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Brahma Sutras in the Light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge

Images of Maharishi and Dr. Peter Warburton * Twelve Lessons Live via Zoom * Brahma Sutras in the Light of Maharishi's Total Knowledge with Peter Warburton, PhD

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Five stars  “Listening to and reciting the Brahma Sutras is an Advanced Technique.” —GK

Five stars  “This course has been instrumental in enlivening Brahm in my awareness, even in activity. Take it, take it, take it!!”  —SAV   (See more reviews from this course.)

Twelve-Lesson Course: Now available as a self-study online course.

Course Leader: Peter Warburton, PhD

Course Fee:

  • $125 Full course fee
  • $75 Discounted course fee for full-time students, MIU/MSAE/MERU/MF staff & faculty, low-income retirees, and anyone adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic
  • Some countries might have a discounted course fee of $35 or $65. To find out about your country, please check the list in the sign-up form.

Free Talk: The first class is free and is available to View Online
Password: Vernon

Prerequisite: At least one Total Knowledge course.

Course Description

Each Brahma Sutra is the expression of an experience in the growth of consciousness. Maharishi says that the Brahma Sutras express the standard possible experiences between the development of one fullness, which is nothing other than the Absolute, to the concrete value of the other fullness, which is nothing other than the total relative field of life. As such, the study of the Brahma Sutras supports the development of consciousness to the supreme level of Unity Consciousness.

In 2007, Maharishi asked Dr. Warburton to review the various areas of the Vedic literature in the light of the unique exposition of Total Knowledge developed under Maharishi’s guidance over the previous four years and presented in Dr. Warburton’s four-part course on Maharishi’s Total Knowledge. The framework of Total Knowledge — the full exposition of Maharishi’s Vedic Science — naturally provides deep insight into each area of the Vedic literature.

These courses are proving most inspiring for the course participants, leading to profound experiences. By popular demand MIU Continuing Education is offering this unique course on “Brahma Sutras in the Light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge”.

This 12-lesson live online course includes:

  • Systematic exposition of Total Knowledge contained in the Brahma Sutras
  • Historic footage of Maharishi on the Brahma Sutras
  • Insights and stories from archival treasures of Dr. Vernon Katz, who worked closely with Maharishi on his commentary on the Brahma Sutras (as documented in Dr. Katz’s two volumes of Conversations with Maharishi)
  • Maharishi’s favorite sutras
  • Recitation of the Brahma Sutras by Maharishi Vedic Pandits
  • And more.

Please note that this course is not the same course given at MIU in 2017 with Dr. Warburton and Dr. Katz. This new course is designed to cover this subject more systematically and comprehensively and will offer more recordings of Maharishi. Also, the video of Dr. Katz which will be included in this course, will not be from the MIU course in 2017. However, the 2017 course is still highly recommended and available. If interested, please email ce@miu.edu for details.

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Course Leader

Dr. Peter Warburton

Peter Warburton, PhD

Dr. Peter Warburton currently oversees the Transcendental Meditation® organization in several countries, including the UK, Bulgaria, UAE, and Zambia. He has a Master’s Degree in social and political sciences from Cambridge University and a doctorate in Supreme Political Science from Maharishi University of World Peace.

Dr. Warburton worked closely with Maharishi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation technique, for 36 years. Maharishi personally trained Dr. Warburton to offer courses in Total Knowledge, which present the full range of Maharishi’s knowledge in a delightful manner that requires no special prerequisite other than practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique.

In more normal times, Dr. Warburton travels extensively to teach Maharishi’s Total Knowledge in many parts of the globe. These courses are in great demand internationally – from Australasia, to Asia, to Europe, and to North America.


