Blog Profile / The Atma Jyoti Blog

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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.

Sanatana Dharma: a Ploy or the Truth?

To an Indian Methodist bishop who wanted to visit us because: “Here in India I am deeply concerned about reaching Hindus with the Christian gospel, in a way acceptable to them in the language and form they understand. After a lot ofShow More Summary

Why You Should Find the Right Kind of Satsang or Spiritual Association

In reply to a sadhaka living in an area where there were no others of her practice or philosophy. She asked which meditation groups I would recommend to a person looking for some spiritual association. The problem with meditation groups...Show More Summary

Cremation, Organ Donation and Reincarnation

Q: Can you be reincarnated if you donate organs or get cremated? Or does the physical body not come into it at all–is it just our soul and spiritual self? Human beings are made of many layers. When we die we leave both the physical body...Show More Summary

Sanatana Dharma, Vedanta, and the Bible : Essential Differences

Q: Although I don’t have a problem understanding all the concepts of Vedanta, the minute I reflect upon the Christian Bible it seems to all confuse me. I find the teachings so different, although they must be the same. It is the Bible...Show More Summary

Individual Spiritual Evolution and Why We Should Respect It in Others

To a friend who had questions about right and wrong and my position on certain questions regarding the personal conduct of others. Although Original Christianity (Sanatana Dharma) has beliefs, is has no dogmas. That is, there is nothing a person must believe or think about something. Show More Summary

Stories of Oliver Black, Yogananda’s Highly Advanced Disciple

To a person who wanted me to share what I know about Yoganandaji’s highly advanced disciple, Yogacharya Oliver Black. In 1968 I was able to go to Detroit for an SRF Sunday service at the Art Institute conducted by Yogacharya Black, and the entire next day I spent with him at his home. Show More Summary

Why You Should Have a Dharmic Approach to Religion

Q: I have read much of your site and The Christ of India and am interested in the dharmic approach taken by the Saint Thomas school–most of which seems natural to me. While there is documentation on Hindu acceptance and worship of Christ,...Show More Summary

Evil Spirits and Satan: Where Do They Come From?

Q: Where do evil spirits come from? The Christian Bible acknowledges them–Legion, for example (Mark 5:9; Luke 8:30). It is important to understand that in all relative existence there are only the Supreme Spirit, God (Brahman), and the seemingly infinite number of individual spirits (jivas). Show More Summary

Untold Stories of Mahavatar Babaji of Yogananda’s “Autobiography of a Yogi”

To someone who wished I would write anything I might know about Mahavatar Babaji that is not in Autobiography of a Yogi. I will tell you what others told me in India about Babaji. Dr. Mukherji Within a week of my landing in India inShow More Summary

Who Are the Ideal Householder Yogis?

Q: Someone told me that the Indian scriptures say if householder yogis only engage in sexual relations at night they are actually brahmacharis. Is this so? I have come across this in some “scriptural” books myself more than once. Nevertheless, this statement is not only false, it is foul. Show More Summary

Stories About Yogananda’s Second American Disciple: Warren Vickerman

To someone who asked for more about Warren Vickerman, the second American to become a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. The very first person I had a conversation with at the Hollywood SRF Center was Annie Vickerman, the wife of Warren Vickerman (“Vickie”). Show More Summary

Meditator’s Guide to the Mind Part 2—Seven Important Lessons

Originally posted five years ago today, this post is ever-fresh. So we share this excerpt from The Dhammapada for Awakening again. This the follow-up post of What Is the Mind?: A Meditator’s Guide, Part 1 Mind–the source “Mind precedes its objects. Show More Summary

New Book on Avoiding Meditation Delusions

Light of the Spirit Press has just published a new book in print and ebook format: Dwelling In The Mirror: A Study of Illusions Produced by Delusive Meditation and How to Be Free from Them, by Abbot George Burke. And for a limited time the ebook version is on sale for only 99¢. Show More Summary

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