Putting Brahman to practice: the structure and function of Maharishi’s unified field chart

Fergusson, Lee and Wells, Geoffrey and Bonshek, Anna and Cavanaugh, Wendy (2018) Putting Brahman to practice: the structure and function of Maharishi’s unified field chart. Journal of Maharishi Vedic Research Institute, 7. pp. 11-52. ISSN 2207-4783


Since the early 1960s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi embraced the power of visual communication to more effectively convey the central concepts, principles, and themes of his Vedic Science. His early adoption of visual aids, including the first computer-generated images of interhemispheric
brainwave coherence and electroencephalic ordering, and illustrated textual graphics of advanced scientific phenomena, such as the Third Law of Thermodynamics, immunology, gerontology, the Josephson Effect, and the Meissner Effect, has meant that a significant number of innovative images appear throughout the published literature on Maharishi Vedic Science. Types of images employed by Maharishi during the last 50 years range from photographs and photographic elements, schema, scientific
charts, artist’s impressions, diagrams, and graphs to a host of conceptual maps and graphic representations of the human physiology, some extending to large-scale foldout charts and 3D models.

Maharishi also developed important visual communication tools and conceptual wall charts for use in education which detail and explain advanced topics and show an integration of contemporary scientific and humanist thought with, or parallel to, Veda and the Vedic Literature. These
tools include comprehensive charts of the Constitution of the Universe and Maharishi’s Apaurusheya Bhāsya, Veda in the human physiology, a reorganization of the 40 aspects of Veda and the Vedic Literature, the Richo Akshare Chart, and the Unified Field Chart, all of which are unique to Maharishi.

This paper is the first in a three-part series to investigate the development and application of Maharishi’s Unified Field Chart by presenting two main topics: the structure of the Unified Field Chart (including its design, use of colours and text, and evolution); and the function of the Unified Field Chart (including its application to every academic discipline and area of human life). According to Maharishi, the ultimate purpose of the Unified Field Chart is to foster the growth of higher states of consciousness.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2018 Maharishi Vedic Research Institute.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2018 05:12
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2018 05:31
Uncontrolled Keywords: Unified Field Chart, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, structure, function, unified field, maps, charts, visual communications
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34585

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