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THEMA: Vedic Studies Conference 2014 MUM

Vedic Studies Conference 2014 MUM 7 Jahre 11 Monate her #850

From July 31 to August 3. 2014 Maharishi University of Management (MUM), founded 1973, hosted for the first time an International Coference on Vedic Studies on its campus in Fairfield, Iowa, to explore the relevance of ancient Vedic knowledge in today’s world.
The conference was under the auspices of the  World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES), a multidisciplinary academic society founded 1996 in USA , to provide a forum for all scholarly activities and views on any area of Vedic Studies.
Because the Eleventh WAVES Conference took place at MUM, this university had the opportunity to present and discuss its view on vedic knowledge as developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the basis of his Transcendental Meditation. Over 100 speakers gave presentations. About half the scholars represented Maharishis perspective and came from MUM and related institutions , while the other half with a different background came from USA, Canada, Europe, and India.
The main plenary talks of the conference, as well as some of the parallel sessions, are available on MUM’s Livestream page
and on the MUM blog

As stated in the web presentation of the World Association of Vedic Studies (WAVES), the term Vedic studies is taken by this organisation in a very broad sense and not confined to what is often called Indian Studies, South Asian Studies or Indology. Rather "it encompasses all that applies to traditions commonly called Vedic, past, present and future, anywhere in the world. In fact there are various notions and views current about Vedic traditions, Vedic people and their contributions. Moreover, the debates about these various notions are not confined to the academic sphere, but also have other serious repercussions. There is thus great need for a forum in which varying, often diametrically opposed notions and views can be discussed and deliberated in an atmosphere of mutual respect and tolerance."

Opinions and comments available in the internet reflect the impact the Eleventh WAVES Conference had on the participants:

“I am thrilled with the level of the dialogue between the scholars at this conference. Each presentation is enhanced by the penetrating questions that they elicit. This is what makes these conferences so valuable … when there is a real and profound exchange of insights.” Candace Badgett, The Raj AyurVeda Resort,

"This is a huge conference, as far as Vedic Studies conferences go. There's apparently several hundred peopple attending from out-of-state, including many from India. The TM people dominate parts of the conference because they have a consistent interpretation of the Vedas, with physiological research to back up their perspective. Thus far, everyone has been very polite to each other, and the non-TMers seem quite intrigued with Maharishi's physiologicalinterpretation of enlightenment and comprehension of Veda based on that physiological state."

WAVES appointed Dr. Peter Scharf, president of the Internet Sanskrit Library, as co-chair of the conference, along with Dr. Shashi Tiwari, a distinguished Sanskrit scholar from the University of Delhi.

Dr. Peter Scharf praised the conference’s mission, remarking that WAVES was able to bring “together a diverse group of people who share a profound respect for and love of the holistic knowledge and life-supporting culture of ancient India.”

Esteemed Indian guests include
Ved Prakash Nanda, Director of the International Legal Studies program at University of Denver,
Rajiv Malhotra, founder of The Infinity Foundation,
Ashok Narhar Aklujkar, professor emeritus of Sanskrit at the University of British Columbia,
Dr. P.C. Muraleemadhavan from the University of Sanskrit in Kerala, India;
Dr. T.S. Rukmani, chair of Hindu Studies at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Pandit Nandkishor Muley, a world-renowned Indian santoor maestro and professor of Indian music.

Dr. Girish Nath Jha, from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, and Dr. Vamshi Krishna Ghanapathi of SGS Ashrama in Mysore, India, provided an encouraging review of the increasing access to digitized manuscripts and Sanskrit texts both online and through smart phone applications, allowing scholars and the public to access the ancient Vedic knowledge directly through modern technology.

In the conference, there was also significant youth participation. College students Eshan and Arnav Kejriwal delivered a presentation analyzing and comparing the atman of Hinduism to the soul and spirit of the Abrahamic religions. The audience was deeply impressed by the depth of their research, and many expressed their excitement in learning from young presenters. In addition, middle school students Sai Keerthana and Sai Saketh Cherukuri delivered a presentation on the relationship between E=MC2 and the Ganapati Atharvasirsa.

Overall, scholars raised broad concerns about unsettling issues of climate, health, and social harmony in an increasingly interconnected world. There was a general optimism that Vedic values offer practical long-term solutions to these global issues.

