Vedic Worldview

Thom Knoles

Join philosopher, educator and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences Thom Knoles for conversations with leaders, teachers, authors and professors designed to inspire and provoke deeper insight.

Thom is an renowned expert on the relationship between quantum physics and human consciousness, and on the 5,000 year-old body of wisdom known as the Veda.

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Episodes of psychosis and experiences of ‘spiritual awakening’ have one key characteristic in common, they are both experiences that are ‘out of the ordinary.’This can be problematic, especially if the person making a diagnosis has not had an experience of spiritual awakening themselves.One key distinction between the two states though, is that a spiritual awakening is accompanied by a stable sense of Self (with a capital S), whereas a psychotic episode is the opposite, and is usually accompanied by an erratic sense of self (with a small s).A spiritual awakening is desirable, whereas a psychotic state is not. Listen to Thom explain the states in more detail, and how you can deliberately set yourself on a path that makes a spiritual awakening the more likely option for you.Episode Highlights: [00:45] The State of Psychosis[02:19] A Genuine Spiritual Awakening[03:47] What Are You Minus All the Thoughts?[05:33] Experiencing What is Beyond Thought[07:01] Describing Your Experience in Language[09:01] Dr. Ronald D Laing's Research on Psychosis[10:30] A World of Psychosis[12:37] Knowledge Eliminates FearUseful

Nov 29

20 min 9 sec

Frequently on the podcast you’ll hear Thom mention ‘charm.’ While we all have a good understanding of the word charm, in Vedic Meditation circles, charm has a special, more nuanced meaning.For a Vedic Meditator, charm is like an inner-guidance mechanism, a gentle tug that steers you in the direction of that which is most evolutionary, not just for yourself, but for all of Nature. It’s a subtle form of intuition that feels charming to experience and charming to follow, hence the name we give to it.In this bonus ‘charm-inducing’ episode, Thom gives us a wee taste test of his soon-to-be-released course, The Art of Following Charm, in which he explores the nature of charm, how to recognize and cultivate it, and how every decision can become a matter of effortless attraction.Enjoy the episode and, if you feel charmed to do so, we hope you put the art of following charm into practice and join us on the course.The Art of Following Charm Course - Highlights:[00:46] The Direction of Evolution[02:29] The Bija Mantra[03:54] The Charm of Mantra[06:11] The Desire of Our Mind to Move Towards More[07:49] The Home of All the Laws of Nature[09:38] Kriya - Spontaneous Right Action[11:24] The Art of Following CharmUseful LinksThe Art of Following Charm Course -

Nov 23

13 min 45 sec

Hypnosis is often seen as having therapeutic value, a way of overcoming problems caused by an ‘incorrect psyche.’ Because of the layer of silence achieved inside a Vedic Meditation sitting, Vedic Meditation, we’re frequently asked if it is actually a form of hypnosis.The short answer is no. Vedic Meditation is not hypnosis, but to understand the answer fully requires a closer look at what hypnosis is. Though hypnosis may be done with good intent, and may apparently have some ‘good’ effects, and may appear to be beneficial, essentially it’s a form of manipulation. So in that sense, hypnosis is in fact the opposite of Vedic Meditation. Vedic Meditation provides an opportunity to transcend the mind, to go beyond the small s self, the field where hypnosis has an impact, to the big “S” Self, where hypnosis has no impact whatsoever, and where the psyche can obtain benefits far beyond anything that hypnosis can deliver, and in perfect alignment with Nature.Listen to Thom explain this more fully, looking at the subject both from an individual perspective and also from the group perspective, explaining the impact of suggestibility and the role of Vedic Meditation in combating its effects. Episode Highlights:[00:00] - Is Vedic Meditation a Form of Hypnosis?[01:59] - Locus of Control[03:28] - A Construct of Exterior Influences[04:52] - The External Locus of Control at Play[04:58] - Field Dependency and a Narcissistic Approach to Life[07:49] - Internalized Locus of Control[08:58] - Who is a Control Freak?[10:41] - The Loving Controller[12:06] - The Element Of Suggestibility[13:45] - The Field-Independent Person[14:47] - Suggestibility and Influences of the Outside World[16:44] - Mass Suggestibility[18:32] - Being: The Fountainhead Of Creative Intelligence[20:28] - The Cause of the Evolutionary Process[22:11] - Hypnotizability and Suggestion[23:42] - Self-Hypnosis[24:56] - Changing Psyche On The Basis Of Suggestibility[26:24] - Suggestibility and Terrible Behaviors[28:07] - Hypnosis for Addiction[29:31] - The Inexperienced Gardener[30:41] - Fixing the Symptoms[31:42] - The Role of Vedic Meditation[32:42] - Experiencing The Inner Potentiality[34:43] - Becoming More Ideal Citizens[36:21] - Creating Social Change[38:18] - Buckminster Fuller and the Analogy of the Trim Tab[40:51] - The Consciousness-Spreader EffectUseful

Nov 22

42 min 8 sec

Travelling with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi meant there was never a time for a dull moment.In this episode, Thom shares some adventures of a particular trip to Brazil, with an unexpected detour to Germany. With Maharishi, Thom soon learned that the unexpected was always to be expected. Maharishi wasn’t just a passionate teacher of following ‘charm,’ but he was also a 24/7 exponent of it, even at 3 am...Episode Highlights: [00:05] An Invitation From Rio for Maharishi[02:03] Drawing Restfulness Into the Working State[03:31] His Asana[04:16] Maharishi's Visit to the Roman Catholic Cathedral[06:10] "I'm Always Enjoying Myself"[07:42] "We're Going to Germany"[09:29] Neem Stick: Maharishi's Toothbrush[10:53] A Financier of Maharishi's Needs[12:11] "She Will Run All of That"[14:07] His Magnetic Charisma[15:30] Maharishi's Unplanned Lecture At The Airport[17:02] One of the Best-Documented Lives Imaginable[19:39] Maharishi Isn't a Person, He's a Phenomenon[21:35] Maharishi's Great Skill Useful

Nov 15

23 min 56 sec

Can Vedic Meditation heal post-concussive symptoms? How is the experience of misfortune framed within the Vedic worldview?Can Vedic Meditation help lower the risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia?In this, another Ask Thom Anything episode, Thom answers all of the above, including details of the broader healing effects of meditation in general. He reminds us that stress is the greatest cause of disease and that Vedic Meditation is the most powerful means of removing psychological and/or physiological stress, helping us to heal current health difficulties, and to prevent or reduce the effects of future health difficulties.He also shares a perspective on misfortune and difficulty that we can all make use of, even if we haven’t attained the highest consciousness states yet.No matter what your perspectives on health or misfortune are, you’ll find great value in hearing Thom speak on the subjects.Episode Highlights: [00:48] Q- Can Meditation Heal Post-Concussive Symptoms?[01:05] If They Can Think a Thought…[02:02] Meditation Also Helps in Dementia.[04:05] How Vedic Meditation Accelerates the Healing Process from an Injury[05:28] The Chemistry of Healing[07:11] The Relationship Between Happiness and Healing[09:11] Q- How the Experience of Misfortune is Framed Within the Vedic Worldview[09:41] Misfortune is a Consciousness State[10:20] Inaccurate Expectations[11:41] What is a Misfortune?[12:57] Laws of Nature that Have a Cascade Effect[14:26] What Causes Misfortune[15:32] Suffering from the Vedic Perspective[16:36] The Period of Global Glaciation[18:09] Ice Age Made Humans a Capable Robust Organism[19:51] Unity Consciousness[21:23] Q- Can Vedic Meditation Help Lower the Risk of Alzheimer's or Dementia?[21:49] Refreshing the Physiology[23:04] Stress Speeds Up the Decline of the Human Body[24:34] Slowing Down the Aging Characteristics of the Human Body[25:47] Accumulation of Stress is the Number One Cause of All Disease[26:56] A Life of Complete Gracefulness, Knowledge and WisdomUseful

Nov 8

29 min 35 sec

All of us think but how often do we contemplate where our thoughts come from? And when we do, how accurate is our answer?Many of us think thoughts are the work of the brain, stimulated either by the environment or circumstances around us, or by memories of the past or fears of the future.For most of us, there is also a sense of identity associated with the thoughts we’re having. We define ourselves based on our thoughts, especially those that we repeat on a regular basis.Given that we have 60,000 plus ‘cognitive processes’ per day, that makes a perfect set up for a never-ending ‘identity crisis.’It’s only when we give ourselves a chance to bypass the thinking process, to reach a state of pure Being, awareness minus thought, that we get a chance to experience our true identity, the state from which thoughts originate. The more time we spend in this state, the more accurate our thinking becomes, the more aligned we become with Nature.We invite you to listen to Thom’s explanation then do your own research to verify it for yourself. Enjoy.Episode Highlights:[00:50] Are You Your Thoughts? [02:24] What Are You? [03:56] The Prime Directive of Our Body[05:50] Formulation of Your Identity [07:41] You Are That Field of Pure Creative Intelligence [09:33] I Am Being  [11:14] I Am The Underlying Field[12:54] Responding to the Need of the TimeUseful

