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Upanishads in the Light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge, Part One

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“This course shows how gloriously enriching the Upanishads remain, even in the 21st century, and that they will ever be so.” —AB   More reviews >

“The Upanishads are so inspiring. It is obvious when you study the Upanishads that it is supreme wisdom taking the form of conversations and stories that reveal the true nature of Brahm, Totality.” — Dr. Vernon Katz

Course Structure: This 12-lesson course is now available as a self-study online course. Each lesson is approximately 90 minutes in length. Videos are available to view for at least one year.

Course Leader: Peter Warburton, PhD

Course Fee: $75.00 discounted price for everyone during this time of the coronavirus (or $45 for those who have already taken this course in the UK).

Free Talk: Click here to view Lesson One.

Prerequisite: TM-Sidhi® course; or TM® course plus some familiarity with the terms and concepts used in Maharishi’s Total Knowledge would be helpful.

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See the course page for Upanishads in the Light of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge, Part Two.

Course Description

“Christ said, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.’ Buddha gave the message of Nirvana. The Upanishads speak of the same sat-chit-ananda, eternal bliss consciousness, that is your own Self.” – Maharishi

This new course reveals the wisdom of the Upanishads on the ground of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge, which embodies the full knowledge of Brahm — the full knowledge of the Absolute and relative, and the connection between the two.

This unique course comprises:

  • The systematic exposition of Total Knowledge contained in the Upanishads
  • Historic footage of Maharishi talking about the Upanishads
  • Insights and stories from archival treasures of Dr. Vernon Katz
  • Exposition of Maharishi’s favorite verses from the Upanishads
  • Pronunciation and recitation of key verses


(28- Five Stars; 2 – Four Stars; 0 – Three Stars; 0 – Two Stars; 0 – One Star)

Five stars  “This was an amazing course for me because I felt that on the feeling and understanding level, the knowledge resonated on a very fulfilling level for me.” —DF

Five stars  “I did not understand before how much the Upanishads would explain to me the meaning of Unity, but that is the knowledge that kept returning to me, again and again. The Self is held in the self.” —SB

Five stars  “It’s a wonderful mix of repetition, reading, listening, and absorbing the knowledge of Unity from the level of Unity. The course participants give it (via Zoom) a zestiness and a tenderness, matched by the course leader Raja Peter.” —CB

Five stars  “The Upanishads will reveal to you new layers of knowledge that have been dormant in your being.” —SB

Five gold stars  “Simple understanding of the Upanishads through recitation, discussion, tapes.” —GS

Five gold stars  “It’s an experiential type of course, even though there is much knowledge to be exposed, too.” —RJ

Five gold stars  “Along with this course, I was catching up on the Total Knowledge and Higher States of Consciousness courses (Parts 2-4) that I couldn’t take when they came out, and I found the two courses compliment each other in the way they focus on the structure of the Absolute and the diversity within the Absolute. Silence and the dynamism within that silence. It’s nothing I didn’t hear from Maharishi back in 1974, but now it’s beginning to make sense.” —JG

Five gold stars  “This course provided me with the ability to integrate the relative state of existence with the Unified Field, enabling me to more consistently move beyond suffering and increase my creativity.” —JL

Five gold stars  “This course is like an advanced technique. My silence and my day’s activity have been changed in wonderful ways… I am filled with gratitude.” —GF

Five stars  “The course is another step to evolve. It has intellectual aspects, but is taught on a deep spiritual level. The Upanishadic recitations we engage in bring one deeper into a spiritual state, and the group meditation at the end is really deep.” —SF

Five gold stars  “Don’t miss the opportunity to take all of these courses from Raja Peter. They are relevant for anyone and everyone who is eligible to take them. The teaching is superb, rich, charming, and gentle. The results are felt by everyone in meditation and/or support of nature and/or bliss enhancement.” —VM

