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. I felt called to follow up after watching the talk. Malika is a relative of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She learned to teach meditation through the Chopra Center, 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.
She also offers two forms of instruction. The first is with a new mantra to establish a new practice. A friend took this path. He received a new seed sound (bija mantra) based partly on his birth time. Malika then awakens the shakti in that sound. And then upgrades the frequency. Instruction includes a followup session and a further upgrade.
The second form is for those with an established effortless meditation practice. She can “switch on” qualities of your existing mantra aka awaken its shakti.
Malika said this technique is something Maharishi recommended to her as it avoids disruption of an existing practice but amplifies the benefits. Choose the private instruction option for this one.
I felt called to explore this and was astonished by the change. Same practice and mantra, but new qualities lit up. They’ve stayed “on” too. 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.
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.
The frequencies she refers to are not sounds or mantras, but enhancements to them. They’re an enlivenment of the shakti or energy qualities within the sound.
She also offers further deepening in optional later sessions.
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 15 min. consult and has a free newsletter. In her latest newsletter, she mentions helping those in a coma and teaching several cats to meditate. 🙂