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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Business administration, Assurance , GRI , Sustainability reporting2555629156diss2021greenBruno Green, N.202100
A grounded theory exploration of why and how the UNEP young champions of the earth create high impact innovations for a flourishing planet
ProQuest Dissertation In recent years there has been increased dialogue on the urgency of grand challenges and
the role of sustainable innovation in facilitating sustainable development. Individuals are central
to this phenomenon in that they provide the ideas and actions which build innovations for
sustainable development. Nonetheless, most of the scientific research in this area is centered on
what drives sustainable innovation from the meso and macro levels, while the micro-level
processes which facilitate sustainable innovation have been ignored. Yet, the analysis of this
phenomenon at the individual level can offer the insights necessary for mankind to transcend our
existing grand challenges.
This study employed a grounded theory analysis to explore the micro level and multilevel dynamics which enabled the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Young
Champions of the Earth (YCE) award winners to create high impact innovations for a flourishing
planet. Six Young Champions under the age of thirty-one located in a variety of geographical
regions globally participated in the study. The data was analyzed in accordance with the
grounded theory approach where a theory is generated through a series of steps proceeding from
data collection to open coding, axial coding, and selective coding (Corbin & Strauss, 2015;
Glaser and Strauss, 1967)
The data from this research revealed that the YCE award winners experienced macro
level grand challenges which triggered micro level feelings, emotion and cognition that then
drove them to create synergy with others at the mesa level, leverage their full potential and
innovate responsibly for social and environmental evolution. These findings were used to
construct a 4 E model where sustainable innovations are created through Entangling,
Enlightening, Enacting and Evolving. During Entangling, the individual becomes immersed
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within the grand challenge and understands its urgency. During Enlightening, cognitive
processes and heart felt emotion create a shift in awareness and desire to create change. During
Enacting, refined micro level processes occur and manifest into tangible form. During Evolving
humanity experiences the positive consequences of the sustainable innovation. Empirically the
findings revealed a process theory which describes how lived experiences trigger an epiphany
which facilitates self-realization and synergy to create sustainable innovations
Bruno Green, N. (2021). A grounded theory exploration of why and how the UNEP young champions of the earth create high impact innovations for a flourishing planet (Order No. 28548066). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2555629156). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/grounded-theory-exploration-why-how-unep-young/docview/2555629156/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyAlternative Medicine , Medicine , Physiology, Biological sciences , Health and environmental sciences , Ayurvedic medicine , Coronary heart disease , High cholesterol , Hypertension , Meta-analysis , Systematic review28644212diss2021palakurthiPalakurthi, Manohar R.rr202100
The diagnostic validity of maharishi nādi vigyān compared to objective and self-reported measures of cardiovascular health
ProQuest Dissertation Cardiovascular disease is a major threat to public health in nearly every country.
Therefore, the use of a validated, traditional, non-invasive method of health assessment is
important for prevention and therapeutics. The Ᾱyurvedic texts (Samhitas) present knowledge
about pulse diagnosis for cardiovascular and other disorders but without a systematic and
detailed method to apply it. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and leading Ayurvedic experts elaborated
the practice of pulse assessment in Maharishi Nādi Vigyān. The purpose of this study was to
investigate the diagnostic validity of Maharishi Nādi Vigyān in cardiovascular health.
The sample consisted of 160 participants at a Maharishi Ayurveda integrative health
clinic in Fairfield, IA from January 2017 to December 2019. Subjects were assessed for
consistency of diagnoses between Maharishi Nādi-Vigyān and hypertension, measured by blood
pressure using a standard sphygmomanometer, and client self-reports of elevated cholesterol,
insomnia, and psychological stress (operationalized as ‘state of mind’). Data was analyzed using
Cohen’s Kappa coefficient (k) for diagnostic validity.
Our results showed diagnostic validity of 95% coefficient of k = .88, (p < .001) for
hypertension by Maharishi Nādi Vigyān, compared to objectively measured hypertension. For
cholesterol, insomnia, and psychological stress, the agreement was 76% k = .46 (p = .001), or
moderate agreement, across all three cardiovascular risk factors.
This study is the first to systematically investigate the relationship between the clinical
practice of Maharishi ᾹyurVedā pulse assessment and cardiovascular health. We found relatively
high diagnostic validity for hypertension, and self-reported cholesterol levels, insomnia and
psychological stress. These findings have significant implications for Maharishi Nādi Vigyān as
DIAGNOSTIC VALIDITY OF MAHARISHI NĀDI VIGYĀN v
a noninvasive assessment method in the holistic, integrated, and preventive healthcare of
Maharishi ᾹyurVedā.
