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Exploring Science, Consciousness, and the Furthest Reaches of Human Potential: Dr. Tony Nader, neuroscientist and Vedic scholar
by Harbour Fraser Hodder
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10 January 2018
When Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation® program, planned for the future of the international Transcendental Meditation organizations, he chose an individual accomplished in the field of knowledge, naming as his successor a scientist and scholar with mastery in both modern science and the ancient Vedic tradition—Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R., an MIT- and Harvard-trained neuroscientist and one of the world's great Vedic scholars. Dr. Nader guides the global supervision of the nonprofit TM organizations in over one hundred countries, advising the TM® program and its educational, health, and research programs. . . .
Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R.
Exploring Human Potential, from MIT to Harvard Medical School to Vedic Science
As a French citizen who was born and raised in Lebanon, Dr. Nader received his M.D. from the American University of Beirut, where he also studied internal medicine and psychiatry. . . . He came to the United States to continue his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned his Ph.D. in brain and cognitive science. He was appointed assistant director of clinical research at MIT, and was also a clinical research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Nader has conducted research in neurochemistry and neuroendocrinology; the relationship between diet, age, behavior, mood, seasonal influences, and hormonal activity; and the role of neurotransmitter precursors in medicine.
At the same time, Dr. Nader began working on the science of consciousness developed by Maharishi, which integrates modern research with the broad-based areas of knowledge stemming from the ancient Vedic tradition. This field is known as Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM.
Dr. Nader's scholarship in this area deepens our understanding of the scientific significance of the Veda, the ancient, foundational texts of the science of consciousness. In five books he has shown an exact correspondence between each aspect of the Vedic literature to human physiology, anatomy, cell biology, and DNA.
This correlation reveals that ''the fluctuations of consciousness as expressed in the Veda are the same as the structure of our body,'' he explained. ''That the physical is an expression of consciousness. That physiology and intelligence are just different aspects of the same thing.''
In recognition of Dr. Nader's achievements and profound knowledge of both modern science and Vedic Science, Maharishi gave him the honorific title Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam (M.A.R.R.). . . .
Expanding Maharishi's Legacy in Science and Consciousness
Through the second half of the 20th century, Maharishi inspired a scientific quest for enlightenment. Over 700 published studies on the TM technique have demonstrated its far-reaching benefits—better health and longer life, greater intelligence and creativity, fulfilling relationships and work success, reducing societal stress and helping create peace. These studies established Transcendental Consciousness as a fourth major state of consciousness, as well as the neurophysiological correlates of Cosmic Consciousness, a fifth state of consciousness.
Dr. Nader is guiding this remarkable legacy into the 21st century. He's bringing the science of consciousness to new audiences and expanding our understanding of the furthest reaches of human potential.
Now Dr. Nader is also sharing his insights with online communities worldwide, through videos, live streaming, and interactive Q & A events. On Facebook®, Twitter, and Instagram, he's creating an online space for engaging conversations about consciousness and all fields of life—from health, education, and science, to love, human relationships, and world peace.
Readers are invited to be part of the conversation. Stay up to date on Dr. Tony Nader's work as the International Director of the worldwide TM organizations. Learn more about his online interactive events and videos exploring consciousness and human potential.
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SOURCE: Excerpts from original article in Enjoy TM News, which includes videos of Dr. Nader's presentation at Stanford University's ''Hacking Consciousness'' symposium; and his description of how practicing Transcendental Meditation activates the brain, allowing it to function more coherently.
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