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Ph.D. grad puts all Vedic Literature on the Internet

The MUM Review    Translate This Article
23 September 2006

As part of his dissertation research, recent Maharishi University of Management Ph.D. graduate Dr. Peter Freund, who is the University's videotape librarian, has put online the world's most comprehensive and orderly collection of Vedic Literature written in the Sanskrit Devanagari script.

The collection comprises almost 60,000 pages of Vedic texts, including rare, sought-after, or out-of-print publications. Scholars and libraries from around the world contributed to the project by providing texts. Dr. Freund worked on the project as part of his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Maharishi Vedic Science(SM).

The Vedic Literature website orders the previously scattered Vedic texts according to the principles of ancient Vedic Science revived by Maharishi, who first proposed a reading program in 1991 to allow students to read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit in a proper sequence. Maharishi predicted the profound benefits that would result, and these have been verified by the experiences of students.

The main goal of the website is to smooth the progress of the Vedic Literature reading curriculum. Previously, students faced a difficult task to gather or borrow all the texts and to get them in time to be read in sequence.

Approximately 311 texts were identified by Maharishi as the essential parts of a reading program. So far 288 of these texts have been assembled and most are online. A small number of texts still need to be assembled or prepared, including rare texts in the Grantha script that need to be converted to Devanagari.

The online collection shows an at-a-glance structure of the Vedic Literature with links to downloadable PDF files. The overview page has links for each of the 40 branches of the Vedic Literature, which in turn give each individual quality of a branch and how it correlates with the functioning of the physiology, as explained in the profound work of His Majesty Raja Ram.

The Vedic Literature collection can be viewed at:

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