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Graduate student locates rare Sanskrit text in India
by Global Good News staff writer
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22 May 2012
The search for the world's only copy of the Vedic text Kaundinya Shiksha was a personal one for Vivek Vaidyanathan, a graduate student in Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management.
'As regards to Kaundinya Shiksha, there is a deeper personal connection with my lineage. In India, all families have gotras they belong to. Gotras are the lineage of Rishis (ancient Vedic sages) one belongs to.'
Mr Vaidyanathan continued, 'My maternal gotra is Kaundinya Gotra. It is very fortunate that I could work on a project where I was [searching for] rare manuscripts which were related to my lineage.'
In Mysore in southern India, Mr Vaidyanathan began his search for the Kaundinya Shiksha manuscript.
At the Oriental Research Institute in Mysore, he first met with a curator who explained that the manuscript was still present there, but she was bound by the institute's policy of not giving access to very rare manuscripts to foreign universities.
Telling his story recently, Mr Vaidyanathan said that instead of being discouraged, he felt optimistic.
'I saw a very great opportunity here to talk about Maharishi Vedic Science and let the curator know the value of the manuscript in our library.' He described the benefits of transcending in Transcendental Meditation, and the central understanding of human physiology as the expression of Vedic Literature,* which is enlivened through the programme of reading Vedic Literature. He explained the importance of the manuscripts the university was seeking for its complete online collection of the 40 aspects of Vedic Literature.
The curator immediately became very interested in all that Mr Vaidyanathan presented about Maharishi University of Management, Transcendental Meditation, and Maharishi Vedic Science, he said.
Not, however, having the authority to waive the institute's policy, the curator recommended that Mr Vaidyanathan return in a few days to present his request directly to the institute's director, to see if a digitized copy of the manuscript would be allowed.
Global Good News will continue to feature Mr Vaidyanathan's experiences and resourcefulness in seeking the Shiksha Vedic text in Mysore, on behalf of Maharishi University of Management's Sanskrit library.
* Mr Vaidyanathan was referring to the discovery of Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, of the correlation between the Vedic Literature and the structures and functions of human physiology—that the Vedic Literature is the 'blueprint' of the physiology. Prof. Nader was honoured by Maharishi with the title Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam and given responsibility for guiding the Global Country of World Peace.
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