My Maharishi - Humor Incarnate
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
6d ago
Spiritual leaders are often perceived as being stern and serious, in some cases even humorless. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, while he could be serious when needed, was famous for his smile, his laugh, and his sense of humor in general. In this episode, Thom shares some anecdotes from his 26-plus years of being with Maharishi, where Maharishi put his sense of humor on display. Some of these were public displays, while others were from behind the scenes; all of the stories reflect Maharishi’s famous quote, “We have an infinite number of reasons to be happy, and a serious responsibility not be serious ..read more
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Dark Room Retreats
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
1w ago
Silent retreats and cave retreats are nothing new and have been around for millenia, giving seekers an escape from the demands of daily life and a chance to simply let the mind be with itself. A modern twist on this is the use of Dark Room Retreats, a growing business model where the cave might be swapped for a cabin, and food and other needs are provided for you, leaving you alone to experience the potential bliss of sensory deprivation. In this episode, Thom shares his own experience with cave retreats, along with his perspective on dark room retreats.  He also shares an alternative ..read more
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Ayurveda - A Definition and a Display
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
2w ago
Ayurveda is often defined as “the science of life, but this definition is somewhat simplistic, and doesn’t fully describe the origin and intent of the word. In this episode, in answer to a listener’s question, Thom gives a deeper explanation of the subject, including its origins and a fuller description of its meaning. This question and answer sets the stage nicely for the follow up contribution from a listener, which is effectively a display of both Ayurveda and self-referral in action. No matter what your level of understanding of Ayurveda is currently, this episode is sure to deepen your ..read more
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Can Art Be Separated from the Artist?
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
1M ago
Discussions about the separation of artists and their art are not new. The subject has been discussed for centuries, usually in the context of legacy, but in recent times, and especially with the rise of cancel culture, the question more often comes up in relation to the behavior of an artist. Does the conduct of an artist negate the appreciability of their art? In this episode, Thom invites us to consider artworks from the perspective of Cosmic influence, and offers a simple measure we can use to assess what that level of influence might be. Episode Highlights: [00:45] What Are You? [02:52 ..read more
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How to Prepare for the Year Ahead
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
2M ago
The holiday season can be an emotional roller coaster for many.  December celebrations can bring highs and lows, even for those who aren’t part of the Judeo-Christian community, but then New Year comes around, marking a line in the sand where we can start afresh.  At least in theory, anyway.  The reality is that most folks set themselves heightened expectations for the year, inevitably leading to frustration and disappointment within a pretty short time. Thom invites us in this episode to reevaluate our approach to New Years, looking at it from a more evolutionary perspectiv ..read more
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Time, Dark Matter, Surrendering vs Passive
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
2M ago
It’s another Q&A episode, this time with a common thread of perception running through each of the questions and answers. Thom tackles the question of time; specifically, how we can control our perception of time and how we can slow it down like it used to feel as children. He explores the mystery of dark matter from the Vedic perspective, and how it relates to how we live our daily lives. He also provides clarity on the distinction between surrender and passivity and why we need to know the difference so we can meet the need of the time.  Episode Highlights: [00:45] Q - Can We Sl ..read more
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The Relationship Between Manifestation and Charm
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
2M ago
Manifestation has become somewhat of a buzzword in the past 20 years or so. The promise of having your desires met easily and effortlessly is a compelling proposition.  So much so that often a disproportionate effort is put into a supposed “process” of manifestation, affirmations, visualizations, and so on, than is put into doing the thing that might be required for the manifestation to occur. Thom sets the record straight in this episode, looking at manifestation through the lens of “charm,” a specific mechanism of desire that we can use as a compass of sorts, but which doesn’t leave u ..read more
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Self-Referral Happiness vs Object-Referral Happiness
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
2M ago
Find out more about Thom's upcoming Rounding Retreat in Sedona in May 2024, https://thomknoles.com/sedona What makes you happy? Most people could come up with a long list of answers to this question.  Ironically, it’s all the things that make us happy that make us unhappy as well; either because we have them but the happiness wears off, or we find out there’s something/someone else that we might like better, or we have them but lose them, or we find that they don’t make us as happy as we thought they would… It’s a never-ending cycle of whack-a-mole that leaves most people with short pe ..read more
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Mindset Minus Mind Games
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
2M ago
There’s no end of affirmations, guided meditations, and other positive thinking tools that we can use to master our mindset. But are these necessary? And do they even work? As is often the case, Thom bucks the trend in this episode, giving us cause to think twice about using mind games to keep us on the path to success. He proposes a more elegant approach, one that’s aligned with the Vedic worldview and one with a higher likelihood of success.    Episode Highlights: [00:45] "All things are well if our minds be so." [02:36] The Cart in Front of the Horse [03:54] Capability Comes Fi ..read more
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Soma - The Fluid Dynamics of Consciousness
Vedic Worldview
by Thom Knoles
3M ago
There’s no shortage of options for people “researching” chemical shortcuts to spiritual experiences.  While psychedelic drugs such as LSD, or hallucinogens such as ayahuasca, frequently have enough of an impact to arouse curiosity and experimentation, they don’t offer reliable, repeatable experiences, let alone still allow one to function reliably in day-to-day life. This is because they are mistaking biochemistry as being a cause of spiritual experiences rather than an effect of spiritual experience. As Thom frequently reminds us, consciousness, conceives, governs, constructs and print ..read more
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