Home - Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)

Consciousness and Energy: A Reader’s Inquiry

Q: Gorakhnath describes God as a Oneness of Shiva and His Shakti. Do you agree with this Philosophy of a Father-Mother God?
Yes and No. For us in this relative existence, there appears to be a duality of Consciousness/Energy. But that is a misperception. There is only Consciousness.

What is Sin? – A Yoga Perspective

The Sanskrit word for sin is papam, which means harmful negativity. In the New Testament the word translated “sin” is amartano, which simply means to miss the mark, or to fall short of the ideal.

Who Is God? The Yoga View

In the Yoga Sutras the word for God is Ishwara–the Lord, Ruler, Master, or Controller possessing the powers of omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. Ishwara is the Supreme Power, Parameshwara. It is toward this Ishwara that our life is to be directed if we would attain … Continue reading

Reading the Akasha: Can We Know What is Right?

Q: If Levi could read the Akasha and made a wrong statement, how can we be sure that his other statements are correct? A: We can’t. We have to be like a wise ant and take the sugar and leave the sand. And that means we have to trust ourselves. Can we be sure of that?