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Total Knowledge Courses Summer 2019

I loved every moment of the course, especially Raja Peter’s stories and reflections, each of which illuminated a profound knowledge principle. —PS


Course Leaders: Raja Peter Warburton, PhD, along with special guest Dr. Vernon Katz, Professor Tom Egenes, Professor Ken Chandler, and Dr. Charles Heath

Prerequisite: These are advanced courses for Governors, Sidhas and those Meditators who have a familiarity and comfort with many of the terms and concepts used in Maharishi Vedic Science.

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Course Schedule

The course consists of three one-week courses which will take place in Dalby Hall at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa and will be available online.

Those who cannot attend in person can view this course online. All classes will be LIVESTREAMED from Dalby Hall and available to be viewed afterwards for up to six months. Livestream viewers can participate via an online chat.

One-week courses are from Sunday evenings to Friday afternoons. Classes are 1:45 – 4:00 and 7:45 – 9:15 daily, except Sunday evenings start at 8 pm and end at 9:30. (No classes on Wednesday evenings 7/31 or 8/7 or Thursday evening 7/25.)

Course Titles & Dates

All classes will take place in Dalby Hall and online. The first class of each course will be free on Sunday evenings, July 21, July 28, & August 4 at 8 pm and also available online at this link.

Sunday, July 21 – Friday, July 26

Total Knowledge and the Bhagavad-Gita

With Raja Peter, Professor Tom Egenes and guest speaker Dr. Vernon Katz (Dr. Katz will connect via Skype.)
“Yoga, or Union of the mind with the divine intelligence, begins when the mind gains transcendental consciousness,” Maharishi writes in his commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita. The story relayed in the Bhagavad-Gita and Maharishi’s amazing commentary on Chapters 1-6, written in the 1960s with Dr. Vernon Katz, perfectly illustrate the depth of wisdom captured in the unique curriculum of Total Knowledge that Maharishi developed with Raja Peter in the early 2000s.

In recent years, two of the most popular one-week courses offered at MUM have been those on “Total Knowledge and the Brahma Sutras” and “Total Knowledge and the Upanishads.” Now, the same brilliant speakers bring you this course on “Total Knowledge and the Bhagavad-Gita.” Raja Peter’s presentation of the complete framework of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge lays the perfect ground for Dr. Vernon Katz and Dr. Tom Egenes to illuminate Maharishi’s precious insights into the Bhagavad-Gita.

Sunday, July 28 – Friday, August 2

Total Knowledge and the Great Thinkers and Leaders Throughout the Ages

With Raja Peter and Professor Ken Chandler
This course promises a feast of inspiration through connecting Maharishi’s knowledge with the insights of the greatest visionaries of all time. Maharishi’s complete exposition of Total Knowledge, brought out by Raja Peter, encompasses a consciousness-based approach to the administration of all areas of society. In this unique course, Dr. Ken Chandler reveals how the teachings of the great thinkers, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and other luminaries throughout the ages not only reflect the same vision but bring fresh insight through unique and original expressions.

For the first time, Dr. Chandler will be bringing out the fruits of 30 years of profound research in this field and making available proof copies of his books for the course participants. In his usual charming manner, Raja Peter will highlight the connections to the framework of Total Knowledge brought to the world by Maharishi.

Sunday, August 4 – Friday, August 9

Total Knowledge and Jyotish

With Raja Peter and Dr. Charles Heath
The MUM Department of Continuing Education is delighted that these two much admired and popular speakers are coming together for this unique course. Raja Peter’s exposition of Total Knowledge, which covers the full range of Maharishi’s Vedic Science, provides a most satisfying and complete insight into the nature of Jyotish (Vedic astrology) and its role in our lives. As the leading representative of Maharishi Jyotish and Yagya programs in the USA, Dr. Charles Heath has a great wealth of experience of Jyotish, with so many fascinating insights, stories, anecdotes and examples.

Maharishi Jyotish has two main aspects – inner and outer – which will both be covered during this course. The inner value is Jyotish-mati pragya – described by Maharishi as “that fully awake field of intelligence that knows everything.” The outer value is based on precise mathematical calculations about the specific influences that come to bear on an individual as his or her life progresses. Both give complete knowledge of past, present, and future, and they complement one another, opening the door to develop fully awake consciousness, reverberating blissfully in daily life. As Maharishi says: “Maharishi Jyotish and Maharishi Yagya are for the development of enlightenment – life free from dependence on surroundings and circumstances, and mastery over one’s own destiny.”

