Thomas Egenes

Thomas Egenes

  • Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science & Sanskrit
  • Dr. Egenes has taught at the Maharishi University of Management for thirty-one years

 

Dr. Egenes is Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Sanskrit. He earned an MA and PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia; an MA in Higher Education Administration from Maharishi University of Management; BA in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.

“I live and teach here because I enjoy it. I enjoy the high quality of the students that come here for knowledge. I believe this University develops students to become great, and it’s a privilege to be a part of that.”

Education

  • PhD, Religious Studies, University of Virginia.
  • MA, Higher Education Administration, Maharishi University of Management.
  • MA, Religious Studies, University of Virginia.
  • BA, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame.

Teaching Experience

Publications

  • Maharishi Patañjali Yoga Sūtra. 2010. 1st World Publications. Available at amazon.com 
  • Eternal Stories from the Upanishads. 2002. Smriti Publications, New Delhi, India. Available at amazon.com
  • Physiological Patterns during practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique Compared with Patterns while Reading Sanskrit and a Modern Language, International Journal of Neuroscience, 2001, Vol. 109, pp. 71-80.
  • All Love Flows to the Self: Eternal Stories from the Upanishads. 1998 Samhita Enterprises, Inc. Available at amazon.com
  • Introduction to Sanskrit (seven-lesson DVD course). 1997.
  • Introduction to Sanskrit, Part Two 1995. Point Loma Publications, San Diego, California; Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, India. 428 pages. See reviews (PDF). Available at amazon.com
  • Learning the Sanskrit Alphabet. 1994. MIU Press. 214 pages.
  • The Alphabet of the Language of Nature. 1994. MIU Press, Fairfield, Iowa. Sanskrit Flashcards. 1991. MIU Press, Fairfield, Iowa
  • Introduction to Sanskrit, Part One 1989. Point Loma Publications, San Diego, California; Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, India. 381 pages. Also translated into Dutch and German. See reviews (PDF). Available at amazon.com
  • Transcendental Meditation and Temperature Homeostasis,” in Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Program, Collected Papers, Vol. 1. 1977. eds. David Orme-Johnson and J.T. Farrow. pp. 261-263. MERU Press.
  • Consciousness, Physics and World Peace: How to Stop Terrorism through the Field Effect of Consciousness, Thirteenth International Congress of Vedanta, September 12, 2002, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
  •  Overview of the Sanskrit Learning Program at the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, Twelfth International Congress of Vedanta, September 17, 2000, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
  • A Research Program Investigating the Use of Sanskrit Recitation for Accelerating the Growth of Human Potential, X World Sanskrit Conference, January 9, 1997, Bangalore, India

Presentations

Lectures or courses given in Avon Park, Berkeley, Boca Raton, Boone, Boulder, Charlottesville, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Compton, Denver, Detroit, Fort Collins, Gary, Hilton Head, Huntsville, Indianapolis, Iowa City, Italy, Kansas City, Lake Tahoe, Miami, Naples, New Dehli, Palm Beach, Palo Alto, Phoenix, Portland, Pueblo, Reno, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Sarasota, Scottsdale, Seattle, Seelisberg, South Bend, Tampa, Tucson, Washington, D.C.

Honors

Who’s Who in America

Blog on Yoga

http://www.tm.org/blog/category/yoga/

Fred Travis

Fred Travis

  • Chairman, Department of Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Director, Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition
  • Dean of the Graduate School
  • Dr. Travis has taught at the Maharishi University of Management for twenty-seven years

 

Dr. Travis is Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science, Chair of the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science, Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition. He earned an MS and PhD in Psychology from Maharishi University of Management, and a BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University.

Research interests

  •  Psychophysiological correlates of higher states of consciousness
  •  Psychophysiological correlates of reading Vedic literature
  •  Investigation of models of higher states of consciousness
  •  Effects of Transcendental Meditation® practice on child development
  •  Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on promoting healthy aging

Academic Background

  •  Senior Researcher, Institute for the Study of Higher States of Consciousness, 1993-Present
  •  Post Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis, in Basic Sleep Research
  •  PhD in Psychology, Maharishi University of Management. Dissertation: Testing the Field Model of Maharishi’s Vedic Psychology
  •  MS in Psychology, Maharishi University of Management
  •  BS in Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University. Senior Thesis: The Transcendental
  •  Meditation technique and Creativity: A longitudinal study of Cornell University undergraduate