Oct 31

16 min 11 sec

A very frequent question Thom receives is "What is the difference between Vedic knowledge, learned through Vedic Meditation, and Hinduism?"Hinduism, as a religion, is supposed to honor thousands, if not millions, of Gods. This religion offers many offerings to people from all over the world and is practiced by around a billion people in India. It surprised many to learn that Hinduism does not originate in the Vedic or Sanskrit languages, which makes it quite an intriguing conundrum.Hinduism in reality is a linguistic construction that came about as a result of British rule in India. Hinduism is a combination of religious beliefs, some of which are based on Vedic understandings, while others may derive from the practices they adopted to show dignity and self-respect while they were dominated by the British.In this fascinating episode, Thom shares the history of Hinduism and what sets the Vedic worldview apart from Hinduism.Episode Highlights: [00:52] - What Distinguishes the Vedic Worldview From Hinduism?[01:47] - The Origin of Hinduism [03:51] - The Multi-Pronged Approach of Britain[05:39] - The Indus River Became Hindus[07:24] - Hinduism Turned Into a Fabricated Religion[08:58] - Statuary in India[10:06] - Hinduism is a Construct[11:53] - The True Meaning of Yoga [13:51] - Sanatana Dharma[15:51] - The Meaning of Veda and Apaurusheya[18:08] - What Is the Veda[19:17] - An Exponent of Reality[21:09] - The Cosmic Law of the Evolutionary Process[22:51] - The Destruction Operator at Work[24:38] - The Cycle of Evolution[25:36] - We Design Suffering for Ourselves[27:43] - Does God Want You to Suffer? [28:42] - Suffering and Happiness From the Vedic Perspective[30:33] - The Purpose of Life is the Expansion of Happiness[32:31] - Our Brain Personalises the Laws of Nature[33:40] - The Expression of Your Inner Nature[35:16] - Why the Vedic Worldview Doesn't Qualify to be a Religion[37:02] - There is No Concept of God in the Vedic Worldview[39:12] - Practicing Your Technique Helps You to Grow Your Conscious State[41:25] - The Vedic Experience of Growth[42:48] - Medicinal Properties of the Willow Bark[44:02] - The Problems With Aspirin[45:21] - The Relationship Between Hinduism and Vedic Knowledge[46:18] - The Problem Of Active Ingredient Mentality in the West[47:56] - The Western Approach to Spirituality and Active Ingredient Mentality[48:56] - Heaven on Earth is the Vedic Worldview[50:26] - The Difference Between Vedic and HinduismUseful

Oct 24

51 min 20 sec

Ayurveda, the ‘science of life’ has become very popular in developed nations in recent decades, thanks to the work of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in reviving this ancient body of wisdom.Dating back several thousand years, the practice of Ayurvedic techniques was forced ‘underground’ when the British colonized India and imposed their own ‘modern’ approaches to health.Fortunately, some families passed the wisdom down through the generations, allowing Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to bring three of the greatest minds on the subject together for a long-overdue revival of this timeless body of knowledge.In this episode, Thom explains some of the details of that revival, and explores some of the key differences between the Ayurvedic and ‘allopathic’ approaches to health. Importantly, he explains how the two approaches are complementary rather than ‘alternative’ to each other.Episode Highlights:[00:00] - The Meaning of Ayurveda[01:41] - The history and extinction of Ayurveda[02:59] - Ayurveda was made illegal in India[04:01] - The revival of Ayurveda by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi[04:56] - The three great masters[06:15] - The rise of Ayurveda[07:10] - Panchkarma[07:50] - Not an alternative to western medicine[09:06] - The next generation of Ayurvedic practitioners[10:31] - The difference between Ayurveda and allopathy[12:14] - Treating the person[13:38] - The magic bullet[14:22] - The entire spectrum of human experience[15:57] - The Vaidya’s [17:10] - Practicing Vedic Meditation to reduce stressUseful

Oct 17

20 min 7 sec

We are always striving to attain more and more in our lives. But, every now and again, we get the impression that we haven't done enough with our time. No amount of accomplishment is capable of bringing us fulfilment. And, it's also not a bad thing to have a lot of achievements on your scoreboard.But, more importantly, are we truly enjoying the process or simply trying to finish the race? Unfortunately, even after winning, we often postpone our celebrations until we reach the pinnacle of achievement.In this Ask Me Anything session, Thom Knoles explains why it is critical to enjoy the process of achieving something and how we cannot fail when we are enjoying the process. Thom also tells how we can experience the natural expression of our emotions.Episode Highlights:[00:00] - Q - What is the Vedic Worldview of Emotional Healing?[01:12] - De-Exciting the Consciousness[01:54] - Making the Healing Process Rapid[03:08] - Vedic Meditation is Good for Emotional Healing[04:19] - Vedic Meditation Awakens Your Brain's Power[05:53] - The Removal of Stress[07:28] - Q - How Should We Evaluate Our Accomplishments?[07:44] - The Process is the Outcome[08:59] - Baseline Happiness[10:03] - The Problem of Collective Consciousness[10:55] - The Best Way to Feel Emotions Without Stuffing Them[11:22] - We Avoid Mood Making[12:13] - Establishing Inner Awareness[13:26] - Becoming Fearless[14:34] - Paying Attention to the Body SensationsUseful

Oct 10

16 min 35 sec

When we think of feminine and masculine, typically we tend to think in terms of gender, i.e. female and male but the Vedic worldview has a much broader approach than the arrangement or expression of chromosomes. In Vedic circles the feminine and masculine are seen as aspects of creation, present everywhere and in everything. Wherever there is masculine there is always feminine, and vice versa, with the feminine often referred to as Mother Divine and celebrated through a vast range of personifications* and a range of festivals or holy days. One of those festivals is Navratri Sharad, a celebration of triumph over ignorance, held over nine nights and 10 days in the fall of each year (Northern Hemisphere fall, Southern Hemisphere spring).Though each night of Navratri Sharad honors specific representations of Mother Divine, Thom invites us in this episode to use the festival as a springboard to making the celebration of the feminine an everyday occurrence and an opportunity to continuously explore just what the feminine is and how She is represented in everyday life.  *For more on the personification of aspects of creation, listen to our three-part series on God, Gods and Goddesses.Sharad Navratri Dates 2021: October 7 (Thursday) to October 15 (Friday)See here for dates in other years  - Episode highlights: [00:40] Navratri Sharad - Nine Nights of the Divine Mother[02:22] A Range of Appreciation [03:14] Connecting the Dots [04:35] Removing Limitations [05:43] Vijayadashami - The Tenth Night [07:00] An Expansive View of Divine MotherUseful

Oct 6

8 min 46 sec

Over the period of 25 years, Thom Knoles got to spend many extended periods of time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a student and a ‘replicant,’ one of many charged with the task of sharing Vedic wisdom with the world.In this episode, another instalment of the My Maharishi series, Thom recounts some of the aspects of daily life and travels with Maharishi, including Maharishi’s tireless round-the-clock efforts to fit as much teaching into his lifetime as he possibly could.Warning - This episode may require you to reassess your current standard for ‘busy’ :-). Episode Highlights: [00:40] An Unusual Man in Every Respect [02:00] The Light of the World [03:35] Ask, Ask [04:59] Who’s Awake? [06:11] Conscious Rest [07:40] My Waking is More Restful than Your Sleep [08:38] I’m in a Hurry [09:25] More Multiplication[07:40] My Waking is More Restful than Your Sleep [08:38] I’m in a Hurry [09:25] More Multiplication Useful

Oct 4

12 min

Humans have been using substances to have ‘extraordinary experiences’ for millenia. Sometimes this is motivated by a simple sense of curiosity, and at other times it might be to ‘fill a void,’ while in other cases it might be motivated by a promise of an elusive ‘spiritual experience.’ In some cases it leads to addiction and dependence, while in others it might just be a bucket-list experience that someone moves on from.In this episode, Thom takes a non-judgemental look at the motivation and impact of such experiences, and outlines an alternative approach, one that’s more sustainable and that leads to a ‘permanent high’ that most people couldn’t even conceive of.Episode Highlights: [00:40] The Desire to Belong[02:29] Tribal Life [04:27] A Sense of Identity [06:00] Join the Club [07:14] Human Beings Crave Variety [08:33] The Nature of the Knower [09:51] Badge of Rank [11:29] The Difference Between a Cult and a Religion [12:39] Shibboleth [13:25] Drugs [14:35] Why Drugs Work[15:59] Endogenous Chemicals [18:03] The Prime Directive of the Body[19:32] Ayahuasca, LSD, THC [21:13] Mimicking Molecules [22:44] Lizards on LSD and Psychotic Dogs [24:31] The Confused Body [26:23] Sublimation and Addiction [27:47] An Overload of Experience [29:35] Premature Cognitive Commitments [31:10] Psychedelic Experiences [33:11] Where Are the Icons of Drug Use? [35:19] A Sustainable Systematic Approach [37:32] What About Soma? [38:30] Vedic Meditation - A Better Methodology [39:44] An Overload of Experience [41:21] Supreme, Inner Contentedness [43:01] An Experience of Self [44:57] Our Body is a Drug-Producing Machine [46:19] Unsustainable Ways to Extraordinary Experiences [47:26] The 4/20 Club and Counterfeit Substances [49:13] Consciousness-Led Experiences [50:35] A Perpetual Psychedelic State [51:59] Learning the Sustainable Way [53:28] Being in the Tribe [54:29] A Regular Daily Practice Useful

