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THEMA: Sanskrit Research: Shiksha Project

Sanskrit Research: Shiksha Project 9 Jahre 8 Monate her #378

Collecting the Source Texts of Vedic Science

The restoration of Vedic Civilisation initiated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 20th century has the potential to create progress and peace in the whole world on purely scientific grounds. This endeavour has many facets to it. One crucial aspect is the collection of all the source texts of Vedic Science.

Due to the efforts of researchers at Maharishi University of Management (MUM),USA, only a few hitherto unpublished texts are missing. One is Atreya Shiksha, a major work on Vedic phonology. This rare text has been found in a palm leaf manuscript collection at Hamburg University. In a recent call for financial support for the photography of the 157 palm leaves of the Atreya Siksha bundle,
www.kickstarter.com/projects/1871038000/atreya-shiksha
Dr. Peter Freund from MUM gives a detailed description of the technical steps from the manuscript to the application of the knowledge to improve the quality of life both of the individual and society.

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Maharishi University of Management(MUM) is currently trying to obtain a number of rare unpublished manuscripts to complete the collection of all the source texts of the ancient Vedic Science. The works of vedic phonology, Shiksha, are of special importance, because they are fundamental to the teaching and application of the Veda, the expression of natural law as impulses of sound.
The following statements are taken from the presentation of Dr. Peter Freund, webmaster of the vedicreserve website, mum.edu/vedicreserve, devoted to collecting together all the source texts of the ancient Vedic Science.

There are more than 300 vedic texts that have been identified so far and collected on a website, and that website has grown in excess of 60,000 pages. For the most part, the Vedic Literature is very well defined: There are two histories, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata; their are 18 Puranas; there are six systems of Indian philosophy, called Darshanas, and so forth. But one area that has not been well-defined, nor well explored by Western scholars of the last two centuries, is the area of Vedic phonology, the area dealing with the pronunciation and expression of Vedic speech, called Shiksha. Furthering the research on Vedic phonology, Shiksha, is the purpose of collecting all texts of this branch of Vedic Science.
Why are Shiksha important? As has been convincingly demonstrated by Dr. Tony Nader, in the physiology the Shiksha are correlated with the autonomic ganglia, ranged in long trunks running on either side of the spine. There are 36 pairs of such ganglia, running from the base of the spine up into the head. These ganglia are quite small, and their role seems to be chiefly in relaying communications between the central nervous system and the major organs of the body. They can hardly compete with major brain structures like the thalamus, the hypothalamus, and the cerebellum, whose complexity is of a much higher order, and whose importance in the nervous system is readily apparent.
According to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Shiksha represents the quality of expansion which is the origin of Yogic Flying. In order to understand how Yogic Flying came to be, what it's basis is on the level of the total blueprint of Natural Law, the first step is to assemble all of the Shiksha that are available and then examine the Shiksha as a whole in order to identify what that "quality of expansion" in Shiksha really is.
The most rare and precious of all these forgotten and neglected Shiksha texts is the Atreya Shiksha. Comprising well over 300 verses, it discusses 60 different topics of Vedic phonology, listed on the margins of the respective palm leaves. From these topics, Atreya Shiksha appears to be the most systematic and most comprehensive of all of the Shiksha texts.

1. Locating the manuscript
The greatest blessing for the field of Vedic Phonology in the last 200 years has been the comprehensive Descriptive Bibliography of Veda Lakshana texts by Parameshwara Aithal, published in 1993. He lists more than 1600 works directly or indirectly related to Vedic phonology. Since 1993, this has been the Bible for those interested in defining the limits of the field, or in researching more deeply into different areas of Vedic phonology. Aithal visited libraries throughout India and Europe in order to compile his bibliography.
Hamburg University has a small collection of ancient palm leaves, texts written hundreds of years ago in India on palm leaves. The palm leaves have writing on both sides of each leaf, and the leaves are tied together with strings, so that the pages remain in proper sequence. 30 Shiksha texts are in the Hamburg Palm-Leaf Bundle. Of these 30, 18 are unpublished texts. Of those that are published, many have been published on the basis of a single manuscript.

2. Evaluating the condition of the Atreya Shiksha manuscript
The clarity of the beginning and ending verses of Atreya Shiksha, given in the descriptive bibliography seems to indicate that the text is actually in excellent shape.
The initial evaluation of the manuscript is that the handwriting is clear, and there is no damage from insects.

3. Photographing the palm leaves
The library in Hamburg organized to have a curator in charge of this collection of ancient palm leaf bundles, and for him to hire the services of a photographer to make these ancient palm leaves accessible. So it is possible to obtain photographs of this entire bundle of 157 palm leaves. To obtain these photographs would mean that study of Shiksha would not continue to limp along with a small subset of the available texts.

4. Transcribing tha manuscript
Transcribing manuscripts requires patience and diligence. The manuscript in question is written in a very clear consistent and orderly handwriting, which should be easy to decode. The palm leaves are written in Grantha script, a script used in South India to write Sanskrit.

5. Meaning of the text
Transcribing texts sometimes requires entering into the nuts and bolts of the Sanskrit, and actually translating the passages, in order to see what readings make good sense. Experts in India, and at universities in Europe are available for consultation in the event of there being passages difficult to interpret. Our first goal is to understand what are the 60 topics covered in the Atreya Shiksha.