Awards and Honors

  •  Editorial Board of the Journal of Meditation and Meditation Research
  •  Who’s Who in American Schools and Colleges, 1985
  •  Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Fellowships, 1985

Publications

  • Travis, F. (in press). Core and Matrix Thalamic Nuclei: Parallel Circuits Involved in Content of Experience and General Wakefulness. NeuroQuantology.
  • Harung HS, Travis F.(in press).  Higher mind-brain development in successful leaders: testing a unified theory of performance. Cognitive Processing.
  • Heaton, D. P., Travis, F. &  Subramaniam, R. (in press). A Consciousness-Based approach to management education for integrity. In C. Wankel and A. Stachowicz-Stanusch (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teaching Ethics in Business and Management Education, Hershey PA, IGI Global.
  • Grosswald, S.J. and Travis, F. (2011) ADHD and Stress: The Role of Meditation to Reduce Stress, and Improve Brain Function and Behavior Regulation. In  Current Directions in ADHD and Its Treatment, pg 195-210
  • Travis F. (2011). Mindfulness and psychologic well-being: are they related to type of meditation technique practiced? J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Nov;17(11):983-4.
  • Travis, F. (2011) Comparison of Coherence, Amplitude, and eLORETA Patterns during Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Practice, International Journal of Psychophysiology, 81, 198–203
  • Haaga D, Grosswald S, Gaylord-King C, Rainforth M, Tanner M, Travis F, Nidich S, Schneider R. (2011). Effects of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Substance Use Among University Students.  Cardiology Research and Practice, 53, 71-80.
  • Travis, F. (2011). States of Consciousness Beyond Waking,  Dreaming and Sleeping: Perspectives from Research on Meditation Experiences. In D. Certkovik, I Cosvic. States of Consciousness: Experimental Insights into Meditation, Waking, Sleep and Dreams.  Frontier collection.
  • Travis F, Grosswald S and Stixrud W. July (2011) ADHD, Brain Functioning, and Transcendental Meditation Practice. Mind & Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry., 2(1). 73-81.
  • Travis, F, Harung, H and Lagrosen, Y (2011). Moral Development, Peak Experiences and Brain Patterns in Professional and Amateur Classical Musicians: Support for a Unified Theory of Performance, Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 1256–1264.
  • Harung H.S., Travis F., Pensgaard A.M., Boes R, Cook-Greuter S, Daley K, (2011). High Levels of Brain Integration in World-class Norwegian Athletes: Towards a Brain Measure of Performance Capacity in Sports. Scandinavian Journal of Exercise and Sport, 1, 32-41.
  • Travis, F. and S. Brown, (2011). My Brain Made Me Do It: Brain Maturation and Levels of Self-Development, in The Postconventional Personality: Perspectives on Higher Development, A.H. Pfaffenberger, P.W. Marko, and T. Greening, Editors, SUNY Press: New York, pg. 23-38.
  • Travis, F and Shear, J (2010). Reply to Josipovic: Duality and non-duality in meditation research, Consciousness and Cognition, 19: 1120-1121.
  • Travis, F and Shear, J (2010) Focused Attention, Open Monitoring and Automatic Self-Transcending: Categories to Organize Meditations from Vedic, Buddhist and Chinese Traditions, Consciousness and Cognition. 19:1110-1119.
  • Travis, F., Haaga, D.H., Hagelin, J., Tanner, M., Arenander, A., Nidich, S., Gaylord-King, C., Grosswald, S., Rainforth, M., & Schneider, R. (2010). A Self-Referral Default Brain State: Patterns of Coherence, Power, and eLORETA Sources during Eyes-Closed Rest and the Transcendental Meditation Practice. Cognitive Processes, 11(1), 21-30.
  • Nidich SI, Rainforth MV, Haaga DA, Travis, F. et al, (2009). A randomized controlled trial on effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping in young adults. Am J Hypertens 22,1326-31.
  • Harung, H.F., Travis, F., Blank, W.,  Heaton, D. (2009) Higher development, brain integration, and excellence in leadership, Management Decision, 47(6), 872 – 894.
  • Tanner, M. A., Travis, F., Gaylord-King, C., Haaga, D. A. F., Grosswald, S., & Schneider, R. H. (2009).  The effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on mindfulness. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 65(6), 574-589.
  • Travis, F. (2009). Brain functioning as the ground for spiritual experiences and ethical behavior. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 78(5), 26-32.
  • Travis, F., Haaga, D.H., Hagelin, J., Tanner, M., Nidich, S., Gaylord-King, C., Grosswald, S., Rainforth, M., & Schneider, R. (2009). Effects of Transcendental Meditation Practice on Brain Functioning and Stress Reactivity in College Students. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 71, 170-176.
  • Travis, F.T. (2005) The Significance of Transcendental Consciousness for Addressing the “Hard” Problem of Consciousness, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 16, 123-135.
  • Alexander, CN, Kurth, K., Travis, F, Alexander, V.K. (2005) Effect of Practice of The Children’s Transcendental Meditation Technique on Cognitive Stage Development: Acquisition And Consolidation of Conservation, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 16, 21-46.
