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A Practical Resource for the Spiritual Student.



Discover the timeless wisdom of India and the yoga path to freedom. This podcast channel offers you a wealth of practical and thought-provoking knowledge about the Oriental origins of Christianity, the simple and classic tradition of Yoga and the Yoga Life, the practical messages of the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures, and much more.



Journey beyond the forest of cliches, contradictions, and confusion about Yoga, Hinduism, Christianity and metaphysical thought, through the unconventional wisdom of Abbot George Burke, director of Light of the Spirit Monastery.

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A Practical Resource for the Spiritual Student.



Discover the timeless wisdom of India and the yoga path to freedom. This podcast channel offers you a wealth of practical and thought-provoking knowledge about the Oriental origins of Christianity, the simple and classic tradition of Yoga and the Yoga Life, the practical messages of the Bhagavad Gita and other scriptures, and much more.



Journey beyond the forest of cliches, contradictions, and confusion about Yoga, Hinduism, Christianity and metaphysical thought, through the unconventional wisdom of Abbot George Burke, director of Light of the Spirit Monastery.

    Podcast: What is Mahashakti?

    Podcast: What is Mahashakti?

    Recently our friend Jonathan Mahoney visited us, and he had a number of questions for Abbot George during that time, which we recorded and will share in the coming months as podcasts. His first question was “what is Mahashakti?”

    In his answer, 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.

    He talks about Mahashakti as a manifestation of God, an intelligent power, usually thought of as a merciful power, a caring power, a loving power, therefore, it’s called Mother.

    Also, since we reflect the qualities of what we pay attention to, people will begin to manifest the qualities of the forms of God they worship. And because of our inner temperament we will naturally gravitate towards one concept of God or another, because in them are the qualities that are beneficial for them, so it will help them develop those automatically.

    As we grow and evolve, our spiritual inclinations may change, and we should follow our instincts on these things and if there’s no instinct, we shouldn’t force ourselves.

    This is a short summary of some of the points covered in this podcast. Listen to learn much more.

    This podcast is just over 13:24 minutes long. If you do not see the podcast player above (it won’t show in emails), you can listen here: What Is Mahashakti?

    Further Reading (and Listening):



    * Shiva and Shakti: A Yogi’s Perspective

    * Podcast: Plain Talk About God

    * Podcast: Beyond Theory and Belief to Actual Experience

    • 13 min
    Podcast: The Hidden Status of Master Yogis, Part 2

    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.

    In one of his many trips to India, Abbot George saw the great vedantic teacher and head of the famous Kailash Ashram in Rishikesh, Chaitanya Giri, and was stunned at his spiritual presence. Then Abbot George shares the story of his meeting, some years later with Chaitanya Giri’s successor, Swami Vishnudevananda, and the surprising experience which cause Abbot George to revise his opinion of him

    He tell a humorous story of Paramhansa Yogananda told him by Peggy Dietz, who had been Yogananda’s secretary, when a friend of hers first saw Yogananda at the Hollywood SRF Church.

    Masters and Karma

    He discusses how spiritual masters deal with their karma in relation to using it for helping the world. He shares Swami Kriyananda’s story of what Yogananda said when he asked him what it was like for Yogananda when Yogananda had to take rebirth for helping the world.

    And he shares how Yogananda made “preparations” for his next birth at the end of his life. He also shares what Yogananda said his next life would be like.

    This podcast is just over 20 minutes long. If you do not see the podcast player above (it won’t show in emails), you can listen here: The Hidden Status of Master Yogis, Part 2

    Further Listening:



    * The Real Yogananda: 8 Stories of Mischief and Mercy

    * Raihana Tyabji, the Moslem Saint Who Worshiped Krishna

    * How to Gain the Vision of God

    • 20 min
    Podcast: The Hidden Status of Master Yogis, Part 1

    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.

    This podcast is just over 22 minutes long. If you do not see the podcast player above (it won’t show in emails), you can listen here: The Hidden Status of Master Yogis, Part 1

    Next: Listen to Part 2 of The Hidden Status of Master Yogi’s.

