About This Site

Jesus Meditating with OmOriginal Christianity and Original Yoga (OCOY.org) is brought to you by Light of the Spirit Monastery (Atma Jyoti Ashram) in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. More about our Monastery and its approach to spiritual life can be seen on our Monastery page.

This site is inspired by and dedicated to Paramhansa Yogananda, who introduced yoga meditation and the goal of self realization to the American people, and whose writings reveal the underlying unity of original Christianity and original Yoga.

Many of the writings on the site are by the founder and director of Light of the Spirit Monastery, Abbot George Burke (Swami Nirmalananda Giri). You can read his brief biography here.

We invite you to explore the site to find out about what original Christianity is, how to meditate and lead a spiritual life, and what the underlying principles are to that life.

Original Christianity and Original Yoga (OCOY.org) is brought to you by Light of the Spirit Monastery (Atma Jyoti Ashram) in Cedar Crest, New Mexico. More about our Monastery and its approach to spiritual life can be seen on our Monastery page.

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The Dhammapada for Awakening

“This is a must read for anyone trying to further their understanding of not only the teaching of the Buddha but the teachings contained in Christianity and Hinduism as well.”


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A Brief Sanskrit Glossary

A Spiritual Student’s Guide to Essential Sanskrit Terms.

“Just long enough to give the meanings of useful terms without overwhelming the reader with an overabundance of extraneous words. This is a book that the spiritual student will use frequently.”


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May a Christian Believe in Reincarnation?

“Those needing evidence that a belief in reincarnation is in accordance with teachings of the Christ need look no further.”