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Maharishi explains the term Vedic to the press
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20 August 2012
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Excerpts from a press conference with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on 11 August 2004 include a reporter asking Maharishi to explain the term Vedic. Maharishi indicates that Vedic—Vedic education, Vedic health care, etc.—means that these branches of life and learning are connected to their source in total knowledge, or Veda.
Press conference moderator Dr Bevan Morris introduced the first question, ''from the journalist who wrote this article in The Washington Post. She noticed when she was visiting all of the different aspects of Maharishi Vedic City and the community there that lots of different things were called Vedic. There was a Vedic City, for example; there was also Vedic architecture and Vedic Agriculture, Vedic education, and Vedic health. She wanted to know, 'What does this word Vedic mean that it could apply to so many different things?' ''
Maharishi replied, ''Veda means 'knowledge'—Veda means knowledge. Vedic means 'pertaining to knowledge.' Now when we say Veda is knowledge, we say Veda is total knowledge. Then what we present is the unified state of knowledge with the knowledge of all the diversified components of the unified structure of knowledge.
''So: unified field of knowledge and diversified components of the unified field of knowledge. That is why, in every area, when we find Vedic this and Vedic this and Vedic this and Vedic this, what does it mean? It means this aspect of knowledge is connected to total knowledge—Vedic knowledge: Vedic education, Vedic health care, Vedic defense, Vedic architecture. Vedic administration: that means administration, the knowledge of administration, with reference to total knowledge of administration. When we say Vedic health then that'll mean all aspects of health with reference to the total knowledge of health. So all aspects of health are the different constituents of the one unified, holistic character of health.''
At the end of his discourse in which he brought out deeper layers of understanding on this topic, Maharishi said, ''Beautiful question—very beautiful question.''
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