Dr. Tiwari concluded that this year’s theme was well-received, commenting that the “conference was well-arranged with great scholars of different disciplines centering their thoughts on Vedic learning, living, and philosophy. They were discussing modern concepts in the light of ancient Vedic wisdom.”

MUM faculty speakers included world-renowned physicist Dr. John Hagelin; Dr. Robert Schneider, director, Center for Natural Medicine and Prevention; Dr. Fred Travis, director for the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition; and MUM Executive Vice President Dr. Craig Pearson.
The unique features of Maharishi University of Management as presented and discussed in the talks at the 11th WAVES Confereence are:
1. Maharishi University of Management (MUM) offers Consciousness-Based Education, a traditional academic curriculum leading to degrees in arts, sciences, business, and humanities enhanced with self-development programs of vedic origin like the Transcendental Meditation® technique.
2. Maharishi University of Management and the adjacent Vedic City is a model of Vedic Living in the modern world by applying the principles of Vedic Health Care, Vedic Medicine, Vedic Architecture, Vedic Agriculture and Vedic Ecology in everyday life.
3. The researchers and scholars at MUM are working on a consistent consciosness based interpretation of the Veda and its literature inspired by Mahrishi Mahesh Yogi and backed up by findings from physiology, psychology sociology and ecology
4. Maharishi University of Management is working together with other universities to establish an international digital Sanskrit library
5. Maharishi University of Management continually host and sponsors on a separate Pandit Campus
up to 1000 Pandits students from India.

The conference started and ended with Vedic chanting by the Maharishi Vedic Pundits from the Pundit Csampus of MUM.

A pdf-booklet with the abstracts of all the presentations given at the conference and arranged in the alphabetical order of the authors has been prepared by Patricia Saunders and can be downloaded from
At the same website the complete program schedule of the Eleventh International WAVES Conference: "Vedic Living in a Modern World" is available, and also at


7:00–9:45 Inaugural session Chair Peter Scharf
Sashi Kejriwal: Welcome on behalf of the World Association of Vedic Studies
Maharishi Vedic Pandits Invocation
Girish Momaya: Vedanta - Human Life in perfection and complete alliance with natural law
Craig Pearson: Higher states of consciousness: the Vedic tradition’s
most sublime gift to humanity
Neil Paterson: Maharishi’s revival of the Veda and Vedic Literature


9:00–9:45 Morning plenary session. Chair Rajiv Malhotra
Peter Scharf Re-orienting orientalism

9:50 - 11:00 Morning parallel sessions I

A. Yoga Chair T. S. Rukmani

William Sands: Ashtanga yoga in the philosophy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Usha Ran: Importance of asanas in ashtanga yoga
M. Jayaraman: Prayatnasaitilya and Anantasamapatti — Two techniques
prescribed by Patanjali for the practice of asana

B. Leadership and management Chair Chand K. Bhardwaj

Maxwell Rainforth & David Goodman: Creating organizational success by applying deep principles of Maharishi Vedic Science
Dennis Heaton & David Goodman: Teaching business management in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science
Michael Sternfeld: Ram’s Dharma, Leadership secrets of the ultimate warrior-sage-prince

C. Vedic performance Chair Vinod Deshmukh

Tina McQuiston: The technology of Vedic sound
Vijay Shankar: Shukla Vedic tradition and its transmission
Sudhir Kaicker: an online resource for Bhagavadgıta studies

D. Ayurveda and women Chair Veronica Butler

Vaidya Priyanka: Ayurveda and kayakalpa - ancient knowledge for modern day living
Shalini Verma: Description of the concept of a test tube baby in Vedic literature
Margot Suettmann: The pivotal role of the mother-child relationship in the
early years of pregnancy and infancy for the brain and
consciousness development of the child according to modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science

11:15–12:30 Morning parallel sessions II

A. The implications of holistic Vedic knowledge for modern science,
dualism, and religious life
Chair Shashi Tiwari

Robert Boyer: A new interpretation of quantum theory based in the
holism of Veda
Bina Gupta: Can an Advaitin pray? The role of upasana in Advaita
Candace Badgett: Vedanta and the primordial feminine principle

B. Literature, rhetoric, and writing Chair R. V. Rama Krishna Sastry

Suzanne Araas Vesely: Universality of vision in William Blake’s"Milton"
Anne Melfi: The Vedic root of rhetoric
Sasha Parmasad: Writing and Transcendence

