. They had open their imaginations and unfolded their inner vision to behold the meaning of scenic beauty of the coral island whose trees and palms swayed with the northerly winds and easterly whisper from the China Sea and the great Pacific Ocean, respectively.
At the age one, Ruben was baptized at the Aglipayan Parish in Surigao town across the sea, like his brothers and sisters while Visayan tradition remained consistent, every member of the Ecleo family in Cabelan must swim in the sea. Small boy Ruben learned to acclimatize himself with the rudiments of swimming and working by himself. Before he reached the age of seven, one year immediately before December 8, 1941, Ruben had already become an active, industrious and obedient lad.
Boy Ruben or Obing as he was at his tender age of six most have known the saltiness of table salt and the sweetness of sugar as it were, in the truth-evaluation of facts, events and occurrences or unexplained circumstances happening in those years. As for Ruben the seeking of truth and learning it to be a part of his early wisdom is to experience and live truth itself. In learning the nature of saltiness, tasting it rather hearing its definition and description conveys the truth and its meaning.
Before 1941, the Ecleo family moved to the seacoast on the western rim of Dinagat Island and peacefully settled at the southern stretch of Melgar and Wilson, in a sitio called Puyange so named after a huge tree with wide spreading branches that grew luxuriantly in the area. It was not long when the Second World War broke out and belching smoke of aggression spread all over the Philippines from Pearl Harbor.
The sitio of Puyange was quiet and serene. Its picturesque sunset presents and awe-inspiring celestial grandeur and beauty that overwhelms the imagination. It seacoast to the next neighboring barrio is peopled by industrious sea-loving citizens. Among the busy fishermen and family heads who engaged in small scale business was Jose Ecleo, the Father of young Ruben who was then six years old in 1940. Tugging along with his experience for Ruben, while he greeted his new home and environment which afforded an ideal refuge for the family and a suitable harborage for people who sought fortune in the seas.
Experienced in the hard ways of sea life and the usual inconvenience of pioneering existence Ruben adapted himself easily with the new surroundings. But the young boy could not have any chance to study formally to the public school, since there was no educational institution in Puyange increased and children of school age doubled their number. Since there was no school in Puyange, Ruben was taught by his mother the rudiments of readings and writings.
No sooner than Ruben was seven years old, he had already got acquainted with many children and became ground bordening the sea. Later, he explored the vicinities of the place and gained access of the trails until he visited the innermost or furthermost places of mainland Dinagat, he disappeared one day. He must have gone to some far distance where it took him much difficulty to be home quite early during the day.
Actually, Ruben was beginning to start a mission as early as 1941, while playing with other children in Puyange. At the age of 8, he reached far places on mission. At 9, he had introduced dome noble ideas and good behavior to his friends. At 10, he was in Panaon Island. Southern Leyte where he enrolled in Grade two, during the War. Whether mysteriously or otherwise, Ruben’s enrollment in Panaon, Leyte is quiet mystifying, rather unexplainable in terms of physical standards, since he was 11 years old; when he was seen in Puyange in 1946, he enrolled again in Grade I in barrio Wilson school where he was accelerated to Grade III.
Back to Leyte in mystery, Ruben at the age of 11 went to the mountains where he received dictations from the Spiritual realm after which he began his full mission at 12. In the mountains of Northern Leyte, he spent days and night, in cold, heat and hunger. He was alone at the mercy of wild animals, like pythons, deadly insects and venomous vipers and reptiles. He did meditate and heard the voice from Devachan, the voice from the Astral, from the silence of his higher being, the voice from the egoic plane from the Spiritual and Divine planes. In the language of occultism, Ruben attained the state of oneness with his higher or spiritual self or union with the Universal Self. In the language of Yoga science, it is a samadhi when the “experience resolves itself into the very texture of the normal consciousness of the seer, as his Shaja Avastha. To him the experience becomes spontaneous and he works on amidst the diversities the characterize the outward existence, as unaffected Sakshi (Witness)”
“In Samadhi is garnered such a tremendous reserve of power that this divine energy irresistibly seeks an outlet in service.” As sees at the age of 12, Ruben “emerges from the experience filled with an inner surge of Love and friendliness towards all creation of sense of power to manifest this Love in deed of good will and help. Samadhi unifies the entire creation through a homogeneous experience. Inspired by a cosmic sympathy of life, he give himself joyously and freely fort he cause of Lokabita (public welfare).”
As a Chela Ruben was guided by the Arhat and taught by an Avatar, While in deep concentration and meditation he received instructions in the ancient wisdom as well as the words of power or divine mantras in all levels. The dictations to min from the Spiritual Plane gave him definite orders for the implementation of his fuller mission. He was then trained in reading and writing the Arabic, Hebrew, Sanskrit and Aramaic language to be able to interpret the ancient mysteries, aside from being able to read Akashic Records for reference purposes of the past and future events in the universe.
At the age of 13, young Ruben was enrolled in Grade IV at the Surigao Central Elementary School, Surigao del Norte. In 1949, he enrolled in the First Year High School at San Nicolas. During nights, however, Ruben studies and learns in the Astral, which process of study may be easily understood by readers. These seemingly unbelievable process of Ruben’s esoteric or inner life are not quite understood by the uninitiate, since these are the only schemes by which Ruben’s education, both in the physical and in the spiritual could be accelerated, particularly in the Holy Scriptures and the Occult, in preparation his great mission.
