Frequently Asked Questions

Will Vedic Meditation work for anyone?

Vedic Meditation works for everyone.

Everyone can think. Therefore everyone can meditate.

I pick a mantra (a sound) that helps quieten your particular physiology. Then I instruct you in correct usage.

Everyone finds this meditation simple, natural, effortless. It works for everyone.

Won’t it take years to master?

No. You will master it in four days when taught by a qualified teacher.

I have practiced this technique since January 1994. I know it inside out. I understand the challenges. I will have you self-sufficient in just four days.

How will I fit this into my busy schedule?

I have meditated twice a day, every day, during a fast-paced 20 year telecommunications consulting career. I share my practical strategies that help my students likewise fit it into their busy lives.

Far from struggling to fit it in, students consistently report that it gives them the rest and resolve to work through their busy schedule more easily. It provides calm and clarity in the morning, and recharges you at day’s end.

When will I start to feel the benefits?

Straight away. After the very first meditation. You will feel steadier, calmer, recharged, energised.

But I’m someone who can’t stop thinking. Will this work?

I think a lot too. I studied philosophy (and engineering) at university, after all.

Yet a correctly-chosen mantra (a sound) allows the mind to move spontaneously beyond thought, and to bathe in and experience deep rest.

This works… even for people (like me) who normally have lots of thoughts.

Do I have to chant or sit cross-legged?

No chanting. You sit comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed.

You can do it anywhere: on a sofa, at your desk, on a park bench, on a bus, train, or plane.

Is this technique religious?

Not at all. No prayers. No chanting. No robes.

It is a mechanical technique that works for atheists, agnostics, and religious people (any religion), alike.

What about Covid-19?

We are now teaching exclusively 1 to 1, replete with hand sanitiser and social distancing in place. And let’s face it: now – more than ever – it is important to have a daily meditation practice that keeps you calm, grounded, and resilient!

How does Vedic Meditation differ from Mindfulness?

Mindfulness takes effort. You are asked when performing some activity – walking the dog, eating a grape, etc. – to train your attention on the here and now, and push all other thoughts to one side. Yet it’s not easy to ignore or suppress your thoughts.

Vedic Meditation takes no effort. You are given a mantra (a sound), and instructed how to use it properly. That sound has a calming effect on the physiology, bringing deep rest to mind and body. The process goes almost by itself. It is simple, natural… and effortless.

What’s the relationship between Vedic Meditation and Transcendental Meditation (TM)?

Neomal Silva teaches Vedic Meditation and was trained to teach this form of meditation by Thom Knoles.

Thom was trained as a teacher of Transcendental Meditation (“TM”) by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (“Maharishi”), and taught it for over 25 years with organizations affiliated with Maharishi.

Since 1997, Thom has continued to teach this meditation as he learned it from Maharishi, and has done so independently and separately from the TM organizations, using the terms “Vedic Meditation”.

Thom Knoles trained Neomal to teach meditation as Thom was trained to teach meditation by Maharishi.

Neomal teaches Vedic Meditation independently and separately from TM organizations, and is not affiliated with those organizations.

What does the scientific research say about this form of meditation?

The form of meditation that Thom Knoles taught for over 25 years with the TM organisations as “Transcendental Meditation,” has been the subject of hundreds of scientific studies showing a wide range of benefits from regular practice. These studies, which refer to this form of meditation using the name “Transcendental Meditation” or “TM”, support the benefits obtainable from regular practice of Vedic Meditation.

More than 380 peer-reviewed research studies on the TM technique have been published in over 160 scientific journals. These studies were conducted at several universities and research centres, including Harvard Medical School, Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, and UCLA Medical School.

These benefits include:

  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety
  • Decreased Depression
  • Reduced Insomnia
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Decreased Cholesterol
  • Reduced Congestive Heart Failure
  • Reduced Atherosclerosis/Stroke
  • Decreased Free Radicals
  • Reduced Metabolic Syndrome/Pre-Diabetes
  • Reduced Cardiovascular Risk Factors
  • Reduction in Pain
  • Decreased Health Care Costs and Utilisation
  • Higher Levels of Brain Functioning
  • Improved Intelligence, Creativity and Learning Ability
  • Improved Academics
  • Improved School Behaviour
  • Benefits for Special and Remedial Education
  • Improved Integration of Personality
  • Increased Longevity
  • Reduced Substance Abuse

How do I go about learning Vedic Meditation?

First, attend an Intro Talk. Then sign up to a 4 day course.

It is taught over 4 consecutive days. One hour on the first day. Ninety minutes to two hours on the three following days.

Where do you teach?

Melbourne, Sydney, and throughout Europe: London and Paris, primarily… but elsewhere too! Drop us a note and we’ll see what we can arrange.

Can I learn one-on-one?

Yes. Please get in touch here to discuss.


Is there any follow up?

There’s lots.

There are group meditations two times a month. We refine your technique and answer your questions. Group meditations are free, and available to anyone who has learned Vedic Meditation.

Do you offer any advanced courses?


There’s Exploring the Veda. And there’s Mastering the Siddhis.

There’s also three practical life tools: The Sleep Tool, The Jet Lag Tool, The Study Tool.

See here for more details.