  • Dixon, C., Dillbeck, M.C., Travis, F., Msemaje, H., Clayborne, B.M., Dillbeck, S.L., and Alexander,  C.H. (2005). Accelerating Cognitive and Self Development: Longitudinal Studies with Preschool and Elementary School Children. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 16, 65-91.
  • Travis, F.T., Bonshek, A., Butler, V., Rainforth, M., Alexander, C.N., Khare, R., Lipman, J., (2005) Can a Building’s Orientation Affect the Quality of Life of the People Within? Testing Principles of  Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality.
  • Travis, F.T., Arenander, A. (2004) Psychological and physiological characteristics of a proposed object-referral/self-referral continuum of self-awareness. Consciousness and Cognition, 13/2, 401-420.
  • Heaton, D., Schmidt-Wilk, J., Travis, F.T. (2004). Constructs, methods, and measures for researching spirituality in organizations. Organizational Change Management, 17, 62-82.
  • Arenander, A, Travis, F.T. (2004). Brain patterns of Self-awareness. In B. Beitman and J. Nair, Eds.  Self-Awareness Deficits. New York: W.W.Norton.
  • Travis, F.T., Arenander, A. (2004). EEG Asymmetry and Mindfulness Meditation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 66, 147-152.
  • Travis, F.T., Tecce, J., Arenander, A., Wallace, R.K. (2002). Patterns of EEG Coherence, Power, and Contingent Negative Variation Characterize the Integration of Transcendental and Waking States Biological Psychology, 61, 293-319.
  • Travis, F.T., Tecce, J., Durchholz, C. (2001). Cortical Plasticity, CNV, and Transcendent Experiences: Replication with subjects reporting permanent transcendental experiences. Psychophysiology, 38, suppl1: S95.
  • Travis, F.T., Olsen, T., Egenes, T., & Gupta, H.K. (2001). Physiological patterns during practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique compared with patterns while reading Sanskrit and a modern language. International Journal of Neuroscience, 109, 71-80.
  • Travis, F.T. (2001). Autonomic and EEG patterns distinguish transcending from other experiences during Transcendental Meditation practice. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 42, 1-9.
  • Travis, F.T., Tecce, J.J., Guttman, J., (2001). Cortical Plasticity, Contingent Negative Variation,
  •   and Transcendent Experiences during Practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique.  Biological Psychology, 55, 41-55.
  • Travis, F.T. (2001) Transcendental Meditation Technique, Encyclopedia of Psychology and Neuroscience.
  • Travis, F.T. & Pearson, C. (2000). Distinct Phenomenological and Physiological Correlates of ‘Consciousness Itself.’ International Journal of Neuroscience, 100, 77-89.
  • Travis, F.T. & Durchholz, C. (2000). Can an electronic device improve mood and well-being, and decrease anxiety? International Journal of Neuroscience,103, 91-99.
  • Travis, F.T. & Wallace R.K. (1999). EEG and Autonomic Patterns during Eyes-Closed Rest and Transcendental Meditation Practice: The Basis for a Neural Model of TM practice. Consciousness and Cognition, 8, 302-318.
  • Travis, F.T. (in press). Autonomic and EEG Patterns Distinguish Transcending from other Experiences during Transcendental Meditation Practice. International Journal of  Psychophysiology.
  • Travis, F.T. , Olson, T., Egenes, T., Gupta, H.K. (in press) A Comparison of Physiological Patterns during Practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique with Physiological Patterns during Reading the Bhagavad Gita in Sanskrit and in a Modern Language. International Journal of Neuroscience.
  • Travis, F.T. , Munly, K., Olson, T., Sorflaten, J. (in press) The Significance of Transcendental Consciousness for Addressing the “Hard” Problem of Consciousness, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality.
  • Travis, F.T. (in press) The Significance of Transcendental Consciousness for Addressing the “Hard” Problem of Consciousness, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality.
  • Alexander, C.N., Kurth, K., Travis, F., Alexander, V.K. (in press). Effect of Practice of The Children’s Transcendental Meditation Technique on Cognitive Stage Development: Acquisition and Consolidation of Conservation, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality.
  • Travis, F.T., Bonshek, A., Butler, V., Rainforth, M., Alexander, C.N., Khare, R., Lipman, J. (in press). Can a Building’s Orientation Affect the Quality of Life of the People Within? Testing Principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, Journal of Social Behavior and Personality.
  • Travis, F.T. (2001) Transcendental Meditation Technique, Encyclopedia of Psychology and Neuroscience.
  • Travis, F.T. , Tecce, J.J. & Guttman, J. (2000). Cortical Plasticity, Contingent Negative Variation, and Transcendent Experiences during Practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique. Biological Psychology, 55,41-55.
  • Travis, F.T. & Pearson, C. (2000). Pure Consciousness: Distinct Phenomenological and Physiological Correlates of “Consciousness Itself”. International Journal of Neuroscience, 100,77-88.
  • Travis, F.T. & Wallace, R.K. (1999). EEG and Autonomic Patterns during Eyes-Closed Rest and Transcendental Meditation Practice: The Basis for a Neural Model of TM practice. Consciousness and Cognition, 8, 302-318.
