The mental silence experience clearly warrants further investigation. Needless to say, it would be ideal if this research was carried out by those without a financial, emotional or reputational stake in any such research. Experience however suggests that for the foreseeable future it will be meditation enthusiasts who will drive this field of exploration. In view of the promising findings future randomised controlled trials should include even more rigorous adhesion to CONSORT guidelines for clinical trials. Further, self report outcomes should be additionally complemented by objective biological outcomes.

Further directions of future research on meditation can be found at Dr Ramesh Manocha’s website.