C. Socioeconimics and the news Chair B. V. K. Sastry

Tribhuwan Singh: The riddle of economic and sociological mismatch in colonial India
S. S. Rama Rao Pappu: Is a Hindu rastra compatible with secular India?
Rahul Chandra: Indic/Vedic news reporting in a modern world

D. Consciousness-based education Chair Cathy Gorini

Rod Eason: Consciousness-based education
Sanford & Randi Nidich: Consciousness Based Education-knowing the self as
the fulfillment of modern education
Robert Markowitz: Slide presentation of M.U.M. Rotating University tour of India

E. Mothers, Ayurveda and music Chair Dennis Heaton

Simi Summer: The role of mother in creating invincibility for the nationa and peace for the world
Isabelle Matzkin: Gandharva Veda music in the ancient Vedic civilization
and today
Graciella Zogbi: Exploring the intimate and profound connections between
the two Upavedas: Ayurveda and Gandharveda

13:30–15:00 Afternoon plenary session.
Chair Shashi Tiwari

T. S. Rukmani: Upanishadic ideas in present day Hinduism
Ved P. Nanda: Human rights in the Vedic tradition and the current
discourse of human rights

15:15 – 16:30 Afternoon parallel sessions

A. The spiritual foundation of philosophy and religion Chair Jonathan Shear

Ken Chandler: Veda and Greece - descriptions of the experience of pure
consciousness in the writings of Aristotle
Evan Finkelstein: Seeing unity in diversity: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism
and Jainism.
John Boncheff: The interconnectedness of the Nyaya Sutras and the six

B. Sthapatya Veda Chair Denise Denniston Gerace

Jonathan Lipman The revival of Sthapatya Veda by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,
David Fisher The Schwartz-Guich Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi
University of Management
Donald R. Shaifer Design of the Universe: An architectural investigation
into the structure of the Veda

C.World peace Chair C. L. Prabhakar

Barry Spivack: The Maharishi Effect and the angels of our better nature: resolving the crises in Syria, Ukraine, and Iraq (via skype)
Vivek Vaidyanathan Iyer & Bhupendra Dave: Creating world peace using Vedic technologies, Vedic pandits, and their influence on theenvironment through the technologies of the Transcendental Meditation and T.M. Sidhi programs, and Vedic yagya
David Leffler: Invincible defense technology - a Vedic response to terrorism

D. Veda and its manifestation
Chair Maxwell Rainforth

William Sands: Maharishi’s commentary on Rk Veda: Apaurusheya
Mark Toomey: Maharishi Ayurveda and purification
Alarik Arenander & Cynthia Arenander: The electronic model of Veda in the human physiology-The practical application of the Discovery of Veda and the Vedic Literature in Human Physiology

E. Vedic knowledge in everyday life. Chair Bela Bhattacharya

Charles Heath: Maharishi’s contribution to the disciplines of Jyotish.and Yagyna
Pradheep Chhalliyil: A handy Universal pattern to understand Vedic knowledge
Brad Mylett: A brief overview of Maharishi University of Management

19:00–21:45. Evening plenary session Chair Ken Chandler

Bob Wynne: Maharishi Vedic City and Maharishi University of
Management: living Veda in daily life
John Hagelin: Is consciousness the unified field? A field theorist’s
Fred Travis: Transcending during Transcendental Meditation practice: the driver for growth of higher states of consciousness
David Scharf: On the Immortality of the Soul: Yama’s Reply to
Nachiketas from the Perspective of Maharishi Vedic Science


9:00–9:45 Morning plenary session Chair Peter Scharf
Ashok Aklujkar Vedic living as a historical concept

9:50–11:05 Morning parallel sessions I

A. Environment. Chair Jonathan Lipman

John Collins & Fred Travis: The relationship of different human traits and environmentally conscious living
Bela Bhattacharya: Ecology during the Buddha era
Dinesh Gyawali: Holy or healthy - modern approach to sacred vedic plants

B. Vedanta and the nature of the individual soul. Chair Evan Finkelstein

Swami Jyotirmayananda: The global vision and mission of Swami Vivekananda, and how it inspired the Indian spiritual thrust worldwide
Vinod Deshmukh Individuality (jıvatva) and universality (vibhutva): from egocentricity to ecospirituality
Eshan & Arnav Kejriwal: Atman of Hinduism: an analysis and comparison
to the soul and spirit of Abrahamic religions

