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Join philosopher, educator and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, Thom Knoles for inspiring insights and wisdom to support your personal evolution. 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. For over 50 years, he has personally taught Vedic Meditation to tens of thousands of students and consulted to governments and private corporations throughout the world.

Vedic Worldview Thom Knoles

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Join philosopher, educator and celebrated speaker on the cognitive sciences, Thom Knoles for inspiring insights and wisdom to support your personal evolution. 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. For over 50 years, he has personally taught Vedic Meditation to tens of thousands of students and consulted to governments and private corporations throughout the world.

    How to Inspire Worthy Enquiry

    How to Inspire Worthy Enquiry

    Wisdom is of little use unless it’s shared, however it can go to waste if it’s shared where it isn’t wanted. It can even have a damaging effect if it’s shared where it’s unwelcome.

    So when you have wisdom that you know would be valuable, knowledge about Vedic Meditation for example, how can you inspire others to receive that wisdom willingly?

    Thom frequently talks about “worthy enquiry” on the podcast, and in this episode he dives more deeply into the subject. He explains the concept of worthy enquiry and it’s origin, which is deeply embedded in Vedic history. 

    He also explains how we can inspire worthy enquiry, and provides reassurance that even if we don’t, we’re in good company… 

    Episode Highlights:
    [00:45] Wise Do Not Bewilder the Ignorant
    [02:27] Loving Controllers
    [04:32] Wise and Trusted Counselor
    [06:15] Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - The Ultimate Inspirer
    [08:06] Subtle Ridicule
    [10:13] Not an Absolute Sure Shot
    [11:31] An Incident on an International Border
    [13:17] Mangoes Don't Come from Walnut Trees
    [14:55] Knowers of Reality
    [16:16] Radiate Life for All to Enjoy
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    • 20 min
    The Symbology of the Shiva Lingam

    The Symbology of the Shiva Lingam

    One of the mistakes often made by those outside of India is to look at Vedic symbology in superficial terms.

    The Shiva Lingam is one such symbol. Frequently viewed as a representation of male and female genitalia, it actually has a much deeper and richer significance than this.

    Thom gives us an entry-level look at the subject in this episode, correcting the misuse of the term Shiva Lingam, and clarifying its symbolism. 
    Episode Highlights:
    [00:45] A Sacred Form
    [02:40] Shakti: The Fabric of Creation
    [04:31] Yoni
    [06:44] Parashakti and Parashiva
    [08:57] Union of Yoni and Lingam
    [11:01] Masculine and Feminine in Vedic Perspective
    [12:34] Ardhanarishvara: Fusion of Masculine and Feminine
    [15:12] Interplay of Masculine and Feminine Energies
    [16:59] Omnisexuality
    [18:59] Shiva and God Consciousness
    [20:42] Consciousness Through Different States
    [22:22] From Transcendental to Cosmic Consciousness
    [24:11] Five Facets of Supreme Being
    [26:20] Shiva - The Supreme Being
    [27:52] Every Being is a Manifestation of Mother Divine
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    • 30 min
    Devas 101

    Devas 101

    All of us are used to perceiving the world around us in terms of varying objective characteristics; hard and soft, hot and cold, solid and fluid, and so on.

    We might even attribute subjective qualities to the world around us; hostile, inviting, harsh, comfortable…

    But does it make sense to attribute ‘personality’ to the world around us?

    In the Vedic worldview, it doesn’t just “make” sense, but it’s actually a natural consequence of the refinement of the senses that we can perceive personality in everything around us. 

    In this episode, Thom gives us an entry-level look into the worlds of Devas. He shares a tempting glimpse into the delights that await us, especially those who maintain their regular twice-daily practice of Vedic Meditation. 

    Episode Highlights
    [00:45] Deva: More Than Just Shining One
    [04:17] Vedic Literature and the Devas
    [06:35] Power of Mantras
    [08:55] Letting Go of External Distractions
    [10:38] Fascination of Subtle Mind States
    [12:15] Enchantment in the Super-Subtle Mind
    [13:57] Ritam: Transition to Pure Transcendence
    [16:27] The Laws of Nature
    [18:57] From Snow to Flow: Nature's Transformations
    [20:55] The Source of All Laws: Consciousness
    [23:02] Sharpening Your Senses Through Meditation
    [25:24] The Shining Ones
    [28:24] Development of God Consciousness
    [31:02] Benefits of Experiencing the Devic World
    [33:14] The Wise Seers
    [35:38] Progression to Cosmic and Deva Consciousness
    [37:37] Consciousness Is Everything
    [39:58] Your Inner Observer
    [42:17] Deva Quality in Meditation
    [44:16] Let Deva Consciousness Come to You Naturally
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    • 47 min
    AI, Sacred Cows, Exceptional Children

    AI, Sacred Cows, Exceptional Children

    It’s another Q&A episode with Thom, answering questions with a common thread of consciousness running through them.

    He starts off by tackling the question of consciousness and AI, before exploring the consciousness of cows, and bulls for that matter, and what it is about their consciousness that makes them sacred (Hint:evolution is the only thing that’s ever happening).

