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Forty Aspects of Veda and Vedic Literature in the Light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge

14-Lesson Course: This course was held from August 14 – September 28, 2021. It is now an online self-study course, to be viewed at your convenience. Course materials and videos are available for you to view for one year after signing up.

Course Leader: Peter Warburton, PhD

Course Fee: $75 discounted price for everyone during this time of the coronavirus.

First Lesson is Free: View Lesson One here.

Prerequisite: TM-Sidhi® course, or TM® course, plus at least one Total Knowledge course by Dr. Peter Warburton would be helpful.

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Course Description

We are excited to announce a new 14-lesson course by Dr. Peter Warburton, Forty Aspects of Veda and Vedic Literature in the Light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge.

This new course continues the deep exploration of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge, which has been enjoyed by several thousand course participants during the past few years.

During this course, we will review the entire structure of the Veda as a phenomenon of the Self of everyone. We will look at it from the inside, from the level of one’s own pure consciousness, but also see the process by which that entire structure of the Veda manifests, giving rise to every detail of the human physiology and the entire universe. Dr. Tony Nader’s work on Veda and the Human Physiology will be an essential part of this exposition.

Maharishi had suggested to Dr. Warburton to look at each area of the Vedic Literature in the light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge. This course will include:

  • Exploration of each of the 40 aspects and their interrelations
  • Readings and recitations from each of the 40 aspects

Yo jagar tam richah karmanyate
He who is awake, the Richa (expressions of the Veda) zoom forth for him.

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.


(44 – Five Stars; 5 – Four Stars; 2 – Three Stars; 0 – Two Stars; 0 – One Star)

  “Wonderful, inspiring knowledge, beautifully presented by Raja Peter. The course brought out that consciousness is all there is. Everything is Veda — consciousness, Brahm, Totality.” —RC

  “This course explains what we’re looking at when we look at the Veda. The course shows how it is a whole rather than a collection of interesting but unrelated sections. It illuminates how the Veda is truly nothing but our own consciousness.” —Terry Laird

  “I learned that we don’t learn about the Vedas, we uncover what is already within us. This course shows us what is already within and reveals how enriched our lives can be when we begin to see for ourselves what is there.” —Alison Burt

  “For your own evolution, it is a must to keep up with Raja Peter’s courses. They are absolutely enjoyable and enlightening. This course teaches that Veda is no longer a distant book of knowledge, but it is me and I am it. More importantly, I can now appreciate that on the feeling level.” —Geoff Wilson

  “This was the deepest, most profound of Total Knowledge courses. A bridge was built between understanding what and where Veda is and the experience of Veda in myself. I experienced huge upliftment from reading the charts, and a more continuous daily sense of the wealth of the Veda operating inside me, managing everything perfectly.” —Irene Giangregorio

  “This one, and all the other Total Knowledge courses, are a MUST!” —Mary Webster

  “Insights found nowhere else can be had in each moment of this course — a marvelous unfolding of the glory of Maharishi Vedic Science.” —JKR

  “This course is an advanced technique and a taste of unity.” —JZ

  “This is a wonderful course to get an overview of the 40 Aspects of Vedic Literature while experiencing Total Knowledge on the level of one’s own consciousness. The course reminded me: That which you put your attention on grows stronger in your life.” —AW

  “From the perspective of someone having taken almost all of Raja Peter’s courses, I found this course to be very inspiring and uplifting, even though a lot of it had been covered in previous courses. The more one hears it, the more deeply it becomes integrated. This is the supreme knowledge of existence. The Vedas are the ultimate structure of everything — consciousness, the body, and the universe. During the course, I had some of the best experiences I’ve ever had, listening to the Vedic recitations along with a background of stillness.” —Dale K Fleshman

  “In this course, I learned that the wholeness that we live is more than the sum of the parts, and the 40 aspects of Veda and Vedic literature are the parts that make up our whole! All that this knowledge lacks is your own light, but no amount of knowledge can deliver your own light to you. But these courses and the Veda itself are the road map to discover this light for yourself!” —Tommy Brooks

  “This course added to my familiarity with the 40 areas of Vedic Literature, deepened understanding of each area, and provided experience and appreciation of how the study of Veda is the study of me, and of all of us. I found it experiential, with intellectual understanding as a by-product.” —Judy White