(47 – Five Stars; 1 – Four Stars; 2 – Three Stars; 0 – Two Stars; 0 – One Star)

Five stars  “Love the course… perfection.” —PM

Five stars  “This course has been instrumental in enlivening Brahm in my awareness, even in activity. Take it, take it, take it!!” —Suzanne Araas Vesely

Five stars  “A beautiful and balanced learning experience. Each Brahma Sutra is an experience, and each builds on the previous sutra. We hear the sutras, say them aloud, learn the meanings. We gain intellectual understanding of the value of the Brahma Sutras, and also begin to, somehow, see the Unity in all. This course clarified Brahman for me on many levels.” —SA

Five stars  “A BRILLIANT course with a BRILLIANT professor, Raja Peter – and his brilliant crew. This course really helps to ACTIVATE that totality which is Brahm (Aham Brahmasmi) in each participant. Covering the material as we have, we are resonating with what we are, but have merely ‘forgotten’. I had no suggestions for improvement on the previous version of the course, but Raja Peter and Crew have managed to improve it, regardless.” —FP

Five stars  “This course opens to your awareness the basic principles of the Brahma Sutras, the structure of Brahman, and provides a good understanding of the structure of Total Knowledge.” —Reinhart Schettler

Five stars  “Aspects of the Brahma Sutras are presented in a clear, sequential, and spiritual manner, serving as a valuable building block which helped me, as a Transcendental Meditator, more fully understand and enliven higher states of consciousness. I gained a deeper connection with Self in experiencing and repeating the vibrations of the Brahma Sutras.” —JL

Five stars  “I learned the amazing wisdom of the Brahma Sutras as a guiding light on the path to Unity Consciousness by showing us the sequencing of experiences and the knowledge that flows from those experiences, thereby connecting us to Unity with steady gentle harmonious ease. Thought-provoking, energizing, heartwarming learning experiences that guide us to enjoy life more fully. Top notch instructor, education support team, and classmates all add to the high quality of this course. Wonderful educational program. In gratitude. Jai Guru Dev” —MC

Five stars  “This very insightful course brought out that Brahm is both silence and dynamism … both totality and the relative. The Brahma Sutras are the connectors between totality and the relative. One establishes Brahman Consciousness through both experience and knowledge.” —Mary Araas-Wright

Five stars  “This course was astoundingly rich and comprehensive. This course was not a bunch of teaching and Q&A; it was a transformative experience. And it was wildly fun, and extraordinarily compelling. I thrilled in anticipation [of each class], and glowed in satisfaction.” —CB

Five stars  “The Brahma Sutras are very powerful. … The benefits of this course are unidentifiable and indescribable. It leaves one with a feeling of silence.” —Richard Higgins

Five stars  “This course is a subtle, complete experience, enlivening knowledge of natural law — God.” —Lon McCarley

Five stars  “This course, building on the previous courses, is an awakening or furthering of the knowledge of who I am, but on an experiential level in addition to the knowledge being unfolded. I think it would be fruitful to have a final session to just answer the questions that have arisen throughout the course.” —Diallo K. Radway

Five stars  “The Brahma Sutras describe growth of Experience. I had a profound experience of the first sutra a few months ago. It was a vivid experience of NOW. The course was an intimate sharing of Maharishi’s Knowledge about the growth of Enlightenment.” —Ann Rappaport

Five stars  “A beautiful combination of knowledge (through incredible teachers Dr. Warburton and Dr. Katz) and experience (through learning and reciting the Brahma Sutras). I learned that each sutra is an experience of consciousness rising to the realization of Brahman.” —Mary Riley

Five stars  “Each session of Raja Peter’s class is full and unique. He is an exceptional exponent of Maharishi’s knowledge. Since the first couple of sessions, my husband and I have been like little kids waiting for our special treat coming up in the next class! We immediately and unhesitatingly moved other appointments and commitments in our schedules and signed up for the Upanishads class as soon as the invitation arrived. We are excited to continue this bi-weekly infusion of deep experiences and beautifully clear knowledge! The course couldn’t possibly be any better.” —PW