    And he also helps a mother navigate the responsibility of supporting a child whose consciousness gives him levels of perception beyond the ordinary.
    Episode Highlights:
    [00:45] Q - Does AI Have the Potential to Experience Consciousness?
    [00:54] Consciousness Is the Foundation of Everything
    [02:38] AI Is Already Conscious
    [05:47] The Repertoire of AI
    [07:05] Q - Why is the cow sacred in the Vedic Worldview?
    [07:11] A - Cows Everywhere in India
    [09:06] The Legal Sacredness of Cows
    [10:28] A Very Simple Thing
    [12:24] Fond of Dairy
    [13:27] Q - How to Support a Sensitive Toddler?
    [14:16] A - Wise Do Not Bewilder Ignorant
    [16:11] Honor and Validate Your Child's Perceptual Abilities
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    • 20 min
    How Do I Alleviate the Suffering of Others?

    How Do I Alleviate the Suffering of Others?

    The desire to help others is baked into human DNA, and the sight of someone suffering often triggers a need to take action.

    This is one of the reasons our species has been able to thrive.

    Often, however, our attempts to alleviate the suffering of others don’t succeed, not necessarily because of lack of effort or misguided intentions. It’s because there’s another dynamic at play that can thwart our efforts.

    In this episode, Thom reminds us that the desire to be helped doesn’t come as naturally as the desire to offer help, and that the greatest help we can sometimes give, is to not give help at all.
    Episode Highlights:

    [00:45] The Natural Desire to Alleviate the Suffering of Others
    [02:23] Harmonizing Inner Alignment with External Responses to Change
    [04:03] Unsought Advice
    [05:43] How to Help Someone Who Is Suffering
    [07:27] Perceiving Cues
    [09:02] The Role of Humility in Seeking Help
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    • 13 min
    The Fruits of Action

    The Fruits of Action

    Desire is one of the most misunderstood facets across all Wisdom traditions. Teachers often teach, and readers often misinterpret, some of the writings of the texts, both from Veda as well as other ancient wisdom cultures, as meaning that desire is bad, or that the key to enlightenment is to eliminate our desires.

    One such example of this misunderstanding is the Vedic epic Bhagavad Gita, specifically Chapter 2, Verse 47, in which Krishna tells Arjuna, “Live not for the fruits of action.”

    The misinterpretation of this text leads many to think that desire itself is the cause of suffering, and thus attempt to suppress or ignore desires in the hope of avoiding suffering.

    Thom sets the record straight in this episode, clarifying the purpose of desire, and giving us a technique whereby we can ensure that our desires are not just aligned with Nature, but serve to meet the need of the time.

    Episode Highlights
    [00:45] What’s the Point of Taking Action?
    [00:55] Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata
    [03:12] Arjuna and Krishna: The Central Characters of Mahabharata
    [05:07] Krishna's Guidance
    [06:38] The Song of God
    [08:16] Krishna's Message on the Fruits of Action
    [10:27] What is the Need of the Time?
    [12:07] What is Cosmic Desire?
    [14:03] Beyond the Scope of the Intellect
    [15:59] Let Charm be the Driver of Action
    [17:32] Surrender to Nature's Intelligence
    [19:36] Cosmic Intelligence in Action
    [20:44] We Don't Want Options
    [22:47] Move Beyond Fruits
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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

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Miamikittycat ,

Yay! Thank You!

Thom is an attorney representing your consciousness, embodiment of knowledge gained through Maharishi, and those before.

Geeeetar man ,

More an inquiry than a review

I see several comments about how Thom has stolen Maharishi’s knowledge and teachings. Why is this? As far as I understand it, this knowledge is thousands of years old and is meant to be passed down from teacher to student over and over again. Isn’t that exactly what Thom is doing? Isn’t that what Maharishi would have wanted?

Maharishi didn’t invent this. He learned from Guru Dev. And Guru Dev learned it from his master. And that continues back for many years. TM has been around since, I believe, the 1950s. This knowledge and this technique for many years more than that. So how could Thom be stealing the knowledge from anyone?

Thom very often praises Maharishi in this podcast. He doesn’t claim to own any of this knowledge and he is constantly giving credit to Maharishi as well as other prominent teachers.

The only thing Thom isn’t doing, as far as I can tell, is teaching under the umbrella of the TM organization. He used to, and I am curious as to why he decided to sever ties and go out on his own. I have heard that Thom has inflated his credentials. If so that is shameful.

But, provided Thom is as qualified as he seems, this knowledge and technique can now be spread around the world in more than just one way. What a gift.

Some might say the TM organization exists in part to insure that the technique is taught correctly and so that there can be a maintaining of a certain level of quality. Well, maybe. But it’s been passed down for thousands of years without the existence of TM. So it’s certainly possible. And who’s to say all of those TM teachers all around the world are more qualified than Thom Knoles? I’m sure some are, and I’m sure some are not.

LucyGillespie ,

108% Enjoyment

Thom’s mellifluous voice makes his podcast completely enrapturing. Touching on a wide breadth of topics, this podcast is one that you can listen to again and again, finding enjoyment and new knowledge in every listen.

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