Course Fee

$125/one-week course (or $75 for full-time MUM or Maharishi School staff, faculty, and students, or full-time Governors, IAA grant recipients, and anyone who is retired and cannot otherwise afford the course). Also, any MUM alumni can get 10% off the full course fee. You can register online or at the door.

Free Talks

Sunday evenings, 7/21, 7/28 & 8/4 at 8 pm in Dalby Hall

The first class of each week will be open for free admission as a sample of the profound and beautiful knowledge to follow.

Course Leaders

Raja Peter Warburton, PhD

Raja Peter is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Maharishi Foundation in the UK as well as several other nations. He has a doctorate in Supreme Political Science from Maharishi University of World Peace. His thesis included the elaborate displays of Total Knowledge which he worked on under Maharishi’s guidance. In 1971, Raja Peter graduated with a Masters degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He then became a teacher of TM and started working directly with Maharishi continuously for the next 36 years. During that time, Maharishi tutored Raja Peter personally to bring out the specific curriculum of Total Knowledge — Maharishi’s Vedic Science — which Raja Peter has been doing so inspiringly since 2008. At the same time Raja Peter is also developing the application of Total Knowledge in new directions that Maharishi specified, as we see in this year’s courses at MUM.

Special Guest Vernon Katz, PhD

Dr. Vernon Katz is author of two highly acclaimed volumes of Conversations with Maharishi about the Brahma Sutras (MUM Press). With Dr. Tom Egenes he has also published a well-received new translation of the Upanishads (Tarcher Penguin).
Dr. Katz is currently a trustee emeritus of MUM, as well as a visiting professor in the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University. Dr. Katz spent many years with Maharishi and assisted him with the translation and commentary of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Brahma Sutras.

Professor Tom Egenes, PhD

Dr. Tom Egenes is Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Sanskrit. He earned an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia; an MA in Higher Education Administration from Maharishi University of Management; and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Egenes is the author of four popular books on teaching Sanskrit and two books on the Upanishads.

Professor Ken Chandler, PhD

Dr. Ken Chandler holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Maharishi University of Management and was formerly the chair of the Department of the Science of Creative Intelligence. He is currently investigating the experience of pure consciousness described in the great classics of philosophy, science, literature, and religion in the East and West. For forty years he has been investigating the experience of pure consciousness in the writings of the most illustrious men and women of history. Proof copies of three of his books will be available to courses participants for a modest fee.

Dr. Charles Heath

Dr. Charles Heath is the North American Director for Maharishi Jyotish Programs, and has worked closely with the Maharishi Jyotish program experts from India for almost 30 years. He has led Maharishi Jyotish seminars in more than 60 cities across the United States and Canada. He and his wife, Marguerite, live in Fairfield, Iowa, where they continue to offer services to those in the Central USA states through the Council of Maharishi Jyotish experts in India.

Reviews from Previous Total Knowledge Courses

“Hearing stories about Maharishi was so inspiring. It felt like being in Maharishi’s presence again.” —PB

“What a wonderful way of presenting Absolute and relative as a whole—Brahm. It was one of the best courses I have ever taken, if not the best!” —SG

“This course was like the old days of being all together on courses with Maharishi.” —NW

“I loved every moment of the course, especially Raja Peter’s stories and reflections, each of which illuminated a profound knowledge principle.” —PS

“It is now very clear and a great fulfillment to experience this total knowledge. The flow of questions, answers and discussion brought out such profound knowledge.” —DV

From a previous Total Knowledge and Jyotish course held in Europe: “I felt like I was standing in the crystal-clear air of a mountain top and could see the path of my life meandering in the valley below leading up the hill to the present time.” —Anon

Housing, Meals & Transportation

For those coming from out of town, information about on-campus and off-campus housing, meals, and transportation can be found at (Please note: MUM housing is normally full with students.) For information about accommodations in the on-campus Peace Palaces, you can call 641-472-1174 or 641-919-1300. Meals can be purchased at the Annapurna Dining Hall or Argiro Student Center café, or the Golden Dome Market’s café, as well as many local restaurants.


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
These are advanced courses for Governors, Sidhas and those Meditators who have a familiarity and comfort with many of the terms and concepts used in Maharishi Vedic Science.

I am a Sidha and would like to do group program in the dome.
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How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for six months after signing up or after they are posted, whichever is later.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests them before starting the Monday evening class for each week.


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