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FEBRUARY 26, 2012 • ISSUE 157

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Dr. Viji Hobbs with her husband, Richard
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Dr. Hobbs receiving her PhD in 2011
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PhD Researcher Reads 60,000 Pages of Vedic Literature

Dr. Viji Hobbs was born in Malaysia and studied English and law in the UK, where she went on to work as a barrister-at-law. Dr. Hobbs learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique while attending Keele University, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, and later became interested in reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit.

In 2002, she attended an MUM Rotating University course in India, and meeting the students inspired her to move to Fairfield with her family. She began the MA in Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM program and subsequently entered the PhD program. For her dissertation, she chose to read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit and study its effects on physiology and consciousness.

“I decided that I wanted the full benefits of the programs that Maharishi had put together,” Dr. Hobbs said. “I thought that I wouldn’t shortchange myself so I just plunged into all of it.”

Dr. Hobbs went beyond the requirement of reading four hours a day for two and a half years. In a period of four and a half years, she read all 36 aspects of the Vedic Literature, which exceeded 60,000 pages. For two years of that time, she also participated in the Invincible America Assembly.

“In light of all the experiences I had, combined with deeper comprehension about the nature of reality, I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the reading Vedic Literature track,” said Dr. Hobbs.

When she graduated with her PhD in 2011, Dr. Hobbs received the Outstanding Student Award. She is currently adjunct professor in the College of Maharishi Vedic Science and teaches courses in Sanskrit and Vedic Literature.

“Viji Hobbs’s dissertation beautifully documents the profound experiences she had with the reading Vedic Literature routine,” said Dr. Sam Boothby, adjunct associate professor of Maharishi Vedic Science. “These experiences provide evidence of each successive stage of the development of consciousness described in Maharishi Vedic Science and therefore are a major addition to scholarship within this discipline.”

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