Courses / Degree Requirements for the MA in Maharishi Vedic Science
To graduate with an MA in Maharishi Vedic Science, students must successfully complete:
- All general requirements for a master’s degree, including 4 credits of FOR 500: The Science of Creative Intelligence
- 36 credits of credits of coursework from the following courses:
MVS 461: Maharishi AyurVeda and Maharishi Self-Pulse Reading (variable credits)
This course provides the theory and practical technique for detecting balance and imbalance in the body through the Maharishi Self-Pulse program. Students gain a thorough understanding of how the intelligence within the physiology is reflected in the pulse.The course also describes measures to correct imbalances before disease arises. Students not only learn to detect states of physiological balance and imbalance; they also learn how the Maharishi Self-Pulse program can create a balancing influence in any area of imbalance, spontaneously enhancing physiological integration.
MVS 485: Rotating University (4 credits)
This course, which is offered every few years, offers an opportunity for students to study Maharishi Vedic Science in India for a period of five to six weeks. In past years students have visited several locations in India where Maharishi taught and established centers of learning: Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram, Kanyakumari, Madurai, Rameshvaram, Chennai, Varanasi, Agra, Mathura, Rishikesh, Haridvar, and Delhi. Students visit religious facilities associated with Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam, as well as schools where students and teachers practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. Students also visit the Brahmasthan of India, where over a thousand pandits recite from the Veda.
MVS 504: Physiology, Consciousness, and Veda (4 credits)
In this course, students learn how the brain is designed to be a perfect reflector of total natural law. They see how consciousness structures the physiology and how the innumerable connections among the ten billion brain cells enable a person to live in higher states of consciousness. Students measure their own growth of consciousness as part of the course.
MVS 509: Bhagavad-Gītā I: The Principles of Dharma, the Eternal Nature of Life, and Effortlessness of Transcending as the Basis of Right Action (4 credits)
In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gītā, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. This course covers all six chapters.
MVS 525: Sanskrit I or 526 Sanskrit II (variable credits)
This course introduces the proper pronunciation and reading of Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic literature. Students learn the Sanskrit alphabet and the Devanāgarī script, and they study Maharishi’s explanation of the role of Sanskrit as the language of nature. Prerequisite: MVS 509
MVS 540: Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science: The Self-Referral Dynamics of Consciousness (4 credits)
In this course, students discover the fabrics of immortality in their own physiology. Topics include: the self-interacting dynamics of consciousness, the Constitution of the Universe, the forty aspects of the Veda and Vedic literature, Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhāshya, Ṛk Veda, and Vedic Devatā in the human physiology.
MVS 544: Maharishi Vedic Science in Physics (4 credits)
This course demonstrates how the historical development of unified quantum field theory has been intimately concerned with resolving the apparent opposition between observer and observed. In this context, the student can readily understand how Maharishi Vedic Science completes and enriches the most sophisticated discoveries of advanced physics.
MVS 552: Enlightenment: States of Higher Development in Maharishi Vedic Science (4 credits)
This course investigates Maharishi’s description of higher states of consciousness that arise naturally and spontaneously through practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. Personal experience, scientific research, and the record of ancient Vedic texts are used to understand higher states of consciousness.
MVS 555: Engaging Nature’s Government (4 credits)
This course examines how any nation can create a problem-free, prevention-oriented government on a par with the government of nature. Topics will include: the structure and function of the total potential of Natural Law, and how Natural Law can be engaged to bring ideal government to every nation; the significance of collective consciousness and its effect on government; and scientific research on Vedic technologies that align individual and national consciousness with the infinite intelligence and creative power of nature’s government, which administers the universe with perfect order.
MVS 559: Approaches to Knowledge: Modern Science and Maharishi Vedic Science (4 credits)
This course examines the role of science in the acquisition of knowledge. It considers the basic components of the scientific method, the fundamentals of logic and important issues in the philosophy of science including the strengths and limitations of both objectivity and subjectivity. This is then compared and contrasted with the integrative approach of Maharishi Vedic Science, which offers study and research in the field of pure consciousness, the ultimate reality of one’s own Self. (4 credits)
MVS 585: Capstone—Celebrating Perfection in Education (4 credits)
In this course, students review their growth and understanding of higher states of consciousness by writing an academic paper on the application of Transcendental meditation to a particular problem in society, such as those found in education, health, etc. In addition, students give written and oral feedback on their education experience in the MA program.
NOTE: In the event that a student has completed some of these courses as part of previous undergraduate and/or graduate degrees, the student may petition the department to take one or more blocks from the courses below:
MVS 480: Topics in Maharishi Vedic Science (4 credits)
This course presents knowledge of Maharishi Vedic Science, formulated by Maharishi and applied to all streams of knowledge by the University faculty and guest lecturers. The principles of this integrated structure of knowledge are shown to have application for every area of society, as documented by the scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs (may be repeated for credit).
MVS 534: Readings in Vedic Literature (4 credits)
In this course, students read the Vedic literature in the original Devanāgarī script. They keep a journal of their experiences while reading and after reading. This course includes the option for extended practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs (may be repeated for credit).
MVS 581: Applied Research in Maharishi Vedic Science (4 credits/block. Can be repeated for credit)
Students expand, express and apply their growing knowledge of Maharishi Vedic Science by functioning as professional exponents of Consciousness-Based Education, the educational system based on Maharishi Vedic Science (may be repeated for credit).