Through spiritual dictations, therefore, and visions, Ruben gradually learned what otherwise could not have been learned in so short a time. Of course, there is nothing impossible in the Spiritual, with the help of the Lord. What is puzzling to the ordinary mind or thinkers is Ruben’s presence in many places at the same time which power of omnipresence is only possible for Masters of Wisdom, the Arhats, Avatars and Heirophants, as in the case of Master Jesus who had been in the America’s, Egypt, India and in his native Judea, simultaneously aside from being in the monastery in the Essenean School, near Mount Serbal, overlooking the Black Sea. Each of his bodies was with different face, height, perhaps different nationality, performing a mission which only the Almighty God, the Father knows.
In occult science, this is what we ascribe to the power of simultaneous materialization by virtue of the stupendous” power of the Mantra or word of power given to the recipient, by God. Furthermore, the power of transfiguration is also manifest which means that the Master Arhat, Avatar or Heirophant can change his physical figure at will, in different places, from young personality to old, as it were. In receiving the words of power, Master Missioner Ruben can materialize anywhere at will which is likewise clearly explained in the book “Where Theosophy and Science Meet”. Apparently, by uttering the Mantra, or word of power, the Master could almost do anything.
After intervals of days and months, Ruben goes to Puyange to visit his parents and makes himself known to be in the same place for the purposes of being incognito somewhere in Leyte, Samar and in all other places he willed to visit. In 1949, records show that Ruben enrolled at the San Nicolas College, Surigao del Norte in the First Year High School. In the same year, he was also in Leyte, since he was on full missionary work, the nature of which was to go so many and places different communities, talking to people, feeling their sentiments, sensing their emotions, learning the moral, spiritual and economic problems.
But as he knew the ills of man, he taught them how to live the happy life and guided them in the spiritual. He solved their problems and healed sick people who flocked to him. Traveling extensively in Leyte, Samar, Mindanao, Bohol and Cebu, he was able to learn the dialects of the places fast, being guided Missioner by the Spirit of God. This is always true to advanced souls who are not necessarily geniuses at their early age in the physical.
In 1952, an going-vessel dropped anchor at Cabelan island with Caple Jurry and Dr. Hugh Tovar aboard; Missioner Ecleo joined the group to the United States and after his 8 months sojourn in Church, Virginia and in some other places aboard, on survey study and tour, he came back in the Philippines in 1953. In the United States he made contacts with his previous colleagues and had a change to survey the possibility of fulfilling a mission there. When he was back in the Philippines, Ruben Ecleo was still with the favor of performing his missionary duties. Again, he went up to the mountains of Leyte for instruction. This action gave an impression to the people that young Ruben, was no less than mis-guided psychophant or a crazy charlatan, bent on working with invisible denizens from whose powers he made manifest his psychic influence.
Going back to Surigao del Norte in 1955, Obing as he was called decided to get married, since he believed that marriage could possibly give him the best incentive to understand material life, human frailties and imperfections. Marriage was necessary resource. It was an exoteric objective, a moral ideal designed to keep him well-informed mundane life or wordly passion and of possession. A woman shall become the balancer, a regulator, a pivot, a springboard a catapulter for greater and higher progressive goals, both for the material and the spiritual life of a man.
Is a marriage or matrimony necessary in the life of man and woman? When man created man, was marriage decreed as an expression of love on the basis of knowledge and wisdom. Marriage between man and woman may be an act of faith in the absolute Rulership of God in whose power and wisdom we live and move and have our being.
Matrimony is in obedience to the spiritual law, and in fulfillment of the Divine Plan for man’s progression and perfection. Marriage, therefore, is necessary in Ruben’s life as a token symbol of human sacrifice and love in his physical life, in compliance with the requirements of his initiation to the Higher Life, so that he may tread the Path, to fulfill his mission. Of course, his mission cannot be ultimately understood, even by the few, since God’s Plan for humanity, although progressive, is both physically inclusive and spiritually expensive.
Glenda, the amiable daughter of Mr. Roberto Buray, of Gitagum, Cagayan de Oro City was the woman who knew Ruben Ecleo Ecleo too well, since the latter has been with the Buray family for sometime. The woman knew how Ruben grew to manhood , how he suffered more material frustrations, since his object of poverty could only be explained in terms of meeting the requirements of esoteric life in which the seeker after truth or the Chela must undergo sacrifices, deprivations, humiliations and even mortification if necessary in obedience to the law of initiation into the higher life and in accordance with God’s plan.
Very few men may understand the meaning of initiation into the higher life, since most people are attached to inert matter. But Ruben’s mission had to go on, with more inspiration, zeal and solitude. After his marriage in 1955, he went to Agusan for sometime and began his major healing among the Manobos until 1957. While performing his missionary work in Agusan, he was also physically travelling somewhere in Davao, Bukidnon, Leyte and Samar, using different names perhaps different faces, some of whom are old or young identities, losing therefore, his early childhood personality as Ruben Ecleo. With, such mysterious omnipresence in several places, he could not possibly be identified as a married man, the son-in-law of Roberto Buray, or the youngest child of Jose Ecleo and Justiniana Edera who lives somewhere in Puyange, Dinagat, Surigao del Norte.
With nicknames such as Ben, Obing, Fredd, Freddie, Ruben, Tony and Dr. Laway, the real Master Mission in the physical body of Ruben Ecleo raised the dead and saved the dying from consequent death. The alter-egos, the doubles and all other physical manifestations of Ruben’s omnipresent personality performed the mission. All the manifested personalities cured mysterious diseases and used the healing powers of the Lord Jesus who first applied these powers in Judea. This process of healing became the percursor of what is now called Divine Healing, since the healing power comes directly from our Divine Father, by virtue of the sacred or divine prayers which are called in Occultism as Mantras.
Speaking of mantras, Ruben Ecleo has painstakingly compiled a book of these powerful words or letter-combination that produce coherent vowel sounds which could be pronounced with ease and clarity.