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Total Knowledge and the Bhagavad-Gita

Total Knowledge and the Bhagavad-Gita with Dr. Peter Warburton, Professor Tom Egenes, and special guest Dr. Vernon Katz * images of Dr. Peter Warburton, Dr. Vernon Katz, and Dr. Tom Egenes

“My understanding and appreciation of the Bhagavad Gita rose to a whole new level.” —EC

Ten-Lesson Course Now Available Online! (Each lesson is approximately 1.5 hours)

Course Leaders: Raja Peter Warburton, PhD, along with special guest Dr. Vernon Katz and Professor Tom Egenes

Prerequisite: 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 Vedic ScienceSM.

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Course Description

“Yoga, or Union of the mind with the divine intelligence, begins when the mind gains transcendental consciousness,” Maharishi writes in his commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita. The story relayed in the Bhagavad-Gita and Maharishi’s amazing commentary on Chapters 1-6, written in the 1960s with Dr. Vernon Katz, perfectly illustrate the depth of wisdom captured in the unique curriculum of Total Knowledge that Maharishi developed with Dr. Warburton in the early 2000s.

In recent years, two of the most popular one-week courses offered at MIU have been those on “Total Knowledge and the Brahma Sutras” and “Total Knowledge and the Upanishads.” Now, the same brilliant speakers bring you this course on “Total Knowledge and the Bhagavad-Gita.” Dr. Warburton’s presentation of the complete framework of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge lays the perfect ground for Dr. Vernon Katz and Dr. Tom Egenes to illuminate Maharishi’s precious insights into the Bhagavad-Gita.

Course Fee

$125 (or $75 for full-time MIU or Maharishi School staff, faculty, and students, or full-time Governors, IAA grant recipients, and anyone who is retired and cannot otherwise afford the course). Also, any MIU alumni can get 10% off the full course fee.

Free Talk

The first class is free and is available to view online.

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Course Leaders

Dr. Peter Warburton

Peter Warburton, PhD

Dr. Peter Warburton is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Maharishi Foundation in the UK as well as several other nations. He has a doctorate in Supreme Political Science from Maharishi University of World Peace. His thesis included the elaborate displays of Total Knowledge charts which he worked on under Maharishi’s guidance. In 1971, Raja Peter graduated with a Masters degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University. He then became a teacher of the TM technique and started working directly with Maharishi continuously for the next 36 years. During that time, Maharishi tutored Dr. Warburton personally to bring out the specific curriculum of Total Knowledge — Maharishi’s Vedic Science — which Dr. Warburton has been doing so inspiringly since 2008. At the same time Dr. Warburton is also developing the application of Total Knowledge in new directions that Maharishi specified, as we see in this year’s courses at MIU.

Dr. Vernon Katz

Special Guest Vernon Katz, PhD

Dr. Vernon Katz is author of two highly acclaimed volumes of Conversations with Maharishi about the Brahma Sutras (MIU Press). With Dr. Tom Egenes he also published a well-received new translation of the Upanishads (Tarcher Penguin).

Dr. Katz is currently a trustee emeritus of MIU, as well as a visiting professor in the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Oxford University. Dr. Katz spent many years with Maharishi and assisted him with the translation and commentary of the Bhagavad-Gita and the Brahma Sutras.

Dr. Tom Egenes

Professor Tom Egenes, PhD

Dr. Tom Egenes is Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Sanskrit. He earned an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia; an MA in Higher Education Administration from Maharishi International University; and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. Professor Egenes is the author of four popular books on teaching Sanskrit and two books on the Upanishads.


“Really precious to hear Vernon’s reminiscing about his time with Maharishi in translating the Gita. Inspiring course.” —Anon

“Offered a fresh perspective and many powerful new frameworks for mapping out the knowledge. I noticed that my experiences were deeper than usual and found more silence in activity.” —AT

“Very fulfilling.” —PH

“Wonderful! The blissful integration of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge with the Bhagavad-Gita.” —Anon

“Life-changing! The knowledge from this course is invaluable. I would leave the lectures a changed person — meaning transformed in my new evolution. The new way of thinking about myself has uplifted me to my absolute status that has been hidden and now revealed — in minutes!” —CW

“Excellent course in every way!” —Anon

“The entire course was a continuous unfoldment of the most profound knowledge of life in the safest and sweetest atmosphere. There was a noticeable feeling in the group so that one only wanted to be here at this time and not be concerned with the less imperative aspects of life.” —JD

“Wonderful opportunity to dwell on the world’s greatest knowledge with a unique group of highly enlightened souls.” —DO

“Richly-textured course.” —JG

“I loved Tom’s brilliance and eloquence and Raja Peter’s deep familiarity with Total Knowledge. And I especially enjoyed Maharishi’s comments on the Gita.” —SW

“Really, really wonderful!” —LW

“Both mind and heart were fully satisfied by this course.” —LM

“Free flowing and multi-faceted. This was a great way to structure the course. Each aspect of the course and each of the teachers added layer after layer of the profundity of the knowledge of the Gita.” —ST

“The knowledge was so well integrated with questions, answers and experiences of the teachers and course participants that I felt a strong feeling of unity with the whole of it!” —DR

“Invaluable to be able to continuously focus for a whole week on Maharishi’s Total Knowledge in terms of the Gita.” —FC

“This has been one of a number of outstanding Total Knowledge courses. My enjoyment of them has increased one after another.” —AD

“Profound and enjoyable!” —JS


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 Vedic Science.

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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 Monday evening class for each week.


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