  • Travis, F.T. & Tecce, J.J. (1998). Effects of distracting stimuli on CNV amplitude and reaction time. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 31, 45-50.
  • Travis, F.T. (1998). Cortical and Cognitive Development in 4th, 8th, and 12th Grade Students: The Contribution of Speed of Processing and Executive Functioning to Cognitive Development.  Biological Psychology, 48, 37-56.
  • Travis, F.T., (1998). CNV rebound and distraction effects before and after a TM session. Psychophysiology, 34: S89.
  • Mason, L, Alexander, C., Travis, F, Marsh, Orme-Johnson, D.W., Gackenback, J., Mason, D.C., Rainforth, M., & Walton, K.G. (1997). Electrophysiological correlates of higher states of consciousness during sleep in long-term practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation program. Sleep, 20: 102–110.
  • Travis, F.T. & Wallace R.K. (1997) Autonomic Patterns during Respiratory Suspensions: Possible markers of Transcendental Consciousness. Psychophysiology, 34: 39–46.
  • Travis, F.T., (1996). Comparison of CNV amplitude and P300 latency and amplitude in subjects practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique for less than 1 year or more than 8 years. Psychophysiology, 33: S83.
  • Travis, F.T., (1996). Invincible Athletics program: Aerobic exercise and performance without strain. International Journal of Neuroscience, 85: 301–308.
  • Travis, F.T. (1995). Within comparison of EEG and autonomic patterns during eyes-closed rest and transcendental meditation practice. Psychophysiology, 32: S77.
  • Travis, F.T., (1994). A second linked-reference issue: Possible biasing of power and coherence spectra. International Journal of Neuroscience, 75(1–2): 111–117
  • Travis, F.T., (1994). The junction point model: A field model of waking, sleeping, and dreaming relating dream witnessing, the waking/sleeping transition, and Transcendental Meditation in terms of a common psychophysiologic state. Dreaming, 4(2): 91–104.
  • Travis, F.T.& Miskov, S. (1994). P300 latency and amplitude after eyes-closed rest and after transcendental meditation practice. Psychophysiology, 31: S98.
  • Travis, F.T. (1993). Respiratory, Autonomic, and EEG Correlates of transcendental consciousness experiences during Transcendental Meditation practice. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 18 (1), 574:15.
  • Travis F.T., (1991). Eyes open and TM EEG patterns after one and after eight years of TM practice.   Psychophysiology, 28(3a): S58.
  • Travis F.T., Maloney T., Means M., March J.D., & Feinberg I. (1991). Acute Deprivation of the Terminal Four Hours of Sleep Does not Increase Delta (0–3Hz) Electroencephalograms: A replication. Sleep, 14(4): 320–324.
  • Travis F.T. (1990). EEG patterns during TM practice and hypnagogic sleep. Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 15(1): 244.
  • Travis, F.T. (1990). Reference Aliasing: Effect of the `non-active’ reference. Psychophysiology, 27 (4a): S70.
  • Travis F.T. (1990) An empirical test of Maharishi’s Junction point model of states of consciousness. Modern Science and Vedic Science, 4(1):42–55.
  • Travis F.T., and Orme-Johnson D.W. (1990). EEG coherence and power during Yogic Flying. International Journal of Neuroscience, 54:1–12.
  • Feinberg I, March J., Flach K., Maloney T., Chern W-J., Travis F.T. (1989). Late maturational decline in 0–3 Hz EEG amplitude during sleep: A reflection of synaptic elimination? Society for Neuroscience  Abstracts, 15(1): 244.
  • Gaylord C., Orme-Johnson D.W., and Travis F.T. (1989). The effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique and progressive muscle relaxation on EEG coherence, stress reactivity, and mental health in  black adults. International Journal of Neuroscience, 46: 77–86.
  • Travis F.T., and Orme-Johnson D.W. (1989). Field Model of consciousness: EEG coherence changes as indicators of field effects. International Journal of Neuroscience, 49: 203–211.
  • Travis F.T. (1988). Testing the field paradigm of Maharishi’s Vedic Psychology: EEG Coherence and Power as Indices of States of Consciousness and Field Effects. Dissertation Abstracts  International, 49 (8B): 3493.
  • Travis F.T., and Dillbeck M.C. (Spring, 1988) Maharishi’s Vedic Psychology: A unified field based paradigm for psychology. The Iowan Psychologist.
  • Travis F.T. (1988). Testing a field model of social interactions. The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science, 95(1): A56.
  • Travis F.T. (1985). Conscious and unconscious perception in bilingual students. The Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science, 94(1): A75.
  • Travis F.T. (1979). The Transcendental Meditation technique and creativity: A longitudinal study of Cornell University undergraduates. The Journal of Creative Behavior, 13(3): 169–181.
  • Alexander C.N., Kurth S.C., Travis F.T., Warner T., and Alexander V.K. (1988). Cognitive stage development in children practicing the TM program. In R. A. Chalmers, G. Clements, H. Schenkluhn, and M. Weinless (Eds.). Scientific research on the TM and TM-Sidhi program: Collected papers, vol. 3, Vlodrop, the Netherlands: MIU Press.

