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Advance your knowledge of the vedic literature and enhance your transcendental experience.

  • Accelerate your growth toward higher states of consciousness as described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ?
  • Enliven the qualities of consciousness embodied by selected branches of the Vedic Literature
  • Identify patterns of experience during your reading of the Vedic Literature
  • Continue your group practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique in the most supportive environment

In this MA in Reading the Vedic Literature, you will read selected branches of the Vedic Literature in the original Devanāgarī (Sanskrit) script for their sound value — the traditional method of studying the Vedic Literature — and integrate your experiences with knowledge about the Vedic Literature and Maharishi Vedic Science. The purpose of this program is to:

Special features of the MA in Reading the Vedic Literature

  • Each course will be experiential, based on your reading of the Vedic Literature for its sound value.
  • You will have the effects of your reading evaluated objectively by the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition ?.
  • You will enjoy videotaped talks by Maharishi on the Vedic Literature.
  • Classes on Saturday afternoons will allow you to participate in extended morning meditation, to serve as an MUM Intern, to work, or to engage in other activities.

A comfortable course schedule

If you practice the TM-Sidhi program ?, you will participate in the extended program on Saturday morning, and then everyone will enjoy class on Saturday afternoon. In the Saturday class you will read the Vedic Literature as a group and listen to Maharishi’s videotaped lectures on the Vedic Literature. You will also study the research of Dr. Tony Nader on the human physiology as the expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature.

As homework each week, you will spend 6 hours reading designated sections of the Vedic Literature in Devanāgarī and keep a detailed ‘Journal of Experiences’ based on your reading.

The length of each course is 12 weeks. You will take three courses each year and can complete the MA in 3½ years.


Financial Aid and Intern Option

Financial aid is available for eligible students. US citizens or permanent residents seeking financial aid should file the FAFSA, selecting the MUM school code 011113. To contact our financial aid office, email finaid@mum.edu or phone 641-472-1156. View your tuition estimate for this program here.

If you are a student in need of financial aid, we offer internships while pursuing this degree. In this option, you will be placed in an administrative or academic position on our university campus. The full intern package includes tuition, on-campus housing, meals, health insurance, and a monthly stipend. Please note that the intern program requires a separate application form.

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