Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney - July 2016

My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be in Sydney for 2 weeks in July this year.

Thom has been teaching meditation for the past 48 years.  He is a master of Vedic Meditation as well as an expert in physics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and consciousness.

Thom will conduct:

- A group meditation and knowledge meeting for Vedic Meditators on July 10th

- Private Consultations, Advanced Techniques and private courses in Vedic Meditation

- A Long Weekend Rounding and Knowledge Retreat in Bowral from July 22nd to July 25th

For further details of Thom's tour of Sydney, please click here: Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney 2016

Upcoming Long Weekend Retreat - May 26th - 29th, 2016

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend this Long Weekend Retreat in beautiful Bowral, Southern Highlands from Thursday 26th May (6.30pm) to Sunday 29th May (2pm). 

During the Retreat, you will learn and practise 'Rounding'. ‘Rounding' combines a simple sequence of yoga positions (asanas) and a Vedic breathing technique (pranayama) with your current meditation practice. The result is an 'industrial-strength' program designed to enhance the restfulness of meditation, release your deepest stresses and expand your consciousness. 

In addition to advancing both your meditation practice and waking state experience of life, you will come away from the Retreat feeling refreshed and revitalised for months to come. 

For further details, please click here: Weekend Retreat

Holiday Meeting Schedule - 2015/2016

The final group meditation meeting for 2015 will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 21st December.

Come and join us for group meditation and Vedic knowledge.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The first group meditation meeting for 2016 will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 11th January.

You can always check our meeting schedule via the website: Double Bay Meditation Meeting Times

Wishing you all the very best over the festive season and a Happy New Year. 

With love,
Limor

Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney - August 2015

My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be in Sydney for 2 weeks in August this year.

Thom has been teaching meditation for the past 47 years.  He is a master of Vedic Meditation as well as an expert in physics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and consciousness.

Thom will conduct a group meditation meeting for Vedic Meditators on August 10th.  He will also be available for Private Consultations, Advanced Techniques and private courses in Vedic Meditation.

For further details of Thom's tour of Sydney, please click here: Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney 2015

Weekend Retreat

Weekend Retreat - May 2015, Bowral


A photo of the group of meditators who attended the recent Weekend Retreat in beautiful Bowral. 

Participants learnt and practised 'Rounding'. 'Rounding' combines a simple sequence of yoga positions (asanas) and a Vedic breathing technique (pranayama) with meditation. 

The depth and restfulness of meditation is multiplied exponentially as meditators extend the number of rounds through each day, from three to five to seven and beyond, diving deep into Nature and the Unified Field.

It was 3 days of deep rest, advanced knowledge, delicious food and fun.

Thank you to the highly conscious group who attended.

Initiator Training 2016

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Initiator Training is a dynamic and transformative process designed to train practitioners of Vedic Meditation to be professional Initiators - teachers in our Vedic tradition.

The next Initiator Training course will be conducted by Limor Babai, Thom Knoles and Christian Bevacqua in Rishikesh, India from January 20th to April 13th, 2016. 

This will be a full time 12 week residential program.

For further details and to complete the Application Form,  please click here: www.vedicmeditationit.com

Upcoming Long Weekend Retreat - May 21st - 24th, 2015

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend this Long Weekend Retreat in beautiful Bowral, Southern Highlands from Thursday 21st May (6.30pm) to Sunday 24th May (2pm). 

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During the Retreat, you will learn and practise 'Rounding'. ‘Rounding' combines a simple sequence of yoga positions (asanas) and a Vedic breathing technique (pranayama) with your current meditation practice. The result is an 'industrial-strength' program designed to enhance the restfulness of meditation, release your deepest stresses and expand your consciousness. 

In addition to advancing both your meditation practice and waking state experience of life, you will come away from the Retreat feeling refreshed and revitalised for months to come. 

For further details, please click here: Weekend Retreat

Exploring the Veda in 2015

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All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend the Advanced Course entitled Exploring the Veda.

The knowledge and tools you will learn on this course will fast track your growth to higher states of consciousness, transform your waking state experience and help you realise your life purpose.

