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The Art of Meditation

with James Keller

In this 90 minute class, James will introduce you to the practice of Vedic Meditation. He will teach you a simple, natural, effortless technique that produces a deep state of rest. Meditation has been shown to produce a wide range of benefits. In the late sixties and early seventies, hundreds of studies were done on meditation at Harvard and Stanford University. It was shown that meditation produces a state of deep rest that is three times as deep as your deepest sleep, and yet you are awake inside. Regular meditation was demonstrated to produce profound benefits such as stress reduction, improved health, better social relationships, improved memory, and a greater sense of inner peace and well-being.

Vedic meditation is also very easy to do. In fact, it is totally effortless. It does not involve any kind of concentration, or even the ability to contemplate. There is no effort involved, and it is usually a very relaxing experience. Even a child can easily learn. It requires no special skills or talents of any kind. Anyone who can think a thought can meditate.

One of the biggest myths about meditation is that you need a relatively quiet mind to be able to meditate. This myth suggests that people who have busy minds with lots of thoughts will have a hard time learning. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It is not necessary to have a quiet mind to meditate. Literally anyone can do it successfully.

So let’s see. It is easy to do; It is pleasant and relaxing; It produces profound rest, releases stress, improves health, energy, vitality, concentration, job performance, memory, relationships, social behavior, the sense of inner well-being, and a whole host of other aspects of life. In fact there are hundreds of double blind studies done at Harvard and Stanford that clearly demonstrate all of these benefits. So why don’t more people do it? This remains one of the greatest mysteries of life!

Author of two highly acclaimed books on Vedic Astrology, James Kelleher has been a student of the traditions of India for more than 40 years. In the early 70's he began practicing meditation. At that time he spent 18 months in the mountains of Switzerland studying meditation with an Indian spiritual teacher, and later taught meditation full time in the United States. In 1975 he met his Guru, the renowned Vedic Astrologer and spiritual adept, M.K.Gandhi, who predicted Jim would become an astrologer.Gandhi not only offered to train him personally, but also invited him to become his assistant. Initially Jim studied Vedic astrology in India under Gandhi's guidance. During this time he also traveled on long pilgrimages with his teacher to many of India's most important spiritual centers. After this period of intense study and travel in India, Jim moved to London, where he worked as a professional astrologer, assisting Gandhi with his diverse international clientele for the next 5 years. In 1984, Jim moved to the United States where he quickly became one of the nation's leading astrologers. At the request of several spiritual organizations, he traveled and lectured throughout the United States and became known for his accurate world predictions. He has received several awards from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, including Jyotish Kovid, Jyotish Vachaspati, Jyotish Medha Pragya, and Jyotish Masagara. He is an adjunct professor of Jyotish at Hindu University of America in Orlando Florida. He is a the co-founder of the American Council of Vedic Astrology and the American College of Vedic Astrology. Jim is also the founder of the Sierra Institute of Vedic Astrology, based in Nevada City, CA, where he teaches classes, gives webinars, and has a busy private practice doing readings