Q: We seek the intervention of the gods and goddesses to alleviate our sufferings or to seek boons. Isn’t this in violation of the law of karma?
No. Seeking the intervention of the gods and goddesses to alleviate our sufferings or to seek boons is a legitimate application of the law of karma.
All actions are karma and have results. Praying, worshipping and making offerings to God, gods, goddesses and holy people are holy actions that create merit (punya–positive karma) which can invoke blessings in the form of various beneficial responses.
Odds and Ends — Miscellaneous News
The Podcasts by Abbot George which were begun a little over a year ago have reached almost 40,000 downloads. And we received news not long ago that our podcast feed has become one of the first available on Google’s new Google Play for Android devices. Of course, these podcasts on meditation and practical spiritual life have been available on iTunes for some time. If you haven’t listened before, the links above give you three options to begin!
We are grateful for the recent positive Amazon review from the author Cheryl Bruedigam for Abbot George’s new book Om Yoga Meditation: Its Theory and Practice, which we would like to share with our readers:
“Completely engrossing, if you allow it.
I gobbled up every word once I gave it my all. “Om Yoga Its Theory and Practice,” by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri), is not a book to be read lightly but is most certainly a book to be read by anyone seeking the way to enlightenment.
Do not read it on the subway or in the doctor’s office or on your lunch break. It is a tutorial of wealth and knowledge that demands your full attention in order to absorb and understand these great teachings. Allow yourself to immerse slowly into the flow of wordly waters as Burke leads you from the mysterious to the achievable: across “’the bridge to immortality…,’” with the use of meditation and the timeless Om chant which is the life and the breath of All, the vibration of All.
Once again, Burke’s conversational ease takes not only a complicated and misunderstood topic, but an ancient teaching, and brings it into the comprehensible, the understandable, and into the light of the layman’s mind while opening that mind to the vast and yet undiscovered potential of the union with the All.
Rather it may be a “rediscovery,” shall we say, because as Burke clearly demonstrates through the ancient writings of books like the “Upanishads” and the “Bhagavad Gita,” we have always had this union. Yet as we come into this physical realm it is forgotten. It is the purpose of life to make our way back to the Supreme Self, the God-consciousness.
This book explains and teaches that forgotten way through the ancient science and practice of yoga.
But this is not a yoga of spandex pants, yoga abs and cute little studios. These teachings pre-date historical records and are of a highly traditional and spiritual manner. This is perhaps yoga unlike anything experienced in the contemporary commercial market.
This is the real thing; the path to enlightenment and to All that Is. Sound complicated? It is not. It is simple really, it is Om.
Note: I highly recommend this book to yoga and meditation instructors to further assist the student in a deeper experience.”
Om Yoga Meditation: Its Theory and Practice is available in print and as a Kindle book from Amazon.com, and in various ebook formats from Smashwords, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, and other online sources.