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MVS 102 Sanskrit >

Learning the Sounds of Nature 

“Consciousness is the most basic element in creation; therefore the study of consciousness and research in consciousness, which is offered by the traditional Vedic Literature, gives the student the ability to do anything and achieve anything with the support of the evolutionary power of natural law.” — Maharishi

Reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit is a new technology of Maharishi Vedic Science to speed the development of higher states of consciousness. In this course, students learn to read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit and discover how this practice actually strengthens brain functioning. Students also learn the basic principles of Maharishi Vedic Science, including the recent discovery of how human physiology forms a perfect replica of natural law, as embodied in the 40 aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature. This historic discovery reveals that the natural laws governing the universe are the same laws governing our physiology — meaning that each of us has access, within our own physiology, to the total potential of natural law. This in turn gives us the potential to know anything, do anything, and accomplish anything. (4 credits)

MVS 202 Higher States of Consciousness >

Higher States of Consciousness: Realizing Your Full Human Potential in the Growth of Enlightenment to its Pinnacle in Unity Consciousness

This course covers the description of higher states of consciousness that arise naturally and spontaneously through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. The course explores each of the higher states of consciousness through subjective descriptions of direct experience and objective scientific research. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 208 Fundamentals of Maharishi Vedic Science >

Fundamentals of Maharishi Vedic Science: Atma and Veda — the Self-Referral Dynamics of Consciousness Underlying the Individual and the Universe

This course systematically investigates Maharishi’s explanation of the self-referral dynamics and structure of pure consciousness, as being the ultimate source and content of all the Laws of Nature that are responsible for the creation and orderly functioning of both individual and universal life. Topics include the analysis and synthesis of the Nature and range of Atma, the universal Self of every individual; how the fluctuations of Atma appear as the structure and qualities of the four Vedas in terms of their qualities and sequential unfolding; how the structures and functions of the Vedas correspond to the human physiology and the cosmic physiology of the cosmos; the reading of the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit; and exploring the correlation between the cosmic creative process as expressed in the Vedas with theories of the structure and functioning of the unified field Superstring theory of modern quantum physics. (This course is a prerequisite for MVS 210)Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 210 The Vedic Literature in Maharishi Vedic Science >

This course explores the 36 branches of the Vedic Literature that are contained within and yet have sequentially unfolded from the Rik, Sama, Yajur and Atharva Vedas; for example, the 6 “Limbs of the Veda” called the Vedangas: Shiksha, Kalp, Vyakaran, Nirukt Chhand and Jyotish, which express the Vedic knowledge of the specific engineering mechanics of creation; the 6 “Subordinate Limbs of the Veda” called the Upangas and also known as the 6 systems of Indian philosophy: Nyaya, Vaisheshik, Sankhya, Yoga, Karma Mimansa and Vedanta, which explore how to systematically and completely understand and experience the full range of any object of inquiry; all the 36 branches of the Vedic Literature are examined in relation to their specific qualities and contributions to the Totality of knowledge and the infinite organizing power called the Constitution of the Universe — the totality of Natural Law that governs the universe with perfect order. The structure and functions of the Vedic Literature are also explored in terms of their corresponding expressions as the various aspects of the individual human physiology and the cosmic physiology of the universe. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MVS 208

MVS 235 Music Appreciation >

Music Appreciation: Appreciating Music as the Art of Giving Audible Life to the Harmonious Structure of Natural Law

This course investigates the nature of music through the study of western classical masterpieces, music theory, piano lessons, and Maharishi Gandharva Veda — the classical music of North India originating from the ancient Vedic civilization. Students explore the mechanics of transformation of consciousness into audible sound, and the fulfillment of music’s supreme quest to establish harmony within the musician and in the environment. (4 credits) (Distribution Area: Fine Arts or Humanities) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 240 EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment >

EEG, Brain, and Enlightenment: Brain Functioning Underlies Conscious Processing, States of Consciousness, and Enlightenment

Brain functioning underlies conscious processing, states of consciousness, and enlightenment. You will learn how to record EEG (brain waves) and other physiological measures (breath rate, heart rate, and skin conductance), will learn the brain signatures of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and of higher states of consciousness, and will conduct original research testing a research question that you generate during the course. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 300 Science of Being and Art of Living >

Science of Being and Art of Living: Maharishi’s Guide to Life in Enlightenment

Science of Being and Art of Living was Maharishi’s first book, published in 1963. In this course, both through reading and through studying Maharishi’s video tapes, students investigate the main themes of the book — Being, the essential constituent of creation; how to contact and how to live Being; how to live one’s full potential, in thought, speech, action, and relationships; and God realization. (4 credits)Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 302 Bhagavad-Gita — Chapters 1–3 >

MVS 302 Bhagavad-Gita — Chapters 1–3: The Principles of Dharma, the Eternal Nature of Life, and Effortlessness of Transcending as the Basis of Right Action

This course studies Maharishi’s translation and commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, a work that sequentially unfolds profound principles of human behavior. The Bhagavad-Gita, as a textbook for Maharishi Vedic Science, contains the essence of the detailed knowledge of consciousness contained in the Vedic Literature. Course topics include the scope, structure, and dynamics of human behavior; the seven states of consciousness; collective consciousness; and the solution to the fundamental dilemma at the basis of human suffering. (variable credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 303 Bhagavad-Gita — Chapters 4–6 >

MVS 303 Bhagavad-Gita — Chapters 4–6: The Roles of Action and Silence, Knowledge and Experience, in Rising to Higher States of Consciousness

