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Course Descriptions for the Online MA in Maharishi Vedic Science

First Level Courses:

The Science and Technology of Consciousness (STC) is a basic course in Consciousness-Basedsm education that is the unique educational approach of Maharishi University of Management. Our university was inspired by the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a scientist and Vedic scholar from India. The practical aspect of STC is the Transcendental Meditation technique, a simple non-religious mental technique that produces positive effects on mental health, physical health, and social behaviors. For more information, go to tm.org.The goal of this course is for you to gain experience and understanding of consciousness as the unifying basis of all branches of knowledge. This course provides a foundation for all other courses you will take at Maharishi University of Management and introduces you to key ideas and terms relevant to your studies and to your experience here.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between your individual self and your universal Self—the field of pure inner wakefulness, unbounded pure consciousness, at the source of thought.
  • Use principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence to deepen your understanding of foundational principles in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
  • Articulate how growth of consciousness and the study of inner subjectivity enrich education and other areas of life.
Science of Being and Art of Living was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s first book, published in 1963. In this course, both through reading and through studying Maharishi’s videotapes, students investigate the main themes of the book — Being, the essential constituent of creation, how to contact and how to live Being, how to live one’s full potential, in thought, speech, action, and relationships, and God realization. (4 credits)

Learning the Language of Nature and Understanding Principles of Natural Law

This course introduces the proper pronunciation and reading of Sanskrit, the language of the Vedic literature. Students learn the Sanskrit alphabet and the Devanāgarī script, and they study Maharishi’s explanation of the role of Sanskrit as the language of nature. (variable credits — may be repeated for credit)

Required: Learning the Sanskrit Alphabet
Recommended: Sanskrit Flashcards
Optional: Sanskrit Alphabet Wall Poster
All available at MUM Press

This course examines Maharishi’s lectures and writings in order to better understand the principles of Yoga philosophy as found in its source texts — principally the Bhagavad-Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Topics include: the difference between the “state of Yoga” and the “path of Yoga”; Yoga and the brain; Yoga and health; Yoga and the realization of full human potential; Yoga and dharma; misunderstandings about Yoga; the nature of Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, and Ashtanga Yoga; Yoga and world peace; Yoga and TM-Sidhi practice; Yoga in human physiology. (4 credits)

Second Level of Courses

Bhagavad-Gita I: The Principles of Dharma, the Eternal Nature of Life, and Effortlessness of Transcending as the Basis of Right Action

In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. This course covers all six chapters. (4 credits)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A Translation and Commentary, Chap. 1–6
Available at MUM Press

Bhagavad-Gita II: The Roles of Silence and Action, Knowledge and Experience, in Rising to Higher States of Consciousness

In this course, students study Maharishi’s commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita, which provides a systematic exposition of the development of human consciousness, its relationship to knowledge, and its application to improve the quality of individual and collective life. This course focuses in depth on chapters 4–6. (4 credits)

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita: A Translation and Commentary, Chap. 1–6
Available at MUM Press

Brain, Consciousness, and Veda: Awakening Your Total Brain Potential

In this course, students learn how the brain is designed to be a perfect reflector of total natural law. They see how consciousness structures the physiology and how the innumerable connections among the ten billion brain cells enable a person to live in higher states of consciousness. Students measure their own growth of consciousness as part of the course. (2–4 credits)

Physics of Invincibility

This course demonstrates how the historical development of unified quantum field theory has been intimately concerned with resolving the apparent opposition between observer and observed. In this context, the student can readily understand how Maharishi Vedic Science completes and enriches the most sophisticated discoveries of advanced physics.

Third Level Courses

The goal of the course is to gain a deeper understanding of higher states of consciousness as described in Maharishi Vedic Science, and a more profound appreciation for how they can be cultivated through Maharishi’s technologies of consciousness.

A primary objective of this course will be to accelerate the development of consciousness through an ideal daily routine and through daily practice of Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation program.

Required text for the course: The Supreme Awakening, by Craig Pearson, Ph.D., available at MUM Press

In this course, students discover the fabrics of immortality in their own physiology. Topics include the self-interacting dynamics of consciousness, the Constitution of the Universe, the forty aspects of the Veda and Vedic Literature, Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhashya, Rik Veda, and Vedic Devata in the human physiology.
This course will examine the methodology of creating a permanent state of world peace. Topics will include: the structure and function of the total potential of Natural Law — the Government of Nature; the significance of Collective Consciousness and its effect on government; the Global Country of World Peace; and, scientific research on Vedic technologies that align individual and national awareness with the infinite intelligence and creative power of Nature’s Government, which administers the universe with perfect order.

Celebrating Perfection in Education: Synthesizing the Year of Study and Preparing for the Future

In this course, students review their growth and understanding of higher states of consciousness by writing two papers: a personal narrative of their experience during their course of study in the MA program, and an academic paper reviewing the main principles of Maharishi Vedic Science they have learned in their coursework. In addition, students view tapes of Maharishi on education and give written and oral feedback on their educational experience in the MA program.

Course Components

  • Video explaining the topic of the week
  • Video of lecture by faculty
  • Readings from texts by Maharishi and supplementary readings
  • Maharishi videos
  • Learning activities — chat room (text based) to discuss points and to comment on other students’ points. Students will be asked to enter some response each week to pass the class.
  • Webinar (video based through Adobe Connect) to discuss larger issues. Students will be asked to participate or view the archived copy each week to pass the class. This could be done at a local centers.
  • Bi-weekly deliverable (written assignment)

Questions?

Please email the Distance Education department at de@mum.edu, use the Contact Us button on this page, or call Admissions reception at 800-369-6480.

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