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MUM Vedic Library preserves rare texts

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15 September 2012

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Maharishi University of Management Library has compiled one of the largest and most authentic collections of Vedic literature in Sanskrit. The Vedic Reserve online library contains over 60,000 pages of text in the Devanagari script, and the collection is continually being expanded. The site receives about 5,000 visitors a month from all over the world.

The purpose of the library is to serve Maharishi Vedic Science students. One of the tracks in the
doctoral program focuses on reading the Vedic literature in Sanskrit and experiencing the profound personal development that accompanies this research.

The texts are available in pdf format so students can read them on their computers or tablets. Dr. Peter Freund, MUM tape librarian, has been collecting scripts for over 12 years, and in many cases typing them from manuscripts and transcribing them from other alphabets.

Some of the Vedic texts have never been published and are only available as fragile manuscripts hidden in the libraries of India. MA in Maharishi Vedic Science student Vivek Vaidyanatham recently located and photographed several rare manuscripts in the Government Oriental Manuscript Library in Chennai and at the Oriental Research Institute, University of Mysore.

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