Five stars  “This course was a beautiful journey to one’s Self. And… during the journey… the realization that we are all one. Beautiful course. There were so many points of learning in this course. But the major point of learning for me is that we are all Brahman. I have no suggestions for improving the course at this time.” —Dr. Gilda M. Anroman

Five stars  “This course is a very relaxed and non-intimidating way to start to become familiar with the Brahma Sutras. One thing that is so delightful is the understanding that this literature is for everyone, at any level of evolution. ‘Now from here’ we all have the desire to know Brahman, whether we recognize it as such or not! We are and always have been nothing but Brahm. We need not be unduly concerned about our destiny, as we are proceeding on course in the sequential unfoldment of knowledge and experience.” —VM

Five stars  “This course is an awakening of the beautiful knowledge of the Brahma Sutras and creates a deepening of one’s own experiences. Always, more wonderful stories from Raja Peter! Another Brahma Sutra Course please!!!” —RB

Five stars  “I gained a better understanding of Brahm and Total Knowledge. Well worth the time and money.” —PM

Five stars  “I highly recommend The Brahma Sutras in Light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge. In my opinion and experience, the structure of this course is beyond perfect! … Raja Peter’s steadfast, established knowledge, understanding, and experience of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge spontaneously flows joyfully from his BEING, hence the purity of Maharishi’s teachings is a blessing and gift to all of us fortunate to attend. His many decades of amazing experiences and stories of and with Maharishi are true delight, and every class is filled with fun and laughter! What infinite joy!” —Anon

Five stars  “Great course for deepening your knowledge regarding the structure of your own consciousness and inevitable experiences you will have as you grow and evolve. … Invaluable knowledge relating to our experiences as Brahman Consciousness unfolds.” —DJ

Five stars  “This course is very recommendable! Raja Peter is a wonderful course leader. The course is… perfect!” —DP

Five stars  “This is the refined nectar of the highest knowledge on the planet. Brahm isn’t realized, it reveals itself.” —Ronald White

Five stars  “I liked that the sutras proceed as building floors in a building, one on top of the previous—each one expands on one word from the previous sutra. My favorite lesson was lesson 10, the point about the contradictory nature of the wholeness of Brahm.” —TO

Five stars  “Raja Peter imparts profound intellectual knowledge, structures exciting class experiences, as well as inspiring Q&A. All this takes place in a relaxed environment of BLISS, making it easy to understand why Maharishi chose him to be the one to teach these incredible Total Knowledge courses. Maharishi said, ‘Everything is bliss.’ I don’t think the course can be improved–it was fantastic!” —CL

Five stars  “I felt just pure bliss in listening and participating at the course and following the lectures. I had, now and then, experiences of higher states of consciousness dawning, knowledge and experience came together. Also, I enjoyed the feeling to be present with Maharishi in the different lecture halls, and get all these higher degrees of knowledge which I was awaiting for a long time.” —Magdalena Gazdag

Five stars  “The effect of the continuity of study … under the guidance of Raja Peter has been an acceleration of my awareness. … I can witness the unfolding of knowledge, the process as well as practical application that knocks my socks off.” —KD

Five stars  “For me this knowledge is enlivening Unity Consciousness/ Brahmi Chetana. It is the most satisfying experience. … It is perfect — I am attending Total Knowledge courses 5 days a week since months, and would like to listen to Raja Peter for the rest of my life. :-)” —Gabriele Hillmann-Westermeier

Five stars  “I learned in this Brahma Sutras course how the most concisely beautiful Sanskrit statements can convey infinite knowledge of the whole universe. From the first glimmer of an unmanifest blueprint for everything to come, to the vast entirety of everything manifest, Maharishi and Raja Peter present these gems to us. The Brahma Sutras course has a great comforting effect; the otherwise overwhelming structure and functioning of the universe can be distilled into a manageable and exquisitely lovely form, a flower of total knowledge. I would love to have the Brahma Sutras in book form to go with the course.” —Alison Burt

