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Resourceful student perseveres in seeking rare Vedic text
by Global Good News staff writer
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22 May 2012
The favourite quote of the Reading Vedic Literature programme at Maharishi University of Management is 'Close the eyes and transcend,* open the eyes and read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit'. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the university, said this years ago when he recommended reading the Vedic Literature for its sound value and ability to structure coherence in the brain.
This focus on reading whole Sanskrit texts was the impetus behind a recent university-sponsored trip to India, to acquire digitized copies of rare texts to add to Maharishi University of Management's online Vedic library.
Graduate student Vivek Vaidyanathan went to Mysore, India seeking the Kaundinya Shiksha manuscript on behalf of the university. Having located the only known extant copy in the world, at the Oriental Research Institute, he encountered barriers to seeing it because of a policy disallowing foreign universities access to such rare works.
Awaiting an appointment several days hence to broach the matter in person with the director, Mr Vaidyanathan continued to pursue other avenues to achieve his purpose.
Through his local host, he met with two eminent Vedic scholars in Mysore, a husband and wife. He presented to them Maharishi's explanation of different levels of consciousness, and experience of the deepest level, Transcendental Consciousness,* as the basis of gaining access to 'the field of all possibilities', the field of total Natural Law described in the Vedic Literature.
They were very interested in Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi's technologies of consciousness, said Mr Vaidyanathan; from their great knowledge of the Vedic Literature they were familiar with terms and topics he discussed, but 'they never realized there was such deeper meaning involved'.
By the end of the meeting, they expressed their full support for his mission to gain access to the manuscript.
Global Good News will feature the conclusion of Mr Vaidyanathan's story in the coming days.
* 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. Transcendental Meditation promotes the effortless process of transcending in a systematic, reliable, repeatable manner.
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