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Dwelling in the Mirror: A Study of Illusions Produced by Delusive Meditation and How to Be Free from Them Paperback – July 14, 2017
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- Sandra Carrington-Smith, author of Housekeeping for the Soul
"This is a much needed book. Considering the colossal and burgeoning size of the self-development industry, many of whose adherents advocate a fallacious understanding of laws of manifestation, as they promise anything up to high heaven and beyond, within hours, it is heartening to read a book that focuses on the core values of spirituality and self-mastery as espoused by the Ascended Masters, including Jesus."
"This book provides an invaluable source of information regarding the Ego and how it can manifest & manipulate meditators and spiritual seekers on their path. It contains lots of examples and valid points, that give the reader food for thought when scrutinizing their own meditation practice. One can never be too complacent.
"The author has tried to cover as much as possible of what is a large subject to begin with and it works. I would of liked to have read more examples of delusions of enlightenment & genuine spiritual experiences for comparison , but I was not disappointed with this book and will read it again."
"A very important "caveat emptor" and guide for all spiritual aspirants seeking a serious path that will take them to the Goal with as few detours as possible."
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 has written extensively on these and other topics, many of which are posted at OCOY.org.
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Top customer reviews
While Burke tends to rely a bit more on certain dogmatisms than I would have liked, his book is nonetheless a very important “caveat emptor” and guide for all spiritual aspirants seeking a serious path that will take them to the Goal with as few detours as possible. There are many such paths available when you know what to look for. Burke's book can help discern what to avoid and what to look for: Just get used to the idea that no-one can enlighten you; you have to do the work yourself.
This seems a worthy addition to meditation literature in that very seldom, if ever, does one seem to come across such cautionary accounts.
He takes a very complex subject and presents it in an easy to read and understandable format, filled with personal insight and examples.
It is not an easy thing, to untangle "Truth" from "perception" (and tactfully explain it!) but he has done it.
I urge anyone who is just starting on their path to read this book as it will help separate the "gold" from the "dross". For those well footed on your path, this book will help point out the pitfalls of the ego. The mind is a tricky thing, and we aren't always where we think we are. Reading this book with careful thought can only strengthen one's practice through self awareness and understanding, enabling one to "dive deeper".
Abbott Burke concludes the book with a brief lesson in the sacred OM meditation, leaving the reader with tools to practice. A gift indeed!!
This book will help provide insights into avoiding simply stroking your own ego through your meditations, and how to process and integrate profound spiritual experiences you may genuinely having during meditation and spiritual practice without falling into the pitfall of delusion.
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I would read more by this author because it's good to stretch one's imagination.