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Maharishi Jyotish Course

This course is an online self-study course which can be viewed anytime at your convenience.

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Course Leader: Dr. John Boncheff, who holds a PhD in Maharishi Jyotish, will be teaching this course.

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

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Course Description

This exciting new 12-lesson course, developed by the Brahmananda Saraswati Jyotish Foundation, offers a comprehensive introduction to Maharishi JyotishSM – the timeless, Consciousness-BasedSM system of prediction which can be used to identify and transform trends and tendencies in all areas of our life.

Maharishi Jyotish is Vedic Astrology restored by Maharishi in its purity and effectiveness from the Vedic Tradition of India and is part of Maharishi’s complete Science of Consciousness.

What does this course include?

Fundamentals of Maharishi Jyotish – Recorded presentations by Maharishi Jyotish Pandits illustrate how the Kundali, or horoscope, illuminates all areas of our life — now and in the future. Learn key principles and vocabulary used in a Maharishi Jyotish Consultation, including knowledge of the Grahas (roughly translated as “planets”), Rashis (signs of the Zodiac), Bhavas (houses of the horoscope), Dashas (cycles of time) and more.

Maharishi’s deep insights – Rare talks by Maharishi explain the connection between individual and cosmic intelligence and how one can enjoy life in harmony with Nature’s perfect administration.

Exclusive lectures from Tony Nader, MD, PhD, MARR – Dr. Tony Nader demonstrates the subtle mechanics of the cycles of Nature and how the movement of the sun, moon, and planets can directly impact our thinking, feeling, and behavior.

Insight into past and future – Learn how traditional Vedic technologies can address the consequences of past action (Karma) and remove restrictions to future progress.

“Maharishi Jyotish is that very perfect science which connects the total universal influence on each individual; and each individual’s influence on his surroundings, on his environment, his relationship, his friends, his dear ones, with everything.”



Dr. John Boncheff, PhD

Dr. Boncheff is a longtime teacher of Transcendental Meditation and has taught TM to over 2,500 people. He was also awarded two PhDs in Maharishi Vedic Science directly from Maharishi. The first was in Nyaya and the second was in Jyotish.

Currently Dr. Boncheff works as the video archivist for the Maharishi Foundation and is also the Co-Director of the Maharishi Global Archives and Collections at MIU.


Thank you so much for your Jyotish class! I’m getting a great deal out of it. —DC

Thanks for sharing your wonderful knowledge and wisdom in the Maharishi Jyotish course. —MB

Fabulous course! —SW

Wonderful! All blessings to Maharishi. —MK

Thank you, John, for a clear & comprehensive intro to MJ. I am enjoying it a lot. —AA

Well-structured course and beautifully presented. —VM

First of all I would like to congratulate you for such a wonderful course. This really shows your devotion to Maharishi’s Vedic knowledge and enthusiasm to share it with us. —RB

I have waited so very many years for this course and I thank you for your kindness and care with each of us! It is the most important course offered! —GC

Thank you for the refresh and deepening of the knowledge of jyotish, these presentations are very clear and authentic and bring a rush of knowledge to the awareness. Very concentrated and integrated, very rich in detail and yet simple and easy to assimilate. —TP

Thank you for this wonderful course. —AD

Thank you, Dr. Ann and Raja Chris for this wonderful Maharishi Jyotish Course. I appreciate the depth and richness of each session and webinar. —AC

Thank you to you and Dr Ann Crowell for this course, which I find enlightening. —PM

Thanks for a wonderful course. —BDC

Good knowledge and activity during Stay-at-Home in Michigan. —TK

This is definitely the most coherent Jyotish course I’ve taken here (and there have been many at MIU over the years going way back–although I never did the more detailed one that was offered years ago). You are absolutely the best!!!! —RS

I am very happy with the Jyotish course. —RH

Enjoying this course very much, thank you! —BM

The knowledge is very good. I am really enjoying the lessons, which are so rich. And the zoom webinars are so chock full of lively knowledge. the back and forth between Ann and John keep one on the edge of one’s seat. The different qualities of their personalities make a great balanced, dynamic wholeness. —MC

The jyotish course is very beautiful knowledge and well produced!! —SM

Thank you for this wonderful course and for the kind and considered way all the questions are attended to. —AD

I have enrolled on your online Jyotish course and am enjoying the beautiful knowledge. —VM

I am so very much enjoying the course, its materials and presentation. —JB

I’m taking the Jyotish course online. Learning a lot. And enjoying —AG

Congratulations on your Jyotish course! I especially commend you for your deft handling of the many and quite varied questions —PD

I look forward to following the course and have been very impressed with the beautiful quality of the presentation and the concentrated knowledge being offered. —TP