C. Yajur Veda and the role of trust. Chair Daniel Pal

C. L Prabhakar: Adoption of Yajur Vedic discipline for smooth modern living
Kalyan Viswanathan: Hermeneutics of sraddha
B. V. K. Sastry: Temple Vedic chants: A deliberation on mantra-pushpam in the Taitirıya Aranyaka of the Yajur Veda

D. Coherence in nature and in the nervous system. Chair William Sands

Alex Perlman: Coherence in nature
Alcine Potts: A mathematical model of cognition
Harald Harung: Higher mind-brain development and world-class performance
in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science

11:15 .–12:30 Morning parallel sessions II

A. Linguistics. Chair Ashok Aklujkar

R. V. Rama Krishna Sastry: The contribution of ancient Indian sages to modern linguistics
Peter Freund: Unfolding the full potential of life through Shiksha: para brahman as the fruit of Vedic study, according to Atreya Shiksha
Peter Scharf: Recreation of divine speech: computational implementation of Paninis Ashtadhyayı

B. Models of cosmology, epistemology, and cognition Chair Robert Boyer

Adarasupally Nataraju: Theory of creation (srsti-vada) in Sankhya and Advaita Vedanta schools of philosophy
Richard Wolfson: A proposed correspondence between the stages of sequential structuring of the physiology according to Ayurveda and the sequential structuring of our physical universe out of the Big Bang according to modern cosmology
Park Hensley: The Vedic Upanga as a comprehensive means to gain scientific knowledge

C. Philosophical traditions.
Chair Rama Rao Pappu

Kamlesh Kapur: Philosophical traditions in the Upanishads and the attainment of bliss
Ram Sewak Dubey: Tradition of Vedic philosophy in Allahabad
Chand K. Bhardwaj: Modern Vedic living for sustainable, humane transformation

D. Psychology. Chair Charles Heath

Roeland Van Wijk: The ultra-weak endogenous light of humans in meditation
Raju Chidambaram: Method based on principles of Vedanta for computing
the state of mind of a jıva on encountering objects of the world
Garima Shukla: The impact of Vipasana on the personality of criminals:
a psychological study

E. Vedic concepts for advancing modern science.
Bal Ram Singh, coordinator
Vinod Deshmukh
Gururaj Mutalik
Diana Lurie
Robert Schneider

13:30–15:00 Afternoon plenary session
Chair Candace Badgett

Nancy Lonsdorf: Healing the emotional heart: insights and practical
tools from Maharishi Ayurveda
Robert Schneider: Vedic Psychiatry: Towards a model of total mindbody
health based on principles of Maharishi Ayurveda

A. Agriculture, food, and genetics. Chair Bal Ram Singh

Steve Druker: Why the genetic engineering of our food is deeply
discordant with the Vedic vision of life
Diana Lurie: How we can integrate western scientific studies into
food and diet practices of Ayurvedic medicine
Supaya Wenuganen: The Transcendental Meditation Program affects both
the ojas level and differential global gene expression

B. Neurophysiology. Chair Fred Travis

Cynthia Arenander & Alarik Arenander: Brainwaves of individuals experiencing the selfreferral mechanics of Veda, the constitution of the universe utilizing Maharishi’s technologies of consciousness(Skype talk)
Suzanne Stryker: Personal experiences of Veda with His Holiness
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s comments and Vedic references
Jonathan Shear: Realizing an ancient gift to the modern world

C. Women’s panel discussion: A Vedic perspective on the societal impact
of the changing attitudes of and about women.
Chair Candace Badgett
Shashi Tiwari, Ph.D.
T. S. Rukmani, Ph.D.
Kamlesh Kapur
Aditi Banerjee, Esq.
Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D.

