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 is the simple spiritual practice of meditation on the sacred mantras Om or Soham. (The choice is up to the individual yogi.)
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.
The Bhagavad Gita for Awakening: A Practical Commentary for Leading a Successful Spiritual Life
In this new book from an author with over 50 years of study in the field of religions and spiritual practices of both East and West, with penetrating insight Abbot George Burke illumines the Bhagavad Gita’s practical value for spiritual seekers, and the timelessness of India’s most beloved scripture. He mines the treasures of the Gita and presents them in an easily intelligible fashion for those wishing to put these priceless teachings into practice.
★★★★★ “I found reading Abbot George Burke’s “The Bhagavad Gita for Awakening” a genuine pleasure. While I was expecting another Gita commentary, I was delighted to discover so much more than just a commentary. Utilizing his wonderful gift of expression, and employing poetry, parable, personal experiences, and a generous dose of his own deep spiritual insight and wisdom, Abbot George has produced a work that is extremely readable and immensely practical.”
~ Russ Thomas