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The Christ of India: The Story of Saint Thomas Christianity Paperback – July 23, 2016
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"Abbot George is like the Emily Dickinson of modern day spiritual writers." Reverend Gerry Nangle
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Author Abbot George Burke weaves his research and knowledge expertly into his book The Christ of India bringing out high quality content that highlights strong connection between Jesus and India. By tracing back the history of foundation laid by Apostle Saint Thomas, author enlightens the knowledge of his readers regarding the unique form of christianity known as 'Saint Thomas Christianity' in India.
Interpreting the teachings of Jesus from the perspective of Santana Dharma, The Christ of India is a knowledgeable yet engaging collection of authentic details and evident manuscripts about the Essene roots of Jesus and his 'Lost years'. An invaluable book for anyone desiring to know more about Jesus; delightful to read and a work of substance, vividly written and rich in historical analysis, this is an excellent work written by a masterful teacher & a storyteller.
I was genuinely impressed by the wealth of knowledge author has in his subject material and the way he distills research into an informative read that is not restricted to any religion, region or age. This book is an enriching gem of historical knowledge that deserves to be highly appreciated and possessed by all mature readers. Highly recommended.
About the Author
Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri) is the founder and director of the Light of the Spirit Monastery (Atma Jyoti Ashram) in Cedar Crest, New Mexico, USA.
In his many pilgrimages to India, he had the opportunity of meeting some of India's greatest spiritual figures, including Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh and Anandamayi Ma. During his first trip to India he was made a member of the ancient Swami Order by Swami Vidyananda Giri, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, who had himself been given sannyas by the Shankaracharya of Puri, Jagadguru Bharati Krishna Tirtha.
In the United States he also encountered various Christian saints, including Saint John Maximovich of San Francisco and Saint Philaret Voznesensky of New York. He was ordained in the Liberal Catholic Church (International) to the priesthood on January 25, 1974, and consecrated a bishop on August 23, 1975.
For many years Abbot George has researched the identity of Jesus Christ and his teachings with India and Sanatana Dharma, including Yoga. It is his conclusion that Jesus lived in India for most of his life, and was a yogi and Sanatana Dharma missionary to the West. After his resurrection he returned to India and lived the rest of his life in the Himalayas.
He is the author of a number of books on meditation and practical spiritual life, including Om Yoga Meditation: Its Theory and Practice, The Dhammapada for Awakening, The Gospel of Thomas for Awakening, May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?, and The Christ of India: The Story of Saint Thomas Christianity.
He has written extensively on these and other topics at OCOY.org/
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This was to change. My next school was run by another Christian organization. There I was exposed to a strong dose of the Christian rhetoric of being a sinner who has to be saved and that Jesus was the sole custodian of the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Before I changed schools. I loved Jesus at least as much as my Hindu gods and goddesses, and for me, Christian saints were on the same par as Hindu saints. The kind of moral education that I experienced in my second school, reflects the schism between Christianity as practised in the Western World and that practised by some Christian institutions operating in India. It is this schism that this book attempts to bridge, as it puts forth new information gleaned from a detailed study of the recently uncovered Nag Hammadi manuscripts.
This book puts together different puzzle pieces of history to arrive at a very realistic portrayal of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The picture of Jesus that emerges is very much like the one we know, but less confrontational, less judgemental. The Essenes in those times, of whom Jesus was one, were not too interested in ritualistic worship, they sought the truth for its own sake, like the Hindu sages of the Aryan civilization. The author presents strong evidence to show that Jesus came to India during the “Lost Years” for the purpose of learning, before he returned to Israel to complete his Life’s Mission. The author also presents solid evidence for the fact that Jesus returned to India after his crucifixion, the places he visited, the people he met and the work he did during his later years.
Next the author relates the story of the disciple called St. Thomas who came to Ïndia after Jesus crucifixion. Once again, the author presents his own interpretation of the life and times of this lesser known saint. Finally, the author provides a detailed account of how the Gospel of St. Thomas draws its roots from the Sanatan Dharma or the Eternal Religion where the ultimate guru is the Self.
The information in the section on the relation between Sanatan Dharma and the Gospel of St. Thomas is further elaborated in Marshall Govindan’s book called “The Wisdom of Jesus and the Yoga Siddhas”. In it, Jesus’ life and teachings are presented as part of a greater canvas involving other spiritual giants.
This book portrays Jesus as a warm and evolved human being who advocated heart-to heart contact between others and himself, bypassing the veneration often demanded by lesser masters. For me, personally, it reinforces the picture of the friend called Jesus that I had during my early school years.
This book is a MUST READ. It rewrites history by presenting a totally new way of perceiving events, uncovering lies that have been propagated over millenia. We owe it to ourselves to open our minds to the possibilities unveiled by these revelations.