The Vedic Worldview Podcast
Conversations with Thom Knoles
We’re delighted to announce that The Vedic Worldview, a new podcast featuring Thom Knoles, is now available. Hear Thom as you’ve never heard him before – in conversations with leaders, teachers, authors and professors as they examine a wide range of topics and relate them back through the Vedic Worldview.
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YOGA: A SUSTAINABLE LIFE PRACTICE
A Conversation with Eddie Stern
Thom Knoles speaks with yogi, author and co-founder of Ashtanga Yoga New York and the Brooklyn Yoga Club Eddie Stern on the importance and benefit of incorporating yoga as a holistic practice for body, nervous system and mind, as a means for promoting self-regulation, and as a method for healing and balancing the physiology. The key is developing an approach which embraces yoga as a sustainable, lifelong practice.
CHARM AND CHANGE
Thom Knoles discuses the mechanics of charm, why following charm is the primary motivator of the evolutionary process and how constant interaction and adaptation to change is actually what evolution is all about. The idea that change is an event is a complete illusion. Charm is the only counselor toward action or non-action.
DHARMAPUNX BUDDHIST IDEOLOGY WITH JOSH KORDA
A Conversation with Josh Korda
Thom Knoles speaks with author and Dharmapunx NYC’s guiding teacher Josh Korda about Buddhism, Vedanta and applying meditation and spirituality to situations in our everyday lives as well as toward end-of-life care.
WALLS AND BRIDGES: NAVIGATING OUR POLITICAL CLIMATE, PART 1
Thom Knoles discusses the implications and available actions for people who want to maintain a spiritual worldview amidst political polarization, the importance of awakening to finding commonality and how to build a bridge to the wall builders.
MEDITATION FOR MOTHER AND BABY
A Conversation with Mark Krassner
Thom Knoles speaks with Expectful founder and CEO Mark Krassner about meditation as a tool to empower mothers through pregnancy and beyond, the role that meditation can play in fertility, prenatal development and the birthing process, and how meditation can benefit child-rearing for parent and child alike.
GRATITUDE vs. DESERVING
Thom Knoles discusses the distinction between gratitude and deserving. The correct approach to gratitude is: You Deserve The Best. We don’t feel unworthy, and we don’t settle. As our consciousness grows, our idea about what is actually the best changes. It expands. We demonstrate our gratitude through acceptance of it.
CONTENTMENT vs. ENLIGHTENMENT
Thom Knoles discusses the distinction between contentment and enlightenment. To harness enlightenment, we bring our internal state of fulfillment into action. Because fulfillment seeks need, enlightenment is always on the move. Contentedness likes to stay put, happy within its own experience. For that reason, contentedness itself is not a goal.
THE MYTH OF CONTROL: FAVORING CHOICELESSNESS
Thom Knoles discusses the fallacy of control. The notion that you are in charge, or should be, is the root of enormous suffering for oneself and for others. Learn how success is gained by letting go of control, not by being a control freak. Choice is Hell. Choicelessness is Heaven. Success is a product of letting go.
WHAT CAUSES SUFFERING
Thom Knoles discusses the mythology behind suffering, what causes it and how to minimize its impact. To eliminate suffering, we must first understand the mechanics of its creation, the potential for addiction to it, its relationship to stress and the collective influence born of the role suffering plays in western religious teachings.
DESERVING AND DESIRING
Thom Knoles discusses the concept of deserving power, the mechanics of how we develop it and its use as a metric for our own enlightenment, and explores the correlation between what we desire, the source of desiring and what we truly deserve.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, CONSCIOUSNESS & MORALITY
A Conversation with Kevin Kelly
Thom Knoles speaks with Kevin Kelly about the evolutionary roles of human intelligence versus artificial intelligence and machine learning, the possibilities and implications of so-called artificial consciousness and the responsibility of encoding morality within the DNA of new predictive technology.
ASK ME ANYTHING 1
Thom Knoles answers listener questions about vegetarianism, self-healing, violence, empathy, the Wim Hof Method and more.
A Conversation with Eitan Yardeni
Thom Knoles speaks with Eitan Yardeni about the Vedic and Kabbalah perspectives on happiness, the distinctions between real and Illusory versions of it and how to sustain happiness that is independent of outside influence. Courtesy of The Rubin Museum of Art.
RELIGION, REASON & POLITICS
A Conversation with Graeme Wood
Thom Knoles speaks with Graeme Wood about the movement toward religious fundamentalism, the political and cultural impact of ISIS and the implications of religious hegemony.
TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN HEIGHTENED BRAIN PERFORMANCE: IS HACKING ENLIGHTENMENT POSSIBLE?
A Conversation with Dr. Lana Morrow
Thom Knoles speaks with Dr. Lana Morrow about the relationship between brain performance and higher states of consciousness, whether neurological capacity is a reliable diagnostic of elevated consciousness and to what extent technology can be used to train the brain into a state of enlightenment.
LIFE WITHOUT FEAR: CULTIVATING PERSONAL INVINCIBILITY
Thom Knoles discusses how to live a life without fear. To harness the constructive aspects of change requires a higher consciousness state which willingly embraces change as a constructive force. Once achieved, personal invincibility is born of it.
DEVELOPING CONSCIOUSNESS: PLANT MEDICINE vs. MEDITATION
A Conversation with Dennis McKenna
Thom Knoles speaks with Dennis McKenna about the similarities and differences between meditation and the use of plant medicines such as ayahuasca and psilocybin, their role in the development of higher states of consciousness and how they may be complementary.
THE TRUE STORY OF KARMA, PART 1
Thom Knoles discusses how karma works, and how making it work for you is easier than you think. We design our experiences, good and bad, great and small. A misunderstanding of karma obscures our vision, and keep us bound to an incorrect belief that out experiences are designed by someone or something else.
BUDDISM vs. VEDIC PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE
A Conversation with Lodro Rinzler
Thom Knoles speaks with Lodro Rinzler about the similarities and differences between Buddhist and Vedic philosophies, their origins, and how those philosophies are expressed in the way in which people actually practices techniques from each tradition.
INSIDE THE MIND OF A MASTER
A Conversation with Gary Gorrow
Thom Knoles answers questions from Gary Gorrow about his experiences being mentored by his Master, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, what Mastery truly means, and on various topics relating to the teachings and lessons he learned from his Master.
PSYCHEDELIC DRUGS AND CONSCIOUSNESS
A Conversation with Jim Fadiman
Thom Knoles speaks with Jim Fadiman about the uses of psychedelic drugs and psychoactive chemicals in aid of developing heightened and more expansive states of consciousness, the decades of research that may support it and what pitfalls could arise from that approach.
A Conversation with Ray Graj
Thom Knoles speaks with Ray Graj about how to reach receptive audiences effectively when your brand or business is based around a spiritual teaching, what ethical barriers may exist and what methods are considered to be best practices.
THE VEDIC WORLD VIEW
In this inaugural episode of the The Vedic Worldview podcast, Thom Knoles introduces the basic themes of Vedic philosophy and discusses the Vedic perspective on consciousness, how it relates to quantum physics and ultimately our own understanding of Reality.