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Consciousness-Based Education

Consciousness-Based education was developed by the University’s founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, so that students can discover the field of pure consciousness within themselves as the source of all knowledge.

Self-exploration is at the heart of an MUM education. By directly experiencing your innermost nature through the Transcendental Meditation technique, you can easily connect each discipline to your own life, and see the underlying unity of all knowledge.

Simply stated, education has been leaving out you and your consciousness — your state of awareness.

When you study something, three elements are involved:

  1. the knowledge of the field of study;
  2. the process of gaining knowledge;
  3. and you, the student gaining knowledge.

Many colleges and universities are adequate or better on the first element — covering the subject of study. And some of them improve the process through innovative teaching techniques.
But conventional universities fail to expand the learning ability of the student — to develop the consciousness of the knower.

Without this third element, universities only provide information-based education — and the information is often forgotten once the course is over.

What has been missing is a way for you to develop yourself from within — to improve your brain functioning and enliven your full potential.

At MUM you study traditional subjects, but you also systematically cultivate your inner potential. Day by day, you develop your creativity and learning ability. Your awareness expands, improving your ability to see the big picture, and to relate to others.All knowledge emerges from consciousness — and in a sense you are consciousness. At MUM, Consciousness-Based education connects everything you learn to the underlying wholeness of life. So each class becomes relevant, because the knowledge of that subject is connected with your own inner nature.

Through MUM’s approach, you also see how each field of study can be practically applied towards helping solve problems in the world — and you gain the tools to create positive change.

This system of education includes the daily practice of a simple effortless procedure — the Transcendental Meditation technique — by all our students and faculty.  Extensive published research has found that this technique boosts learning ability and creativity, improves brain functioning, and reduces stress.

lao-tzu “The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.” — Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher, 6th century BC

jameson“The true purpose of education is to cherish and unfold the seed of immortality already sown within us; to develop, to their fullest extent, the capacities of every kind with which the God who made us has endowed us.” — Anna Jameson, British author & educator, 1794–1860

tagore “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.” — Rabindranath Tagore, Indian poet, 1861-1941

browning “Truth is within ourselves: it takes no rise from outward things, what’er you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness.” — Robert Browning, English poet, 1812-1889

socrates “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” — Socrates, Greek philosopher, 469-399 BC