Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)

Biography

Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri) is the founder and director of the Light of the Spirit Monastery (Atma Jyoti Ashram) in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, USA, a Saint Thomas Christian monastic foundation.

In his many pilgrimages to India, he had the opportunity of meeting some of India’s greatest spiritual figures, including Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and Anandamayi Ma. During his first trip to India he was made a monk of the ancient Swami Order. In the United States he also encountered various Christian saints, including Saint John Maximovich of San Francisco and Saint Philaret Voznesensky of New York. He was consecrated a bishop in 1975 in the St. Thomas Christian lineage.

For many years Abbot George has researched the identity of Jesus Christ and his teachings with India and Sanatana Dharma, including Yoga. It is his conclusion that Jesus lived in India for most of his life, and was a yogi and Sanatana Dharma missionary to the West. After his resurrection he returned to India and lived the rest of his life in the Himalayas.

He has written extensively on these and other topics, many of which are posted at OCOY.org. Of major significance are: The Christ of India, The Breath of Life: The Practice of Breath Meditation According to Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Jewish and Christian Traditions, The Yoga of the Sacraments and his various commentaries on Indian texts including the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads.

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Books

Dwelling In The Mirror: A Study of Illusions Produced by Delusive Meditation and How to Be Free from Them
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,290. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Self-realization, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Yoga
In Dwelling in the Mirror you will learn: • Different types of meditation and the experiences they produce, and the problems and delusions which can arise from them. • How to get rid of negative initiation energies and mantras. • What are authentic, positive meditation practices and their effects and aspects. • An ancient, universal method of meditation which is both proven an
The Bhagavad Gita - The Song of God
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,810. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Hinduism, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Hindu
A new translation of the most important spiritual classic which India has produced. The clarity of this translation by Abbot George Burke makes for easy reading, while the rich content makes this the ideal "study" Gita. As the original Sanskrit language is so rich, often there are several accurate translations for the same word, giving the spiritual student the needed understanding of the text
Spiritual Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
Price: Free! Words: 14,510. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Vegetarian and Vegan
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The health benefits of a vegetarian diet are well known, as are the ethical aspects. But the spiritual advantages should be studied by anyone involved in meditation, yoga, or any type of spiritual practice. Explains in detail about how diet affects not only the body, but the mind, the will, higher perceptions, and conscious evolution, all of which are so important for an effective spiritual life.
Foundations of Yoga: Ten Important Principles Every Meditator Should Know
Price: Free! Words: 12,030. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Self-realization, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Yoga
An in-depth explanation of the foundational principles of Patanjali's Ashtanga Yoga: Yama and Niyama. That which strengthens and facilitates our yoga practice should be observed and that which weakens or hinders it should be avoided. It is not a matter of being good or bad, but of being wise or foolish. Each one of the Five Don’ts (Yama) and Five Do’s (Niyama) is a liberating foundation of yoga.
Robe of Light: An Esoteric Christian Cosmology
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,230. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Theosophy
”“Where am I?…How did I get here?” is more than a trite line from nineteenth century melodramas and novels. It is a query put forth by potential sages throughout the history of conscious mankind. When asked on a cosmic scale, it is bold indeed: What is this universe I keep finding myself in, and how did I get here? That is answered by esoteric Christian cosmology.
The Christ of India: The Story of Saint Thomas Christianity
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,700. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religious philosophy
In "The Christ of India", Abbot George Burke presents the growing evidence that Jesus spent much of his “Lost Years” in India and Tibet, and reveals the philosophical unity of Jesus’ teachings with the Eternal Way of Truth known in India as Sanatana Dharma. The story of Saint Thomas and the history of Saint Thomas Christianity from the times of Jesus and Saint Thomas to the present is also told.
Om Yoga Meditation: Its Theory and Practice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,690. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
How is a sincere seeker to find a meditation method which is both proven and effective? By using a method which has been used successfully through the centuries: Om Yoga Meditation. Om Yoga Meditation: Its Theory and Practice will prove to be a thorough guide providing all the information that might be desired for a successful meditation practice, illumining the science of effective inner life.
May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?
Price: Free! Words: 17,450. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Reincarnation, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Church / History
A growing number of people are open to the subject of past lives, and the belief in rebirth—reincarnation, metemphsychosis, or transmigration—is becoming commonplace. But it often thought that belief in reincarnation and Christianity are incompatible. But is this really true? May a Christian believe in reincarnation? The answer may surprise you.
The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening: A Commentary on Jesus' Sayings as Recorded by the Apostle Thomas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,650. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / Jesus, the Gospels & Acts
While the rest of the Apostles dispersed to various areas of the Mediterranean world, the apostle Thomas travelled to India, where growing evidence shows that Jesus spent his "Lost Years," and which had been the source of the wisdom which he had brought to the "West." In The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening, Abbot George shines the "Light of the East" on the sometimes enigmatic sayings of Jesus.
A Brief Sanskrit Glossary: A Spiritual Student's Guide to Essential Sanskrit Terms
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,980. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Hinduism, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
This sanskrit glossary contains full translations and explanations of many of the most commonly used spiritual sanskrit terms, and will help students of the Bhagavad Gita, the Upanishads, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and other indian scriptures and philosophical works to expand their vocabularies to include the sanskrit terms contained in them, and gain a fuller understanding in their studies.
The Dhammapada for Awakening: A Commentary on Buddha's Practical Wisdom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,560. Language: American English. Published: December 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
In The Dhammapada for Awakening Abbot George Burke draws on the proven wisdom of different ancient traditions, and the contemporary masters of spiritual life, as well as his own studies and first-hand knowledge of the mystical traditions of East and West, to illumine the practical wisdom of Buddha in the Dhammapada - and more importantly, makes that teaching relevant to today's spiritual seekers.

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