Thom Knoles Podcast - The Vedic Worldview

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My inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles has a podcast called; The Vedic Worldview. I highly recommend every meditator listen to it. Thom masterfully articulates the Supreme Knowledge of the Vedic Worldview. It’s the next best thing to experiencing the Pure Bliss of Vedic Meditation.

You can access the podcast via Thom’s website here: thomknoles.com/podcast/ or via iTunes or SoundCloud.

Enjoy.

With love,
Limor

India Retreat with Thom Knoles - January 2019

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My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be conducting a Retreat in Rishikesh, India from January 4th - 14th, 2019.

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend.

For further details please click here: Thom Knoles Rishikesh Retreat 2019

For any further enquiries, please contact Thom's Managers, Susan Chen and Peter Spoerri at: info@thomknoles.com

Bondi Event with Thom Knoles - August 11th at 11am

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My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be speaking at an Event in Bondi on August 11th. If you’ve never heard Thom speak before, you are in for a real treat.  Thom will appear via video link from the U.S.  To purchase a ticket, click here: Bondi Event with Thom Knoles

Please be quick as there are limited seats available and this event will sell out.

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend.

For any further enquiries about this event, please contact Angela Lyos at: angelalyos@gmail.com

Initiator Training 2019

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, Christian Bevacqua and Lauren Godfrey in Rishikesh, India from January 22nd to April 16th, 2019. 

Initiator Training is a full time 12 week residential program.

For further details, please click here: Initiator Training 2019

Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney & Melbourne - July 2017

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My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be in Sydney for 2 weeks and Melbourne for 1 week in July this year.

Thom has been teaching meditation for the past 49 years.  He is a master of Vedic Meditation as well as an expert in physics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and consciousness.

In Sydney, Thom will conduct:

- Two group meditation and knowledge meeting for Vedic Meditators

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

- A Long Weekend Rounding and Knowledge Retreat in Bowral from July 28th to July 31st

For further details of Thom's tour of Sydney & Melbourne, please click here: Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney & Melbourne 2017

Initiator Training 2018

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, Christian Bevacqua and Lauren Godfrey in Rishikesh, India from January 20th to April 14th, 2018. 

Initiator Training is a full time 12 week residential program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guru Purnima - Monday July 22nd, 2013 at 7pm

Special Meeting for Vedic Meditators to be conducted by Thom Knoles

GURU PURNIMA - Monday July 22nd at 7pm

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Venue: The Life Pod Yoga Studio; Level 1, 1A Victoria Street, Paddington

Celebrate Guru Purnima (the full moon in July) which traditionally honours the Vedic Masters who brought to light the Vedic knowledge we all enjoy today. Thom 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.  It is an evening of stories, eating of rich sweets together, taking in a moonlit stroll, and enjoying the good fortune of being a meditator at the dawn of the age of enlightenment.

The evening will include group meditation.

Please bring a flower with you and a wish!

Free event.  No RSVP required.

Initiator Training 2014

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 15th to April 9th, 2014. 

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

Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney - July/August 2013

My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be in Sydney for 3 weeks this year.

Thom has been teaching meditation for the past 45 years.  He is a master of Vedic Meditation as well as an expert in physics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and consciousness.

Thom will conduct Private Consultations for Meditators at the Double Bay Meditation Centre for 5 days only - on July 24th and July 30th to August 2nd.  If you would like to make an appointment with Thom for a Private Consultation please contact Anna Dudek at: annadudek.meditation@gmail.com

For further details of Thom's tour of Sydney, please click here: Thom Knoles Tour of Sydney 2013

Special Meeting - Guru Purnima - July 3rd, 2012 at 8pm

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend the special Guru Purnima meeting (full moon celebration) next Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 8pm at the North Bondi Meditation Centre; 32 Wentworth Street, Dover Heights.

The meeting will be conducted by Thom Knoles. 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.

Please bring a flower with you and a wish!

Thom Knoles tour of Australia - June/July 2012

My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be touring Australia in June and July this year.

Thom has been teaching meditation for the past 44 years.  He is a master of Vedic Meditation as well as an expert in physics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and consciousness.

Thom will conduct two meetings at the Double Bay Meditation Centre: 

An INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION MEETING - Monday 11 June 2012, 7pm to 8.30pm - free and open to all Vedic Meditators.

An ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE MEETING – Sunday 8 July 2012, 7pm to 9.30pm - attendance fee of $55 per person. Pre-registration required.  Topic:  PERFECT ORDER: Your Life, Your Universe.

All Vedic Meditators, regardless of experience level, are welcome to attend both meetings.

For further details of these meetings and Thom's tour of Australia, please click here: Thom Knoles Tour of Australia 2012

Special Meeting - Guru Purnima - July 15th at 8pm

All Vedic Meditators are invited to attend the special Guru Purnima meeting (full moon celebration) this Friday 15th July at 8pm at the North Bondi Meditation Centre; 32 Wentworth Street, Dover Heights.  

The meeting will be conducted by Thom Knoles.  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.

Please bring a flower with you and a wish!

Double Bay Meditation Centre - 5 Years Old Today!

5 Years ago today (on 9th July 2006), the Double Bay Meditation Centre was officially opened by my teacher, Thom Knoles.

Thom inaugurated the newly built Centre with the first Group Meditation and Knowledge Meeting.

You can see from the photos below of the event that the Centre wasn't quite finished (concrete floors and tissue paper curtains) but a great night was enjoyed by all.  Since that time, the Centre has been home to many new students and group meditation meetings.  Thank you to all who have shared in making it a sanctuary of Bliss.  We hope to continue to bring joy to all who come for many more years.

Thom Knoles tour of Australia - June/July 2011

My brilliant and inspiring teacher, Thom Knoles will be touring Australia in June and July this year.

Thom has been teaching meditation for the past 43 years.  He is a master of Vedic Meditation as well as an expert in physics, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and consciousness.

Thom will conduct two meetings at the Double Bay Meditation Centre: 

An INTERMEDIATE MEDITATION MEETING - Monday 20 June 2011, 7pm to 8.30pm - free and open to all Vedic Meditators.

An ADVANCED KNOWLEDGE MEETING – Sunday 3 July 2011, 7pm to 9.30pm - attendance fee of $55 per person. Pre-registration required.  Topic: Stabilising Enlightenment by correcting the mistaken intellect.

All Vedic Meditators, regardless of experience level, are welcome to attend both meetings.

For further details of these meetings and Thom's tour of Australia, please click here: Thom Knoles Tour of Australia 2011