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Podcasts by Abbot George Burke of Light of the Spirit Monastery on meditation, yoga, practical spiritual life, and remarkable spiritual people he has known. Podcasts will include talks on Original Christianity and Original Yoga, Om Meditation, the necessity for vegetarianism in spiritual life, Jesus in India, and much more.

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English


Episodes

The Benefits of Past Life Recal

7/13/2017
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The subject of past life recall is a broad topic. So this interview of Abbot George Burke by our friend Bianca Vlahos of PBA-fm radio in Australia is a long one—just over 53 minutes. Among the questions Bianca asks is “What is the main value in understanding our past lives?” Here are some of Abbot […] The post The Benefits of Past Life Recall | Podcast appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:53:08


Understanding Karma as the Basis of Reincarnation

4/28/2017
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In a followup interview with Bianca Vlahos of PBA FM radio 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. Abbot George says in the interview, we […] The post Understanding Karma as the Basis of Reincarnation | Podcast appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:50:29


Reincarnation, Its Causes and Consequences

4/4/2017
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Last month our friend 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. Abbot George likened reincarnation to school. We can choose to learn the lessons […] The post appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:52:00


The Symbolism of Christmas and Its Universal Message

12/24/2016
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For our Christmas offering we offer you a podcast about Christmas, and about Christ being born in us. Today’s podcast is from an interview by our friend Bianca Vlahos of radio station FIVEaa in Adelaide, Australia. Listen to The Symbolism of Christmas and Its Universal Message if you do not see the player above. The podcast […] The post The Symbolism of Christmas and Its Universal Message | Podcast appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:23:06


The Symbolism of Christmas and Its Universal Message

12/24/2016
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For our Christmas offering we offer you a podcast about Christmas, and about Christ being born in us. Today’s podcast is from an interview by our friend Bianca Vlahos of radio station FIVEaa in Adelaide, Australia. Click here to listen to The Symbolism of Christmas and Its Universal Message if you do not see the player above. […] The post The Symbolism of Christmas and Its Universal Message | Podcast appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:23:06


Everyday Wisdom from Buddha, Part 2

12/16/2016
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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. The catalyst of this interview was when […] The post Everyday Wisdom from Buddha: Part 2 of Bianca Vlahos’ Interview with Abbot George appeared first on Original Christianity and...

Duration: 00:32:02


Buddha's Wisdom for Every Day: A Podcast Interview of Abbot George by Bianca Vlahos

12/8/2016
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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 a couple of weeks ago. Bianca read a copy of Abbot George’s book The Dhammapada for Awakening (available on […] The post Buddha’s Wisdom for Every Day: A Podcast Interview of Abbot George by Bianca Vlahos appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:29:26


Vegetarianism: Radio Interview with Abbot George, Part 2

10/31/2016
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In a followup to the interview about vegetarianism that Bianca Vlahos did with Abbot George in late September on the radio station PBA-FM in Adelaide, South Australia, she again interviewed Abbot George last week on October 22nd. The topic was vegetarianism again, as the topic is so vast and important. Below you can listen to the […] The post Vegetarianism: Radio Interview with Abbot George, Part 2 appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:33:59


Vegetarianism: an Interview of Abbot George on Australian Radio

10/2/2016
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About a month ago, Bianca Lagonik Vlahos of 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?) She is a radio announcer and producer at PBA-FM in […] The post appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

Duration: 00:37:18


The Big Picture: How to Gain the Vision of God

5/7/2016
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Click here to listen to The Big Picture: How to Gain the Vision of Godif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 20:34minutes. When I was very young there was a television program called The Big Picture. 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...

Duration: 00:20:34


How to Become a Friend of God

3/21/2016
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Click here to listen to How to Become a Friend of God if you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 17:48 minutes. “The first time I wrote to Mother Anandamayi, in her reply she referred to me as “my friend,” which she only did in relation to monastics. Others she called “father” or “mother.” To his disciples who had left everything to follow him, Jesus, too, had said: “I have called you friends.” The relationship of father and mother is not by (conscious) choice. A friend,...

Duration: 00:17:48


Reflections on Monastic Life—Part 1

3/12/2016
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Click here tolisten to Reflection on Monastic Life, Part 1if you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 16:46minutes. Who should lead a monastic life and who shouldn't, and what motivates a monk. I would like to share with you my reflections on monastic life as I approach the fifty-second anniversary of my taking sannyas. How does one know if he should lead the monastic life? The great twentieth-century Indian sage, Sri Ramana Maharshi, had left home at the age of seventeen....

