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Abbot George Burke

Abbot George Burke
Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri) is the founder and director of the Light of the Spirit Monastery in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. He is the author of May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?, The Dhammapada for Awakening, and the recently published Om Yoga Meditation: Its Theory and Practice. In his pilgrimages to India, he had the opportunity of meeting some of India's spiritual giants, including Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and Anandamayi Ma.

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Abbot George Burke
In India there is a long-standing disagreement on the nature and purpose of meditation. One school of thought considers that definite–and conscious–evolutionary change is necessary for liberation; consequently meditation must be an actively transforming process. The other view is that the only thing needed for liberation is re-entry into our true, eternal nature. That nothing need be “done” at all except to perceive the truth of ourselves. Obviously their meditation procedures are going to be completely different.