Sep 26

56 min 58 sec

Mantras are central to the practice of Vedic Meditation, but different understandings about what the word mantra means sometimes lead people to misunderstand how the mantra is used.For some, the word mantra means ‘a slogan’ or a tagline of sorts, used as a way of encapsulating a group point of view. For others, a mantra is a tool to aid concentration or to use as an affirmation.In Vedic Meditation the use of the mantra is very different. To understand this difference, you need to understand the distinction between ‘charm’ and suggestibility, which Thom explains simply and beautifully in this podcast episodeEpisode Highlights: [00:40] Mantra - A Mind Vehicle [01:47] Bija Mantra[03:26] Attraction and Distraction[04:52] Beyond Meaning[05:47] Hypnosis and Suggestibility[07:05] Suggestibility is a Social Problem[07:59] Becoming Less Suggestible[08:42] Using the Intellect in the Proper WayUseful Links:

Sep 20

11 min 6 sec

After 50 plus years of instructing Vedic Meditation, and 50,000 plus students, Thom Knoles has accumulated thousands of shared memories with these students.In this episode Thom shares a delightful anecdote about Sophie, who learned Vedic Meditation with Thom when she was only eight years old, and how Sophie’s wisdom helped Thom teach the concept of Cosmic Consciousness to a roomful of adults.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Sophie from New York[02:09] What will come into your consciousness state?[03:25] Cosmic Consciousness[04:58] Deep Diving[06:19] A Simple ExplanationUseful Links:

Sep 12

8 min 42 sec

While Maharishi Mahesh Yogi spent thousands of hours teaching his students formally, often it was the day-to-day life situations that provided the most profound teaching moments.In this, another instalment of the My Maharishi series, Thom shares a delightful anecdote of a picnic in Switzerland that gave rise to one of Maharishi’s most famous sayings, “You can't stop someone from behaving according to their level of consciousness.”Enjoy this short but sweet episode.Episode Highlights:[00:40] Out in the Field[01:51] The Numbers Game[02:32] A Picnic in Switzerland[04:04] A Photo Opportunity[05:15] A Trivializing Gesture[06:17] Don’t Expect Mangoes From a Walnut Tree[07:17] Consciousness Dictates BehaviorUseful Links:

Sep 6

9 min 7 sec

Yet another interesting mix of questions in today’s Ask Me Anything episode with Thom.In discussing 5D, The Fifth Dimension, Thom explains how premature contentedness is the enemy of enlightenment and that, regardless of what we call it, the true measure of progress is to become an exemplar of Self realized consciousness.He describes the Vedic worldview on the incarnation of babies (including fetuses) who only remain with us for a short while.Thom also describes how common measures of ‘success’ (money and fame) are irrelevant to our effectiveness in meeting the need of the time.In this episode, Thom also pays homage to Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi and an inspiring leader in the 20th century.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Q - Please Comment on 5D (The Fifth Dimension) and Its Effect on Our Meditation Practice[01:11] Santosha - The Enemy of Enlightenment [02:10] Premature Contentedness[03:31] Self Realization Means Self Actualization[05:11] Chronic Brain Failure[06:21] Earned Contentedness[07:20] Q - What is the Relevance of ‘Spirit Babies’ and Reincarnation?[07:51] Jiva - Individualized Consciousness[08:49] The Quickening[09:33] Separating From the Body[10:34] Karma and Unfinished Business[12:11] Q - Should We ‘Bend a Little’ to Extend Our Reach and Generate Wealth?[12:42] Money Means Absolutely Nothing[13:28] Living an Authentic Life[14:11] You Minus the Thoughts = Bliss[14:40] Co-incidence[15:39] You Are Totality[16:29] What Good is Money?[17:19] Q - How Does the Vedic worldview and Paramahansa Yogananda's School of Thought Relate? Can you Compare Kriya Yoga to Vedic Meditation?[17:42] Yoga - Union of the Individual Mind With Cosmic Mind[18:49] Kriya Yoga and Nishkam Karma Yoga[20:07] The Airplane Method and the Jumbo Jet Method[21:03] A Branch of the TreeUseful Links:

Aug 29

23 min 9 sec

In this short bonus episode, Thom shares a couple of bite-sized nuggets of wisdom to address two problems of epidemic proportions, insomnia, and a lack of meaning or purpose.He starts with a delightful story of how Maharishi Mahesh Yogi learned that better sleep was one of the more popular ‘side effects’ of meditation when he first came to the United States. He also explains the cause of insomnia and why Vedic Meditation is the ultimate cure for it.And in relation to meaning and purpose, Thom outlines that the lack of meaning or purpose comes about because we don’t have a direct experience of our own true, inner nature. Once we have that experience, the experience of true Bliss, which of course we can get through Vedic Meditation, then our role in evolution becomes self evident, and meaning and purpose are naturally met.Enjoy!Episode Highlights:[00:48] Meditation Beats Insomnia[02:11] The Cause of Insomnia[03:21] The Unwinding of Stress [04:51] Deeper Rest Than Sleep Through Meditation[06:15] Awakening the Mind to Its Fullest Potential [07:09] A Search for Meaning[07:44] A Search for Our True Identity[08:48] What’s This All About?[09:31] Direct Experience of Bliss[11:04] Your Real Purpose in LifeUseful Links:

Aug 26

13 min 22 sec

All of us want to be known for something heroic, but who decides who are the heroes and who are the villains? And do the villains perhaps think of themselves as heroic? Would the heroes even be heroes if there were no villains? In this episode Thom, once again, shines a new light on a subject that has been with humankind since we first developed the ability to create and share experiences and stories.He explains that it isn’t an either/or argument and offers an alternative option. One that we can all aspire to without the pressure of ‘taking sides’…Episode Highlights:[00:40] The Trichotomy of Evolution[03:12] Writers of History and Drawers of Maps [04:28] Consciousness Drives Behavior[06:18] Semi-Omnipotence [08:11] Bifurcation - Breaking of Symmetry [10:09] Elevational Theater [12:02] The Supersymmetric State of Contentedness [13:37] The Fall From the Status Quo [15:13] A Sawtooth Pattern of Plateau [16:55] Succession [17:45] An Eternity of Torture [19:23] Saved From Hell [20:50] Were the Romans Villains? [22:12] Or Were They Heroes? [23:42] We’re the Good Guys [25:02] Standing Outside of Our Indoctrination [26:31] Communists and Capitalists [28:09] All Of Us Want to Be Heroic [29:31] We All Started From the Same Place, But... [30:53] Holding On to Complacency [32:31] Being the Seer [34:17] How is Nature Trending? [35:35] A True Hero [37:04] Zero Rigid Attachment [38:27] Impartial Guidance [40:20] Become a Rishi Useful Links:

Aug 22

43 min 41 sec

This is a question that can be answered in three simple words, but listen in for a complete and satisfying explanation from Thom.Using an analogy that we can all relate to, Thom explains that the discomfort caused by not meditating should be enough to inspire us to keep practicing regularly, twice a day.It’s a short and concise episode that should strengthen your resolve to keep your meditation practice regular.Episode Highlights: [00:40] A Little Device Was Invented[01:59] It’s Not a Chore[03:19] A Kind of Anathema[04:03] No Harm[04:51] Superseding Other Techniques[06:10] Six Weeks and You’ll Never Look BackUseful Links:

