Light of the Spirit Podcast
About This Show
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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The Big Picture: How to Gain the Vision of God
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 life will determine their future beyond this world as well as within it.
Having this perspective, I wanted to be a living sacrifice, a living offering to God! I wanted to be able to stand unashamedly before the face of God and truthfully say: “Behold, I have forsaken all and followed Thee.” To be like Christ, not just in glory but in living sacrifice, like him, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” This was my aspiration–the aspiration of monastics throughout the ages.
An undivided heart
Monastic life is a life of undivided loyalty to the One. Jesus Himself warns us that “no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.” The religious egotist considers himself wiser than Christ, Whose words he tactfully ignores utterly. He knows better! He can certainly please himself and please God. (Ah, but Jesus spoke about serving!)
Those who love cannot run the risk of despising their Beloved and clinging to their own egoic god. How often we hear statements about what God “does not expect” of us and what “does not matter” to God. The problem is, when most people say “God” they really mean their ego “god,” that of course expects and cares about nothing that does not serve its own desires.
There is a very revealing incident in the Gospel of Saint John. It says:
Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.
Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
Why was not this ointment sold fo
Rated 5 out of
Memories of a Spiritual Giant
Abbot George relates his encounters with the God-man, Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, with vivid and amusing detail. This is a podcast well worth listening to both for the portrait of Swami Sivananda and for the teaching which Abbot George draws from his time with this saint.
Date published: 2015-03-03