Yogic Life Meditation is the easiest, most effortless technique of meditation available today. It doesn’t require us to control our racing thoughts or sit in uncomfortable positions or make special mudras with our hands etc. Instead it simply leads the mind to a place of deepest rest possible -- to the level of pure consciousness so that all the accumulated stresses and their ill effects in the form of mental and physical malfunctions start getting removed. It confers immediate benefits by reducing stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and insomnia and increases feelings of calm, peace and happiness. It augments our capacity to think or to focus and simultaneously enhances our memory, I.Q. and creativity. It also helps relieve the symptoms of common ailments such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes and at the same time boosts immunity. All we have to do is a regular practice of Yogic Life Meditation for twenty minutes every morning and every evening.Read More
Here are some of the benefits of practicing Yogic Life Meditation, twice 20 minutes a day:
Swami Shailendra Saraswati grew up with both eastern and western influences. For many years he shared a bedroom with his grandfather, a renowned Vedic scholar who taught him all he could. When Swamiji’s grandfather was close to dying, he lovingly blessed Swamiji and told the family that he had transferred all his spiritual wealth and knowledge to the young Shailendra. Swamiji absorbed Vedic knowledge, while loving science so much that he considered it his religion.
He was a brilliant student. Upon leaving high school, he took the entrance exam to the prestigious IIT University along with literally hundreds of thousands of aspirants and scored among the top one hundred students. But Swamiji chose not to follow this path because he believed modern Physics held the answers to questions about Life and the universe that he had been seeking for years, so he studied Physics honors for his Bachelor's degree and focused on elementary Particle Physics for his Masters at Delhi University. On completion of the degree, he was disappointed -- he realized that Physics had limitations, and that at the quantum level, it was essential to understand consciousness as the source and goal of the physical universe which was beyond the scope of science of the times.
Disillusioned, Swamiji briefly turned his attention to the questions of poverty in the world and mismanagement of resources and assets around him. He studied MBA at IIM Ahmedabad and started working as a vice president of a steel corporation, but he soon realized the futility of trying to change the world from such a superficial level.
To find a true solution to the world’s problems, Swamiji took leave from his job and embarked on an introspective journey through the length and breadth of India and then of Europe on a bicycle. In Finland he came across Transcendental Meditation at a small forest academy. Always sceptical of blind faith, he decided to study and evaluate it for himself, resolving to expose it if it turned out to be a hoax. After a thorough study of TM, he became convinced that it was not only a powerful tool for becoming one with universal consciousness, but also it was the surest and shortest way to reach world peace. Upon returning to India much to his family’s consternation, Swamiji resigned from his job and decided to become a monk and a teacher of TM. While he was taking the teacher training course in the Himalayas, he was chosen by the Maharishi to accompany him on a world tour. For the next 25 years, Swamiji travelled closely with the Maharishi, studying and teaching TM around the world and serving in various capacities such as the founding principal of Maharishi College of Management in Nairobi and Dean of faculty at Maharishi International University at Oslo, Norway. He taught Managerial Statistics and Physics at Maharishi University of Management at Fairfield, Iowa. While teaching Physics, Swamiji became convinced that the Unified Field of all the laws of nature which according to Physics is the source of all matter, energy and intelligence in the universe is none other than the field of consciousness itself -- which is experienced through Transcendental meditation and harnessed to produce any desired effect through the Siddhi program.
TM originates in Vedic literature. Hence to discover the full potential of additional Vedic technologies, under Maharishi’s guidance, Swamiji delved deep into a rigorous study of the entire Vedic literature in the original Sanskrit and further following Maharishi’s instructions, he moved to Amarkantak in the forests of central India which is a spiritually charged place because it is the origin of the holy river Narmada and Maharishis own guru Shri Brahmanand Saraswati had meditated there for forty years in a cave.
One day while Swamiji was meditating in the forest, he was spotted by a manager of a mining company who was concerned to see Swamiji meditating without any shelter in fervid heat and torrential rains. He led Swamiji to an abandoned ammunition depot which had been built to store gunpowder and other explosives for mining and offered it as a place of refuge. It had massively thick concrete walls and of course no windows, water or electricity. It was perfect for Swamiji's purpose. For the next ten years, it served as his cave as he went into a deep meditation to corroborate the knowledge from his research into Vedic texts with direct personal experience. Out of this inner immersion arose Yogic Life Meditation -- the simplest, most effective technique for integrating body mind and consciousness into One -- for realizing the full potential of human life. For the last ten years, Swamiji has travelled extensively and validated the power of this technique by teaching people from all strata of life.
Punam Thakran teaches Yogic Life Meditation. She is a writer and formerly taught English in the Bay Area to students from middle school through college.
