The Veda and Kabbalah: Thom Knoles + Eitan Yardeni Happy Talk
Kabbalah Centre’s Eitan Yardeni and Vedic meditation teacher Thom Knoles (Maharishi Vyasananda) compare spiritual traditions in the quest for happiness.
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About the Speakers
Thom Knoles is a maharishi (or pre-eminent master-teacher) of Vedic Meditation (an effortless mental technique that allows one to experience fully-awake restful consciousness and its many physiological benefits). In India, he is called Maharishi Vyasananda. It means “the great seer who sequentially elaborates knowledge blissfully”. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was Thom’s personal mentor and his predominant spiritual and educational influence. After basing himself in Australia, Thom became an acclaimed teacher of yoga and meditation before the age of twenty. Thom spent most of the 1970s teaching in Australia and researching at Maharishi European Research University (MERU), a post-graduate neuroscience-and-consciousness research institute based in Switzerland from which he received an honorary doctorate in 1978. He quickly became a sought-after public speaker and educator, consulting to more than 40 top corporations and federal and state governments in Australia and abroad, as well as government-funded meditation programs in prisons in Australia and in the United States. In the last decade, Thom began teaching widely in the United States, as well as continuing his 108-day residential teacher-training programs in India to provide new teachers of Vedic Meditation internationally. His bi-annual ten-day meditation and knowledge retreats in the Indian Himalaya have been attended by hundreds of participants from six countries studying advanced elements of Vedic wisdom. This is his first appearance at the Rubin Museum.
Eitan Yardeni has played a major role in the globalization of Kabbalah. An ordained Rabbi, he was personally chosen as one of the hand-picked students of Kabbalist Rav Berg, heir to the ancient legacy of kabbalistic teachings and spiritual leader of The Kabbalah Centre. He began his studies with Rav Berg as a teenager and for the last twenty five years, Eitan has developed into a teacher, role model, and spiritual counselor to thousands around the world, communicating with them not only in person but online at Ukabbalah.com every week. As senior instructor and spiritual leader at The Kabbalah Centre, Eitan has taught in Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Toronto, Mexico, London and Florida. He is the founder of The Kabbalah Centre in Toronto, and has assisted in the opening of several other key locations throughout North America.