I suggest Transcendental Meditation (TM) as it’s widely available and taught reliably. I know a few independent teachers that are less expensive but they’re not widely available and I’ve seen some that don’t teach properly.
I also know a couple of websites that offer free instruction, but none I’ve referred there have established a regular practice. Learning meditation is an experiential process. Most Westerners have a mental habit of control, which interferes with effortless. We need the direct experience of effortless practice. It’s the benefits of right practice that lead to regular practice and results. Guidance into the experience of effortless practice is key.
Recently, Dorothy Rowe interviewed Malika [part of a series that’s no longer online]. I felt called to follow up after watching the talk. Malika is a relative of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She learned to teach meditation but then source immediately upgraded her mantra skills.
Malika offers effortless meditation through online instruction via Zoom. It’s taught inexpensively
in small groups or for a bit more, privately. I’d recommend the latter, but if funds are tight, the first is an option.
[this section updated to better reflect her instruction and it’s evolution.]
Unlike most meditation teachers, she draws your mantra from source directly. It’s uniquely tailored to your needs.
She then awakens your source frequency within that mantra, activating it. We could say she awakens your flavour of shakti in the sound. It’s not easy to explain this frequency enhancement but it’s very effective. They’re not sounds or mantras, but enhancements to them. They’re an enlivenment of the shakti or source frequencies within the sound.
Her usual instruction is with a new mantra to establish a new practice. A friend took this path and received a new seed sound. Malika then awakens your shakti in that sound. And then upgrades the frequency. Instruction includes a followup session and a further upgrade.
Occasionally, Maharishi recommends someone with an existing effortless meditation practice keep their current mantra. She can “switch on” qualities of your mantra aka awaken its shakti.
In my case, I felt called to explore this. Maharishi recommended I keep the existing mantra. She activated my source frequency in that. I was astonished by the change. New qualities were lit up and they’ve stayed “on”. The devi of the mantra showed up to bless the instruction too. In my specific instruction, Malika also stepped it up twice more. This shifted the colour of the mantra each time. And she gave me a taste of her Intuitive Healing offering.
Having some refined perception, the changes were directly experienced by both of us. Everyone’s experience will be somewhat different. The importance here is the activation, not the subjective experience during, even if it was fun. The activation is what brings lasting results.
Occasionally, she’s recommended some drop other practices or has adjusted her recommendations to avoid excess purification. You can discuss this with her.
Note that the term “primordial sound” means different things to different groups. For TMers, it refers to a special technique. For the Chopra group, it’s the name of the meditation. Malika uses it to refer to the calculated sound or mantra. Because of this overlap, she’s moving away from this phrasing.
She also offers further deepening in optional later sessions, called Frequency Activation.
Her instruction meets the key criteria I listed on Transcending – The Means. She doesn’t use a traditional Guru Puja for instruction but an invocation to Source. She feels it’s best to connect directly rather than through any intermediary. Key here is she has that connection so can invoke it. It’s not just words being spoken, as you often see in spiritual groups.
Unlike what Maharishi did in “reproducing” meditation teachers, this isn’t an approach she’ll be able to teach to others because it depends on her gifts. I’ve not met anyone else with the ability to charge a mantra like this.
If you’re looking for an effortless meditation teacher or have a long practice that seems a little stagnant or you’d like to speed up the process, I can recommend Malika. She’s based in New Delhi.
She offers a free consult and has a free newsletter. In her latest newsletter, she mentions helping those in a coma and teaching several cats to meditate. 🙂
Update: from the taste of healing during my instruction, I’ve since booked monthly healing sessions with her. They’ve been effective and insightful.
Update 2: Feb ’24: made a few edits above to reflect changes in her offerings. She’s recently rebranded as “Direct God Connection” and renamed Primordial Sound to Direct Source Connection. She’s also added another level of instruction called Source Sound. See her website for more.
Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Davidya