Welcome to our podcast page, where you can listen to talks by Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri) about various aspects of practical spiritual life, and remarkable spiritual people he has known.
These spiritual podcasts will include talks on Original Christianity and Original Yoga, Om Meditation, what is necessary for success in yoga, vegetarianism, reincarnation, the connection between Jesus and India, and much more. We hope to add new podcasts frequently, so visit often!
Podcasts will be listed with the newest ones at the top of the page. With dozens of podcasts, we have split this page into multiple pages. You can access more podcasts by using the links at the bottom of each page.
Understanding Karma as the Basis of Reincarnation
In a followup interview with Bianca in Adelaide, Australia, Abbot George discusses the importance of understanding karma as the basis of reincarnation. With this understanding, we can begin to comprehend our present situation in life, and we can become empowered to create our future.
Bianca asks Abbot George about the connections between people we meet in this life, and how we react with them, and our having known them in previous lives. He answers with examples both in his own life and those of others that illustrate the relationship between this life and past lives. The podcast is 50:30 minutes long.
Reincarnation: Its Causes and Consequences
Bianca Vlahos of the Australian radio station PBA-FM interviewed Abbot George Burke on the broad topic of reincarnation. They discussed the source of reincarnation (karma—our actions, both positive and negative) and the purpose of reincarnation: our spiritual evolution and growth. Bianca gave the interview this title: “The Spiritual Journey of Humans – Discussing pain and suffering, enlightenment, karma, forgiveness, reincarnation, awakening, meditation, mindfulness and more. Interview with Abbot George Burke discussing his book May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?” (This book is available in print and as a free ebook on Amazon, and also on our site here. The podcast is 52:00 minutes long.
The Symbolism of Christmas and Its Universal Message
For our Christmas offering we offer you a podcast about Christmas, and about Christ being born in us, and how Christmas should mean a transformation and renewal of the individual, rather than simply an exernal observance. This podcast is from an interview by our friend Bianca Vlahos of radio station FIVEaa in Adelaide, Australia. The podcast is 23:07 minutes long.
Everyday Wisdom from Buddha: Part 2 of Bianca Vlahos’ Interview
In part 2 of the recent interview with Abbot George about Buddha’s everyday wisdom as recorded in the Dhammapada, Bianca Vlahos of radio station PBA-FM in Adelaide, South Australia, inquired further about how to lead an effective and uplifting life in the world applying the principles which Buddha advocated. One aspect of the discussion was the necessity to have patience and perseverance in spiritual endeavor, with Abbot George talking about the saying, “Lighting flashes brightly for only a moment, but the dawning of day is gradual and inevitable.” The podcast length is 32:03 minutes.
Buddha’s Wisdom for Every Day: A Radio Interview
How can Buddha’s wisdom as recorded in the Dhammapada be applied in our every-day lives? That was the topic of the latest radio interview of Abbot George Burke by Bianca Vlahos of radio station PBA-FM in Adelaide, South Australia last year. Bianca read a copy of Abbot George’s book The Dhammapada for Awakening (available on our site here and on Amazon here) and as usual had very good and practical questions for Abbot George on how to best apply Buddha’s wisdom. The podcast length is 29:27 minutes
Vegetarianism, Part 2: Australian Radio Interview Followup
As the subject matter of vegetarianism and spirituality in the last interview was so vast, Bianca Vlahos followed with this interview a few weeks later. This podcast includes the rather comic as well as serious reasons why Abbot George bacame a vegetarian. The podcast length is 33:59 minutes.
Vegetarianism: an Interview of Abbot George on Australian Radio
Bianca Vlahos, radio announcer and producer at PBA-FM in Adelaide, Australia, became a vegan for a multitude of reasons. She researched the topic exhaustively and found several articles about aspects of vegetarianism on our website (See Spiritual Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet and Humans: Are We Carnivores or Vegetarians by Nature?) and decided to contact Abbot George about doing a radio interview on the subject of the “connection between the Clarification of Morals & Ethics in relation to the food we eat.” This is that interview. The podcast length is 37:19 minutes.
The Big Picture: How to Gain the Vision of God (Reflections on Monastic Life – Part 2)
Most people live in The Little Picture with small ideas and small goals, all short term. But some live in The Big Picture, considering their life as a whole extending through many years, realizing that the small aspects will be forgotten, but the overall character of their life will determine their future beyond this world as well as within it. Learn how this is done.
Reflections on Monastic Life – Part 1
Here Abbot George shares his reflections on monastic life as he approaches the fifty-second anniversary of his taking sannyas. He discusses who should take up monastic life and who should not. To this end he talks about swadharma, which means someone’s own inherent disposition, fundamental nature, or potentiality; inherent state of mind; state of inner being.
Swami Rama of Hardwar (Ram Kunj)
This podcast is about Abbot George’s meetings with the Kashmiri saint Swami Rama of Hardwar. You will learn of:
Swami Rama’s simple outward demeanor but fiery inner nature,
The story of Swami Rama’s teacher,
Swami Rama on Kundalini,
And Swami Ram on Om.