What is Beeja meditation?
Beeja meditation is the oldest technique in the world today and stems from the incredibly advanced Vedic civilisation in northern India around 10,000 years ago. This is the culture that gave us mathematics, surgery, yoga, the wonderful body of knowledge known as Ayurveda, and the amazing language of Sanskrit, which forms the basis of 60% of all Indo-European languages. Plus, without the Vedic knowledge base, we wouldn’t have Star Wars!
Vedic insights into physics were way ahead of their time. And their understanding of neuroscience was remarkable; in the West are only just catching up now. But sadly, like all great civilisations, it came to an end just over 5,000 years ago. As time passed, the ancient knowledge became distorted, diluted and fragmented.
In response, many of the world’s modern day religions began forming around 3,000 years ago. Zoroastrianism sprang up in Persia, Buddhism in India, Jainism, an ancient knowledge base from India, became more codified, Taoism in China (later followed by Confucianism), and what’s known as the Hindu synthesis also came into being in India. All of these have their roots in the Vedic knowledge base, but all developed their own flavours, and with time, some of the original teachings that underpinned them, were lost.
Of all these, what we call Hinduism borrows most heavily from the Vedic culture. Hinduism itself is defined as a broad range of philosophies that share common concepts, rituals, textual resources and the questioning of authority. However, despite there being many shared reference points, what has been practised in India for the last three thousand years, and particularly in the last few hundred years, has generally been a very watered down derivation of Vedic knowledge.
Fortunately, the ancient sages of India anticipated this and came up with incredibly sophisticated ways to preserve the most powerful techniques and knowledge. They invented monasticism (it never existed in the world before this time) and set up communities hidden high in the Himalayas and deep in the jungles of central India. There the knowledge could be passed on faithfully, without external interference, and could be cross-referenced between the different communities to ensure that distortions didn’t creep in.
These measures proved invaluable when foreign powers began invading India 3,000 years ago, furthering the loss of knowledge. In many cases, these forces – whether Huns, Mughals or the British – were very effective at destroying the knowledge that remained in the towns and cities. By the 20th century, what was left, was a very superficial understanding of this ancient knowledge base.
Eventually, in 1947, India gained its independence, and the knowledge began to trickle back into the towns and cities again, and indeed the wider world.
The whole purpose of the Beeja meditation practice and all associated knowledge is to empower the individual to ever-closer connectivity with themselves, others and the universe. It’s about helping people find their own unique purpose in life, so that they can live it to the fullest.
There is no exclusivity. There is no ‘we are going to heaven, and you’re not’. There are no rules. There is no ownership of the pathway. There is no set of beliefs one must adopt. There is no submitting yourself to any person or entity. It precedes all religion and transcends all religious notions of tribalism.
It isn’t even considered Vedic knowledge by those who contributed to this vast and profound knowledge base. It is simply universal knowledge that has been articulated by humans who happened to come together in a certain time and place. It is a completely inclusive approach; be whatever you wish to be, do whatever you feel you need to do.
We too see ourselves simply as custodians of this very rich knowledge base and are here to help share it with those who wish to learn. We’re available anytime, and regularly hold intro talks and group meditation sessions in London.
I can't get over how user friendly this is, it's so easy to do.
Linda, Retiree, London
How is it practised?
You sit comfortably, with eyes closed, and begin gently repeating a personalised mantra that has been specially selected for you by a qualified teacher. The mantra is a sound that will resonate with your nervous system and instantly calm it. Physiologically, it helps you achieve a hypometabolic state, and neurologically, this resonance causes your brain function to go into a highly coherent state, which means your mind starts working with you rather than against you..
It’s a very simple technique that allows your mind and body to go into the deepest possible state of rest, known as ‘turiya‘. Whilst there, your mind, body and nervous system can self-correct and develop, without us having to invest effort into trying to achieve anything. It just happens.
When you’re ready to advance your practice, there are breathing techniques, and ancient yoga techniques that can be bolted on to make it even more powerful. There are also sounds (mantra upgrades) that have even more radical impact on your neurophysiology.
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How does Beeja meditation compare with other techniques?
The reason why Will and the team chose to teach this particular technique is that it performs really well in all of the areas we consider important. It’s easy to do, it’s very enjoyable, you can do it anywhere, and it’s the most comprehensively beneficial technique he tried. And, when you live in a big city, like London, the fact that you can practise meditation everywhere from a bus stop to a coffee shop comes in really useful.
We really like the fact that you don’t have to sit in awkward positions, that you can do it in just 15 to 20 minutes, and that it’s free of any dogma or religion. We’re not really into following anyone’s rules; we wish to be free, to be who we want to be, without being chained to ideas that don’t feel relevant to us. The fact that Beeja meditation also offers the most comprehensive knowledge base makes it a no brainer for anybody wishing to explore meditation.
We also love the fact that because it is so incredibly restful, you get much better sleep, you wake up earlier, raring to go, and you are so much more efficient with all your stuff. Not only does it make you feel great, but it pays for itself timewise. Win win!
It’s also the only technique we’ve encountered which seems to work for everybody. But rather than take our word for it, take a peek at the reviews from people who’ve tried other forms of meditation. Beeja consistently gets credited with being the easiest, most enjoyable and most effective technique people have tried. Other helpful elements people picked out are: the personalised approach, and that the follow-up support is so strong.
We have got so much from meditating ourselves, that all we wish is that everybody who feels inspired to learn meditation tries something, and continues searching until they find the technique for them. If you can find something that uplifts your soul and adds vision, vitality and energy to your everyday experience, then we are truly delighted.
I've been reading all these spiritual books and I cannot believe it: I have just experienced what I have been reading about all this time.
Mathilda, Publisher, Tunbridge Wells