Directly Developing the Knower
The process of learning (in fact, every human experience) consists of three fundamental components — a knower, a known, and a process of knowing that links the knower with the known.
Modern education focuses almost entirely on the known — the information students are supposed to absorb. More recently modern education has begun to take the process of knowing into account — for example, in recognizing that different people have different learning styles.
But the knower has been missing from the equation. This is ironic, because the most critical component in learning is the quality of the learner’s consciousness. Are students wide awake and focused? Are they feeling stressed or anxious? Are they distracted or bored? These values determine the quality of learning much more than mere focus on “content,” the known.
At Maharishi University of Management, students directly develop themselves as knowers. By developing their consciousness, they increase their learning ability and improve their memory. They enhance their ability to see the big picture and to focus sharply. They increase their wakefulness, their alertness — and as Henry David Thoreau wrote, “To be awake is to be alive.” Above all they dramatically improve the functioning of their brain hardware. (Click here for more on the science.)