Through the tools of the Richo Akshare chart and the Unified Field chart for Maharishi
Nādi Vigyān, this thesis shows the proper sequence of the practice of pulse reading from the
unmanifest levels of consciousness to the more manifest levels of its correlates in the physiology
so that the practitioner is always connected to the unbounded field of perfect health within their
own consciousness and can manage the client from that profound level of health and balance.
Palakurthi, M. R. (2021). The diagnostic validity of Maharishi Nādi Vigyān compared to objective and self-reported measures of cardiovascular health (Order No. 28644212). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2569685051). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/diagnostic-validity-Maharishi-nādi-vigyān/docview/2569685051/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceMusic therapy , Behavioral psychology , Cognitive psychology , Clinical psychology, Anxiety , Dementia , Gandharva Veda , Interventions , Nonpharmacological , Sound therapy28002406diss2020gillorieGillorie, Star A.202010
Testing the Efficacy of Maharishi Gandharva Veda&lt;sup&gt;SM&lt;/sup&gt; Music as an Intervention in Decreasing the Effects of the Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia: A Pilot Study
ProQuest Dissertation Annually, there are over 50 million new diagnoses of Alzheimer's dementia resulting in additional health care costs of up to 30,000 per individual case. Music therapy is a low cost, non-pharmacological intervention that has been used to treat behavioral and psychological symptoms from its earliest reference in 1783. The modality of music therapy used in this longitudinal repeated mixed-measures clinical case pilot study included listening to music on headphones. The investigator tested the efficacy of listening to Gandharva Veda, Baroque, and no music on subjects who were experiencing behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Six subjects were assigned to one of three groups at two levels, according to the Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) scale. Group A listened to Maharishi Gandharva Veda music, Group B listened to Baroque music, and group C had no musical intervention during the study. Each group included one subject with a CDR of 0.5 and one with a CDR 2, individually tested over three months. Pre- and posttests included the Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Questionnaire, Quality of Life-Alzheimer's Disease, and Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Groups A and B were additionally administered the Maharishi Ayurveda Affective Response Questionnaire, Mini-Cog, and Maharishi Gandharva Veda Music Therapy Experience Questionnaire. Results were unique to each subject A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, and C2. Results for groups A and B indicated that the subjects experienced a decrease in levels of depression, though some decline in cognitive ability. Observations of group C revealed little change in the subjects' temperaments. There was less consistent participation of the CDR 0.5 subjects, and an increase in depressive experiences. CDR 2 subjects were observed to experience and exhibit lower stress levels. Maharishi Gandharva Veda ragas can align the doshas of the physiology in their ideal relationship, maintaining a balance in movement, metabolism, and structure is maintained. Instrumental music played at specific times of day emulates the frequencies and rhythms that are alive in nature. With all doshas equalized and aligned with nature, integrated and balanced behavior is maintained. Balanced behavioral expressions in the individual will increase the quality of all levels of life, individual and global. Gillorie, S. A. (2020). Testing the efficacy of Maharishi Gandharva Veda0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT3SM1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT3 music as an intervention in decreasing the effects of the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia: A pilot study (Order No. 28002406). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2420559388). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/testing-efficacy-Maharishi-gandharva-veda-sup-sm/docview/2420559388/se-2?accountid=37967 10 5 Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceEpistemology , Asian history, History of the TM organization , Knowledge of pure consciousness , Maharishi Vedic science , Transcendental Meditation28002937diss2020hyerHyer, Brandy Caroline202000 Generation after Generation: Maintaining Maharishi’s Revival of Vedic Knowledge: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis ProQuest Dissertation The qualitative research reported in this dissertation is based on interviews with individuals who experienced the phenomenon of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s revival of Vedic wisdom between 1958 and 2008, including his founding of the Transcendental Meditation program. In an interpretive phenomenological analysis, I chose six from a total of 15 interviews of legacy generation pioneers to transcribe and code, responding to the questions: how is knowledge lost, revived, and maintained generation to generation and what is the role of a pioneering generation in this process? Through linear and holistic analytical processes, interacting with my own consciousness, 46 codes emerged from the transcripts, the text of the data—some stated in Maharishi’s own words as principles of Maharishi Vedic Science. From these codes, I derived four themes: a meta theme, knowledge is structured in consciousness and is therefore different in different states of consciousness; theme one, how experience and understanding of pure consciousness is forgotten; theme two, how experience and understanding of pure consciousness is revived; and theme three, how experience and understanding of pure consciousness is maintained. Excerpts most relevant to each theme and subtheme are presented in the Results section. Analysis revealed two significant findings: 1) Maharishi’s revival of Vedic knowledge will best be maintained and advanced by those who apply Maharishi Vedic Science through direct experience and intellectual understanding, including training as custodians to carry the knowledge forward from their own self-referral consciousness, 2) the legacy generation must “carefully acquiesce” to maintainers of the subsequent generation. Hyer, B. C. (2020). Generation after generation: Maintaining Maharishi’s revival of Vedic knowledge: An interpretive phenomenological analysis (Order No. 28002937). