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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 2018
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Tuition for noncredit students: $600 Start Date: Jan 15th
Tuition for credit students: $1800 Start & End Dates: Jan 15th – Feb 3rd (3 weeks) See Current Schedule

∗ Registration for credit students will end on Jan 15th
∗ 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 and Patricia Saunders

Patricia Saunders trained initially as a classical musician but then became a teacher of Transcendental Meditation in 1988.  In 2007, she began the MA in Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), gaining her Master’s degree in 2011. She is now a Ph.D. researcher in Maharishi Vedic Science, specializing in the effect of reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit on human physiology and psychology. She has taught Maharishi Vedic Science courses at MUM, and, together with another writer, is currently writing a book on the Maharishi Effect.  Contact Patricia via email

 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

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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