  “This course gives the answer to every question you’ve had about who you are. The realization of ‘I am That’, where ‘That’ is the Veda, and Veda is none other than my own Self.” —BC

  “Raja Peter is a very powerful and delicate teacher: powerful and deeply established in Maharishi’s knowledge and understanding; delicately sensitive to the different needs of the course participants and the group as a whole; very respectful and uplifting. This ‘combo’ of the teacher makes the course very deep and enjoyable.” —Phalya Cohen

  “I enjoyed the whole course and I’m looking forward to the next one. I find that collectively focusing on the Veda in a course format is almost like a technique, and results, for me on a personal level, in a very delightful expansion of consciousness. It’s magical.” —Anonymous

  “I can’t recommend this course highly enough. Anyone who seeks a deeper understanding of themselves, their TM practice, and the glorious symmetry and beauty of nature, of ourselves, would enjoy this class. This has brought a wholeness to my TM practice (I’ve taken CIC and await my residency), a depth to my understanding of myself, and a deep appreciation for Veda and the Vedic Literature, as well as Maharishi’s cognizance and sharing of it all. I’m so deeply moved and inspired to continue this journey. Thanks to all and a special thank you to Raja Peter. What a gift you give. Jai Guru Dev.” —LS

  “This is an experiential course to help deepen transcendence, with a preliminary focus on the 40 aspects of Vedic Literature that provides an introduction into how all possible fundamental values of consciousness are expressed in the impulses of Veda. With gratitude to Raja Peter and Mary for bringing this course to us… Jai Guru Dev.” —JL

  “This course offers the best way to know thyself, blissfully, naturally, and easily. The Veda is structured in consciousness, and my consciousness is the Veda. My experiences from taking this course: deeper transcendence, serious expansion of heart and mind in activity, and spreading joy around me. I spontaneously know what I have to do, and action is more fruitful.” —Antonin Mireault-Plante

  “Great course. The course approaches transcending from different angles and always ends up at ‘A’. The Veda is us and we are the Veda; the Veda is our consciousness and consciousness is the Veda. The details of the Total Knowledge charts allows one to focus on the pure knowledge and be centered on ‘A’ and not get lost in the relative aspects.” —CK

  “I would describe this course to a friend as an amazing journey of self-discovery. Life-changing. And the journey continues… Raja Peter is an amazing teacher. The course was wonderful. I started to have moments of feeling one with everything… ‘I am Veda… I am consciousness.’ And these moments keep occurring. This has been happening for about two weeks now. I do not quite feel like the same person I was prior to a few weeks ago. I am different… but different in a wonderful way.” —GA

  “This course is yet another deep dive into the Veda. The world is as we are. The purpose of life is happiness. I AM the Veda. This course unfolds the Veda as actually, experientially, and unequivocally ME. I feel much smarter, much more enlightened, lighter…” —Diallo K Radway

  “This is a profound course for developing greater experiences of higher states of consciousness through the study and comprehension of the 40 aspects of Vedic Literature from the level of one’s own Self (Atma). While attending this course, I have noticed an increase in the experience of more silence and dynamism balance, both in the TM-Sidhi program and in daily living.” —MEAW

  “This course nurtures deep experiences and accelerates the growth toward enlightenment as it clarifies and explores Maharishi’s knowledge. From the course, I learned that the Veda, my own consciousness, physiology, and the universe are all one. Each moment of each session is edifying and filled with delight.” —PW

  “These Total Knowledge courses are like an advanced technique. I learned that the Veda is my own consciousness, the source of everything. Each of us is a knower who sees our Self manifest as the universe. As we absorb the knowledge intellectually, it enlivens it in our physiology and consciousness. We can feel Maharishi with us through Raja Peter, and the group dynamic is so deep and expansive.” —Susi Halley

  “I am growing dramatically and wonderfully from the clarity and intellectual insights I’m deriving from Peter’s beautiful exposition of Vedic Literature. The course underscores and validates my own remarkable experiences of consciousness, bliss, and wholeness.” —Jim Henning

  “The course, as always, works on all levels of consciousness. A Total Knowledge course does help to understand the terminology of the 40 Aspects and to get a full understanding of all the aspects covered. The course helps to deepen and broaden our awareness and realize the Veda is our own Self. I feel it is an essential addition to my TM practice.” —Angela Betsworth

