FOREWORD by Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D.
We are at the dawn of a new age of science, one that offers a level of health beyond the shortcomings of modern medicine. The limitations of conventional healthcare approaches are evident from the fact that 40% of the population, 133 million Americans, now have chronic or generally incurable and ongoing diseases. However, in this new age, medicine is beginning to understand that wellness is more than physical. It is also spiritual, mental, and holistic, and it depends on our state of mind, our consciousness. Consciousness is primary to life. Without it, without being conscious, we have no awareness, no happiness, no love, no feelings, no understanding of others, no creativity. Consciousness is the underlying reality that manifests as the human physiology, and it can now be studied scientifically. Our state of consciousness has a fundamental importance to human health and happiness, as the authors demonstrate.
The modern science of consciousness has an ancient source in what is known as the Veda (pronounced Vay-duh) and the Vedic (Vay-dik) literature of India, which is perhaps the world’s oldest human knowledge. Veda itself means complete knowledge in the Sanskrit language, and the Vedic knowledge is the source of yoga, meditation, and the health science known as Ayurveda, which are all covered in this comprehensive book. While the Vedic knowledge is not
familiar to most people, many universities and scholars worldwide have translated Vedic literature from its original Sanskrit language, and award advanced degrees for the study of the Veda. Until recently, however, much of what is considered Vedic knowledge has been incomprehensible and misunderstood.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a great scholar of the Vedic knowledge who is best known as the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, had the insight that the Vedic literature derives its real worth from the value of the sounds or vibration of the words as they are spoken or listened to in Sanskrit, rather than from the intellectual content or meaning of the words. Vedic sounds resonate in consciousness, and the correct sounds cause the brain and body to become more orderly, resulting in the reduction or elimination of mental and physical disorders. Certain Vedic sounds known as mantras are used in the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique and are part of its effectiveness, while other Vedic sounds can produce successful healing without a daily meditation routine. Years ago, Maharishi gave me the task of determining which sounds correspond to and heal which part of the body. What I found is intriguing and is explained more fully in my book, Human Physiology: Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature. The correct Vedic sounds have the same impulses as their corresponding part of the physiology, and normal functioning can be restored through the principle of resonance, as when a tuning fork causes another object to vibrate in the same frequency. Arthritis, migraines, tension headaches, neurologic disorders, and chronic gastrointestinal pain are among the many disorders that have been successfully treated when the correct Vedic sounds are used.
The Vedic literature also figures importantly in our desire to understand life, in the age-old quest to “Know thyself” of the world’s great wisdom traditions. Transcendental Meditation, the classical meditation from the Vedic literature, gets its name because at the deepest point in the practice, we transcend or go beyond all thought and experience an expanded state of consciousness, which is both within us and universal. This produces immensely practical benefits, including a perfectly coherent state of mind with maximum healing potential. It also allows us to experience our true self (sometimes capitalized as the “Self”), an experience sought by sages throughout time and called samadhi or satori, depending on the tradition. By transcending thought, we discover that consciousness is what we are, and in a real sense consciousness is all that there is. Our body changes virtually all of its cells every 7-10 years, so we cannot simply be our body. Yet our sense of Self remains, and we realize, “That is me; I am that.” And just as consciousness is primary and materializes into the physical body, there is a universal field of consciousness, which materializes into the physical universe.
When consciousness manifests in the physical realm, its first impulses are vibrations or sounds. These sounds were cognized by the great rishis or seers of ancient India, who were able to directly experience the Vedic sounds reverberating in their minds in much the same way that Mozart and Beethoven are said to have had the sounds of their compositions come to them in the mind, fully formed. The sounds that emerge from consciousness in this way are not random; they are coherent and purposeful. And it is their coherence and resonance that attune with and strengthen the body and specific structures, patterns, and networks in our material world. The Veda is like a blueprint, an architectural design. The architect draws the building, which tells us how it will be constructed. Like this, the Veda describes our body in complete detail in terms of its structure and function, which tells us how both the body and the world were constructed and how they can be maintained.
Keith, Jay, and Chris have written an important book to help popularize the new science of consciousness and its practical value in daily life. The authors show what life is from the perspective of both modern and ancient science, and how this knowledge can be used in healing and raising life to its fullest value.
–Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R.*
Dr. Nader is a medical doctor trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D. in neuroscience) and Harvard University, and a globally recognized Vedic scholar. He is the successor to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as head of the international Transcendental Meditation® organizations in over 100 countries. From the Americas to Asia and Europe to Africa, Dr. Nader guides the Transcendental Meditation program, its advanced practices, and the practical applications of these technologies in all areas of national life. Dr. Nader’s book, Human Physiology: Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature, published by Maharishi Vedic University (1994), explains the foundations of the new science of consciousness and its importance. His lecture explaining consciousness as the underlying reality of everyone and everything can be found at https://soundcloud.com/drtonynader/everything-is-consciousness-heres-why-part-1. Dr. Nader’s article on this topic, “Consciousness Is All There Is: A Mathematical Approach with Applications,” International J. of Mathematics and Consciousness, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2015), pp.1-65, is at : http://www.ijmac.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/IJMACVol1No1.pdf.