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Satsang with the Abbot: Questions and Answers about Life, Spiritual Liberty, and the Pursuit of Ultimate Happiness Paperback – March 26, 2018
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"Satsang with the Abbot is a must-read for the seeker of truth. Brilliantly presented as a compendium, this book offers guidance and stimulates reflection.
"No matter what spiritual path one is on, the wisdom gathered from these pages applies to all."
~ Sandra Carrington-Smith, award-winning author of Housekeeping for the Soul: A Practical Guide to Restoring Your Inner Sanctuary.
Satsang with the Abbot is an in-depth guide on a variety of questions, topics, and concerns for the lay-person and spiritual aspirant. The clarity and consistency of the Abbot's responses and their practicality stand-out like a pristine jewel.
Abbot George speaks as one who knows his subject well, and answers in an manner that conveys an effortlessness and humor that puts one at ease, while, at the same time, a wisdom and sincerity which demands an attentive ear.
~ Russ Thomas
From the Author
One of the most valuable spiritual activities in East or West is satsang: a gathering of spiritual aspirants for spiritual study, discussion and inspiration. A satsang is especially beneficial when there is someone with many years of practice and experience who answers the questions asked by the aspirants.
Over the years, and especially after the advent of the internet, people have written to me with questions that I have answered according to my understanding. This book is a collection of those questions and my answers. I hope they will be interesting and helpful to others
~Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri)
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The author, a Christian yogi, is a serious scholar who has studied deeply all the literature he references, as well as having visited the sacred places he describes, however he is not without a sense of humor. For instance in response to one question about leaving the body to reach enlightenment, he says. “I call this the Up and Out school of meditation.” In other words, that won’t work. He also makes statements like, “Contemporary Christianity often has nothing to do with Jesus except the spurious use of his name.” There is much food for thought.
The book covers myriad aspects of spiritual practice from simple meditation practice to reincarnation and the life of Jesus in India. Always, the seeker is encouraged to study and to think for himself. The scope of the material is vast, but the questions and answers flow easily and separate sections can easily be skipped for later study. Meditation and trust in the divine self are emphasized as the answer to all that we seek, and the book ends with a "letter to a spiritual co-dependent," a final eye-opener. Since the writing style is smooth as glass, just reading the text puts the reader in the frame of mind to begin and then begin again.