She grew up in India hearing stories of an uncle, who in his 20’s became a monk after renouncing an extremely lucrative career and all connections with the family to follow his teacher Maharishi Mahesh Yogi around the world.
In 2009 on a trip to India, Punam met this uncle (Swami ji) who had recently emerged from the forests of Amarkantak and was now a wandering monk traversing the cities and villages of India teaching meditation to all who were interested.
Swamiji initiated Punam into Yogic Life Meditation, and she immediately recognized that this was the simplest and most direct way to get in touch with her deepest self- even though she had practiced another method of meditation for 25 years and was not looking to make a change. Swamiji suggested she meditate for 20 minutes every morning and 20 minutes every evening for two months, using Yogic Life Meditation technique to see what would happen. Curious, she decided to try it out just for two months.
Punam began sitting for meditation first thing in the morning and before dinner every evening. Yogic Life Meditation started changing her life from inside out. She felt more present, engaged, happy, and peaceful.The two months came and went- she was hooked. There was no going back. Over the years, she learned advanced meditation techniques from Swamiji and was ultimately trained by him to become a teacher of Yogic Life Meditation.
Punam has been teaching Yogic Life Meditation to students of all ages- some as young as 10 years old. She has taught in various settings. She has led retreats, taught large and small groups and trained people in one on one sessions.
She currently lives with her husband and triplet daughters in Marin County and also operates a retail shop in Mill Valley, Monarch Imports, which features beautiful handmade artifacts from India and around the world. When she’s not meditating, she enjoys hiking, cooking vegetarian meals, and reading. But she always says that nothing makes her happier than when she is meditating or teaching meditation.
"Yogic Life Meditation has had a profound influence on my life. Swamiji’s depth of knowledge and breadth of experience is so profound, yet he uses everyday examples to demonstrate simple ideas and techniques that anyone can incorporate into their daily life. I had no idea such simple changes could have such far-reaching effects both physically as well as mentally.”
- Sapna Chandra
"People ask me how I can be happy and peaceful on the outside and find so much enjoyment in life at this time. The answer is simple and yet profound. It's because I'm happy and peaceful on the inside and enjoy life from a place that transcends the turmoil in the world. I've been meditating with Swamiji and Yogic Life Meditation for two years. This is how I learned the way to the deeper meaning of life. Thank you, Swamiji, for this priceless gift.”
- Deb Witherell
"Yogic Life Meditation has changed my life in the most wonderful ways. At the beginning I didn’t think I could fit 20 min twice a day into my life but the effects were so deeply rewarding the sense of a calm and joy reveal deeper truths of the love of life a deeper awakening and clarity with each time in meditation. I feel such a deep connection and awareness with nature support and divine loving guidance . Swamaji is a masterful guide and teacher who is wise,encouraging, joyful and deeply supportive. His understanding and teaching of the advanced techniques reveals the deep ancient yogic teachings and philosophy in a very understandable way.”
- Kelly Galland
“Punam Thakran is a consummate Yogic Life Meditation teacher: Compassionate, attentive, and always ready to listen to our concerns and celebrate with us along our varied paths. I have struggled with meditation (and still do), but Punam is there to gentle me back when I feel a bit lost.”
“Punam has introduced me to a new method of meditation that has opened up new vistas in my life. Her compassionate, gentle way of teaching has further enhanced my spiritual growth. I recommend her classes to everyone!”
- Margaret Nickle
“I have participated in several of Punam Thakran's meditation training sessions over the past decade. No matter the level of your experience -- from zero to 60 -- you will discover a whole new world. Ms. Thakran is a deeply centered, endlessly patient instructor. You will leave each session wiser, more confident, and, very likely, happier.”
“I first met Punam at a weekend retreat where she was one of the speakers. She spoke so gently & positively that I felt hungry for her kind of peace. I still tend to be an erratic meditator, but her inspiring acceptance keeps me hanging in & having more peace & connection as a result.”
“Thank you Swami Ji for showing me the path of Vedic Meditation. The grief and stress I suffered recently from the death of my mother, betrayal by my own family members, and holding a full time job while finishing my MBA would have devastated me without the regular practice of meditation. I am very grateful for your teachings.As I now understand, you coming into my life when I needed you is called Nature Support and can be relied on when practicing meditation. You bestow the vast knowledge of Maharishi’s teachings with such simplicity and patience that I look forward to each lesson with great anticipation. Swami Ji with your blessing I am making good progress in my meditation with sidhi practice everyday, thank you once again. Pranam 🙏 Swami ji!”
“I took Punam’s 4-day Yogic Life Meditation Course and had a very positive and perspective-enhacing experience. In the wake of COVID, she inventively decided to set up group meditations over Zoom and still managed to make the classes feel personal, intimate and open. I highly reccommed her classes for first-time meditators as well as experienced practitioners curious to expand their horizons.”