Five stars  “Deep knowledge which enhances experience of practice; clarification of Brahman and the mechanics of nature.” —CB

Five stars  “Complex topics relating to our evolution made easier to understand.” —Anon

Five stars  “I found the REPLAYs of the class precious beyond words. I watched every single lesson at least 2 and 3 times as my daily ‘companion’ in between the Tuesday and Saturday Live Zooms. This extra viewing probably added to the impact of the recitations and personal verbal practice of recitations. I love the recitations, the practice of the recitations, the videos / lectures by Maharishi, the contributions by Dr. Katz and his books, and the impact we all get on our consciousness. Raja Peter is a wonderfully soft and reflective manager / guide to set the temper and style of the class. Love his insights and gentleness toward everyone and every idea.” —Jessica Lahr

Five stars  “Great.” —Jakob Johan Ramnagar

Five stars  “After Total Knowledge Parts 1-4, this Brahma Sutra course felt like it stitched (pun intended) it all together and essentially showed how we can experience the totality in our daily lives. Throughout this course I had several (highly enjoyable!) experiences on the CC/GC/UC level. I generally have these occasionally but during this course the experiences were happening much more often and lasting for a longer duration each time! It’s been incredible. This has been my favorite course at MIU thus far. Thank you to all involved, I am infinitely grateful. Jai guru Dev.” —AL

Five stars  “This course was a look at Brahman Consciousness from another angle. Raja Peter’s in depth exposition of the first 12 Brahma Sutras took me from having a slight degree of understanding to a much great understanding, resulting in the realization of ‘of course!’ for those sutras. There seems to be some sort of harmony or resonance with the sutras and my awareness and even my physiology. Each sutra built on the previous sutra, and yet stands on its own. It was not quite as ‘mind bending’ as the Total Knowledge courses, but this course has its own level of fulfillment. This course leads you step-by-step to Totality. I highly recommend it.” —Ronald Stechert

  “A course of highest knowledge in the light of Maharishi’s wisdom. Although the course has a basic structure, a free flow in teaching and understanding can develop. This is mainly due to the great knowledge and experience of Raja Peter. A pianist can stick to the notes and play very well, but a very experienced pianist can detach himself from the notes and thereby develop virtuosity. The example reminds me of the flow of Raja Peter during this course. Just a big thank you to Raja Peter, Paul, and the whole Team. Jai Guru Dev.” —Hannelore Schettler

Five stars  “Excellent. It is important to have the Total Knowledge courses first.” —Patti Metten

Five stars  “If you feel that full Enlightenment is your first burning desire in life, or if you want to evolve at fastest speed through Maharishi’s Supreme Knowledge, this course is for you! Now. So enjoyable to let the natural flow of Knowledge be displayed by itself, under Raja Peter’s care. All gratitude to Maharishi, to Raja Peter, to the whole team, all the group, the organizers, who enliven UC, Brahm in everyone and in the whole world. Thanks for the facility of reviewing on and on, such a Blessing! such a Blessing! JAI GURU DEV.” —Claudette Maurin

Five stars  “This is an excellent course. Listening to and reciting the Brahma Sutras is an Advanced Technique and creates waves of bliss, which carry over into activity. The structure of the course is perfect, beginning with listening to the Brahma Sutras, reciting them, videos of Maharishi, and explanation and commentary by Raja Peter. In this course, knowledge and experience go hand in hand and are at the most profound level. This provided an extension of experiences I had on the Invincible America course. This course was very fulfilling on many levels. Raja Peter is a very enlightened guide.” —Gloria Kauffman

Five stars  “The Brahma Sutras are for everyone. I had always understood the Brahma Sutras were to be read to ‘stabilize’ Unity Consciousness. One of the first points made in Maharishi’s commentary, and discussed by Raja Peter, was that everyone who takes a human body can benefit and be inspired by the Brahma Sutras.
“It is hard to encapsulate herein the immense value of the 12-lesson course. It was very worthwhile, inspiring, and deepened my experience. Raja Peter is a treasure — always kind, engaged, interested, supportive, joyous, and benevolent. All of that on top of having a tremendous grasp of the fine points of knowledge and Vedic literature.”
—Jane Cuddehe