6. Proper Reading
In his Dissertation Peter Freund (2006) describes a model curriculum of reading the Vedic Literature focussing on the six Vedanga, a group of texts encompassing the Vedic sciences of phonetics(Shiksha), Yajña (Kalp), grammar(Vyakaran), etymology(Nirukt), prosody(Chhandas), and Vedic astrology(Jyotish).
The program of reading Vedic Literature has its theoretical foundation in the discovery by Raja Nader Ram that every aspect of Veda and Vedic Literature has a counterpart, a corresponding structure in human physiology. Reading the Vedic Literature in sequence—combined with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, the other key technology of Vedic Education—is a systematic program to enliven total brain physiology, in order to culture perfection in life.


Original Message
Date: Sun, 03 Mar 2013
Subject: Re: Shiksha Projekt
From: "Dr.Zeiger"
To: "Dr. Peter Freund"

Dear Dr.Freund,
thank you for improving the grammar and spelling of my summary of your Shiksha Project. For me as scientifically inclined admirer of Maharishis Vedic Revival all what you write about the Shiksha Project is very informative. So it turns out to be a blessing that you were forced by circumstances to acquire photographs of Sanskrit palm leaves in Hamburg.

Without the deep insights you share with us, the process of collection and authentication of Vedic texts would not be as lively and inspiring as it is now. I learned a lot from your kickstarter presentation and I can only hope that its content will be available even after the goal has been achieved.

The principle of participation underlying it is also the ideal.of my involvement in the science forum. To my knowledge It was A.Einstein who first envisioned a new way of presenting science not restricted to rationalize the objective results but to include the process of investigation being ultimately transcendental.


With best wishes
Yours
Bernd Zeiger
Jai Guru Deva


Original Message
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013
Subject: Re: Shiksha Projekt
From: "Dr.Zeiger"
To: "Dr. Peter Freund"

Dear Dr. Freund,
attached you find a selection of quotes from your kick-starter presentation. The intention is twofold:
(1) to present your project at the Science Forum and at the same time
(2) inspire a scientific discussion on the topic.
Your statements are introduced by a short paragraph and a graphical overview. Feel free to improve on both logic and English.

What me researcher struck most, is the following statement relating Shiksha with the autonomic ganglia::
"These ganglia are quite small and their role seems to be chiefly in relaying communications between the central nervous system and the major organs of the body. They can hardly compete with major brain structures like the thalamus, the hypothalamus,and the cerebellum, whose complexity is of a much higher order, and whose importance in the nervous system is readily apparent."

The fact that the ganglia are small and numerous as compared to the basal ganglia fits very well to the relationship between Shiksha and Jyotish as first and last Vedanga. Shiksha being a kind of "zero point motion" while Jyotsh representing distinct modes of interaction between light and matter. This relationship between Shiksha and Jyotish thus fits well to the quantum description of reality.

With best wishes
Bernd Zeiger
Jai Guru Deva


Original Message
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2013
Subject: Re: Shiksha Projekt
From: "Dr.Zeiger"
To: "Dr. Peter Freund"

Dear Dr. Freund,
your option to use the material of your project in such a way that - hopefully - it appeals to the audience of the forum, I like most. So I will prepare such a summery and send it to you for refinement and/or final ok. First I will try an English presentation and send it io you as soon as possible.

Thank you for the interest in our work.
Bernd Zeiger
Jai Guru Deva

Original Message
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2013
Subject: Shiksha Projekt
From: "Dr.Zeiger"
To: Dr. Peter Freund

Lieber Dr. Freund,
als Moderator des Darmstädter Wissenschaftsforums
www.tm-darmstadt.de/das-forum.html
möchte ich Ihnen vorschlagen, dass Sie Ihr Shiksha Projekt und seinen bewusstseinsbezogenen Hintergrund dort vorstellen. (Ob in Deutschoder Englisch ist Ihnen freigestellt.)
Von Ihrer Präsentation verspreche ich mir auch einen frischen Impuls für die deutsche Sanskritforschung, die zunehmend auf dem Rückzug ist. Symptomatisch ist folgender wehmütige Abgesang auf die Kieler-Indologie :
www.zeit.de/2012/02/C-Kleine-Faecher/seite-2
Daraus einige typische Zitat:
„Horst Brinkhaus weiß seit über zehn Jahren, dass es zu Ende geht mit seinem Lehrstuhl."
"Wenn er 2013 das Pensionsalter erreicht, wird die Indologie, seit 1875 in Kiel, verschwinden von der Christian-Albrechts-Universität.
"Die über anderthalb Jahrhunderte aufgebaute Bibliothek soll aufgelöst werden."

Vor einiger Zeit habe ich deshalb dem Herausgeber des deutschsprachigen Veda Magazin vorgeschlagen durch eine Rubrik „Akademische Veda Studien“. eine Brücke herzustellen zwischen Maharishis Erneuerung des Veda und den Resten an "romantischem Bildungsidealen" (Horst Brinkhaus) in der akademischen Welt. Die Sanskritforschung der MUM könnte der Indologie in Deutschland eine neue Perspektive eröffnen und für den studentischen Nachwuchs eine Inspiration sein.


Mit freundlichen Grüssen
Ihr
Bernd Zeiger
Jai Guru Deva
Letzte Änderung: 9 Jahre 8 Monate her von Dr. Bernd Zeiger.
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