  “This course is expanding, elucidating, assimilating, awakening Vedas, awakening my own Consciousness. My perception of everyday life is now effervescent… I hear myself asking, ‘was there ever a day that was as pretty as today?’ I love the structure of the course.” —PN

  “Vedic literature is connectedness of the Transcendental higher levels of consciousness.” —LM

  “If you want to know about why you meditate and where that takes you then take this course. In this course, I learned that sounds become form. Mother (Atma) is always at home. Veda can be found everywhere and is the source of creation. I had some of the deepest meditations ever during this course. My level of clarity has sharpened, and acceptance of how my life is unfolding has increased. I can better accept that everything that is happening in my life is for my own evolution, even if I might not like what is happening.” —Anonymous

  “Narayana at the beginning and Sama Ved at the end, perfect! From Lesson 4: Everything is nothing other than Totality, hiding at every step.” —SL

  “For those who wish to understand the relationship between unmanifest Being and the impulses of Creation which remain unmanifest, for those who wish to explore the ultimate truth of your Self and the Veda, this is the course for you! This course gave me the experience of heightened confirmation of a sense of unity, and also awareness that the entire earth is divine, that you can sense the hand of the Creator.” —Jonathan Miller

  “This course is a beautiful dive into the nature of Veda and understanding the intimate connection between the 40 Aspects of Vedic Literature and our own consciousness. It makes something abstract much more concrete. From this course I learned that Veda is not just sounds, verses, and hymns of an unknown language. It is the expression of totality, it exists within our own consciousness, in the collapse of fullness. Vedic hymns are cognized; when we transcend, we contact the level where Veda resides and therefore we discover we are the Veda, we are totality, we are simultaneously both small Self and cosmic Self, we realize our true Divine status.” —CM

  “A fabulous course to expand both your understanding of the Veda, which is the nature and structure of your own pure consciousness, as well as gain deeper experiences of that infinite Field. The Veda are the sounds of total natural law — the structure of pure consciousness, the togetherness of Silence and Dynamism. The Vedic literature is what is humming in my own transcendental consciousness. The sounds express sequentially. Each of the 40 areas of the Veda is a value of our own consciousness, a map of our consciousness. Our Being pulsates and our body and universe is created. Truly a wonderful course.” —DJ

  “The course, 40 Aspects, is a very important course because it provides — from a bird’s eye view, so to speak — a complete overview of the Veda, the entire Vedic literature, and how a corresponding appearance in human physiology and the manifest creation unfolds and is mirrored … how physiology and the entire creation develops from the sounds of the Veda and Vedic Literature. ‘In the beginning was the Word…’ Maharishi commented that ‘the Word’ is Sound… The course, in my opinion, is followed by a natural desire to learn more about more details of the Veda and every aspect of Vedic literature. I enjoyed this course to the full and can only recommend it.” —HS

  “This course is a virtual roadmap for enhancing our daily TM and TM-Sidhi program. It contains Maharishi’s personal advice on how to live our lives in a way that is in alignment with the laws of nature and most beneficial to our individual spiritual development. The knowledge of our relationship between our own pure consciousness, Absolute Being, and all of manifest creation is profound and life-changing — Aham Vishwam. Learning and familiarization with the ‘language’ of the Vedas was most important to me. What goes on in the Gap with Devatas was very appealing to me. I found myself always emotionally and intellectually satiated. I feel like my life has taken on a new meaning and purpose — so exciting, what a joy!!” —Alfred Therrien

  “This course is a set of charming lessons in discrimination embedded in love. My life has become increasingly relaxed, with more focus on wholeness and love, since I started taking these courses. I enjoy a better life. The prospect of higher-level direct experience is much more palpable. I am very grateful.” —VBM

  “This course summarizes and deepens the previous Total Knowledge courses and helps deepen our understanding and experience of Pure Knowledge and Transcendental Consciousness. I was already listening to some Vedic recitations before this course, but now I make it a regular practice, … as it deepens and solidifies the experience of the transcendent during the whole program, and allows me to experience more silence in activity.” —AA