Duration: 00:25:36


My Friend Jugavati, and the Vishnupur Train Platform Swami

2/17/2016
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Click here tolisten to My Friend Jugavati, and the Vishnupur Train Platform Swamiif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 6:35minutes. The next treasure I want to tell you about lived right in the midst of the bustle of Delhi, but beyond it all. One morning my friend Shyam Lal Sharma said he wanted me to meet a special person, a woman named Jugavati who was the sister of a famous Vaishnava guru of Brindaban. So off we went. Sharmaji was a man of very modest means, with...

Duration: 00:06:35


Swami Rama of Hardwar (Ram Kunj)

1/30/2016
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Click here tolisten to Swami Rama of Hardwar (Ram Kunj)if you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 11:06 minutes. Late one afternoon when I was staying for a while with Srimati Rani Bhan and her family in Delhi she told me that we (Rani, her son and I) would be going to see a Kashmiri saint in a nearby neighborhood. The length of the walk belied the description of “nearby” but I trusted Raniji’s respect for the saint who was simply named Swami Rama. He was not a Shankara...

Duration: 00:11:06


Four First-Class Sadhus

1/11/2016
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Click here tolisten to Four First-Class Sadhusif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 16:00 minutes. Sadhu: a seeker for truth (sat); and a person who is practicing spiritual disciplines.Usually this term is applied to monastics. In this podcast, Abbot George relates his experiences with four monks he met in India that were definitely of the first class. These were: The Ganges island swami Hisfriend in black The Swami who would not be a pet, and his guru who laughed....

Duration: 00:19:35


The Healer, the Raja, Neem Karoli Baba, and the Unnamed Master

12/21/2015
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Click here tolisten to The Healer, the Raja, Neem Karoli Baba, and the Unnamed Masterif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 19:37minutes. It might seem strange that I am writing about Neem Karoli Baba because I have no stories about him. But I did see him, and since it was one of the most memorable events of my life, I want to add my voice to those who speak of his greatness. (If you do not know about his life, please read some of the books about him. They are a great...

Duration: 00:19:37


Three Remarkable Saints of India

11/18/2015
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Click here tolisten to Three Remarkable Indian Saintsif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 27:15minutes. Swami Sivananda-Hridayananda The next heart-treasure I want to tell you about is Swami Sivananda-Hridayananda of Sivananda Ashram. Her name means Bliss of Sivananda’s Heart, and it was very appropriate. In the ashram she was simply known as Doctor Mother because she was an eye surgeon and presided over the free eye hospital Swami Sivananda had established in the...

Duration: 00:27:14


Memories of Sri Maitri Devi

11/11/2015
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Click here tolisten to Memories of Sri Maitri Deviif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 15:03minutes. My first trip to India I was always in walking distance of at least one saint. And sometimes I was living with them. Late one morning Rani Bhan said to me: “I am taking you to meet a saint today,” and we set off. O my India! It was a long walk, but worth it. Our destination was an especially beautiful ashram on Ring Road in north Delhi. “This is the ashram of Sri Maitri...

Duration: 00:15:02


The Monk That Challenged Lenin: Yogeshwar Brahmachari

11/2/2015
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Click here to listen to The Monk That Challenged Lenin: Yogeshwar Brahmachariif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 15:48 minutes. I first saw Sri Yogeshwar Brahmachari at the birthday celebration of Anandamayi Ma in 1971. He was sitting on the speakers’ platform along with Ma and many spiritual figures of Northern India. While the others looked around and often made some overt response to what was being said over the microphone, Yogeshwarji sat totally unmoving for...

Duration: 00:24:10


Raihana Tyabji, the Moslem Saint Who Worshiped Krishna

10/20/2015
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Click here tolisten to Raihana Tyabji, the Moslem Saint Who Worshiped Krishnaif you do not see the player above. The podcast length is 25:48 minutes. One afternoon in India in a conversation my friend Rani Bhan told me about Raihana Tyabji, a Moslem saint, an associate of Gandhi, who lived in Delhi. She told me that when the saint became of marriageable age her parents already had decided what rich and powerful man she would marry. So she fervently prayed to God that something would happen...

Duration: 00:25:48

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