Five stars  “Knowing that Maharishi said to take Total Knowledge, then study the Scriptures, makes everything very precious. We get to hear the sounds that are the sutras and know they are transforming our physiology. Then we get to speak them and go deeply into their meaning. Add to that the stories from Vernon and Raja Peter telling about Maharishi’s extensive expressions on the Brahma Sutra. All this is unified fully by hearing Maharishi tapes relevant to whatever we are learning. We are also most fortunate to have Raja Peter’s joy in what he is speaking, his delight in remembering things from being with Maharishi, his gentle loving ways of answering questions, and his beautiful speech. Dr. Vernon Katz is a vital participant and we had interactions with him that made everything even more special. This course was far deeper and more satisfying than the previous Brahma Sutra course, and I’m sure a repeat would be even better. It is an example of more and more, and also infinity in every point.” —Judy White

Five stars  “The Veda is supreme knowledge, Totality. If you wish to dive into the depths of this knowledge, take this course. Not only does Raja Peter weave a systematic, enjoyable, meditative, enlightening journey into the Brahma Sutras, but also listening to the pandits recite the sutras, practicing reciting the sutras myself, listening to the venerable Dr. Katz, and becoming absorbed in talks by Maharishi, enlivened something in me that seems to be sustained beyond the time spent on Zoom. This course is a reminder that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and that all paths ultimately lead to the Self. I have a greater, more profound understanding of Brahman, the relationship between Brahman and the Absolute, and the significance of the Brahma Sutras.” —John Graham

Five stars  “Recitation of the Brahma Sutras provides intellectual understanding of reality allowing for Unity Consciousness to fully blossom into Brahman Consciousness. The Self realizes that objects are nothing other than the Self and this awareness cascades to successive objects of perception in an ever increasing manner until one realizes that ‘All this is That’.
“Experience the bliss of the absolute being enlivened in this wonderful course on Vedanta — the Brahma Sutras. I come away with renewed vigor and happiness after each class.
“I think you’ve got it down to a very streamlined workable Zoom class at this point. Keep it coming, Raja Peter, Paul, Mary, Louise, et. al. Thank you and JGD.”

Five stars  “The course offered such a homogenous wholeness of Knowledge that it rightfully earned the name of Total Knowledge. It would be an injustice to the beauty of the course to select one major point. Knowing Maharishi’s thinking as well as the in-depth analysis of the marvelous charts were highlights, in addition to the brilliant input from Dr. Vernon Katz, pandit recitations, and the opportunity to recite in unison, which added another layer of enlightenment and bliss. It is also reassuring to know that it is by virtue of our defects that Brahm can be realized!
“The course offered a rare and wonderful opportunity to take time for very deep and intense focus on the most profound aspects of Maharishi’s pure knowledge and Maharishi’s Vedic Science. The result was transforming, life-changing — an experience not to be missed!
“For the sake of one’s own evolution — as a fast track to unfold higher states of consciousness — I would encourage everyone to take time to dive into the knowledge offered by Raja Peter in this series of Total Knowledge courses. Many thanks! Jai Guru Dev”

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Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
Yes. The prerequisite for this course is at least one Total Knowledge course and preferably, at least two courses..

Will I receive CE credit for this course?
Upon completion of this course, participants who would like a Certificate of Completion and 1.5 units of CE credit will receive them.

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos of the course sessions are available to view for at least one year after signing up.

Where can I contact the organizer of this event with any questions?
Please email the Office of Continuing Education at ce@miu.edu. Or you can call 641-919-0045 during office hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Central Time).

What is the refund policy?
We offer full refunds to anyone who requests them before starting the the third class.


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