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How the Reading Vedic Literature programme at Maharishi University of Management began
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29 May 2012
Dr William Sands, Dean of the College of Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management, recently spoke about new developments in the Reading Vedic Literature courses offered at the university.
He began his update by giving a brief history of the programme and explaining why the courses are beneficial.
In the 1990s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of Maharishi University of Management, brought out the importance of reading Sanskrit text for its sound value, not for comprehension.
'[Maharishi] suggested to us that we read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit: we learn the alphabet, we learn the pronunciation, and then we just read through the text, like the Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Sushrut Samhita, Nyaya, Vaisheshik, Samkhya, all these different texts without attending to the meaning, the grammar, the vocabulary,' Dr Sands said. 'Of course this is an age-old Vedic tradition, but for westerners it's a unique concept—that you would learn a language just to read it phonetically.'
As for why this is important, Dr Sands went on to present more of Maharishi's explanation.
'Maharishi explained that the reason this is valuable is that Veda and the Vedic Literature are not just books sitting on the shelf. . . . This literature is really found structured within our own self-referral consciousness.'
Dr Sands was referring to the understanding Maharishi brought to light that 'the Vedic sounds . . . are the sounds of the transcendental field of self-referral consciousness. Transcendental field of self-referral consciousness is the unbounded, eternal basis of all creation,' Maharishi said. This transcendental field, identified by modern science as the unified field of all the laws of nature at the basis of the whole physical universe, can be experienced directly and its full potential awakened in human consciousness through Maharishi's technologies of consciousness, including the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
Because of this, Dr Sands said, 'when we read the Vedic Literature, we're essentially enlivening the most fundamental impulses of nature's organizing power in our own consciousness. And this, Maharishi felt, would be a great opportunity to accelerate the growth and development of consciousness.'
Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Sands' presentation.
See related articles about the Maharishi Vedic Science programme at Maharishi University of Management:
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