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Introduction to Sanskrit — Online Course

Learning to Read the Language of the Veda


MVS 525

 This course is offered for credit and noncredit

Spring 2019

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Tuition for noncredit students: $600 Start Date: Feb 4th
Tuition for credit students: $2000 ($500×4 credits) Start & End Dates: Feb 4th – Apr 12th (10 weeks) Current Schedule

∗ Registration for credit students will end on Feb 4th
∗ Prerequisites: The practice of the Transcendental Meditation program is required for this course

“Reading the Vedic Literature in sequence is the procedure to spontaneously train the brain physiology and the whole physiology of speech to function in the most orderly way so that every thought, speech, and action is spontaneously promoted in the evolutionary direction of Natural Law, and thereby spontaneously enjoys full support of the evolutionary quality of intelligence that upholds order and evolution in the entire universe.” —Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


Reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit is a technology of Maharishi Vedic Science to accelerate the unfoldment of higher states of consciousness. In this 10-lesson course, students will learn to read the texts of the Vedic Literature – such as the Bhagavad-Gītā and Ramayan – in the Devanagari script. This is not a course for learning grammar and meaning, but experience and research have found that reading the Vedic Literature for its sound value accelerates the development of higher states of consciousness. Students will also study many of the fundamental principles of Maharishi Vedic Science, particularly those that relate to Maharishi’s program of reading Sanskrit.

 Instructors: Karen Aoki

 All Lesson videos are pre-recorded and includes Thomas Egenes and William Sands

 All Lecture videos are pre-recorded and includes Maharishi

 Required Textbooks


Course Structure

This course consists of 10 lessons

This course consists of 10 lessons, which include pre-recorded instructional videos, lectures by Maharishi, and weekly webinars. For those taking the course for credit, there will be additional academic work, including quizzes and an essay appropriate for a Master’s program. There are also additional required materials (see below). Each lesson has 3 or 4 videos approximately 15 to 20 minutes each. Once you register, you have access to the course for six months to one year.

In this ten-week course, you will learn everything necessary to read the texts of the Vedic Literature – such as the Bhagavad-Gītā and Ramayan – in the Devanagari script. Each week will include video lessons, a lecture by Maharishi, and exercises for pronunciation. For those taking the course for credit, there will also be additional readings and writing assignments.

Lesson 1: Learning the Vowels
Lesson 2: Learning the Consonants, part 1
Lesson 3: Learning the Consonants, part 2
Lesson 4: Learning the Semivowels and Sibilants
Lesson 5: Vowels Following Consonants
Lesson 6: Reading Simple Words
Lesson 7: Conjunct Consonants, part 1
Lesson 8: Conjunct Consonants, part 2
Lesson 9: Reading from the Bhagavad- Gita, part 1
Lesson 10: Reading from the Bhagavad Gita, part 2

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