Aug 15

8 min 3 sec

In this bonus episode, ahead of an upcoming visit to New York City, Thom runs through the process of learning Vedic Meditation.He explains the rationale of spreading the course over four days so you can embed the experience and commence a sustainable daily routine, and develop a deeper understanding of the mechanics and expected results of Vedic Meditation.He also explains why Vedic Meditation should be taught in person rather than online, and why it’s worth your investment of time and effort to find a teacher who can teach you face to face.If you’re in New York City or nearby, Thom will be visiting late September (2021) and holding free Introductory Talks ahead of some courses in October. This is a rare opportunity to be taught by Thom, who will have limited capacity while he is there, so please register here for an Introductory Talk.And if you are not near New York City, or are reading this afterwards, you can find one of many Vedic Meditation teachers trained and approved by Thom to teach the technique by emailing us here with your location and we will get back to you with recommendations.Episode Highlights: [00:40] New York, New York![02:07] Your Vedic Meditation Mantra [03:17] In-Home Practice, Refinement Together[04:08] More Practice, Deeper Understanding[05:13] Developing Your Vedic Meditation Skill [06:12] Introductory Talk [07:37] A Commitment to Yourself [08:49] Why Can’t I Learn Vedic Meditation Online? [10:02] The Most Effective Way of Learning to MeditateUseful Links: 

Aug 13

12 min 15 sec

Mindfulness has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years. There’s no shortage of teachers, books, apps or other tools to help us practice mindfulness. But how does mindfulness compare with Vedic Meditation? Is there a comparison at all or do they have different functions altogether?Thom explains the difference between the two in a way that leaves no doubt as to which one has the most profound effect.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Vedic Meditation Isn’t Really Meditation[01:58] Going Beyond Thought [03:05] A Doing That You’re Doing [03:58] A Charming Mantra [05:10] Comfort is Key Useful Links: 

Aug 8

7 min 40 sec

What are the Vedas? Or should that be what is the Veda? Because you can’t put a finder on it, the Veda is hard to define as such, except to say it is the totality of the laws of Nature.So rather than trying to define what the Veda is, perhaps a more pertinent question might be, “How do I access the Veda and make use of it?”For that Thom has a solution. Listen in or read the transcript below to find out how you can tap into the limitless knowledge that is the Veda.Episode Highlights: [00:40] The Knowledge Available to Everyone[02:04] What Should I Do Now?[03:22] The Mechanism of Desire[04:46] Dharma[06:16] Self-Referral Knowledge[07:17] A Unique Approach to Morality[08:09] Overloads of Experience[09:31] Unbinding You From the Past[10:55] Universal Human KnowledgeUseful Links: 

Aug 1

13 min 26 sec

In this episode, another in our ongoing series of Ask Thom Anything, Thom explains the distinction between wellness and relaxation activities and why they don’t deliver the same impacts as Vedic Meditation.He also explores “The dark night of the soul” and describes how contrasting experiences of the mind and body lead to an unstabilized vision.He gives us some insights into how we can respond when someone is in the dying stage of their life and the advantages we have as Vedic meditators during this stage. And finally, Thom explains a practical approach to diet when we’re on a spiritual path.If you’d like to have Thom answer a question on the podcast, you can submit your questions here.Episode Highlights: [00:57] Q - Can ‘Wellness Activities’ Be as Effective as Vedic Meditation for Releasing Stress? [01:47] It Depends on Consciousness [03:09] They Might Be Relaxing But... [04:27] An Opportunistic Brain[05:55] Absolute Unboundedness of Being [06:51] A Consciousness-Led Approach [08:00] No Special Environment Required [08:42] Q - What’s the Vedic Worldview on the Dark Night of the Soul? [09:07] An Unstabilized Vision[10:33] The Body’s Prime Directive [12:12] Unstressing [13:25] Our Body Needs to Catch Up [14:27] Mind and Body in Complete Agreement [15:28] Q - How Can I Navigate Having Someone Dying or Getting Close to Death? [15:50] Speed Grieving [16:44] Be the Strong One [17:57] There is Only Evolution [19:40] Don’t Be the Needy One [21:07] Restoring a Sense of Peace and Happiness [21:51] Q - Do You Recommend a Special Diet for a Spiritual Practice?[22:04] Toxicity Begins With Your Consciousness State [23:43] The Art and Science of Ayurveda [25:23] Balancing Behaviour for Different Body TypesUseful Links:

Jul 25

27 min 38 sec

Does perfect order exist or is everything random? Pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and take a seat because you’ll want to lean into this episode. Thom shares a fascinating exploration of entropy and order, ‘randomicity,’ the laws of thermodynamics, levitating trains, superfluids, superconductors, multitasking, learning to drive, and much more.You’ll learn how Vedic Meditation can help you defy the laws of thermodynamics and, most importantly, how you can use meditation to answer the question of orderliness vs. randomness through your own direct experience.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Something is Ordered. Something is Not Ordered.[02:52] Entropy - Decay[04:37] Advantages of Order vs Disorder [06:55] The Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics [08:42] Absolute Zero [10:45] A Theoretical State [11:46] Helium as a Superfluid [13:07] Uncontainable [14:20] Zero Viscosity [15:43] Zero Resistance [16:34] Lead as a Superconductor [18:07] Infinite Electrical Circulation [19:32] Levitation [21:18] Restoring Order Through Vedic Meditation [22:59] A Superconscious State [24:20] The Physiological Advantage of a Meditator [25:33] Professor Ilya Prigogine and the Thermodynamics of Living Systems [27:29] Is There Such a Thing as Disorder and Order? [29:01] Suspending the Second Law of Thermodynamics [30:34] Superconsciousness Coexisting With Specificity Consciousness [31:17] Multitasking  [32:38] Learning to Drive [33:38] Relegation [34:34] Our Brain is a Massive Computer [36:21] Developing Cosmic Consciousness [37:51] Transcendence and Thinking Simultaneously[39:23] The Fifth Consciousness State[40:48] Recognizing Order [42:22] A Perfect Hiding Place for a Snake [43:08] The Cosmic Perspective [45:01] The Creation Operator [45:42] The Maintenance Operator [46:05] The Destruction Operator [47:58] Evolution is the Only Thing That’s Happening [49:29] Does Entropy Exist? [50:26] Accurate Expectations [51:25] Perfect Order is All That Exists Useful Links:

Jul 18

53 min 30 sec

Continuing the occasional series of My Maharishi episodes, Thom gives us a few very brief highlights of a truly accomplished life.Thom shares how Maharishi was larger than life in spite of his small and gracious appearance.  He tells us how his title of “The Giggling Guru” contrasted with his ability to satisfy questions about the deepest and most serious aspects of life.Thom describes how Maharishi embodied the teachings of his own teacher, Guru Dev, and how he became a guru himself.He also shares how Maharishi first came to teach the meditation practice that we teach today, and why teachers of Vedic Meditation, before teaching a new student, always acknowledges our lineage of teachers that have come before us.It’s a short but delightful episode that will give insight into the origins of what has become a worldwide phenomenon, the practice that is raising consciousness throughout the word.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Guru - Remover of Darkness[02:32] Balletic Grace [04:12] The Giggling Guru [05:51] Learning by Osmosis[07:25] A Body as an Agent of Evolutionary Change [08:38] Big, Important and Urgent [09:30] Rameswaram [11:00] The Grace of Guru Dev[12:19] Folded Hands Everywhere [14:00] I Want to Replicate Myself [15:24] Knowledge That Has Stood the Test of Time [16:30] He Made Me Useful Links:

Jul 11

18 min 59 sec

Our first Ask Thom Anything episode was such a hit that we’re making it a regular feature. In this episode, Thom talks about how to respond to the jealousy of others when we’re following our own evolutionary path, including a delightful background story to how Guru Dev stubbornly followed his own evolutionary path at a very young age.He also discusses the self-love trend and how to recognize the distinction between self-ish-ness and Self-ness. Polygamy and mongamy are also addressed, with Thom taking the opportunity to outline the role of a ‘love alliance’ and shared mission in intimate relationships.If you’d like to have Thom answer a question on the podcast, you can submit your questions here.Episode Highlights: [00:57] Q - How Do We Balance Following Our Own Charm With Jealousy That Might Arise In Others [02:22] We Can’t Control the Experience of Others[03:05] Jealousy Is… [04:38] Envy Gone Horribly Wrong [06:04] A Pathetic Consciousness State [07:38] I Have to Go to the Himalayas [08:59] Running Away From Home (At the Age of Six!) [10:07] The Shankaracharya [11:30] They Have to Trust That You Know What You Are Doing [12:49] Occasional Frank Conversations[14:09] What Are You Doing For Your Own Evolution? [15:27] Growing Out of Social Relationships [16:19] How Can We Know the Difference Between Self-love and Selfishness? [17:26] Upper-Case S Self [18:21] Lower-Case s self [19:18] Self-ish-ness and Selfness [20:34] Expanded Consciousness is the First Priority[21:43] Giving Beyond Conscious Receptivity [22:53] The Apparent Need for Reciprocity[24:28] Overcompensating [25:39] I Am the Fulfillment State Seeking the Need of the Time [26:45] How Love Evolves [27:39] Q - What’s the Vedic Worldview on Polyamory and Monogamy? [28:10] A Love Alliance [29:04] Shared Mission [30:10] Differing Standards[31:30] “Dating” [32:38] A Field Full of Potential Confusion [34:00] A Mere Relation-Ship[34:55] Be Honest About ItUseful Links:

