Podcast: Swami Sivananda and the Song of Admonition
Swami Sivananda composed many songs in English to convey his teachings, the most famous being the Song of Ities listing such virtues as Simplicity, Purity and Charity. Others were advice and inspiration for spiritual endeavor. This Song of Admonition is the best known.
Podcast: How Should We Respond to Outer and Inner Negativity and Evil?
In today’s podcast Abbot George tells us about the difference between Satan and Mara, and how we should respond to outer and inner negativity and evil.
Podcast: What Is Satan?
The topic of Satan and evil is one that we should not dwell on, for Abbot George says “talking about negativity can bring the mind into the orbit of negativity.” But it is good to have a basic understanding of evil so that we can be on our guard against inner and outer evil.
Podcast: What Is Maya?
In today’s podcast our friend Jonathan Mahoney asks Abbot George “What is Maya?” Abbot George’s answer covers various aspects of Maya.
Podcast: What is Mahashakti?
In this podcast Abbot George discusses the “Great Power” (the meaning of Mahashakti) as the entire range of relative existence, composed of vibrating energy. There is nothing but Consciousness. But when Consciousness does not move, we call it spirit. When Consciousness moves, we call it energy or shakti or power.
Podcast: The Hidden Status of Master Yogis, Part 2
In this podcast Abbot George continues his discussion concerning how Lucifer could stand to be in the presence of Jesus, and how the status of master yogis is often hidden. He begins by giving his own experiences with spiritual figures in India, and continues with what he had heard of others.
Podcast: The Hidden Status of Master Yogis, Part 1
Recently our friend Jonathan Mahoney asked Abbot George Burke how Lucifer could tempt Jesus if evil spirits cannot stand high spiritual vibrations. In this first of two podcasts Abbot George answers this question, showing how the status of master yogis is often hidden, giving examples from the lives of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Ananadamayi Ma and others.
Podcast: Diet and Consciousness: The Importance of a Pure Diet for the Yogi
In today’s podcast, Abbot George Burke talks about how diet affects consciousness, and the importance of a pure diet for the yogi.
Podcast: Swami Sivananda’s Humor (Updated 5-2022 with a Video Podcast)
Swami Sivananda’s joyful sense of humor are evident in this podcast. This includes the following incidents:
• Sivananda’s riddle and the over-serious student.
• The story of the rare color film photos of Swamiji.
• Sivananda’s omniscience regarding what was going on in Sivanandashram.
• And more!