PhD student Veda Jamoona in the neurophysiology lab

Teaching Sanskrit to students in the MA in Maharishi Vedic Science program

On stage with the student panel during Dr. Tony Nader’s visit in the spring

Veda Jamoona is a PhD student in Maharishi Vedic Science℠, conducting research on the correlation between higher states of consciousness and neurophysiology. She is studying the brainwaves of individuals practicing the TM® program to discover any unique markers of higher states of consciousness as described by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Veda is from New York City, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from New York Institute of Technology. She first came to Fairfield in 2008 with her mother, who had heard about MIU from a friend. Having grown up in an Indian family, Veda studied Indian philosophy and Vedic traditions from a young age, but she was surprised and delighted to find a university incorporating Vedic knowledge in its curriculum in Iowa.

She applied for the MBA program right away, but after her first class in the Science and Technology of Consciousness, she switched to studying Maharishi Vedic Science. “I was really impressed with the precision the teachers taught with,” she said. “Their egos were not at all involved; the knowledge came directly from Maharishi.”

After finishing her MA in Maharishi Vedic Science, Veda began the PhD program but had to return to New York City. In 2017 she came back to MIU to finish her doctorate. In addition to studying neurophysiology with Dr. Fred Travis, Veda is teaching Sanskrit in the part-time MA in Maharishi Vedic Science program.

Veda took the TM-Sidhi® course during her first semester in 2008 and found her practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programs valuable for growing pure consciousness, reducing stress, and expanding her horizons. “I don’t see the limits, I only see the space,” she said. “The field of possibilities grows and I only think about how I can accomplish something.”

Veda loves teaching and conducting research on consciousness, which she hopes to continue doing after completing her doctorate. “Here at MIU we have the answers to questions because we are able to think outside the box,” she said.