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Fundamental Principles of Maharishi Vedic Science — Online Course

∗ This course is offered for credit and noncredit

Spring 2018
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Tuition for noncredit students: $600 Start Date: Feb 5th
Tuition for credit students: $1800 Start & End Dates: Feb 5th – April 15th (10 weeks) See Current Schedule

Registration for credit students will end on Feb 5th


What is Veda? What is the Vedic Literature? Are they books on a library shelf, written thousands of years ago by ancient philosophers? Or are they eternal, uncreated reverberations within the self-interacting dynamics of pure Being?

In this course, we will examine in great detail how the unified field of all the laws of nature transforms itself into the unmanifest sounds known as Veda and the Vedic Literature, and how these sounds, in turn, express themselves as the material particles on the basis of the physical universe. And we will learn how this timeless knowledge of Veda and Vedic Literature can be practically applied to unfold an ideal life for ourselves and for every society – a life that is always progressive and fulfilling and always in tune with Natural Law.

Biweekly webinars on Thursday at 8:00 pm Central Time

Instructor: Johan Svenson

 All Lesson videos are pre-recorded and includes William Sands

 All Lecture videos are pre-recorded and includes Maharishi

Required Textbooks


 Course Structure

This course consists of 10 lessons, which include videos, lectures by Maharishi, videotaped discussions from the faculty, readings from Maharishi and others, discussion forums, and biweekly webinars. For those taking the course for credit, there will be additional academic work appropriate for a Master’s program, including essays and a final paper. Each lesson has 2 or 3 videos approximately 12 to 20 minutes each.

The goal of the course is to gain a deeper understanding of the self-referral dynamics of pure consciousness – how the field of pure intelligence, the most fundamental level of nature’s functioning, expresses itself as reverberations within its own structure; how these reverberations, known as Veda, precipitate into the forms and phenomena of the ever-expanding  universe, including our own physiology; and how the human nervous system can provide the foundation for living the fully developed state of Unity Consciousness.

In this course you will learn about:

  • the nature of Veda – what it is, where it comes from, and what it does;
  • the Vedic Literature, and its role in the sequential unfoldment of Veda;
  • how Veda and its literature expresses itself as the physical universe around us;
  • the principles of Vedic education and how they contribute to the unfoldment of higher states of consciousness;
  • the role of analysis and synthesis in developing complete knowledge;
  • the Richo Akshare verse of Rk Veda, and how it describes the activities of any area of society;
  • Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhashya of Rk Veda – the eternal, uncreated commentary of Rk Veda upon itself;
  • the value of reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit in Maharishi’s educational system.

This course will also focus on refining your ability to convey the profound principles of Maharishi Vedic Science in an academic context – simply, logically, and clearly.

By the end of the course, you will be able to answer these questions

  • What is Veda, and how is Maharishi’s understanding different from modern interpretations?
  • How does an abstract field of consciousness create the world of forms and phenomena around us?
  • What is Natural Law and where does it come from?
  • What is Vedic Education, and how is it different from the education you received at your high school or college?
  • What is the role of analysis and synthesis necessary for gaining complete knowledge?
  • What does “unfolding the fruit of all knowledge” mean?
  • What is the effect of reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit?

Course Policies

Credit Course Policies

Tuition, Withdrawal, and Participation Policies for Non-degree Credit Programs

Non-degree Continuing Education Student:

Students who have not yet applied to the degree program will pay tuition of $450 per credit on a course-by-course basis. Students must have a bachelor’s degree and meet the prerequisites for the program and the prerequisites for the course. Courses may be transferred into the degree once they apply and are accepted to the degree program. If you have questions about prerequisites please contact

Withdraw Policy for Credit Courses:

Automatic Withdraw: Very Important to note: Online students must log in and participate in the online course by 11:58 pm (central time) on Day 5 of a course 4 weeks or longer. If they have not logged in or started any of the coursework by Day 5 they will be automatically withdrawn.

Automatic Withdraw: During the length of the course, online students who have not participated for 7 days will be automatically withdrawn unless their instructor has given prior approval and notified the Enrollment Center Attendance Officer of same.

Student Withdraw: All withdrawals, from all programs and all courses, are subject to the published University Withdrawal policy, which exists in two formats- one for Non-degree Continuing Education and another for degree-seeking.

Non-degree Continuing Education withdrawal policy is on a course-by-course basis. A student who withdraws after the first day of the course will be charged a minimum 50% of the course fee, and after 25% of the course, there is no refund:

Online Participation Policy and Expectations:

Online Students will be automatically withdrawn if they do not log in to their online course by 11:58 pm (central time) on Day 5 and participate in online activities as outlined in the course syllabus. Online students who have not participated for 7 days will be automatically withdrawn unless their instructor has given prior approval and notified the Enrollment Center Attendance Officer of same.

Student “attendance” in online courses will be defined as active participation in the course as described in the course syllabus. Online courses have weekly mechanisms for student participation, which can be documented by any or all of the following methods: student tracking records in Sakai; submission/completion of assignments and discussions; and communication with the instructor. Students who do not log on to the course within a 7 day period during the length of the course will be automatically dropped. Students who fail to maintain active participation in an online course as defined in the course syllabus will be dropped from the course.

Noncredit Refund Policies

Students can register for most of the noncredit courses at any time. (courses with specific start dates will be listed) Start date is the day that students register (pay for the course). Login information is sent via email within 24 hrs of your registration date.

  1. To receive a full (100%) refund you must email your request to within 3 days of your registration date.
  2. You are eligible for a 50% refund 4 – 7 days after your registration date upon request to No refunds thereafter.

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