What are Original Christianity and Original Yoga?

Jesus Meditating with OmOriginal Christianity is the basic, classical teachings of Sanatana Dharma, the Eternal Dharma, which were taught by Jesus, who was a missionary to the West of the spiritual vision of India, and the empowering and transforming rituals instituted by Jesus and known as Sacraments that were meant to accomplish outside India what the traditional samskaras and spiritual initiations (diksha) accomplished for those living in India. It was the earliest form of Vedanta for the West.

(See The Christ of IndiaThe Apostle of India and The Yoga of the Sacraments posted on this website.)

Original Yoga is the simple spiritual practice of meditation on the sacred monosyllable Om, of which Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi wrote in his very first teaching: “The Ekakshara [Om] shines for ever in the heart as the Self.”

(See Om Yoga at a Glance and Om Yoga: Its Theory and Practice posted on this website.)

Both of these–Original Christianity and Original Yoga–are to be found in the eleven major Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and we believe are the only authentic Christianity.

Dhammapada for Awakening

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The Dhammapada for Awakening: A Commentary on Buddha's Practical Wisdom

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Dhammapada for Awakening: A Commentary on Buddha's Practical Wisdom

Drawing on the proven wisdom of different ancient traditions, and the contemporary masters of spiritual life, as well as his own studies and first-hand knowledge of the mystical traditions of East and West, to Abbot George Burke illumines the practical wisdom of Buddha in the Dhammapada - and more importantly, and make thatmakes that teaching relevant to present day spiritual seekers.



Learn Meditation

Discover Om Yoga Meditation

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How to Meditate

The yoga tradition says that the contemplation of the Pranava, Om, is the contemplation of our own true nature.

When the breath and Om are perfectly merged it is the major force of inner transformation-transmutation. The Om breath is the inner secret of the yogi.


Krishna and Arjuna on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra

Gita for Awakening

Discover the riches of the Bhagavad Gita in this unique commentary.

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Bhagavad Gita for Awakening

If you had one spiritual book to study for the the rest of your life, the Gita would be it. This commentary illumines its usefulness for the aspiring yogi.


Jesus and India

The Christ of India

Jesus spent much of his "Lost Years" in India. Find out the significance here.

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The Christ of India

Read the in-depth collection of information regarding Jesus' stay in India and how it affected his teachings.


Jesus and the Last Supper

Christian Yoga

Learn how to make Christian worship a tool for spiritual growth.

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Yoga of the Sacraments

Discover the inner side of the Christian Sacraments, and increase your understanding of how to effectively make them a part of spiritual life.


Yogis who saw Jesus

Yogis and Jesus

Many modern yogis have had visions of Jesus. Discover more here.

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Yogis Who Saw Jesus

The day our Original Christianity and Original Yoga website was launched we received an irate communication from one of those Western “Hindus” that believe they are more truly Hindu if they hate other religions–especially Christianity–and deny that Jesus ever existed. Here is our answer:


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Saint Augustine wrote in the fourth century: “The identical thing that we now call the Christian religion existed among the ancients and has not been lacking from the beginnings of the human race until the coming of Christ in the flesh, from which moment on the true religion, which already existed, began to be called ‘Christian.’” Read more about Original Christianity
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“This is the bridge to immortality. May you be successful in crossing over to the farther shore beyond darkness” (Mundaka Upanishad). The bridge is Om Yoga Meditation, according to all the major scriptures of India and those Masters that have crossed the bridge and become Immortal and Free by themselves practicing and achieving perfection in Yoga. Discover more about Original Yoga
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Except for the New Testament, very few early Christian writings have survived. Those that have, such as The Odes of Solomon, The Gospel of Thomas and a handful of fragments, show a very different Christianity from that of today. To supply this defect, we must look to the East–especially India where Jesus spent over half his life. As a Saint Thomas Christian priest once remarked: “You cannot understand the teachings of Jesus unless you know the scriptures of India.” Explore Dharma for Awakening
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Light of the Spirit Monastery is an esoteric Christian monastic community for those men who seek direct experience of the Spirit through meditation, sacramental worship, discipline and dedicated communal life, emphasizing the inner reality of “Christ in you the hope of glory,” as taught by the illumined mystics of East and West. Special attention is also given to the pre-Christian roots of the Gospel of Christ, especially those in India. Find out more about Light of the Spirit Monastery