Jul 4

37 min 1 sec

We’re all familiar with the term evolution, but few of us spend time contemplating what that means and, perhaps more significantly, what our ‘role’ is when it comes to evolution.Evolution has been happening in a continuum, and will continue to shape the Universe forever, where then do we fit into the picture? How can we be an active participant?As Thom explains in this episode, evolution happens regardless of our awareness of it, and in spite of our attempts to control it. In fact the most active role we can play is to relinquish control and to enjoy the ride.Viva la evolution!Episode Highlights: [00:40] The Agenda of the Entire Universe [01:59] A Need to Become Conscious of Itself [03:09] The Genesis of Life [04:09] The Not Living Became Living [05:37] All the Laws of Nature in One Word [07:09] Complexity vs Complicated [09:02] An Evolutionary Life [10:44] Growing in the Direction of Cosmic Consciousness Useful Links:

Jun 27

13 min 15 sec

In this episode Thom puts a fresh perspective on the phrase “Oh my God” and shows us how there is more to this term than meets the eye. Having given us a solid foundation to the subject in Part 1 and Part 2, Thom uses this episode to set us up for our own personal experience.He explains that while there are many commonalities of archetypes across cultures, each of us shapes our experiences of “god” based on our own personal model of the world.This even includes those that have the view that there is no such thing as a god or a deity.Importantly, he explains that our own experience will be based on our own observations rather than requiring faith of any sort. It’s a paradigm that will provide relief for those who have struggled to make doctrines fit their experience. In the final analysis, you get to choose your own adventure, and there’s no hurry to come to a conclusion one way or another.Episode highlights: [00:40] Experiencing the Celestial Layer[02:15] Sleeping, Dreaming, Waking [03:02] Turiya - The Fourth State [05:10] Colorfast Consciousness [06:43] Enlightenment Begins [09:29] Archetypes of Experience Emerge [11:32] God Consciousness [13:39] See No Evil [17:00] Observation Based vs Faith Based [18:44] A World of Beings [20:17] Normalizing Capability [22:29] Grades of Experience [23:57] Cultural Biases Constructing Deities [25:33] Lakshmi and Saraswati [27:37] Surya AKA Apollo [29:30] Universal and Undeniable Archetypes [31:10] Same Same But Different [32:42] Unity Consciousness [34:10] Sally From Kansas City [35:04] Ishwara - Supreme Being [36:03] Ishta Devata [37:51] Your Call to Action [38:33] That Dusty Old Podcast [39:56] The Pinnacle of Human Development [41:35] Choose Your Own Adventure [43:11] What Kind of Universe Do You Want? Useful Links:

Jun 20

45 min 17 sec

There’s no shortage of options when it comes to choosing a meditation technique, let alone a teacher to learn from. Many don’t choose a teacher at all, and go the do-it-yourself route, perhaps with the help of an app, or an audio or video found online.While one can certainly receive some benefits from these approaches, Thom shares in this episode that the goal should be to get maximum impact from your meditations, rather than just ‘some’ impact.Thom explains the value of using an ancient technique, one that’s been proven for thousands of years and used by millions around the world.He also describes the rigorous process that aspiring Vedic Meditation teachers go through when learning from Thom. Apart from the thousands of hours of practical and learning experience gathered over a number of years, the trainee Initiator also has to prove they can meet and maintain the standard required by the Shankaracharya lineage that has passed down the technique over the years.Thom’s teacher’s teacher, Guru Dev, once famously said, “You deserve the best…” (see above for the full quote), and if you follow the advice Thom shares in this episode, you can be sure that’s what you’ll be getting.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Getting Maximum Impact [01:49] An Ancient Tradition [03:27] Step Beyond Thinking Entirely [04:57] Healthy Skepticism [06:19] Mood Making and Pretty Thoughts [07:21] Rigorous Prerequisites for Becoming a Vedic Meditation Teacher [09:20] Intensive Training for Vedic Meditation Teachers [10:29] Graduation as a Vedic Meditation Initiator [12:03] Effort Well Spent[13:17] The Promise of Self-Sufficiency Useful Links:

Jun 13

15 min 46 sec

We all know that goals are transient. They might bring us some short-term pleasure but the periods between the goals, the goals we actually get that is, are often peppered with consistent feelings of lack, frustration and disappointment.Despite knowing this, we still live lives where we’re mostly striving for, and only occasionally arriving at, a state of fulfillment. It’s a hamster wheel that’s kept billions of us busy through countless lifetimes.In this episode, Thom explains that we do this because we’ve got our achievement process backwards. He exposes the ‘fulfillment fallacy’ and gives us a practical method whereby fulfillment becomes an input into the process, rather than being a result of the process. So if you’re ready to get off the hamster wheel, this episode is just what you need.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Did I Make a Difference?[03:02] How Do You Get What (You Think) You Want?[04:49] Creativity and Action[06:51] Achievement… Then What?[08:12] What is the Source of Thought?[09:47] Thought Has Energy[11:22] Thought Has Measurable Energy[12:55] Thought Has Intelligence[14:24] Consciousness Has Thought[16:20] The Purpose of Thinking[18:02] Self-Generating Charm Through Vedic Meditation[19:36] Nothing Gets Better Than This[21:06] Being - Complete Fulfillment[22:38] AKA Samadhi[24:39] How Desperate Are You?[26:00] The Fulfillment Fallacy[27:41] Collateral Damage[29:02] What Needs to be Done?[30:36] Let It Go[31:55] An Evolutionary Agenda[33:46] Exporting Fulfillment[35:55] The Need of the Time[38:36] Stirring the Warm Bath[40:00] You Won’t Get Fulfillment From That[41:41] Scaling New Heights[42:56] Baseline Happiness First[44:12] Stop Seeking It Where It is Not[46:21] One Percent[47:52] An Ingenious Thing[49:36] Living the Outcome While Engaged in the ProcessUseful Links:

Jun 6

52 min 19 sec

Thom tackles the “cancel culture” of today’s world, and empowers us to make ourselves useful if we find ourselves in a funk. He shows us how to let go of anxious attachment in relationships and puts PTSD in perspective, while giving us the tool to address it.If you’d like to have Thom answer a question on the podcast, you can submit your questions here.Episode Highlights: [00:40] Q - Please Comment on Our Culture’s Obsession with Manifestation[01:14] Charm - The Mechanism of Desire[04:30] Cosmic Management[06:52] Manifestation and Desire are Related and Simultaneous[07:56] Q - How Do You Know When to Leave a Relationship?[08:19] Surrendering Preferences[10:22] Self-Sufficiency[12:01] The Business of Creating Memories [12:11] Q - What’s Thom’s Take on Cancel Culture? [13:23] Our Source of Identity [16:10] Do People Like Me? [18:05] Lord Buddha Got 500 Likes [19:40] Q - What Do You Do When You Wake Up in an Inexplicable Funk?[20:11] Exposure to the Unboundedness[21:46] Expanding Our Event Horizon [23:10] It’s Not Personal [24:16] What Do I Have to Teach Today? [25:51] Exemplary Behavior [28:26] Q - How Do I Heal Anxious Attachment in Relationships? [29:14] A Big Bag of Fulfillment[30:18] Let Go of the Neediness [32:07] Be Relevant to the Need of the Times [33:31] Don’t be Overgenerous [34:36] Reciprocation and Sabotage [36:25] Back to Self-Sufficiency[38:00] Q - Does Vedic Meditation Alleviate PTSD?[38:15] Trauma is Ill-Defined[41:00] Trauma - Inaccurate Expectations[42:32] Vedic Meditation, Deep Rest, and Adaptation Energy[45:14] Reaction and RecoveryUseful Links:

May 30

48 min 4 sec

Vedic Meditation teachers are often asked if the practice is a religious practice. Its ancient roots and the reverence that we sometimes approach it with can have the appearance of being religious, but this is largely due to misunderstandings of what the word religion actually means.In short, the practice of Vedic Meditation doesn’t require any belief. It works for believers and non-believers alike and doesn’t favor one over the other. Practitioners of all religions practice the technique every day, as do practitioners of no religion, all with equal efficacy.Listen in as Thom explains the true meaning of religion and why Vedic Meditation transcends religious difference, while at the same time enhancing whatever religious understanding you may or may not have. Episode Highlights: [00:40] The True Meaning of Religion[02:15] “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.”[03:35] No Commandments[04:33] Compatibility With Religion and Atheism[06:00] A Better UnderstandingUseful Links:

May 23

9 min 4 sec

While most of us like to think of ourselves as ‘likeable’, we don’t always see others in the same way. Though we may have many similarities, our differences often stand in the way of having an amicable relationship.When our differences are too extreme, then feelings of enmity can evolve and, even without trying we can have an ‘enemy’ on our hands. This doesn’t necessarily mean we are at war with them, just noticing our differences enough to put a barrier between us.There is an alternative. One where we follow our natural human tendency to want to relate and simply do away with enmity altogether. Our Vedic Meditation practice helps us with this as it takes us to our ultimate form of sameness, the Unified Field, where there is no difference to be found.Listen in or read the transcript below and become part of the solution.Episode Highlights:[00:40] The Easiest Thing on Earth[01:35] Ignoring the Laws of Quantum Mechanics[02:38] The Beginning of Difference[03:38] “Out There”[04:40] “I Wouldn’t Behave That Way”[06:02] Enemies as Part of Our Storyline[07:09] Enemies Match Our Expectations[08:21] You Can’t Kill an Enemy[09:37] You Can’t Even Vaporize Them[11:10] Uncreating of Enmity[12:25] A Grumpy Bus Conductor[13:50] Spreaders of Happiness[15:09] A Ripple Effect[16:22] Reunification[17:28] Relatability is the Enemy of Enmity[18:44] It’s Natural to Want to Relate[19:53] Interested in Sameness[21:29] Unifying Access to Knowledge[22:21] Sibling Rivalry Has Always Been a Thing[23:08] A Better, Transcendental Parental Model[24:21] The Weapon of Speech[25:20] Arranging Truths to Awaken Shared Experience[26:18] We Cannot Afford a Third World War[27:12] Green Forests Have Green Trees[28:15] 1% Critical Mass of Meditators[29:51] A Turning Point[31:06] Prepare in the Darkness to Celebrate the Dawn[33:01] We Need to Step Into Our Power of Wisdom [34:00] People Behaving Desperately[35:03] The Behaviour of Happy People[36:29] Playing the Role of the Offended One[37:59] Utter Indifference to Negativity[38:46] I Accept Your Consciousness State[40:01] This is What Goes On[40:58] Dogs Bark, Elephants Walk[42:24] Elephantine Consciousness[43:32] Cosmic Consciousness and the Cascades of Cause and Effect[44:40] Royal Invincible Grace[46:16] Making Enmity RedundantUseful Links: 

May 16

49 min 1 sec

As you might expect, Thom is never short of a few words to say on the subject of God, gods and goddesses. He held a ten-day retreat on the subject several years ago and, more recently, published Part One of a three-part podcast series on the subject. If you haven’t listened to that episode yet, we invite you to start there as it lays the foundation for this episode, Part Two of the series.In this episode Thom explores the seven states of consciousness and how they impact our experience and perception of God, gods and goddesses. He explains how shared experience evolves through the different levels, culminating in the ultimate shared experience of all, Unity Consciousness.Thom reminds us that our experience of God is a personal experience having nothing to do with faith or belief and everything to do with our perception.As with Part One, you’ll probably want to listen to this several times over to really let the message sink in. Episode Highlights: [00:54] Your Experience is Your Own Consciousness State [02:01] Celestial Layers of Creation [03:31] Seeing the World in Animate Terms [05:38] Sleep State of Consciousness [06:29] Dreaming State of Consciousness [07:42] The Advantage of Paralysis While Dreaming [08:50] Nil Shared Experience [10:29] Waking State of Consciousness[12:17] Relative States of Consciousness [13:37] Deprivation of Consciousness [14:56] Sleep Deprivation [16:57] Sleep Training [19:27] Turiya - The Fourth State of Consciousness[21:01] The Absolute [22:19] Samadhi [23:17] A Decrease in Suffering [24:59] Nitya Samadhi [26:34] AKA Cosmic Consciousness (26:34)[27:36] God Consciousness, Unity Consciousness [29:26] Ishwara – Supreme Being Personalized [29:45] There is Only One Thing [31:50] Different Worlds From Different Consciousness States [33:28] No-thing-ness  [35:37] What is the Action? [36:13] Creation, Maintenance, and Destruction [37:43] Knowledge of the Laws of Nature [38:38] A Mindless Wild Goose Chase [39:43] Awakening a Field of Bliss [40:35] Subjective Means of Gaining Knowledge[42:11] Knowledge of the Knower Useful Links: 

May 9

45 min

The “hustle” culture of modern life has put extra emphasis on the pursuit of goals and attaining them through ever increasing busyness and unrelenting productivity.While goal setting is not a problem, per se, Thom explains that the level of importance people place on them can be problematic.The challenge lies in the notion of, “I’ll be happy when…” This is a false premise. The thought that something outside of us might bring us happiness is a recipe for disillusionment and a misguided search for external fulfilment.A better approach might be, “I’ll be happy, then…” or’ “I’ll be happy, and…” Rather than making happiness an outcome of a goal, make it an input into a goal.Episode Highlights: [00:43] The Relevance of Goal Setting[02:05] The Problem With Goal Setting[03:03] I Am an Exporter of Happiness[04:03] Rigid Attachment is a Bad Habit[05:08] A Trifecta of Ideals[06:36] Find Fulfillment FirstUseful Links: 

May 2

8 min 45 sec

Outside of India, the word yoga has come to mean various forms of dynamic exercises that test your flexibility and strength. Yoga is in fact much more than just these physical exercises, which are more correctly referred to as asanas. And believe it or not, asanas weren’t created to make us look good in lycra! Asanas were first created to help prepare the body for meditation and union with the Absolute.In this episode, Thom explains how asanas, pranayama and Vedic Meditation are used in combination, also called ‘rounding,’ to give us ‘industrial-strength meditation’ and to accelerate the benefits we get from ‘standard’ meditation.He talks about the importance of proper instruction and supervision so we can truly let go and, if necessary, have the support we need if deep stresses are released.If you haven’t already, talk to your local Vedic Meditation Initiator about learning rounding and attending a rounding retreat so you can enjoy some industrial-strength meditation yourself. And if you are fortunate enough to be able to travel to Sedona, Arizona, sign up to our mailing list so you can be among the first to know when Thom holds his next rounding retreat there.Episode Highlights: [00:00] Asana, Pranayama, Vedic Meditation[02:01] Releasing Stress[03:30] Proper Instruction Needed[04:15] Round and Round and Round[05:35] Industrial-Strength Meditation[07:12] In the Same Room[08:11] Don’t Try This at Home[09:32] Heightened Consciousness States[10:40] The Going Home ProgramUseful Links: 

Apr 25

14 min 9 sec

Thom Knoles was blessed to spend many years as a student of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, travelling to many parts of the world both as a student and an assistant in Maharishi’s work.  In that time he gathered many fond memories worthy of sharing.  This episode is the first of a “My Maharishi” series where Thom will be sharing some of those memories over the months to come.He tells of his first experience hearing pundits chanting Samaveda.  You might also recognize the ‘sloka’ or hymn that Maharishi chanted before the meal, as the same sloka that Thom sings at the beginning of each podcast episode.Enjoy.Episode Highlights:[00:00] Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - The Great Seer[02:39] On The Water[04:15] Between Spain and Portugal[05:26] A Barge and a Tugboat[06:30] A Vedic Sloka (Hymn)[07:53] Chanting of the Samaveda[09:29] The Dawn of a New EraUseful Links: 

Apr 18

11 min 38 sec

What is Karma?  Despite popular belief, it’s neither punishment nor reward, neither good nor bad.  It’s simply nature’s way of steering us back onto a more evolutionary path.In this short episode, Thom explains the true meaning of karma, and gives us a short introduction to kriya, evolutionary action.He tells us how we can think of karma, and karmic behavior, without lacing it with judgement that, ironically, ‘binds’ us even more.And as you would expect, he shows us how to align our consciousness with kriya rather than karma.  Episiode Highlights: [00:43] Good Karma, Bad Karma[01:42] A Brief Lesson in Sanskrit[03:01] Karma - Action Which is Binding[03:48] Kriya - Non-Binding Action[04:55] Kriya - Going With the Flow[06:36] Karma - Going Against the Flow[08:50] Violating the Laws of Nature[09:56] Restricted Behaviors Through Karma[11:48] Karma is Just Karma[12:48] Going Downstream[13:45] Getting Back in the Flow Through Vedic Meditation[15:36] Every Day, Twice a DayUseful Links: 