Presentations

  • Travis F.T. Phenomenological and Physiological markers of transcendental consciousness: A proposed fourth state of consciousness. Paper presented at the Science and consciousness Conference , April 1996.
  • Travis F.T. Lucid Dreaming and the junction point model. Paper presented at Conference on Lucid Dreaming, July 1991.
  • Travis F.T. The junction point model of states of consciousness. Paper presented at Conference on higher states of consciousness: Theoretical and experimental perspectives, July 1990.
  • Kleinschnitz K.W., Travis F.T., Druhl K.J. (1990) Modulation of brain wave coherence from a distance: Search for an electromagnetic mechanism. Paper presented at 12th annual meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, San Antonio, TX.
  • Travis F.T., Feinberg I., Maloney T., and March, J.D. (1990) Sleeping/waking relationships. Paper presented at the Spring meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Feinberg I., Travis F. T., Maloney T., March J.D. (1989) Peak-trough analysis of cyclic delta patterns more faithfully reflects maturational change than visual scoring or computer tabulation of NREMPs. Paper presented at the Spring meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies, Washington, D.C.
  • Travis F.T. (1988). Delineating the EEG pattern characteristic of the TM technique. Paper presented at the Spring meeting of the Midwest Psychological Association, Chicago, IL
William Sands

William Sands

  • Dean, College of Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Dr. Sands has taught at the Maharishi University of Management for thirty-three years

 

Dr. Sands is Dean of the College of Maharishi Vedic Science and Associate Professor of Maharishi Vedic Science and Sanskrit. He earned an MA and PhD from Maharishi University of Management, an MSCI from Maharishi European Research University, and a BSBA from Georgetown University. He is the author of two books, entitled Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and His Gift to the World, and Maharishi’s Yoga: The Royal Road to Enlightenment. He has also published a number of articles including

  • Dharma in the Valmiki Ramayan in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Maharishi’s Program of Reading the Vedic Literature: Unfolding the Total Potential of Natural Law