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How to Identify and Avoid Meditation Scams?


The benefits of meditation are known to everyone. It makes you physically and mentally fit. Nowadays, it is a multi-million dollar industry. More and more people are making use of this opportunity to earn money.

But, various scams have also popped up that dupe you of your money. So, it becomes difficult to differentiate between a good and a fake meditation program. In this article, I will share a few ways that will help you not to become a victim of such scams.

How to identify and avoid meditation scams?

How to identify and avoid meditation scams?

Meditation Training by Non-professionals

It includes people who are passionate about meditation and want to share its benefits with others. They want to earn their livelihood by teaching it but do not have enough experience and knowledge.

So, how do they start?

There are two possibilities:

#1: Trained

They learn and practice formal meditation for at least an hour per day. They learn from an authentic trainer who can be a follower of spiritual or secular ways of teaching. They take the training and start sharing the technique with the people in a genuine way.

Suggested Read: What are the different types of meditation teachers, and how to select them?

#2: Self-taught

In this case, people think meditation is easy to learn and implement. They get inspired by motivational speakers and marketers who insist that everyone is an expert and can become an authority leader in his field of interest.

People get influenced by such speeches. They present themselves as an expert, speak with authority, make fancy websites, and videos.

Learning meditation is not easy. It requires time and effort. So, if you want to make a living by teaching meditation, do it genuinely. Do not opt for short cuts as it will harm you and society both.

Identification of Meditation Scams

Meditation is becoming popular day by day. Some people are looking for ways to sell it as a product better and at cheaper rates than others.

But, they do not know that meditation is an ancient technique. It had been developed by people who have dedicated their lives to explore contemplative methods for the upliftment of humanity.

So, all those who claim to have invented a more powerful way to meditate are all scammers. Their only motto is to convince you and charge high fees for their services.

Your mind wants instant gratification. Therefore, the concept of secret hacks and shortcuts attract you, and you fall for them.

Here are a few common characteristics of scams:

  • They claim their technique to be unique, best, and effective as compared to others.
  • Try to promote their technique as easy to practice as compared to others that are difficult to practice. They promise you to learn meditation in less time and get more by paying less.
  • They do not let you see the way they teach and practice meditation unless you make the payment.
  • Boast about themselves and their teaching style and how it benefits you by joining them.
  • They charge you high fees to join their course or organization. Also, they force you to make the payment as soon as possible.
  • They sometimes also claim to have devised techniques themselves and name them after them.
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Though a course or an organization may not have all the traits mentioned above. But, if you notice any of them, then make your decision carefully.

Identification of Genuine Meditation Teacher

Not all teachers or organizations are a scam. But, you must research properly. You can either go for a spiritual or secular trainer. If you want to learn meditation from videos, books, apps, and online courses, apply the same rules to check its authenticity.

Here are a few qualities you can look in for a meditation trainer:

Work experience: Select a teacher who is committed to daily practice for at least three to five years and has enough experience to teach someone.

Intention: Opt for a teacher who has a real love for meditation and does not teach it to earn money only. Avoid getting learning from a person who offers shortcuts to learn the technique.

Personality: Deep and regular meditation practitioners have calmness, kindness, and patience in the face.

Educational qualification: Always look for a teacher who got trained by an experienced meditator. Many people learn from books and online free videos and start conducting workshops and seminars.

Market value: Check the popularity and results delivered by the teacher by reading reviews or talking to people trained by him. Ask them how their life changed after learning meditation from him.


There is no magical formula to learn meditation. It requires time and effort to learn it well. But, under the guidance of the right teacher, you will experience a smooth journey.

The more involved the teacher is in his practice, the deeper and beneficial will be your learning experience.

Here we have covered a few tips to identify meditation scams. These scams are going to rise as the demand for meditation is continuously increasing. So, do your research before you find what you are looking for.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Preeti Shah


Preeti Shah (author) from Delhi on December 12, 2020:

Thank you, Vikram Sir.

It feels good to get appreciation from experienced writers like you.

It motivates me to write articles that help people.

Vikram Brahma from Assam, India on December 12, 2020:

Again good article my friend. When I read your articles I can see my style of writing. Informative, straightforward, and easy to understand. Keep writing. Thanks for sharing good information with us.

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