Apr 11

18 min 12 sec

Does God exist?  It’s a question that’s puzzled humankind for millenia and the answer, from the Vedic worldview, is sure to both surprise and delight you, even if you are a hardened atheist.This is not your standard philosophical debate on the idea of God, gods and goddesses but a matter-of-fact exploration that will liberate you from any dogma surrounding the subject or any social indoctrinations that might be limiting your perception.  Most importantly, you’ll discover that experience trumps faith or belief when it comes to having a definitive answer to the question.And if you need to listen to this episode two or three times to ‘get it’ that’s okay.  In fact, as with all of Thom’s podcast episodes, we recommend it.Episode Highlights: [00:48] God is a Self-Referral Phenomenon[02:31] Layers of Thinking[03:57] Who Are You?[05:15] How Do You Know?[06:33] Creating A Model of the World[08:08] The Unknown Becoming Known[09:24] Everything That’s ‘Out There’ is In Here[10:35] Agreeing With the Atheists[11:47] Something Greater Than One’s Own Individuality[13:36] Consciousness is Independent of the Brain[15:55] Everything is in the Eye of the Beholder[17:49] I Love You[19:47] And I Thought You Loved Me Too[20:32] Transcendental Being - The Only True Shared Experience[22:08] God, Gods and Goddesses[23:00] Removing Distorted Memories of Past Experiences[24:07] Fight or Flight[25:30] Premature Cognitive Commitments[27:31] Distorted Memories in Action[28:53] Less Stress, Improved Perception[31:13] The Soma Flows and Perception Grows[33:17] I See and I Smell[35:00] A Celestial World Reveals Itself[37:24] Seeing Gods and Goddesses[39:30] The World Is For Us As We Can Be For It [40:57] Your Local Neighborhood God[42:57] Does God Exist?[44:07] What is Supreme For You?[45:39] Albert Einstein and the Universe Are One[47:32] Established in Being...[49:12] Recognizing God (Without Faith)[50:35] Trust in Your Own Personal ExperienceUseful Links: 

Apr 4

53 min 21 sec

Apart from the Veda, one of the many gifts of ancient wisdom from India is the Upanishads.  The Upanishads consist of several short parables that give us insight into how we can behave in ways that support our personal and collective evolution.In this podcast episode, Thom shares the story of a man in a lake who, while immersed in more water than he’d need in a lifetime, remained thirsty.  This is a story we all have a need to hear as we all have our own ‘thirst stories’ that are running our lives.It’s a short yet profound tale that we can use to remind ourselves when we’re making things harder than they need to be.Enjoy.Episode Highlights: [00:00] Upanishad - Sitting at the Feet of…[02:28] Once Upon a Time There Was a Yogi[04:08] Who Came Upon an Unusual Sight[04:57] And Offered Some Help[06:15] But His Offer Was Rejected[07:21] Looking Outwards for Sources of Happiness[08:50]  Relief From the Mercy of the Object World[10:39] An Effortless Mantra - A Vehicle for the Mind[12:02] Finding What the Mind is Looking For[13:01] Becoming an Exporter of Happiness[14:34] Established in Being, Perform ActionUseful Links: 

Mar 28

17 min 54 sec

Stress is very much misunderstood.  Most people think of stress as something that happens ‘to us,’ that our stress is caused by outside situations or stressful circumstances, but this is not the case.  We know this because we can all react differently to the same situation.  What makes you stressed might cause no reaction at all in someone else, thus demonstrating that it’s ‘the victim’ that is the source of the stress rather than the circumstances.In this episode, you’ll learn that not all stress is bad, how and why we have different reactions, how the body reacts when we are stressed, and the link between stress and premature aging.   More importantly, Thom shares the good news about the simple technique of Vedic Meditation and how you can not just manage inbound stress but you can even release accumulated stress in the body, easy and effectively.Episode Highlights: [00:44] The Father of Stress[01:39] General Adaptation Syndrome[03:18] Fight or Flight[05:08] There Are No Such Things As Stressful Situations[06:13] You Have to Change Now[07:36] It’s Not All Bad[08:28] Cool Hands. Cool Car[10:05] Eustress vs Distress[11:17] A Hearty Effort[12:21] A Bad Taste[13:24] System Failure[14:30] Attack Mode[15:50] A Heavy Weight to Carry[16:38] Seeing Red[18:19] 100,000 Premature Cognitive Commitments[19:23] Growing Old Before Your Time[20:08] Eliminate Stress Through Vedic MeditationUseful Links: 

Mar 21

22 min 17 sec

The subject of reincarnation arouses a lot of curiosity and debate.  Those who ‘believe’ in reincarnation seek to understand the mechanisms behind it, and those who don’t, look for ‘proof’ before they consider it a possibility.  In this episode, Thom explains the Vedic worldview on reincarnation, putting forward a case to satisfy both the believers and the ‘scienticians.’He explains that the process of reincarnation doesn't just happen between lifetimes, but that it happens countless times within each lifetime. He challenges the notion that reincarnation must be proven and measurable, while at the same time offering sufficient proof to even make the most hard-nosed skeptics think deeper on the subject.He explores the process of enlightenment and describes the impact of ‘punya,’ your cosmic credit rating, on the choices available to you when the time comes to reincarnate.Importantly, he also reminds us that the belief of Vedic wisdom is an optional philosophy when it comes to one’s practice of Vedic Meditation.  Vedic Meditation can be practiced with great effect regardless of one’s philosophical or even religious beliefs.No matter what your current beliefs are, this is one episode you’ll want to listen to again, and again, and again... :-)Episode Highlights: [00:46 ] Belief in Reincarnation is Optional[02:11] Reincarnation is For the Ignorant[04:25] What is Reincarnation?[06:16] Heaven on Earth[08:34] Maya Koshas and the In-Between State [10:38] Immeasurable Love and The Scienticians[12:27] Unheard Of! Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony[14:39] The Body of the Senses[15:45] Brain Dead[16:36] Near-Death Experiences[18:06] A Reflective State[19:15] The World is a Model of Your Consciousness State[20:58] Kitten Consciousness[22:33] The Brain that Changes Itself[23:59] The Body is a Reflective State[25:42] Your World of Assumptions[27:18] The Field of Being[28:57] The Vedic Meditator’s Advantage[30:32] Enlightenment - Cosmic Consciousness[31:26] Consciousness Seeks Birth[33:00] Punya - The Cosmic Credit Rating[34:22] The Quickening[36:13] Science-Based Reincarnation[37:46] Consciousness Surviving Body Death[39:46] The Constant Reality of Reincarnation[41:16] A Highly-Populated World[42:22] The Attraction of Wisdom[43:54] Optional Philosophy[44:32] E = MC2  - Whether You Are Jewish or Not[46:02] A Brilliant Toaster[46:38] Keep on MeditatingUseful Links: Extra Resources: Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience - Pim van Lommel, MD Life After Death: The Burden of Proof - Deepak Chopra Brain That Changes Itself - Norman Doige 

Mar 14

48 min 33 sec

As Vedic meditators we regularly experience evidence of being more than just a physical body.  We can use this to our benefit when it comes to tackling the subject of death, or even tackling death itself; our own or the death of a loved one.In our twice-daily practice of Vedic Meditation, the connection we experience in The Absolute, the Unified Field of Consciousness, reminds us that we are consciousness having a human experience rather than just a human body experiencing consciousness and thinking.  It’s an important paradigm shift that can transform our view of the worldIn this podcast, Thom explains in great detail why “death” is unreal and how we can eliminate the fear of death, through knowledge, experience and practice.He explains the function of love, the structure of our ‘bodies’ (the physical body is just one of many we have), enlightenment and more.This is a masterclass in life and death that you will want to return to again and again.Episode Highlights: [00:48] The Mysteries of Life and Death[01:58] The Meaning of Death[03:05] Maya - Keeping Up Appearances[04:47] Nirvana - Liberation[06:31] Same, Same.  But Different.[08:20] True Love[09:52] Unification Through Diversity[11:04] Consciousness Embodied[12:58] The Unified Field of Consciousness[15:42] The Transcendent[17:22] Ritam Bhara Pragya[18:44] Life, the Universe and Everything[20:13] The Death Sequence[22:04] The Purpose of Life[23:16] Who Are You?[24:33] Our Shared Agenda[25:56] What Does This All Mean?[27:11] Defying Entropy[28:54] Transcendence is the Answer[30:37] The Bliss of Being[32:04] Ou Absolute Baseline[33:47] More Than Meets The I[35:13] Enlightenment[35:55] Not a Body-Dependent Phenomenon[37:40] A Succession of Nervous Systems[40:02] Unity Consciousness[41:57] Compassion - Understanding Through Direct Experience[40:03] The New Status Quo[44:39] Dropping the Body[45:02] Letting Go of Grief[47:32] Maya Koshas[49:09] Ananda Maya Kosha[50:15] Hridaya Maya Kosha[51:20] A Lifeless Body[52:56] Continuation of Experience[54:35] Ignorance Isn’t Bliss[55:57] Loving More Than a Body[58:38] Feeling Left Out[01:00:02] Longevity is Fatal[01:01:28] Heaven on Earth[01:02:50] Knowledge Eliminates Fear[01:04:04] The End of the Human Body[01:05:00] Make Hay While the Sun Shines Useful Links: 

