What are Original Christianity and Original Yoga?
Original Christianity is the basic, classical teachings of Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Dharma, which were taught by Jesus, who was a missionary to the West of the spiritual vision of India, and the empowering and transforming rituals instituted by Jesus and known as Sacraments that were meant to accomplish outside India what the traditional samskaras and spiritual initiations (diksha) accomplished for those living in India. It was the earliest form of Vedanta for the West.
“All the religions of the world have come into existence through the will of God, and all will cease to exist through His will. But the religion of India will never cease to exist, for it alone is the Sanatana [Eternal] Dharma.” Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa
Original Yoga was divinely revealed to the Nath Yogi Sampradaya begun by Matsyendranath and Goraknath, of which both Patanjali and Jesus (Sri Ishanath) were members.
Both of these–Original Christianity and Original Yoga–are to be found in the eleven major Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and we believe are the only authentic Christianity.
Saint Augustine wrote in the fourth century: “The identical thing that we now call the Christian religion existed among the ancients and has not been lacking from the beginnings of the human race until the coming of Christ in the flesh, from which moment on the true religion, which already existed, began to be called ‘Christian.’” Read Articles about Original Christianity
Except for the New Testament, very few early Christian writings have survived. Those that have, such as The Odes of Solomon, The Gospel of Thomas and a handful of fragments, show a very different Christianity from that of today. To supply this defect, we must look to the East–especially India where Jesus spent over half his life. As a Saint Thomas Christian priest once remarked: “You cannot understand the teachings of Jesus unless you know the scriptures of India.” Read Articles about Dharma for Awakening
Light of the Spirit Monastery is an esoteric Christian monastic community for those men who seek direct experience of the Spirit through meditation, sacramental worship, discipline and dedicated communal life, emphasizing the inner reality of “Christ in you the hope of glory,” as taught by the illumined mystics of East and West. Special attention is also given to the pre-Christian roots of the Gospel of Christ, especially those in India. Read about Light of the Spirit Monastery and monastic life
Visit our Podcast Page to listen to talks by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri), head of Light of the Spirit Monastery, about various aspects of practical spiritual life, and remarkable spiritual people he has known. These podcasts will include talks on Original Christianity and Original Yoga, Om Yoga Meditation, the Yoga Life, the connection between Jesus and India, monastic life, and much more. Listen to Podcasts.
Perspectives on Yoga: Living the Yoga Life
Many people come to the joyous and liberating discovery of yoga and yoga philosophy, and then dive no deeper, resting on their first understanding of the atman, Brahman, the goal of yoga, and everything else the classic yoga philosophy teaches about “the way things are.”
In Perspectives on Yoga author Abbot George Burke shares the gems he has found from a lifetime of “diving deep.” This collection of reflections and short essays addresses the key concepts of the yoga philosophy that are so easy to take for granted. Never content with the accepted cliches about yoga sadhana, the yoga life, the place of a guru, the nature of Brahman and our unity with It, Abbot George’s insights on these and other facets of the yoga life will inspire, provoke, enlighten, and even entertain.
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★★★★★ “A great read and reference. Abbott George eloquently brings the eastern practice of seeking God inwardly to western readers who have been taught to seek God outwardly. As always Abbott George has presented all information with years of practice and references to support his thought and to help further the readers study.”
~ Bill Braddock