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Maharishi University of Management obtains copy of rare Vedic text
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22 May 2012
In the final step on his continent-spanning quest to locate the world's only copy of the Vedic text Kaundinya Shiksha, Vivek Vaidyanathan met with the director of the Mysore Oriental Research Institute. Only the director had the authority to waive the institute's policy of not allowing access to rare manuscripts to foreign universities.
Mr Vaidyanathan, a teacher of Transcendental Meditation, intern student in the master's degree programme in Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management, and tech in the university's information services department, was on an India-wide quest to track down a few very rare Vedic texts for the university's online Sanskrit library.
After gaining the support of eminent Vedic scholars in Mysore who recommended he be given access to the manuscript, he went into the meeting with the institute's director feeling fairly confident. According to Mr Vaidyanathan, the director expressed great appreciation for Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme and Maharishi University of Management, for his contributions to the world. So for MUM, the director made an exception and allowed Mr Vaidyanathan to copy and digitize the only manuscript of Kaundinya Shiksha in the world.
'I was told to go and get all the manuscripts I wanted,' Mr Vaidyanathan said.
'But when I reached the library and started digitizing with my camera, [it] was of a quality I wasn't really satisfied with.'
However, an expert in Buddhist and Nyaya literature who was digitizing some rare manuscripts immediately volunteered his high-tech equipment to help copy the Kaundinya Shiksha manuscript.
'This helped us acquire really high quality of digitization, which helped in the goal to transcribe all this into Sanskrit and use it.'
After digitization, Mr Vaidyanathan met again with the director who made it clear that he recognized Vivek's deep appreciation for this knowledge. The director insisted he give Maharishi University of Management and Mr Vaidyanathan a copy of all the manuscripts in his collection.
Mr Vaidyanathan concluded, 'This is very sweet and we are investigating how we can take him up on this offer.'
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