Mar 1

1 hr 7 min

Dharma, like many other Sanskrit words and phrases, is not well understood by many with an interest in Vedic wisdom.  It is often simplified to such an extent that it loses its true meaning.‘Purpose’ is perhaps the most common misinterpretation of the word dharma.  Many try to narrow their dharma down to a specific mission or purpose that they hope becomes a legacy for which they will be remembered.But dharma is much more interesting, more exciting even, than a singular mission or role in life.  In a constantly-changing ever-evolving universe, our dharma changes year by year, day by day, minute by minute.So rather than defining our life, our dharma defines our moments.In this episode Thom explains, as elegantly as always, that our dharma is to be vigilant, to become attuned to the need of the times and be an agent for progressive change.  It requires us to surrender to our role in the evolution of things.And the key to living our dharma?   Let’s just say our twice daily practice of daily Vedic Meditation gives us a distinct advantage.Episode Highlights:[00:43] Dharma – Your Role in the Evolution of Things[02:00] Complex, Sophisticated and Elegant[03:48] A Constantly-Evolving Bio-Friendly Universe[06:12] What is Your Role in Evolution?[06:49] The Bliss of Being[07:52] Your Dharma—An Agent of Progressive Change[09:28] Mistaken Identity[10:14] Perfectly Available at Every Given MomentUseful Links: 

Feb 15

12 min 18 sec

Everything is always evolving thus, by definition, everything is always changing.  Yet many of us resist change.  We prefer the comfort of the status quo and get distressed when things meet their natural end.The Vedic worldview however, recognizes all aspects of the evolutionary process, creation, maintenance and destruction, not reluctantly, but with reverence.  So much so that each aspect is assigned its own deity, Brahma for creation, Vishnu for maintenance, and Shiva for destruction.Understanding the role of all three, and the interdependence of all three, is essential to living a carefree, yet practical and evolutionary life.In this episode Thom-ji ‘opens the discussion’ on creation, maintenance and destruction.  He guides us to choose which one we might be an agent for, without prejudicing the work of the others.This is fundamental Vedic wisdom that most modern schools of thought approach with resignation rather than embracing with the respect it deserves.  Listen in or read the transcript below to get clues on how you can live a life well led.Episode Highlights: [00:42] The Qualities of the Evolutionary Process[02:55] Brahma - The Creation Operator[06:58] Vishnu - The Maintenance Operator[10.00] Shiva - The Destruction Operator[12:32] Change is Inevitable, Resistance is Futile[15:42] Vedic Meditation - The Gateway to Adaptability[21:30] Faulty Perception + Inaccurate Expectations = Suffering[25:30] Becoming an Agent For the Creation Operator[29:10] No Problem[30:12] Unblocking the Brain[32:22] Embrace the Unknown With Enthusiasm[35:51] A Carefree Approach[39:07] Choose Your Path[41:45] Practicing Ignorance[43:35] A Life Well LedUseful Links:  

Feb 1

47 min 44 sec

All of us aspire to attain freedom in one form or another, but for most of us, we craft our idea of freedom based on an expected set of circumstances - time, money, power, environment, relationships, and more.The trouble with this approach is that circumstances are subject to change and inevitably lead to disappointment.  Freedom through acquisition of circumstances can never truly deliver on its promise, at least not in any sustainable way.In this episode, Thom sets you free from this paradigm and shows you that freedom is truly an "inside job." You already have everything you need to experience freedom in its purest form.  Beneath all our layers of unrealistic expectations is a sense of freedom that cannot be given to us, nor can it be taken away.  It's our job to learn how to uncover the freedom that lies deep within all of us.Episode Highlights: [00:34] Freedom. Nirvana. Liberation.[01:59] Nature's Way[04:21] True Freedom[07:41] Mistaken Identity[10:11] Fear-Based Administration[14:59] Self Realization Inspires True Freedom[17:17] Spontaneous Right Action[20:15] A Matter of Practice - Vedic Meditation[23:07] Three Fields of Life[26:39] The Mantra - A Mental Vehicle to Effortless Being[31:55] Liberation From Outcome-Oriented Awareness[34:35] Meeting the Need of the Time[38:25] You Can’t Import Happiness[42:01] Regular Experience Makes the Difference[43:33] Established in Being, Perform Action[45:29] Dye Hard - How to Stop Happiness From Fading Away[53:16] Cosmic Consciousness - All-Inclusive Awareness Useful Links:

Jan 18

56 min 40 sec

We hear a lot about the problems of governance, whether it be government at the highest level, or the administrators of smaller bodies in society, schools, businesses, etc.In this episode, Thom explains that the crisis of governance is not with ‘the government’ or whatever other body is ‘in charge’, but rather with our view that ‘they’ are the problem, and that there is little or nothing ‘we’ can do about it.The Vedic worldview is that everything is structured in consciousness, including governments, and the only way to effect change is to effect consciousness.Thom shares that governments reflect the consciousness of the people, even in a dictatorship, and so our own role is to take responsibility for our own consciousness, and to be an example, an exemplar, for others to do the same. This is the only way in which governance can improve and the crisis can be resolved.Of course, Vedic Meditation, being the most efficient means to bring about a change in consciousness, has a role to play in this process. Here are some highlights from the episode, which you can listen to via the player, or read via the transcript, below.Episode Highlights: [01:58] A Reflection of the Average State of Consciousness [04:00] The Crisis of Identity - Self and ‘Other’[07:57] Self Sufficiency Is the Seed of Revolution[15:11] Dependence of the Individual Leads to Dependence On Government[17:38] Spreading Self Sufficiency By Example[21:01] The Ideal Individual Is the Basis of Ideal Government[21:41] Vedic Meditation Produces Ideal Individuals[27:06] The Spreader Effect - 1% of the Population Leading the Way Through Vedic Meditation[29:59] Individual Peace is the Basis of World Peace[33:14] Social Change is Not Going to Come From the Top Down[36:14] The First Science - The Science of Self Discovery[40.32] Challenge Your Assumptions About What is Possible[43:28] Self Realization + Action = Self Actualization [48:29] All Suffering is Based on Inaccurate ExpectationsJai Guru Deva.Useful Links:

Jan 4

51 min 17 sec

Thom Knoles discusses Truth as that which does not change, how it can be detected in all fields of life, and how, by allowing change to form our sense of identity, we succumb to suggestibility. Vedic Meditation takes our awareness from the field of ever-change into an experience of that which is beyond change, and reveals to us the truth of our own identity, as an implicit statement of pure knowingness.Episode Highlights: [00:56] Truth is That Which Never Changes[02:36] Non-Change is Not Possible in the Relative World[05:28] Who is the ‘I’?[07:39] Evolution is a Truth[10:52] Catastrophe is Relative[13:10] Expanding Our Repertoire[15:32] Knowledge is Always for Action[17:24] Are We Alone?[20:47] Between the Changing and Never Changing[22:53] Vedic Meditation as a Path to Being[24:28] The Splitting of Truths[28:42] Sat-chit-ananda - Absolute, Consciousness, Bliss[28:58] Change is Exhausting[37:12] Transcending The Relative Provides Relief[41:41] Accessing the Self Through Vedic Meditation[43:39] There is No ‘Other’Useful Links: on Instagram - on Facebook - on LinkedIn - 

Jul 2020

44 min 15 sec

Thom Knoles discusses the state of fearlessness, how all fear is based on something unreal and how to learn to transcend fear and yet be fully participating in life. Living a life in fear is worse than death. Fearlessness is the pinnacle of the development of human consciousness. Through the regular practice of Vedic Meditation, we achieve it spontaneously. Episode Highlights: [00:39] The One Standard of a Life of Significance[02:38] Fear Isn’t Based on Reality[04:59] On Death and Dying[13:48] Immortality Removes Fear[16:29] The Long Dream[24:54] Expanding Consciousness[28:49] The Death Cascade[31:39] Transcending the Story Through Vedic Meditation[37:06] Beginning an End to a Sense of Fear[41:13] (Don’t) Go Jump Off a Cliff![42:58] Wisdom Hair[44:42] The Changing Face of Fear[47:50] Consciousness is the Source of the Body Useful Links: on Instagram - on Facebook - on LinkedIn -

May 2020

47 min 1 sec

Thom Knoles discusses the mechanics of Self-reliance, how it is embedded inside ourselves, how true Self-sufficiency is not about isolation but about being one of the few who lead the many, and how to take responsibility for our own experience instead of waiting for others to behave better. To live fully, we take possession of what we actually are – and what we are is the Universe living inside a human body.Episode Highlights: [00:48] The Few Lead the Many[02:21] Self-sufficiency Is...[08:56] You Deserve the Best[12:42] Love is an Experience of Self-Sufficiency[16:06] There is No ‘Other’[18:38] The Hallmark of Greater Sophistication[21:44] Enlightenment - Coexisting With the Unbounded[26:11] The Fundamental Truth[28:54] Totality is Not Capable of Suffering[25:49] Enlightenment Denial[33:30] Choo Choo Gone[36:11] Sophistication - Simple, Elegant Complexity[40:25] The New ContagionUseful Links: on Instagram - on Facebook - on LinkedIn -

Mar 2020

41 min 26 sec