IN THE past 35 years scientific discoveries and technological growth have soared beyond our imaginations and in the same period there has been an increase in the knowledge and practice of meditation techniques.
Mahamandaleshwar Swami Shankarananda, director of the Shiva School of Meditation and Yoga Shiva Centre in Melbourne, started his teaching role 35 years ago and described the two streams as our inner and outer world.
"When I started out hardly anyone knew of the value of meditation," he said.
"Now everyone and their aunty wants to know."
Swamiji, who will visit Noosa at the end of the month, suggested the world's growing interest in meditation may be due to our understanding of the value and limits of the material world.
While we have seen our material acquisitions grow, we are still plagued by a multitude of mental fears.
He expressed these insecurities as "tearing thoughts".
"Tearing thoughts are ones that attack you - your own mind putting you down," he said.
In meditation, he sees a means of relief, a way to remove the mental obstacles in your life.
"Everyone has the potential for greater love, joy, creativity," he said.
He said as the outer world had its own laws, so does the inner world.
And it is through the knowledge of meditation that we could learn to access that inner space.
" I call it the clear space of good feeling," he said.
"It is the awakening of inner energy, so we can live in a new dimension."
Peace, he said was there "in a place inside, in our inner space".
And while finding inner peace may seem like a miracle, Swamiji said there were no miracles when it came to the inevitable.
"No one has ever avoided old age, disease or death," he said.
However, meditation provided a pathway to conquering the fear of the inevitable.
"Meditation is for everyone," he said.
Swamiji will teach three classical meditation techniques and an intensive class that allows you to meditate more deeply and to establish our minds in the deepest part of ourselves from July 30 to August 3, 7.30pm-9.30pm at the Bicentennial Community Centre, Sunshine Beach.
Other programs are available, including Satsang. Bookings are essential.
Phone 03 9775 2568 or for further details go online at shivayoga.org.