This course studies Maharishi’s translation and commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, a work that sequentially unfolds profound principles of human behavior. The Bhagavad-Gita, as a textbook for Maharishi Vedic Science, contains the essence of the detailed knowledge of consciousness contained in the Vedic Literature. Course topics include the scope, structure, and dynamics of human behavior; the seven states of consciousness; collective consciousness; and the solution to the fundamental dilemma at the basis of human suffering. (variable credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 308 Individual Benefits from the Transcendental Meditation Program >

Individual Benefits from the Transcendental Meditation Program: Verifying a Paradigm Shift in Human Potential

As a precise, systematic, and effective method for developing human consciousness, the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs have given rise to a substantial scientific research program. This course reviews contemporary methods of research — including issues from the philosophy of science — as it applies to the research on the Transcendental Meditation program — and develops the ability to evaluate and explain specific studies on developing mental potential, improving health, and creating effective and rewarding social behavior. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 309 Fundamentals of World Peace >

Fundamentals of World Peace: Creating Coherence in Collective Consciousness as the Basis for World Peace

Students explore various methods of creating peace, with special emphasis on the documented effectiveness of these methods, and understanding the underlying scientific explanations accounting for this effectiveness, particularly in the physics of invincibility. Students study the sociological concept of collective consciousness, and the course emphasizes in-depth examination of Maharishi Vedic technologies — particularly group practice of the TM-Sidhi program — and its ability to create coherence in collective consciousness as the basis for creating peace. (4 credits) Prerequisite: STC 108/109

MVS 321 Reading the Vedic Literature: Upa-Veda >

MVS 321 Reading the Vedic Literature 1: Cultivating Total Brain Functioning for Higher States of Consciousness

During this course you will read the classical texts of Vedic Literature in the Devanagari script. The texts are read for the sound value, enjoying benefits in consciousness and in physiology. You will begin each series of this course with a major division of the Vedic Literature. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MVS 222 or the ability to read Devanagari script; permission of the instructor

MVS 322 Reading the Vedic Literature: Upanga>

MVS 322 Reading the Vedic Literature 2: Aligning Individual Behavior with the Perfect Sequential Unfoldment of Cosmic Law

During this course you will read the classical texts of Vedic Literature in the Devanagari script. The texts are read for the sound value, enjoying benefits in consciousness and in physiology. You will begin each series of this course with a major division of the Vedic Literature. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MVS 222 or the ability to read Devanagari script; permission of the instructor

MVS 323 Reading the Vedic Literature: Brahmana>

MVS 323 Reading the Vedic Literature 3: Enlivening the Essential Nature of the Physiology as Veda and Vedic Literature

During this course you will read the classical texts of Vedic Literature in the Devanagari script. The texts are read for the sound value, enjoying benefits in consciousness and in physiology. You will begin each series of this course with a major division of the Vedic Literature. (4 credits) Prerequisites: MVS 222 or the ability to read Devanagari script; permission of the instructor

MVS 342 Health Benefits of Maharishi Gandharva Veda

MVS 342 Health Benefits of Maharishi Gandharva Veda

Exploratory research indicates that the effects of listening to Maharishi Gandharva Veda music include an increase in brain wave coherence, more integrated behavior, and a tendency of mental activity to settle down and experience finer states of awareness. Students become familiar with this research and perform related studies of their own. Includes instruction in bamboo flute, tabla, sitar, or voice, according to availability. (4 credits)

MVS 370 Yoga Philosophy in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science

This course examines Maharishi’s lectures and writings in order to better understand the principles of Yoga philosophy as found in its source texts — principally the Bhagavad-Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Topics include: the difference between the “state of Yoga” and the “path of Yoga”; Yoga and the brain; Yoga and health; Yoga and the realization of full human potential; Yoga and dharma; misunderstandings about Yoga; the nature of Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga; Yoga and world peace; Yoga and TM-Sidhi practice; Yoga in human physiology.

4 credits

MVS 391 MVS Major's Senior Writing and Speaking >

Project: Giving Expression to the Integrated Structure of Knowledge in Your Consciousness

During this course students develop and present a summative oral presentation and write a paper that serve to integrate and complete the knowledge and experience gained from the Maharishi Vedic Science major. (8 credits)

MVS 490 Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training >

Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training

This course comprises the Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Course, providing the knowledge and experience of consciousness as the basis of life and preparing one to present the knowledge to others. It also gives an opportunity for personal development through deeper personal experience of the Unified Field of Natural Law and understanding of the Science of Creative Intelligence. Participation in the course does not automatically qualify a student to graduate as a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program. Further training and fieldwork may be needed before graduation as a teacher. (variable credits) Prerequisites: FOR 100 or FOR 500 and other prerequisites as established by MVED

MVS 492 Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Internship >

Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Program Fieldwork Internship

This course allows students to learn and perfect the ability to expound the knowledge for developing consciousness as the Unified Field of Natural Law in the individual and in society. (2–8 credits) Prerequisites: MVS 490, prior consent of the Department faculty, approved study plan, and consent of the Academic Standards Committee MVS 493 Transcendental Meditation Program Teacher Training Program Teaching Internship In this course, students who have qualified as teachers of the Transcendental Meditation technique and the Science of Creative Intelligence program work full time for at least one year teaching these programs. Two credits are given for each month students are engaged in this internship. (24 credits) Prerequisite: MVS 491

MVS 497 Transcendental Meditation Program Research Internship >

Transcendental Meditation Program Research Internship

This course provides the opportunity for extended Development of Consciousness as a field of all possibilities as well as practical application of Maharishi Vedic Science. Four credits are given for each month students are engaged in this internship. (4–24 credits) Prerequisite: acceptance by MVED

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