Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Reading Sanskrit Improves Brain Functioning - The MUM Review, 6.Feb. 2002, by Brynne Sissom

The physiological effects of reading Sanskrit are similar to those experienced during the Transcendental Meditation® technique, according to research recently completed by Dr. Fred Travis, director of the ERG/psychophysiology lab of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Dr. Travis asked his test subjects to read passages from the Bhagavad-Gita in Sanskrit and in modern foreign languages (Spanish, French, or German). In each case they could pronounce the sounds but did not know the meaning. He measured brain wave patterns (ERG), heart and breath rate, and galvanic skin resistance during two reading sessions and during a 15-minute session of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

He found that while they read Sanskrit their physiology was similar to those measured during the Transcendental Meditation technique, but significantly different from reading a modern language.

Their skin resistance steadily increased during reading Sanskrit and during practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique (showing greater stability in their physiology) but remained the same during the reading of a modern language.

Their ERG alpha power and coherence during reading Sanskrit were also similar to that during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, and both of these were higher than when the subjects read a modern language

Dr. Travis said that these findings support Maharishi's predictions on the effects of reading Sanskrit. Maharishi, in Vedic Knowledge for Everyone, predicted that reading the Vedic Literature as it flows and progresses in perfect sequential order has the effect of regulating and balancing the functioning of the brain physiology and training consciousness, the mind, to always flow in perfect accordance with the evolutionary direction of Natural Law.

Dr. Travis found the similarity of physiology during reading Sanskrit and the Transcendental Meditation technique is especially noteworthy because one reads with his or her eyes open and engages in active perceptual and cognitive processes, while the Transcendental Meditation technique is done with one's eyes closed and entails a reduction of mental activity. This suggests that the state gained during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique may be integrated with active mental processes by reading Sanskrit.

Dr. Travis said, "The Transcendental Meditation technique takes the awareness to pure consciousness at the source of thought. Seeing similar patterns of physiology during reading Sanskrit as during the Transcendental Meditation technique suggests that reading Sanskrit enlivens pure consciousness at the source of thought and integrates that state with reading and speaking. In short, while practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique locates pure consciousness, leading to the state of Transcendental Consciousness, reading Sanskrit integrates inner silence with outer activity, helping to cultivate enlightenment."

10 Comments:

Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Aatma - my dear friend u have been tagged by me :)) - check my blog

08 September, 2005 00:23  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

thats a good one aatma - I didnt know that there was a Maharishi university in US!!!

08 September, 2005 13:41  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Aatma - Pardon me...Pardon me...!! I don't believe this.!!!

If indeed this was true...by this time ( like tamarind turmeric neem curry leaf ayurveda yoga etc etc.) Sanskrit would have become a big hit.!!

Anyways sounds and feels good to read something good about an ancient Language from India.!

09 September, 2005 19:49  
Blogger Venkat said...

Hi Aatma
Very interesting! There must be reasons like this it has been in Indian culture for so many thousands of years.

Is Sanskrit Aryan or Dravidian? or Neither?

11 September, 2005 00:43  
Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Aatma - check my blog on "4 the truth" and then send me ur email id to :arjuna.sathiaseelan@gmail.com

12 September, 2005 13:23  
Blogger mysorean said...

Aatma,

Whenever an American University proclaims something from their Air-conditioned offices, we sit up and take notice.

When our Saints and sages were doing this for years together, our country chose to follow a different path.

Some foreign brain decided to patent the benefits of Neem leaves. Can you believe that?! And the same applies for basmati rice, thulasi leaves, and a host of other traditional Indian things.

It was said that you don't need to understand the Vedas. You can just sit and recite it along with the others and something good will happen to you. Maybe this was a raw way of putting it. But what you have posted is the more scientific method to it.

And in today's world we live only on logic. Everything is perfectly rational! :)

Liked reading your post though! Have blogrolled you! :)

Regards,
Adi.

13 September, 2005 22:59  
Blogger Aatma said...

Thanks Adi for your comments. Actually we are very critical of ourselves, and our country folk. We are born in an age and time wherein we have learnt only to critize our own people and glorify our past without knowing anything about it.

My aim is to relearn everything - try to understand and seperate the truth from fiction and old pati kadhai. Want to know my past, my country.

Thanks for blogrolling me - Will visit your blog soon

14 September, 2005 01:56  
Blogger Mitesh Katira said...

Very happy to read this being Sanskrit enthusiast.

We need to study more such stuff 8n detail with evidence. Bring this put in public domain.

I am a Sanskrit enthusiast and would be keen to join you in any such study any time you feel you need support.

19 April, 2015 09:26  
Blogger Mitesh Katira said...

Very happy to read this being Sanskrit enthusiast.

We need to study more such stuff 8n detail with evidence. Bring this put in public domain.

I am a Sanskrit enthusiast and would be keen to join you in any such study any time you feel you need support.

19 April, 2015 09:27  
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04 June, 2015 13:30  

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