  “If you are interested in learning about the power and beauty of Vedic vibrational aspects, sounds, and wisdom in a way that is engaging and enlightening, then this course is for you. From the variety of sensations experienced when listening to the sounds of Vedic chants, to the exquisitely designed charts which transform complex concepts and information into visual learning aha’s, to the opportunities to learn from Maharishi, Raja Peter, Paul, and class participants, this interactive course surpassed my expectations and, as usual with all my MIU course experiences, left me looking forward to the next course in this wonderful series on Higher Consciousness and Total Knowledge. During group meditations, on several occasions, I experienced timelessness. During the chants, I often felt resonance with the tones and cadence of the sounds… as if they were humming within me. Jai Guru Dev.” —MC

  “The deeply profound knowledge is life-changing on the most subtle quiet level. More than the beautifully profound knowledge of the course, the most relevant thing I gained was the realization that it is absolutely necessary to be absorbed in the knowledge on a daily basis, so that it spontaneously becomes part of one’s awareness throughout the day. This is happening more and more now — the knowledge simply begins to reverberate in my awareness in a non-specific way.” —CR

  “This course was deep and profound, soothing and delicate. It described the process of total creation, from the unmanifest to the manifest. I would have liked to know, even just in a few words, what each of the 40 aspects is about. The chanting in each session was very pleasant and enlivening. It felt familiar and reassuring, pure and simple.” —Irasema Furfaro

  “The sessions of this course was an anthesis, opening my awareness to another level. My ability to transcend in meditation improved without effort or attention. I learned from this course that the sound of the recitation of the Veda can effect a change in consciousness by altering the brain and nervous system … and that our brain and nervous systems have corresponding structures to the Veda.” —Thomas Tupper

  “The course is very stimulating. It awakens and clarifies ever deeper awareness of the qualities of the absolute. It’s fulfilling and blissful to experience the unfolding of the knowledge of the Ved in our own awareness. The study of the Ved is the study of one’s own Consciousness. The transformations that occur in the gaps that give rise to the material aspects of the relative remain part of the whole, while appearing as separate. Our human physiology is all consciousness.” —Anonymous

  “Continued finer attunement — learn how sound and its effect restructure the body and mind. The transcripts of Maharishi’s talk are appreciated. The supplemental reading — ‘Perfection in Education’ — had some real gems.” —KD

  “Maharishi’s teachings are perfect and comprehensive. [Taking this course] enlivens your nervous system. During the course, I experienced deeper programs.” —AR

  “Very easy course to understand the structure of the Veda and the beginning of creation. Every aspect of the Veda has counterparts in human physiology and in modern science, like physic, mathematics, biology.” —Edvard Djordjevic

  “This course was enlivening, enlightening, invigorating, and totally necessary! It brought out the point of how all 40 aspects of the Ved are in me.” —MV

  “This course is a synopsis of the vast knowledge of the 40 aspects of the Ved. The knowledge clarifies the experience during TM and the TM-Sidhis.” —Joel Stephens

  “It’s a friendly environment, where we float in Maharishi’s deep, pure knowledge with very highly evolved souls. It’s so nourishing and blissful. Study of the Veda is the study of myself. I’m the 40 aspects of the Veda. And the goal is to enliven the 40 aspects for a proper functioning of the physiology for the highest experience of life, because the world is as I am. Often, after Sama Veda and 20 minutes of TM at the end of the course, I’m truly a mass of silence. Many thanks to everybody.” —PM

  “The course contains highly valuable knowledge supporting TM practice. I gained more knowledge of Consciousness and its manifestation.” —Anonymous

  “The study of the Veda is the study of our own Self. I only gave the course 3 Stars because the course organization never became apparent. There didn’t seem to be a lesson plan. The highlights of each session were the opening chant and Maharishi’s video.” —Anonymous

  “This was the most difficult course for me so far; I don’t feel that I know enough to ask questions, but Raja Peter’s clarification of the course content through his replies to participants’ questions (and his review of Maharishi’s talks) was critical to my understanding of a portion of the course content. I had purchased all the suggested books for this course, but found them overwhelming. It would be helpful to use examples (e.g., from Dr. Nader’s Human Physiology book to show how it relates to the 40 aspects). I now have a daily practice of listening to the Vedic recitations. Thank you.” —MR

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Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
This is an advanced course for TM Teachers and graduates of the TM-Sidhi course, plus those Meditators who have a familiarity and comfort with many of the terms and concepts used in Maharishi’s Total Knowledge.

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos 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 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 third class.

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