Thank you for this course. it is very well presented and easy to follow. —AA

Course very enjoyable! Thanks! —CH

I am really enjoying the course so far and find the handouts really helpful now. I think presentations and mix of Maharishi tapes and different speakers, etc. really make the course more interesting and breaks it up so that it is easier to follow. —JG

Well structured, with relevant tapes by Maharishi, Raja Raam and Vedic Pandits. Useful reviews of lecture points. Excellent Zoom tutorials that introduced significant new knowledge. Friendly facilitators. I gained a better understanding of Maharishi Jyotish, despite familiarity from 30 years of involvement with TM. My recent use of Maharishi Jyotish consultations and yagyas was more useful and effective as a result of the course.  —Anon

I was completely new to Jyotish and found the course to be crystal clear in explanation of the who, how and why of this fascinating Vedic science. The chosen tapes were very special, the questions were answered with such precision and clarity. I was actually shocked that I had not heard more about it before as it is a critical part of the gift that Maharishi brought to us. It has opened to me new avenues of understanding to explore and new levels of learning to undertake. Very grateful for this offering.   —LB

This was a very enlightening course. I can’t believe how much I learned so quickly and effortlessly. The lectures by Maharishi were sublime and the pandits delightful. Both were a treat to experience. Dr. Boncheff explained everything very clearly and was the perfect teacher. Very much looking forward to Part 2!   —Anon

Thank you. I finally took the course after many years of waiting. I learned how to understand the houses, planets, rashis and read them from a chart. I have learned how to make a chart and see what rashi is situated in which bhava. A big leap in learning to read the basics. I have understood aspecting (drishtis). I now understand drishtis in my kundali. The basic course wants you to delve deeper into jyotish. I had submitted one feedback form before I had a chance to watch the zoom sessions (I was on the evening ones but had not seen the afternoon ones). I just want to add how enjoyable and enlightening Anne Crowell’s explanations are. She is absolutely delightful and when she and Dr. Boncheff teach together we experience point to infinity and back. I think I also failed to mention Dr. Nader’s lecture which was also divine.   —SH

I loved the course. I felt joy absorbing the profound wisdom and knowledge. Understanding Jyotish is like being given a blue print of the mechanics of personal and global evolution so that we will understand the effect of past present and future actions.   —MM

I had previously taken the Maharishi Jyotish and Total Knowledge course, and this course was an excellent compliment to that course. I appreciated the progression, pace, and flow of the course. Dr. Boncheff began with an introduction to the significant components of an individual Maharishi Jyotish birth chart, then walked us through the kundali of Lord Ram as an example, and finished (with the wonderful contribution of Raja Luis) with an overview of the world chart. I found it all fascinating. I especially liked listening to Maharishi. The talks from the 1970s brought back some wonderful memories. I also appreciated hearing from Panditji, Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, Raja Luis, as well as Dr. Boncheff. I felt the summaries of each lesson and of each talk were a blessing, for me at least. The Saturday workshops were quite useful. Great course.   —JG

The Jyotish course led by Dr John Boncheff was the best TM course that I have done. It was a wonderful uplifting course which was packed full with knowledge. The course and interactive zoom sessions, was beautifully prepared and presented. The Maharishi tapes, presentation from Dr Nader and interactive sessions by the Pundits made the course very interesting.  —VM

Some Very good information. Most of the questions were not answered, the emailed questions that were answered were not available to the rest of the participants. I feel all questions and answers should be made available .Also as a person who dislikes commercials I felt uncomfortable with the promotions. After all we are paying for the knowledge not to be sold something.   —Anon

The knowledge contained in the course has helped increase my understanding of Jyotish and it’s intimate relation to me. Shedding light that it is all me and the dynamism of my actions and reactions. But most important, is gives me the tools to avert some negative karma or reaction coming to me as well as improve my life through Graha Shanti.  —AC

This course delivered so much more than was promised! I absolutely loved it. It was just the right length and easy to access.  —HL


Who can take this course?
All practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique are warmly invited to take this course. No matter whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced student of Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology, you will enjoy this holistic approach to the practical discipline of Maharishi Jyotish.
Since the course includes a fair amount of Vedic terminology, those without much background in Maharishi Vedic Science will be given supplemental material to enrich and support their course experience.

What will I come away with?
The main purpose of this course is to give you an understanding of how the Science and Technology of Prediction can help us to live our life in harmony with the cycles of Nature as described by the Vedic discipline of Maharishi Jyotish. In practical terms, what this means is that you’ll learn how the information encoded in your birth chart can be used to manage your life for greater fulfillment and good fortune.

Will I become a Maharishi Jyotish Consultant after taking this course?
No, this is not a course to qualify you to become a Maharishi Jyotish Consultant or to give consultations to others. However, the benefits of this knowledge of the relationship between past, present, and future actions is designed to give you greater mastery over your own life.

How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for at least one year after signing up or after they are posted, whichever is later.

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 pm – 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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