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The Destiny of Man: Spiritual Perfection or “Get Out of Jail Free”?

To a friend who asked my opinion of the idea taught in Fundamentalist Christianity “that nations or individuals who deliberately, intentionally and consciously engage in evil deeds in order to enrich themselves at the expense of others...Show More Summary

The Redemption of Judas: Sri Ramakrishna’s Disciple Swami Saradananda

To a friend who asked me to write about Paramhansa Yogananda’s statements regarding Judas Iscariot and his present spiritual status. Master Yogananda knew Judas in India, where he had been reborn in Bengal in 1865, and was named Sarat Chandra Chakravarty. Show More Summary

Jesus Expounds the Law of Karma in the Aquarian Gospel

“The Lord with Peter, James and John were in Jerusalem; it was the Sabbath day. And as they walked along the way they saw a man who could not see; he had been blind from birth. And Peter said, Lord, if disease and imperfections all are...Show More Summary

The Wondrous Effect of Gandhi’s Brahmacharya Vow

Part 2 of “Mahatma Gandhi on Brahmacharya (Celibacy)“ “As I look back upon the twenty years of the vow, I am filled with pleasure and wonderment. The more or less successful practice of self-control had been going on since 1901. ButShow More Summary

Mahatma Gandhi on Brahmacharya (Celibacy), Part 1

The following is the first and second section of Chapter Sixty-One of Gandhi’s autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. We now reach the stage in this story when I began seriously to think of taking the brahmacharya vow....Show More Summary

5 Questions About God and Spiritual Practice

1. What is the nature of God: personal, impersonal, both equally, or is one of the two primary? God is only personal or impersonal in relation to a consciousness immersed in the duality of samsara. God is beyond the two, just as God is beyond samsara. Show More Summary

Real Spiritual Teachers vs. Super-Gurus

An excerpt from The Bhagavad Gita for Awakening “The Holy Lord said: When he leaves behind all desires emerging from the mind, and is contented in the Self by the Self, then he is said to be one whose wisdom is steady” (Bhagavad Gita 2:55). Show More Summary

Find Outer and Inner Peace Through Satsang

The Dhammapada for Awakening is now available in print and ebook format at An excerpt from The Dhammapada for Awakening “After enjoying the taste of solitude and the taste of peace, one is freed from distress and evil, as one enjoys the taste of spiritual joy. Show More Summary

A Joyous Christmas to You from Light of the Spirit Monastery

“Doors of joy, which may have been long closed within us all, should be thrown wide open at the coming Christmastide, in memory of One whose divine example has lit the way down twenty centuries. “This is my prayer for you all on this...Show More Summary

How Should the Yogi Think of God? Part 2: The Way of Form

A Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. Part 2 of How Should the Yogi Think of God? [read Part 1 here] The way of Form (Saguna Brahman) Now Krishna expounds the way of those who devote themselves to the attainment of Saguna Brahman. “ButShow More Summary

How Should the Yogi Think of God: Nirguna or Saguna? Part 1

Through the ages a philosophical tug-of-war has gone on between those who prefer to consider God as possessing limitless, divine qualities, and those who prefer to think of God as being unthinkable–as being utterly beyond anything that can be conceptualized or spoken. Show More Summary

What Is the Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit?

Q: What exactly is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit which cannot be forgiven? First we should look at the Bible references to the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit: “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. Show More Summary

Falsehoods and Misunderstandings: an Unfortunate Phenomenon

To a friend who wrote concerned about derogatory things being spoken about some people who, being departed from this world, had no defence. Not only are falsehoods spread, but so are faults in understanding. I want to tell you about one I myself encountered. Show More Summary

Real Peace vs. Imitation Peace–Which Do You Prefer?

A Commentary on the Gospel of Thomas Jesus said, If two make peace with each other in this one house, they will say to the mountain, “Move Away,” and it will move away. (Gospel of Thomas 48) This actually has two meanings, one outer and one inner. Show More Summary

Aspects of Our Inner Trinity

Q: What is your perspective on the possible correspondences between the Holy Trinity and the human trinity of body, soul and spirit? Our eternal spirit which is one with the Father “is” the father in our trinity. The higher bodies which...Show More Summary

Questions and Answers About Saint Thomas Christianity

Q: Only God IS. I AM THAT. I AM BRAHMAN. MY FATHER AND I ARE ONE. How do the teachings of Advaita, Veda, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana fit with St. Thomas Christianity? Western Christianity? Eastern Orthodoxy? Catholicism? TheShow More Summary

How to Learn More About Jesus and His Teachings

Q: What is the most authentic document of Jesus’ teaching? The Gospel of Thomas? Are there others you would point to? The Gospel of Thomas seems to be the most authentic. Certainly the four Gospels of the Bible contain his teachings, but mixed in with untrustworthy elements. Show More Summary

Can Eggs Be Eaten on a Vegetarian Diet?

Q: I am a student preparing for my civil service examinations next year. Eating meat has greatly decreased my concentration level. Every year for at least a month I eat only vegetarian food before I make a pilgrimage to the Sabarimala Temple. Show More Summary

Vote in the Readers Choice Awards for The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening

Hello friends, we need your help! The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening, by Abbot George Burke, was just nominated for the TCK Publishing 2017 Readers Choice Awards! Please vote for it at The...Show More Summary

Atoning for Our Sins: The Problem with the Western View

Q: You write in a Q&A section that Jesus did no such thing as pay for our sins. If that is the case, why does he say in Mark 10:45 that he came to give his life as a ransom for many? Or even more to the point, in Matthew 26:28 he says “This is […] The post Atoning for Our Sins: The Problem with the Western View appeared first on Original Christianity and Original Yoga.

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