Five gold stars  “This is a profound study of the Upanishads with excellent lectures by Maharishi on their meaning and connection to one’s growth of higher states of consciousness. Raja Peter’s teaching of the course is a sublime experience of adding more evolution to our TM and TM/Sidhi program experiences and daily lives. The recordings of discussions with Dr. Vernon Katz and Professor Tom Egenes regarding their book on the Upanishads also add clarity, depth, and joy to the course experience.” —MW

Five gold stars  “Hearing the sounds that structure this Scripture in my physiology, speaking the sounds, learning their meanings, hearing Maharishi elucidate knowledge about the Upanishads, and teach us the verse that is an operational manual for life, and having Raja Peter’s clear guidance as to all we are learning, each lesson in a collective togetherness immersed in knowledge, all this makes us time and again express how blessed we feel.” —JW

Four gold stars  “It enlivened my mind and heart as my consciousness expanded.” —AH

Five gold stars  “The joy, the happiness, and the bliss indescribable, the Divine present in each meeting.” —NZ

Five gold stars  “I cannot imagine any other course on the Upanishads reaching this depth of knowledge. It is breathtaking. My program has reached a level of clarity and peace I never dreamed of. And I look forward to every session to reach another new peak of my life.” —GW

Five gold stars  “This course is very blissful and Raja Peter is a great leader. All of these total knowledge courses provide a great boost for our evolution.” —GK

Five gold stars  “Every aspect of this course is a total delight: Maharishi’s tapes; pandits chanting; learning Sanskrit phrases from several teachers, including Maharishi; Raja Peter reading Upanishads to us; tapes of Tom and Vernon discussing their translation of Upanishads. Every single class is a feast!” —SL

Five stars  “This course allows you to experience total silence in activity – Brahm – through mere participation and awareness of the Vedic recitations.” —SA

Five gold stars  “Since I started studying Upanishads, the Relative has taken on a whole new meaning for me. It’s become a very wonderful place. It’s a happy wholeness where every single thing speaks: I, and everything, come from here, this one place, of perfect order and lastingness.” —CB

Five gold stars  “This course has to be experienced. Talking about it is only marginal.” —TI

Five gold stars  “Another way of experiencing Maharishi’s Total Knowledge. A beautiful exploration. And… Raja Peter is a wonderful teacher. I have been in higher education for more than 25 years, and Raja Peter is one of the best teachers I have ever known.” —GA

Five gold stars  “A lovely and warm introduction to a magnificent body of cognitions that explain the highest states of consciousness. While profound, it’s fun and enjoyable. As a bonus, tapes of Maharishi and those of Vernon Katz and Tom Egenes are illuminating and delightful. Additionally, Raja Peter’s personal recollections were invaluable, heuristic, and irreplaceable. I could always hear more about Maharishi and saints. Thank you!” —JM

Five gold stars  “Raja Peter creates courses that are effortless to take and filled with delight! The classes bring about experiences of blossoming enlightenment. He gives out devotedly clear, pure, and profound expressions of Maharishi’s knowledge which enliven experiences in consciousness, heart, and intellect. Each class is a jewel, guiding and opening the way to full enlightenment.” —PW

Five gold stars  “More persistent and deep experience of the transcendent during program and lasting effects in activity, especially in terms of balanced mind and calm.” —AA

Five stars  “If beliefs in separation rule your thoughts and actions as they formerly ruled mine, then you might want to welcome relief from unnecessary suffering caused by those beliefs by learning from the wisdom of ancient sages, which is now reflected in modern science, about the infinite wellbeing of Unity Consciousness. Learn how to expand joy in your life, and therefore in the world, with surprising ease just by being “One-derful” you. I found this course to be invaluable: It took me from welcoming Unity Consciousness to daring to believe, without a doubt, in the blissful power of tuning into Unity Consciousness, and rejoicing in the process. Namaste.” —MC

Five gold stars  “This is essential. Best course ever. Take it!” —SV

Five gold stars  “It’s a very lovely experience.” —PN

Five gold stars  “This course is an overview of the Upanishads to put them in context.” —DB

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.


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.

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 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 third class.


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