I practice and teach Vedic Meditation, a transcendent, mantra-based style of meditation. Whereas other styles, such as guided, concentration, and contemplation utilizes the mind throughout the duration of the meditation, a transcendent style provides us with the ability to transcend – to go beyond. What are we going beyond? We are going beyond the field of thought and into the field of being. This gives us a direct experience of ourselves, our innermost nature each time we meditate. The mind has the natural ability to transcend; knowledge of the technique to do so is just not yet known to the everyday man. In learning the technique of Vedic Meditation, students come away with the lifelong skill of being a self-sufficient meditator, meaning that they will not have to rely on an app, person, or anything external to themselves in order to meditate.
Now, I didn’t make this stuff up. All of this is from a tradition with a rich history and deep roots. This particular meditation lineage dates back to 5,000 years and originated from the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India. It’s namesake is derived from the Vedas – a vast body of Universal knowledge that scholars date back to approximately 8,000 BC. This knowledge is not owned by any one group of people or religion. It was rather materialized through the cognitions of ancient yogic masters. In other words, a bunch of Himalayan yogis meditated so much so that they figured out how this whole life and Universe thing works.
The Vedic body of knowledge is extensive – it covers practically every aspect of life. If you can name it, there’s probably a Veda for that. Health and medicine? Ayurveda. Music? Gandharvaveda. Planetary motion and astrology? Jyotish. Physical movement and alignment? Yoga (as Westerners call it, or asana as referred to by Indians). There are four main branches of the Vedas, and from those four branches stem 1,180 sub-branches.
It’s kinda like this: imagine a tree with four large branches. From those branches stem smaller branches, shoots, then leaves, buds, and then flowers. From these flowers, fruits grow and ripen, and are then enjoyed by everything and everyone who finds themselves in the tree’s vicinity. This tree stands as a metaphor for the cultivation of the Vedic body of knowledge and the subsequent benefits to everyone who comes in direct and indirect contact with it. The trunk represents the physical bodies of the meditating yogis. As they meditated, knowledge of the Universe was revealed to them in all facets – breadth (branches), depth (roots), richness (fruit and flowers), and the nuances of everything in between. This nature of expansion is an inevitable byproduct of meditating. Only when we consistently tend to the core of our very nature can we continue to grow, thrive, and share in that joy with others. How our lives, and structures that uphold it, unfolds and evolves is unique to each of us, and it is solely up to us to come to the awareness of that path in order to continue to consciously and consistently realize the highest versions of ourselves. However, meditation does not provide us with the answers. It is rather a tool that helps us to find the answers.
The knowledge that stemmed from these Himalayan yogis, the masters of my meditation lineage, reflected different aspects of knowing themselves. How does the practice of healing relate to our wellbeing? How do the harmonics of sound and music influence our emotions? How does man respond to the stimuli of the planetary bodies? The practice of meditation is actually the practice of realizing self. As we continue to meditate, the definition of self continually expands that, eventually, we start to see ourselves in everything. When this happens, it is then not possible to not feel love and compassion towards all that is. The very existence of the Vedic body of knowledge is a testament to the practice that birthed it. Here, we see clearly the possibilities of what can exist through meditation. By realizing self, I come to know all the individuations of self.
Not only is the extent of Vedic knowledge broad and rich, it is also very well-documented and was carefully passed down to disciples – the reason why, to this day, such practices of asana, Ayurveda, and jyotish are still so alive. It is in this same fashion that I was trained to be a teacher at the source of where this knowledge originated. This knowledge was passed down to me in the same way as it has been passed down for millennia. To the masters and teachers of this lineage, teaching according to the purity of the tradition is of primary importance. This means that all who learn Vedic Meditation would learn it in the same way that they would have thousands of years ago in the Himalayas. I bring this ancient practice to our modern world for those who are ready to begin the journey of unfolding and realizing the divine, infinite begin that they truly are.