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Total Knowledge Courses Summer 2019

I loved every moment of the course, especially Raja Peter’s stories and reflections, each of which illuminated a profound knowledge principle. —PS

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

Prerequisite: These are advanced courses for Governors, Sidhas and those Meditators who have a familiarity and comfort with many of the terms and concepts used in Maharishi Vedic Science.

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Course Titles & Descriptions

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Total Knowledge and the Bhagavad-Gita

With Raja Peter, Professor Tom Egenes and guest speaker Dr. Vernon Katz (Dr. Katz connected via Skype.)
“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 Raja Peter 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.” Raja Peter’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.

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Total Knowledge and the Great Thinkers and Leaders Throughout the Ages

With Raja Peter and Professor Ken Chandler
This course offers a feast of inspiration through connecting Maharishi’s knowledge with the insights of the greatest visionaries of all time. Maharishi’s complete exposition of Total Knowledge, brought out by Raja Peter, encompasses a consciousness-based approach to the administration of all areas of society. In this unique course, Dr. Ken Chandler reveals how the teachings of the great thinkers, philosophers, spiritual leaders, and other luminaries throughout the ages not only reflect the same vision but bring fresh insight through unique and original expressions.

For the first time, Dr. Chandler brings out the fruits of 30 years of profound research in this field and makes available proof copies of his books for the course participants. In his usual charming manner, Raja Peter highlights the connections to the framework of Total Knowledge brought to the world by Maharishi.

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Total Knowledge and Maharishi Jyotish

With Raja Peter and Dr. Charles Heath
The MIU Department of Continuing Education is delighted that these two much admired and popular speakers are coming together for this unique course. Raja Peter’s exposition of Total Knowledge, which covers the full range of Maharishi’s Vedic Science, provides a most satisfying and complete insight into the nature of Jyotish (Vedic astrology) and its role in our lives. As the leading representative of Maharishi Jyotish and Yagya programs in the USA, Dr. Charles Heath has a great wealth of experience of Jyotish, with so many fascinating insights, stories, anecdotes and examples.

Maharishi Jyotish has two main aspects – inner and outer – which will both be covered during this course. The inner value is “jyotish mati pragya” – described by Maharishi as “that fully awake field of intelligence that knows everything.” The outer value is based on precise mathematical calculations about the specific influences that come to bear on an individual as his or her life progresses. Both give complete knowledge of past, present, and future, and they complement one another, opening the door to develop fully awake consciousness, reverberating blissfully in daily life. As Maharishi says: “Maharishi Jyotish and Maharishi Yagya are for the development of enlightenment – life free from dependence on surroundings and circumstances, and mastery over one’s own destiny.”

Course Fee

$125/course (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. Videos are available for one year.

Free Talks

The first class of each week is open for free as a sample.

Course Leaders

Raja Peter Warburton, PhD

Raja Peter 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 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 TM and started working directly with Maharishi continuously for the next 36 years. During that time, Maharishi tutored Raja Peter personally to bring out the specific curriculum of Total Knowledge — Maharishi’s Vedic Science — which Raja Peter has been doing so inspiringly since 2008. At the same time Raja Peter is also developing the application of Total Knowledge in new directions that Maharishi specified, as we see in this year’s courses at MIU.

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 has 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.

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.

Professor Ken Chandler, PhD

Dr. Ken Chandler holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Maharishi International University and was formerly the chair of the Department of the Science of Creative Intelligence. He is currently investigating the experience of pure consciousness described in the great classics of philosophy, science, literature, and religion in the East and West. For forty years he has been investigating the experience of pure consciousness in the writings of the most illustrious men and women of history. Proof copies of three of his books will be available to courses participants for a modest fee.

Dr. Charles Heath

Dr. Charles Heath is the North American Director for Maharishi Jyotish Programs, and has worked closely with the Maharishi Jyotish program experts from India for almost 30 years. He has led Maharishi Jyotish seminars in more than 60 cities across the United States and Canada. He and his wife, Marguerite, live in Fairfield, Iowa, where they continue to offer services to those in the Central USA states through the Council of Maharishi Jyotish experts in India.

Reviews from Total Knowledge and the Bhagavad-Gita

“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

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

“Very fulfilling” —PH

“Wonderfullllll! The blissfulllll 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 ways 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

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

“Profound and enjoyable!” —JS

From a previous Total Knowledge and Jyotish course held in Europe: “I felt like I was standing in the crystal-clear air of a mountain top and could see the path of my life meandering in the valley below leading up the hill to the present time.” —Anon


Are there any prerequisites to take this course?
These are advanced courses for Governors, Sidhas and those Meditators who have a familiarity and comfort with many of the terms and concepts used in Maharishi Vedic Science.

I am a Sidha and would like to do group program in the dome.
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How long are the videos available to view?
Videos are available to view for six months 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 Monday evening class for each week.


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