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The Department of Maharishi Vedic Science provides the systematic knowledge and experience of pure consciousness, Ātmā, the Self of every individual, as brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This unmanifest self-referral field of pure intelligence at the basis of the thinking process is the source of all thought and action.  As explained in the Veda and Vedic Literature and supported by modern physics, it is the non-changing field of order and intelligence at the basis of the universe – the unified field of natural law.

Maharishi Vedic Science

Maharishi Vedic Science explains how this underlying unity unfolds into the diversity of life and offers practical technologies for reconnecting each individual to the source of order and harmony within.

 The study of Maharishi Vedic Science develops the full potential of the knower and lays the foundation for complete knowledge of any discipline, while it fosters evolution to higher states of consciousness and progressive and fulfilling action and accomplishment in life.  Maharishi Vedic Science is the systematic study, experience, and development of the full range of life, both individual and cosmic, and its applications to create a better world. Its principles and technologies are based on the direct experience and understanding of the most vital element in life – the unbounded field of consciousness that is the inner intelligence at the basis of every individual and the entire universe.  

In time, because of the student’s developing consciousness, the creativity, energy, and intelligence governing the universe become accessible and usable by the student. Students grow in their natural ability to think and behave from that unbounded level of pure consciousness; they grow in intelligence, creativity, and power, but equally in compassion, kindness, and moral character.  

Consciousness and Human Potential

The degrees in consciousness and human potential address questions about the nature and range of individual consciousness from the perspective of modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science. Discussions of the full range of life are supported by direct experience and understanding of pure consciousness, the inner intelligence at the basis of every individual and the entire universe. 

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Fred Travis

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Dr. Travis is Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science, Chair of the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science, Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, & Cognition. He earned an MS and PhD in Psychology from Maharishi International University, and a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. His research interests are in psychophysiological correlates of higher states of consciousness; psychophysiological correlates of reading Vedic literature; investigation of models of higher states of consciousness; the effects of Transcendental Meditation® practice on child development; and the effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on promoting healthy aging.

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