D. Creating harmony. Chair John Boncheff

Madeline de Joly: Visualizing the Vedas: an art installation
Matthew Beaufort: The art of yoga: transcending to higher consciousness
through effortless meditation
Falguni P. Zaveri: Jainas contribution to the world for harmonious living

E. Music.Chair Graciella Zogbi
Nandkishor Muley: Fundamentals of Indian classical music

Ed Sarath: Music, the development of higher stages of consciousness,
and Vedic thought: turiyastıti, bhagavat, and brahmı cetena in contemporary music practice

19:00–21:45 Evening plenary session
Chair Michael Sternfeld

Rajiv Malhotra: The evolution of Yajna from the Vedas to Maharishi and beyond
Shashi Tiwari: Synthesis-The governing principle of the Vedic way of life
P. C. Muraleemadhavan: Vedic Mahavakya - Tattvamasi: an ethical exegesis
Anand Sagar: The impact of the Ramayan in modern media on Indian culture
Nandkishor Muley & Anjaneya Sastry Kappagantu: Santoor and tabla concert


9:00–9:45 Morning plenary session
Chair Girish Nath Jha
Bal Ram Singh: Popular recipes for the failure of Vedic values in the modern world

9:50–11:05 Morning parallel sessions I

A. Math and consciousness. Chair Anne Dow

Ravi Joshi: Integral Unity in Mathematics - The Leap From One To
Zero And Back
Cathy Gorini: The mathematical concept of symmetry illuminated by verse 4.18 of the Bhagavad-Gıta
Paul Corazza: Mathematics of pure consciousness

B. Ethics. Chair Craig Pearson

Ankit Chaudhary: The mistakes of Hastinapur
Naresh Beohar: Interpretation of the Vedic scriptures by Mahatma Gandhi in the context of contemporary circumstances
Aditya Kumar Gupta: Tattvamasi - the extension of upanishadic morality to animals

C. Medicine. Chair Robert Schneider

Ragnhild Boes: The Maharishi Ayur-Veda mother and baby program for
post-partum rejuvenation (Skype talk)
Gururaj Mutalik: Longevity and wellness through the Vedic way of living
Veronica Butler: Insights from the Veda for healthier lives

D. Transforming collective consciousness. Chair David Goodman

Jocelyne Comtois: Consciousness and Human Resources Management
Rachel Goodman: The relationship between individual and collective
consciousness in Maharishi Vedic Science
David Gannon: Vedic leadership - world transforming management
models leading our world from darkness and suffering to light and bliss, heaven on earth

11:15 .–12:30 Morning parallel sessions II

A. Medicine and women Chair Nancy Lonsdorf

Denise Denniston Gerace: Women and Stress: A Vedic Solution to a Modern Problem
Veronica Butler: A woman’s best medicine
Leslee Goldstein The effect of the Transcendental Meditation Technique on self-efficacy, perceived stress, and quality of life in mothers in Uganda: a model of empowerment from within

B. Epic treasures. Chair P. C. Muraleemadhavan

Appachanda Thimmaiah Vedic wisdom for dilemmas of modern food and
Daniel Pal: When there is no dharma: the Bhagavad Gıta on transcendence, action and facing the challenges of life
Peter Freund: Discovery of the Varuna Upapuran.

C. Heritage and pedagogy Chair Vamshi Krishna Ghanapathi

Girish Nath Jha Sanskrit manuscripts digitization and beyond: the current status in India
Vamshi Krishna Ghanapathi: Traditional studies — contemporary deficiencies

D. Vedic metaphysics and peace. Chair Adarasupally Nataraju

Patricia Saunders: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s perspective on atma and its
expression as the Veda
Shiv Talwar: A mathematical and graphical contemplation on Vedic
Will Davis: Combining Lorentz Contraction with gravity maps to
confirm the Maharishi Effect

E. Vedic living in a modern world. Chair Swami Jyotirmayananda

Chander Khanna: How relevant are the 21st century BC understandings
of rishis in 21st century AD?
Sai Sravan Cherukuri: The glory and grandeur of Lord Surya
Sai Keerthana & Sai Saketh Cherukuri: E=MC2 and the Ganapati Atharva shirsha

13:30–16:40Afternoon plenary session.
Chair: David Scharf

Benjamin Feldman: Attainment of brahman and the nature of the master
John Hagelin: Higher states: the neurophysiology of enlightenment— scientific foundation for a Vedic civilization
Nandkishor Muley & Anjaneya Sastry Kappaganta: Santoor and tabla concert
Maharishi Vedic Pandits: Vedic performance
Sashi Kejriwal: Vote of thanks

19:00 Open meeting to discuss the future collaboration of Indian and American scholars, WAVES and MUM.

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