Learn to Meditate

Meditation on one principle using the method of samāpatti (habitual engrossment of mind on the object of contemplation through momentum of diligent effort) is considered especially fruitful for beginners. That one principle can be either: Ananta samāpatti which is engrossment in emptiness or Iśwara samāpatti which is engrossment in godliness. Both rely on attainment of calmness and bring about mindfulness.

Engrossment in emptiness bears the thesis: I am the observer of all fluctuations that are arising in my mind. A recollection of such an ‘I’ as a support of contemplation brings calmness from the subtle feeling of void. This is also called the contemplation on I-sense. Iśwara is described as that Being who is free from all afflictions, karma and its results, bereft of any subliminal impression other than tranquility. The best English translation of Iśwara is God. Engrossment in godliness invokes a singular contemplation that one is immersed in God but within one’s own heart.

Seekers who prefer the more intellectual path of knowledge often choose the practice of engrossment in emptiness. Whereas devotees lovingly connect with the practice of engrossment in godliness. Both types of guided meditations are available to try and are suitable for all aspirants.

Listen & Practice

Guided Meditation with Engrossment in Emptiness (Ananta Samāpatti)

Experience the practice of ananta samāpatti from sage Patanjali’s Yogasutra with this 40 minute guided meditation. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda offers opening Sanskrit chanting before guiding the practice. This meditation is geared towards beginners, but is suitable for all levels.

Guided Meditation with Engrossment in Emptiness (Ananta Samāpatti)

Experience the practice of ananta samāpatti from sage Patanjali’s Yogasutra with this 41 minute guided meditation. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda offers opening Sanskrit chanting before guiding the practice. This meditation is geared towards beginners, but is suitable for all levels.

Guided Meditation with Engrossment in Godliness (Iśwara samāpatti)

Experience the practice of Iśwara samāpatti from sage Patanjali’s Yogasutra with this 40 minute guided meditation. Iśwara is described in the Yogasutra as that being who is free from all afflictions, karma and its results, and any latent impression other than tranquility. The best English translation of Iśwara, who is omniscient and omnipotent due to immense mental prowess, is God. His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda offers opening Sanskrit chanting before guiding the practice. This meditation is geared towards beginners, but is suitable for all levels.

528Hz Oṃ Chanting by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda

Experience the calming effect of 528Hz Oṃ sound. The soothing effect of this chant is the hallmark of the more meditative chanting and sublime recitation of Sanskrit mantra. With eyes closed, subtly feel and trace the sound vibration into the heart, through the centre of the chest behind the sternum. Ruminate on the sound-repetitions in the void of the heart-space. Please use good speakers or high quality headphones when listening and meditating. 

Attend a Meditation

Guided meditation services with His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda are held in Southern California on a regular basis. Experience chanting, breathwork, wisdom teachings and meditation at these regular fellowships. To attend a fellowship please check our online calendar or see the events listing below. Out-of-town guests are always welcome and may contact our main office for travel assistance.


Learn Online

Experience a guided meditation video by His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda online at our Multimedia website. You may purchase a subscription for unlimited access to all of our guided meditations, or rent or buy individual courses. A monthly subscription also allows you to access new guided meditations, which are added from time to time. To preview the guided meditation series on our Multimedia platform please click the button below.