The Vedic Meditation Technique Explained

Vedic meditation Gary Gorrow explains how the vedic meditation technique works. The ancient Rishis realized that man could find tremendous resources through the development of his consciousness and the Vedic Meditation technique is the result of thousands of years of research and investigation into the subtle inner workings of the mind, body and being.

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So what is this technique and how does it work?

When we look at meditation practices we find they fall into one of two categories: they’re either contemplative in their nature or concentrative in their nature. Now a contemplative technique will involve some form of visualization or imagination or memory, evocation. And a concentrative technique will involve focusing or directing the awareness on something. It could be a candle. It could be the breath. Or it could just be being exclusively silent and watching against thoughts as they come into the mind.

What we’re doing is something called ‘effortless transcendence.’ It’s in a completely different category of its own. We’re not trying to make the mind settle down. We’re just allowing it to spontaneously do so. We’re not thinking about thinking, we’re learning to transcend thinking.

Vedic meditation is a very effortless and natural form of meditation that you simply do sitting comfortably with your eyes closed—20 minutes in the morning, and 20 minutes in the evening.

If you would step back from your own mind you’d find that it’s incessantly thinking, always projecting itself into the future, or reviewing the past. Imagining something or remembering something. What we’re actually learning to do with this technique is to transcend activity, to basically de-excite the mind and take it into a very settled state.

But by nature the mind is perpetually moving, and what some people have made the assumption is that our minds are kind of like a drunken monkey or a wild dog that needs to be bound and held and focused, and made to become silent.

Whereas our understanding is that actually our mind is noble by nature, and this technique works universally because the nature of every human mind is the same. Given an option, A or B, if B is more charming than A your mind will obviously gravitate towards that.

So what I mean by this is that if you think of the mind being like an ocean and our awareness is typically constrained to the surface, we find that this is that busy, frenetic part of the mind. And the deeper parts of the mind are more quiet and more blissful, and your mind would love to make contact with that. But it’s the intense activity that just kind of keeps the mind on the surface.

So what we do with this technique is we’re giving the mind a medium or vehicle which allows it to go within. Because left to its own devices it would never do that. So rather than trying to focus the mind to make it settle down or to simply contemplate something, what we’re doing is we’re giving the mind a medium which allows it to do that. And what is that? A mantra.

Purpose of Mantra

Now ‘mantra’ is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘manas’ for mind and ‘tra’ which means vehicle or instrument. So it’s literally a medium which takes the awareness from the surface into the subtle, and then into the transcendent.

The vedic tradition recognizes that there’s hundreds of thousands of different mantras, and they all do very specific things. The mantras we use have no meaning whatsoever. They’re not verbs, nouns, adjectives. Your mind can’t associate anything to it. They’re just pure sounds, and these sounds are very mellifluous in nature. Mellifluous means ‘sweet-flowing.’

Why that’s significant is because when you meditate, you’re sitting comfortably in a chair, you close your eyes, and you begin to subtly think a mantra inside your mind. And what that mantra does is it stands out amongst the crowd of activity. And how active our minds are you just need to consider that, on average, we have somewhere between 60,000 to 80,000 thoughts in a day.

What the mantra does is it kind of causes your mind to gravitate towards it. Why this technique is effort less is because the mantras are doing all the work. You begin to silently repeat it inside your mind at this level, and the mantras have a nature that with each repetition they spontaneously get fainter. They get subtler, and they get finer. And what’s happening the whole time your mind is being lured inward more into subtler states of awareness, deeper levels of mind and consciousness.

It’s actually the nature of the mind to want to transcend. It’s just never been actually presented with the possibility to do so. It just gets caught on the surface moving backward and forward in time. So the mantra actually leads the mind inward, and each time the mind moves inward it experiences bliss, contentment, satisfaction, satiety increasing, until your mind becomes so saturated in bliss that it does what we call transcending. It moved beyond thinking, thus to a state of pure being.

About Gary Gorrow

Gary Gorrow had a successful career in the film/television industry and later in the world of fashion in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to these creative pursuits, Gary learned to meditate and the impact of that experience left a deep impression. Gary said he received his higher education, undertaken not in the traditional western sense through book learning, but rather through direct experience of higher consciousness and higher knowledge gained under the auspices of his teacher Dr Thom Knoles, a man recognized as the world’s foremost expert on Vedic Meditation and its related sciences. After 6 years of integrated study with Thom, Gary went to live with him in the mountains of Flagstaff Arizona and later in Northern India where he gained accreditation to teach the subtle art of Vedic Meditation.

Today Gary Gorrow is regarded as the next generation of self growth experts. He dedicates himself solely to working with individuals to maximize performance and achieve success in all areas of their personal and professional life. Gary is an independent teacher of the Vedic Meditation Technique, an Ayurvedic Health Consultant and is also co-founder of ’1 Giant Mind’ a non-profit organization that is undertaking a global initiative to unite science and spirit in the world’s largest experiment and assembly of eyes closed silence in human history.

 

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Comments

tammy h says:

I find it odd that the “vedic” meditation folks do not mention where they got all the principles of meditation that they expound, including the very concept of “effortless transcendence.” Although they have diluted the principles with a certain lack of precision, were it not for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, their entire “program” would be nonexistent. Every valid point presented in this article came from Maharishi. The original, authentic technique of effortless transcending had been lost to the world for a couple thousand years (at least), until Maharishi reintroduced it and called it Transcendental Meditation. TM is the pure form of meditation that Maharishi taught, which has become the most widely practiced, widely researched meditation technique in the world. I agree that “vedic” meditation is, as one writer called it, a “facsimile” of TM: http://meditationasheville.blogspot.com/2010/01/vedic-meditation-and-other-facsimiles.html

I know the “vedic” meditation teachers want something worthy to teach and to make money off what they do. But when they claim that the technique they teach is the exact same thing as TM, or that the principles and practices just came to them as if magically from the ancient Vedic tradition, they are being disingenuous. What they teach came from Maharishi, and they’ve altered it just enough to “transcend” legal violations (and, unfortunately, just enough to render it less effective than TM). In the field of meditation, people need to be honest and truthful, because meditation is about truth. And there’s the old saying: “Truth alone triumphs.”

Tom Reynolds says:

It’s the very same technique only taught by individuals free from a western ‘control’ mindset. We ‘own’ this, we ‘own’ that. Ridiculous. They teach outside of our control, their exact same technique is lesser to our superior exact same technique. Ridiculous.
The technique has been taught continuously for thousands of years, it was never lost then ‘recognized.’
If every time they spoke on the benefits or mechanics of the technique they began with a discourse on its origin don’t you think the audience would find it tedious, to say the least.
I’m a TMer. Getting a little tired with the western TMers mindset.

Vince says:

Thanks for your reply. The technique/practice of TM seems useful. I think most of what I object to is the seemingly crazy TM organization – talk about trying to make a buck! I like Vedic mefitation’s relative lack of organization. I don’t begrudge teachers making something for their efforts.

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