My colleague, Lauren Godfrey will be conducting Exploring the Veda in 2015 at her centre in Coogee.  For dates and details, please click here: Exploring the Veda in 2015 with Lauren Godfrey at the Lotus Meditation Centre, Coogee

For further details about the course, please click here: Exploring the Veda

Mastering the Siddhis in 2015

If you have completed instalments 1 to 5 of Mastering the Siddhis and are yet to complete Instalment 6, I will be conducting Instalment 6 at my Centre in Double Bay, Sydney on June 26th, 27th and 28th, 2015.

For those of you who would like to undertake Instalments 1 to 5, my colleague, Lauren Godfrey will be conducting Instalments 1 to 5 at her centre in Coogee.  For dates and details, please click here: Mastering the Siddhis instalments 1 to 5 in 2015 with Lauren Godfrey at the Lotus Meditation Centre, Coogee

For further details about the course, please click here: Mastering the Siddhis

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Why Meditation makes you more fearless

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During our meditation practice, bliss is the basis of silence. Bliss is a state of supreme inner contentedness that silences the thinking process.

The following will explain why.

Any time we are conscious, thinking happens constantly. It is the nature of the mind, via thought, to move in the direction of greater happiness, whenever choice can be detected.

In meditation, occasionally we find that it is time to return to the mantra even though we cannot identify any thought having taken us away from the mantra. Clearly, the mantra was not there, since we are returning to that; but if the mantra was not there, and no other thought was there either, then what was there?

There are two possibilities: either "I was asleep (unconscious)", or "I was awake (conscious)". If we were asleep, then that explains why we cannot recall any thought having taken us away from the mantra. But if we are quite certain that we were not asleep—if, for example, the head did not drop suddenly—then we were awake—but apparently without thought. "Awake without thought" is the definition of pure consciousness, also described as "Being". So why do we say it is "bliss"?

Conscious silence must be bliss, since it is the mind's nature never to stop thinking until it arrives at bliss, the mind's ultimate goal.  An unconscious sleeping mind, naturally, does not think. But one could not claim that thought-free unconsciousness is bliss, since no experiencer is present when we are unconscious.

However, if the mind is conscious—that is, if, due to being conscious, the mind is capable of detecting charm (greater happiness); and if, due to its being conscious, the mind is capable of producing thoughts—yet it is not producing thoughts, then why did thinking not occur in consciousness, even if thinking ceased only for a few seconds?

From simultaneity of consciousness with no thought we can infer that the mind must have had an experience of satiety so great that the mind's search was fulfilled.  This is what we mean by bliss.

The experience of bliss in meditation causes the mind to fall silent.

When we come out of meditation, we begin to integrate this state of bliss in the eyes-open state, when we are active, and this leads to being more fearless.

Fearlessness is the diagnostic symptom of pure consciousness having integrated itself into the waking state.  When we have established ourselves in Being enough that bliss can sustain itself in the eyes-open state – when the mind is able to be active and not have to be silent in response to bliss, then the eyes-open waking state version of this is fearlessness. 

The experience of bliss outside of meditation, during activity, causes fearlessness.

Fearlessness is the pinnacle of human experience. 

One of the signs of being fearless is that we are able to deal with the demands of life without much fuss.

Our twice daily contact with bliss through meditation makes us more fearless in our daily lives. 

With love,
Limor

Holiday Meeting Schedule - 2014/2015

The final group meditation meeting for 2014 will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 15th December.

Come and join us for group meditation and Vedic knowledge.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The first group meditation meeting for 2015 will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 5th January.

You can always check our meeting schedule via the website: Double Bay Meditation Meeting Times

Wishing you all the very best over the festive season and a Happy New Year. 

With love,
Limor

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Special Meeting - Guru Purnima - Saturday July 12th, 2014 at 8pm

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Our annual Guru Purnima celebration (full moon in July) will be held on Saturday 12th July at 8pm at the Lotus Meditation Centre in Coogee.

Guru Purnima traditionally honours the Vedic Masters who brought to light the Vedic knowledge we all enjoy today.

