What is Maharishi Vedic Science?
Maharishi Vedic Science is the science and technology of consciousness. It has its source in the ancient Vedic tradition of India. The term “Vedic” is derived from the Sanskrit word “Veda” which means “knowledge” — knowledge of the field of pure intelligence that is the source of all the diverse fields of knowledge.
Integrating Veda and modern science
Vedic Science brings together the ancient Indian tradition of knowledge (Veda) and discoveries of modern science to understand fundamental questions about life.
Who am I? Where do my thoughts come from?
The seers of the Vedic tradition looked inside themselves to find answers to questions like: “Who am I?”,” Where do my thoughts come from?”, “What is the source of my creativity?” They found that underlying their thoughts, perceptions, and actions is a field of pure intelligence, a field of Being, of “I am”.
A non-material field underlying change
Similarly, modern physics has concluded that underlying the diversity of matter is a non-material field whose self-interactions generates time, space and observable forces and particles. Both approaches identify a non-material field that underlies observable change.
Experience of transcendence in world religions
Comparable descriptions of life are found in the writings of masters and saints of major world religions. This common experience of inner transcendence is a common theme in all the world’s religions.
What is the value of Maharishi Vedic Science?
Maharishi Vedic Science helps you experience and understand higher states of consciousness.
It also develops the qualities most important for whatever career you embark upon.
Through Maharishi’s techniques and knowledge for development of consciousness, you’ll gain a better understanding of yourself and your place in the world — not just intellectually, but by directly experiencing your own inner nature. Explore universal, fundamental principles — and acquire self-knowledge for growth, transformation, and success in life.
By experiencing your own pure consciousness, your thinking and actions will become more coherent, harmonious, and rewarding. Students often remark how “things just start to go my way” as they gain the ability to fulfill desires from inside themselves. Ultimately, our world is a reflection of who we are — everyone shapes his or her own reality.
Why Study Maharishi Vedic Science?
Maharishi Vedic Science is the science that encompasses the full range of life, from the individual to the universal. While other degree programs teach you about a specific discipline, Maharishi Vedic Science enables you to master life as a whole.
A degree in Maharishi Vedic Science has great practical value, for it builds a strong foundation for your future life and career. Most people change jobs and careers several times throughout their lives; therefore, preparing for a profession that you may end up leaving — or possibly may never enter — may not be the best course for you. The study of Maharishi Vedic Science, on the other hand, provides you with tools and skills that will ensure success in whatever profession you choose.
Like literature or philosophy, Maharishi Vedic Science is a liberal arts degree program that builds a strong basis for further development. A 2009 survey by the Association of American Colleges found that employers place the highest value on the following skills:
- Effective communication
- Critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills
- Ability to connect choices and actions to ethical decisions
- Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others
- Ability to innovate and be creative
Maharishi Vedic Science develops consciousness, creativity, and intelligence. It will enhance your thinking and communication skills, improve your learning ability, and prepare you to be adaptable and handle stress more effectively. Graduates often say this degree is the basis of their personal and professional success and that it has enhanced all of the above mentioned qualities.
Why study Maharishi Vedic Science at MUM?
The obvious reason to study Maharishi Vedic Science at MUM is that no other university in the U.S. offers it. Others may teach courses that appear similar — for example, you could study Sanskrit elsewhere — but our approach is both more comprehensive and profoundly transformative: we approach subjects such as Sanskrit as a method for developing consciousness.
If you chose to study the ancient Vedic texts at another university, you would most likely consider them solely from a theoretical perspective. At MUM our foremost concern is the practical application of Vedic knowledge for improving both individual and collective life, which we achieve through experiential research into our own consciousness through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. These technologies of consciousness are practiced in large groups to maximize their effectiveness for both the practitioner and the environment.
There is one constant in any job you will ever hold — you! By deepening your understanding and experience of the principles and practices of Maharishi Vedic Science you can change the baseline of your experience. You’ll grow in your understanding and appreciation of life from increasingly more profound levels, and become the best possible version of yourself. And that supports success in any field.
Opportunity to Become a Transcendental Meditation Teacher
Students majoring in Maharishi Vedic Science can receive academic credit toward their degree if they decide to train as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique. (The training program for teachers of the Transcendental Meditation program is offered by Maharishi Foundation USA.)
The David Lynch Foundation has taught the Transcendental Meditation technique to over 120,000 at-risk youth in the U.S. and around the world, and is rapidly expanding its activities. This foundation looks to MUM as the principal source of new teachers for its programs.
"Material life is absolutely compatible with spiritual experience... This is called knowledge." Maharishi @ Harvard
"Our quest for knowledge is ...developing the mind, the container of knowledge."
"We are all thinking all the time … where do these thoughts come from?" Maharishi (Lake Louise, Canada, 1968)
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