    Listen to more podcasts:



    * How to Tell if You Are Making Progress in Meditation

    * The Monk That Challenged Lenin: Yogeshwar Brahmachari

    * Reincarnation: Its Causes and Consequences

    • 22 min
    Podcast: Diet and Consciousness: The Importance of a Pure Diet for the Yogi

    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.

    Abbot George shares these stories:



    * The unusual experiment in diet that Abbot George conducted before teaching a yoga seminar.

    * The positive effect that taking up a vegetarian diet had for exam students.

    * The negative effect that occurred from using just a small amount of liqueur for stomach troubles.

    * How a vegetarian diet is not primarily Ahimsa (harmlessness) for the yogi, but Shaucha (purification).

    * Why Abbot George became an avid food label reader.

    * What happened to Abbot George’s yogi friends who refused to be strict with their diets.



    If you do not see the podcast player above, click here to listen to Diet and Consciousness: The Importance of a Pure Diet for the Yogi. The podcast is 10 minutes long.

    Further reading and listening:

    Vegetarianism: an Interview of Abbot George on Australian Radio



    Humans: Are We Carnivores or Vegetarians by Nature?



    “Vegetarianism and Occultism” by C. W. Leadbeater

    • 9 min
    Swami Sivananda's Humor

    Swami Sivananda's Humor

    Swami Sivananda’s joyful sense of humor are evident in today’s podcast. This includes the following incidents:



    • Sivananda’s riddle and the over-serious student.

    • The rare color film photos of Swamiji.

    • Sivananda’s omniscience regarding what was going on in Sivanandashram.

    • What it was like at satsangs with Sivanandaji.

    • Two interviews with Sivananda, and Sivananda’s important advice for success in spiritual life.

    • 16 min
    Podcast: The Real Yogananda – 8 Stories of Mischief and Mercy

    Podcast: The Real Yogananda – 8 Stories of Mischief and Mercy

    One of Yogananda’s early disciples was named Brahmacharini Radhalila. She was a person with a very strong personality. And she frequently would say, during the last years of her life, “One day I am going to write a book called The Real Yogananda.”  She was living at the SRF headquarters, and everyone would panic at the thought of what she might write, because she was the type of person she was, and also because they wished that a public image of Yogananda be created that would supposedly fit in with people’s spiritual ideas. And just also with the image that they wanted people to have of him.

    So there are a lot of stories that people have never heard, because of the intention that Yogananda be sort of a cross between St. Francis and St. Teresa of Avila, rather than the very unique personality that Yogananda had.  So here are some things that were told to me by direct disciples of Yogananda who were there when these incidents took place that you might find interesting. Some devotees were visiting here at our monastery, and one evening I just started telling these stories. And here they are.

    These include the following stories:



    * Brother Bimalananda’s story of how Yogananda surprised the young monks calling out to him at his window.

    * The special gift Yogananda gave to an overly-fervent “devotee.”

    * How Yogananda would have fun with the disciples at Mt. Washington and how things took a surprising turn.

    * How Yogananda would entertain visitors with a drunk act.

    * The story of Yogananda and the oversized tricycle in a department store in Los Angeles.

    * Yogananda’s mercy to a shop owner down on his luck.

    * The SRF nuns with Yogananda at a roadside watermelon stand.

    * Why Yogananda stopped driving a car.

    * How Yogananda worked a miracle when late for an event.



    If you do not see the podcast player above, you can listen to The Real Yogananda–8 Stories of Mischief and Mercy here. The podcast is just under 15 minutes.

    NOTE: This is the first of several podcasts from conversations with Abbot George about Yogananda, Gyana Mata, Sri Yukteswar, Babaji, Yogananda devotees, Anandamayi Ma, and other spiritual figures Abbot George has met or has stories about.

    Listen to more instructive podcasts on our Podcast Page.

    Here is our YouTube Video of the “Real Yogananda” podcast, with film and photos of Yogananda

    • 14 min

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