Atma Jyoti Ashram: Sannyasis or Snake Oil Salesmen?
Isha Jyoti to Atma Jyoti to Light of the Spirit
Atma Jyoti Ashram was originally called Sri Isha (Jesus) Jyoti Sannyas Ashramand was located at Borrego Springs, California. Since the publication of thisarticle, the ashram has changed its name to Light of the Spirit Monastery andmoved to Cedar Crest, New Mexico. Fr. George Burke is a Greek OrthodoxChristian priest, and if reports are correct, most or all of the community of brothers attached to him are Christian priests.On a visit to India, Fr. George met the Bengali saint Anandamayi Ma. She issaid to have instructed him to remain in the Christian religion and continuehis Christian practices. This is the usual advice given to foreign seekers by Hindu gurus. In spite of their spiritual enlightenment, most gurus are grossly ignorant of Christianity's ideology and militant prayers for triumph over theIndian heathen. They advise their foreign disciples to remain in the religion of their forefathers without realizing the consequences of their thoughtless,irresponsible words.Christianity is a personality cult based on a false doctrine of vicarioussalvation. It is imperialistic and seeks world domination by any means. Thereis nothing in Hindu scripture or the ancient Rishi tradition remotely similar tothis
creed. And there is nothing in the ancient
tradition tosupport the ill-conceived advice handed out to foreign seekers by Hindu gurus who do not want to take spiritual responsibility for their Western charges. Anandamayi's alleged instruction to Fr. George and his followers suited themto perfection. They would quote her later as their authority to don the ochrerobes of Hindu sannyasis and adopt the Sanskrit names and titles of SmartaDashanami monks. The fact that Anandamayi Ma was not a Dashanamisannyasi herself and had no authority to give them ochre robes or Dashanamititles did not deter them in their impersonation drama.
Fr. George Burke, abbot of Atma JyotiAshram. He is better known on theInternet as Swami Nirmalananda Giri.