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Courses / Degree Requirements for MA in Reading the Vedic Literature

To graduate with an MA in Reading the Vedic Literature, students must successfully complete:

  • All general requirements for a master’s degree
  • 40 credits of coursework from the following courses:
This course will provide an overview of the Vedic Literature as described in Maharishi Vedic Science, an introduction to the research of Dr. Tony Nader on human physiology as the expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature, the nature and value of reading the Vedic Literature in Devanāgarī for the sound value, a review of proper pronunciation, the importance of keeping a detailed ‘Journal of Experiences,’ and the significance of identifying patterns of experience.
Shikshā represents the quality of expression of pure consciousness. In the physiology, it corresponds to the structures that compute and express the internal aspects of the physiology, such as temperature, pressure, etc. Students in this course will read the Shikshā texts in the Devanāgarī script. In addition to their focus on experiences during reading, they will learn about Shikshā in the context of Maharishi Vedic Science and Dr. Tony Nader’s (MARR) research on Shikshā in the physiology.
Jyotish is the value of the Vedic Literature that sees the past, connects with the present, and foresees the future. In this class students will read Bŗihat Pārāshara Horā Shāstra in the Devanāgarī script. In addition to their primary focus on experiences during reading, students will learn about Jyotish in the context of Maharishi Vedic Science and Dr. Tony Nader’s research on the expression of Jyotish in various structures of the brain physiology.
Yoga is the unified and unifying quality of pure consciousness. In this class, students will read both the Patanjali Yoga Sūtra in the Devanāgarī script as well as the Bhagavad-Gītā, the two primary texts of Yoga philosophy. In addition to their focus on experiences during reading, students will learn about Yoga in the context of Maharishi Vedic Science and Professor Tony Nader’s research on Yoga in human physiology.
Vedānt represents the holistic quality of self-referral consciousness. In the physiology, Vedānt is expressed by the totality of the integrated functioning of the nervous system and the whole physiology. In this course, students will read the Brahm Sūtra of Bādarāyaṇa, selections from the Bhagavad Gitā, Kaṭha Upanishad, Māṇdūkya Upanishad, and Taittirīya Upanishad in the Devanāgarī script. In addition to their primary focus on experiences during reading, students will learn about Vedānt in the contexts of Maharishi Vedic Science and Professor Tony Nader’s research on Vedānt in human physiology.
Sthāpatya Veda is the science of structure at the individual and cosmic levels. Sthāpatya Veda can be located in human anatomy within its elaborate system of structures, and their orientation and divisions. In this course, students will read Mānasāra Vāstu Shāstra and selections from the Ᾱgamas in the Devanāgarī script. In addition to their primary focus on experiences during reading, students will learn about Sthāpatya Veda in the contexts of Maharishi Vedic Science and Professor Tony Nader’s research on Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology.
Charak Saṁhitā gives the total knowledge required to maintain the holistic balance of the functioning of mind and body. Its basic theme is the elimination of the sense of separation between the unbounded pure Self and the limited expressions of the material world around us. Charak Saṁhitā corresponds to the cell nucleus in the physiology. In addition to their primary focus on experiences during reading Charak Saṁhitā in the Devanāgarī script, students in this course will gain knowledge about Charak Saṁhitā in the contexts of Maharishi Vedic Science and Dr. Tony Nader’s research on Veda and the Vedic Literature in the human physiology.
Upanishad shows everything to be Ᾱtmā, or Self. In the physiology, Upanishad corresponds to the channels that allow the most refined levels of sensory experience to blossom into the ultimate experience of higher states of consciousness. Students in this course will read the principle Upanishads in the Devanāgarī script. In addition to their primary focus on experiences in reading, students will learn about Upanishad in the contexts of Maharishi Vedic Science and Dr. Tony Nader’s research on Veda and the Vedic Literature in human physiology.
Itihās illustrates the total range of human experience through living examples. Rāmāyaṇ is one of its two major divisions. In addition to their primary focus on reading Rāmāyaṇ in the Devanāgarī script, students in this course will learn about Itihās and Rāmāyaṇ in the contexts of Maharishi Vedic Science and Professor Tony Nader’s research on the human physiology.
Purāṇ represents the structure of intelligence in terms of the display of the total potential of the process of observation, from individual potential to cosmic potential. In the physiology, Purāṇ is found in the structures that monitor and process the inputs and outputs of the central nervous system. Students in this course will read the Bhāgavat Purāṇ in the Devanāgarī script. In addition to their primary focus on reading the Bhāgavat Purāṇ, students will learn about Purāṇ in the contexts of Maharishi Vedic Science and Professor Tony Nader’s research on the human physiology.
In this course, students will synthesize the experiences and knowledge that they have gained in their courses on reading the Vedic Literature by developing and writing a thesis about the effects of reading the Vedic Literature.