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Vedic Reserve website set to add 20,000 pages of rare Sanskrit texts
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22 May 2012
One of the unique academic programmes offered at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA is the Reading Vedic Literature series of courses, available to students at the BA, MA, and PhD level.
The focus on this programme has resulted in many advances and prestigious acknowledgments for the university. One such advance is the Vedic Reserve website, which is widely known to house one of the largest online collections of Vedic Literature in Devanagari script in the world.
A favorite quote from the founder of the university, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, enumerates the importance of reading. Maharishi said, 'Close the eyes and transcend,* open the eyes and read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit.'
But why is reading, even without comprehension, so important? Again, Maharishi commented on the reason.
In the book Vedic Knowledge for Everyone: Maharishi Vedic University Introduction, Maharishi writes, '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.'
In order to support students in this reading programme, Maharishi University of Management's tape librarian, Dr Peter Freund, established a website that houses over 60,000 pages of Sanskrit texts in easy-to-read Devanagari script.
Dr Freund commented on the Vedic Reserve site.
'To help students who were embarking on this project [of reading the entire Vedic Literature from beginning to end], a website was created a dozen years ago called Vedic Reserve. Vedic Reserve puts all the Vedic Literature at your fingertips in an easy-to-read format.'
Despite its vast collection of Sanskrit texts, the website is still in progress, Dr Freund said.
'Now we're in an expansion phase where we are preparing an additional 20,000 pages of rare, unpublished texts of Vedic Literature.'
It is the pursuit of these texts which led to 'some recent adventures and spectacular successes in obtaining extremely rare unpublished manuscripts of important texts of Vedic Literature', Dr Freund said.
The next articles in this series will detail the exciting worldwide pursuit of these rare Sanskrit manuscripts.
* Transcending: The mind settling down to experience increasingly refined levels of the thinking process, eventually going beyond the finest level of thinking to experience pure awareness, the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, the basis of the mind's activity. Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation technique promotes the effortless process of transcending in a systematic, reliable, repeatable manner.
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