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During the reading or recitation of Sanskrit, the brain functions from more silent levels.



Reading Sanskrit and the Vedic Literature—The value for students of all ages
by Global Good News staff writer
11 April 2007

'The perfect orderliness of the Sanskrit language creates orderliness and balance in the brain physiology, expands the memory, and purifies the physiology. When reciting the Vedic language, the brain functions from more silent levels, increasing peace and harmony in the mind.'

-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Scientific research has shown that during the reading or recitation of Sanskrit the functioning of the brain becomes highly orderly and coherent, enhancing the overall development of the student, which is the basis of effective and enjoyable learning. Pronouncing the sounds of the Vedic Literature enlivens balance and integration in the mind and body of the student.

Daily reading of Sanskrit, along with twice daily practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Programme, also leads to more harmonious, successful, and fulfilling action and behaviour.

Students taking a home-study course in Sanskrit offered by Maharishi University of Management have reported personal benefits from learning and reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit. Here are a few of their comments:

'This course is much more than a regular class; it’s a technique for enlightenment! I learned how to read in Sanskrit. Now I read the Vedic Literature for a few minutes every day.'

'I find that reading Sanskrit really settles my awareness. It creates a lot of coherence inside. It’s a technique to make awareness more clear. It also creates a real sweet feeling inside of a connectedness to the Laws of Nature.'

'Learning to read Sanskrit, I feel both like a first grader and a seer. There is a playful joy in learning to read the sounds of the Veda. At the same time I feel attuned with the great enlightened minds of ancient times and with the Laws of Nature as I read the Vedic Literature in its original language.'

And what is the Transcendental Meditation Technique?

'Transcending' means going beyond the surface level of thought. The Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM) is a simple, effortless technique to experience the most silent, peaceful level of one's own consciousness—the innermost Self.

At the same time, the body settles down to a deeply restful state that is deeper than deep sleep, while the mind remains fresh and alert. The state of restful alertness has a wide range of benefits for individual health and well-being, and is also at the basis of improved learning ability, improved academic performance, and many other benefits in education as shown by scientific research on the Transcendental Meditation Technique.

The combination of twice daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique and reading the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit has a profound effect for the life of any student, whatever their age or desire for accomplishment in life.

In his 1994 book, Vedic Knowledge for Everyone, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi relates the significance of reading the Vedic Literature:

'Every aspect of the Vedic Literature expresses a specific quality of consciousness. Reading every aspect of the Vedic Literature as it flows and progresses in perfect sequential order has the effect of regulating and balancing the functioning of the brain physiology and training consciousness, the mind, always to flow in perfect accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law.

'This training of the mind fulfils the purpose of education by fully training the student to think and act spontaneously according to Natural Law.'

'It is this order that becomes lively in the intellect of the student; it is due to this order that the infinite organizing power of pure knowledge, made lively through the study of consciousness, spontaneously renders all thought, speech, and behaviour of the student in perfect order, and develops the qualities of fully enlightened, creative leadership in all aspects of his daily life.'

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