I will perform “Puja” - the ceremony of gratitude that you witnessed when you learnt to meditate.

It is part of the mythos of Guru Purnima that a boon is granted in response to a wish offered with one’s flower at the culmination of the Puja.

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend.

Please bring a flower with you and a wish!

It will be an evening of stories, eating of rich sweets together, taking in a moonlit stroll, and enjoying the great good fortune of being a meditator at the dawn of the age of enlightenment. 

Come along to the Lotus Meditation Centre and enjoy an evening of camaraderie with other meditators, to be together, eat together, and enjoy the richness of meditating life together.

The evening will include a short group meditation but it will be best to meditate and have dinner before coming. 

This is a free event.  To reserve a spot, you will need to RSVP by Thursday 10th July by emailing Lauren Godfrey at: info@lotusmeditationcentre.com

You will receive a reply with address details.

Initiator Training 2015

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Initiator Training is a dynamic and transformative process designed to train practitioners of Vedic Meditation to be professional Initiators - teachers in our Vedic tradition.

The next Initiator Training course will be conducted by Limor Babai, Thom Knoles and Christian Bevacqua in Rishikesh, India from January 20th to April 14th, 2015. 

This will be a full time 12 week residential program.

For further details and to complete the Application Form,  please click here: www.vedicmeditationit.com

Ayurveda and Cooking with Tim Mitchell - July 2014

My colleague and Master Ayurvedic Chef Tim Mitchell will conduct a course on Ayurveda and cooking as follows:

Thursday 17th July, 6-9pm

Saturday 19th July, 1-5pm

Sunday 20th July, 1-5pm

The course will be held at The Intuitive Well in Bondi Junction and is suitable for everyone. You will learn the basic principles of Ayurveda (the science of longevity) and how you can bring balance to your mind and body through food.  You will also enjoy feasting on Tim's delicious cooking. 

This course is highly recommended for anyone who wishes to learn more about Ayurveda, Ayurvedic cooking and how to balance your body for optimal health.

For further details, please click here:  Ayurveda and Cooking July 2014

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Weekend Retreat

Weekend Retreat - May 2014, Blue Mountains


A photo of the group of meditators who attended the recent Weekend Retreat in the beautiful Blue Mountains. 

Participants learnt and practised 'Rounding'. 'Rounding' combines a simple sequence of yoga positions (asanas) and a Vedic breathing technique (pranayama) with meditation. 

The depth and restfulness of meditation is multiplied exponentially as meditators extend the number of rounds through each day, from three to five to seven and beyond, diving deep into Nature and the Unified Field.

It was 3 days of deep rest, advanced knowledge, delicious food and fun.

Thank you to the highly conscious group who attended.

Exploring the Veda - a course of Advanced Knowledge

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All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend the Advanced Course entitled Exploring the Veda.

The knowledge and tools you will learn on this course will fast track your growth to higher states of consciousness, transform your waking state experience and help you realise your life purpose.

The Exploring the Veda course is conducted in 6 instalments in a non-residential setting at the Double Bay Meditation Centre. Instalment 1 will take place as follows:

Friday July 25th, 2014 - 7pm to 9.30pm

Saturday July 26th, 2014 - 10am to 6.30pm

Sunday July 27th, 2014 - 10am to 6.30pm

For further details about the course, please click here: Exploring the Veda

Upcoming Weekend Retreat - May 22nd - 25th, 2014

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend this Long Weekend Retreat in the beautiful Blue Mountains from Thursday 22nd May (6.30pm) to Sunday 25th May (2pm). 

During the Retreat, you will learn and practice 'Rounding'. ‘Rounding' combines a simple sequence of yoga positions (asanas) and a Vedic breathing technique (pranayama) with your current meditation practice. The result is an 'industrial-strength' program designed to enhance the restfulness of meditation, release your deepest stresses and expand your consciousness. 

In addition to advancing both your meditation practice and waking state experience of life, you will come away from the Retreat feeling refreshed and revitalised for months to come. 

For further details, please click here: Weekend Retreat

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