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2423833720). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/generation-after-maintaining-Maharishi-s-revival/docview/2423833720/se-2?accountid=37967 00 6 Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceNeurosciences , Philosophy , Psychology, Consciousness , Literature , Maharishi , Meditation , Self-experimentation , Vedic28001060diss2020saundersSaunders, Patricia202000Exploring the Possibility of Greater Fulfillment in Daily Life through Maharishi's Reading the Vedic Literature ProgramProQuest Dissertation This dissertation is a systematic inquiry into the possibility that Maharishi’s Reading the Vedic Literature program, when regularly added to practice of the Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi ® programs, creates greater fulfillment in daily life. The theoretical basis of this study is based on principles provided by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Maharishi Vedic Science SM and the program of reading the Vedic Literature. Maharishi holds that the Vedic Literature is an ancient and integrated body of knowledge of reality that expresses and explains the flow of consciousness and the nature of life. He also holds that the sounds of the Vedic Literature are an effective tool to accelerate human development and fulfillment so that higher states of consciousness, the ultimate goal of the reading program, can be attained. Maharishi maintains that reading the Vedic Literature aloud in sequence sponta¬neously trains the brain physiology and the physiology of speech to function in an orderly way so that individual thought and action is naturally aligned with the evolutionary direction of Natu¬ral Law. The research presented in this dissertation involved regular reading of thirty-six of the forty branches of the Vedic Literature in the sequence designed by Maharishi. The findings, which included experiences of higher states of consciousness such as increased bliss and fulfillment, were documented without analysis of the contents immediately after reading to maintain innocence of experience. The outcomes were deeply personal and unique, and, since they were recorded after reading, were noted at a deeper level of experience than would have been the case before reading. The conclusion, based on the results of the study, is that the universal Self can be enlivened in individual consciousness through Maharishi’s Reading the Vedic Literature program and that the capacity for greater fulfillment in daily life is increased. Saunders, P. (2020). Exploring the possibility of greater fulfillment in daily life through Maharishi's reading the Vedic literature program (Order No. 28001060). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2419107581). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/exploring-possibility-greater-fulfillment-daily/docview/2419107581/se-2?accountid=37967 00 7 Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceDevelopmental psychology , Neurosciences , Individual & family studies, Brain development , Consciousness , Developmental theory , Epigenetics , Mother-infant attachment , Pregnancy28001025diss2020suettmannSuettmann, Margot202000 Quality of Attention of the Mother in Infancy and Early Childhood Sets the Stage for Development throughout the Child’s Life ProQuest Dissertation During infancy, the brain develops more rapidly than at any other time of life. Competencies that emerge later in life depend on budding affective and cognitive processes shaped in early years by both "nature" (rapid brain development) and "nurture” (important attachment relationships with the mother and father). The complementary effects of "nature" and "nurture” determine the infants' development: genes, epigenome, parental health determinants, and intimate bonding between mother and child. Leading developmental scientists emphasize different angles of the attachment process. Hofer described how the mother’s interactions with her infant act as external regulators of the immature infant's homeostatic and stress-coping systems. Bowlby and Ainsworth traced the formation of the attachment relationship between the infant and mother. They suggest that mother-child interactions create a child’s “internal working model” which can be a secure or insecure-attachment style. Schore observed that right-hemisphere processes develop first—global, immediate processing of experience—and then after the first year of life left-hemisphere language systems develop. Thus, interactions with the mother shape implicit processes in the right brain of the child. Bronfenbrenner described over-arching social processes, as mediated through attachment relationships, affect the child's brain development. I am introducing a "Consciousness-based model of mother-infant attachment relationship”, which realizes that “how” a mother interacts with the child is more important than “what” she does. The mother's (primary caretaker's) refined feeling levels and intuition play a significant role for the infant's development. There hasn't been an approach so far that heals completely the profound negative impact of experienced stress, trauma and adversity on the mother's deepest sense-of-self, affective functioning and their physiological correlates, which then diminish her ability to help her infant. The Consciousness-based model recommends a meditation practice which gives the mother the experience of her own silent, awake inner sense-of-self, called "pure consciousness". Regular experience of pure consciousness reverses effects of past trauma and develops the mother's finest feeling levels and intuition, essential for supporting her child's optimal brain development, thriving and developmental outcomes. This consciousness-based model represents a significant addition to current developmental models. It adds a wellspring of creative intelligence and happiness to the mother's life. Suettmann, M. (2020). Quality of attention of the mother in infancy and early childhood sets the stage for development throughout the Child’s life (Order No. 28001025). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2418591198). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/quality-attention-mother-infancy-early-childhood/docview/2418591198/se-2?accountid=37967 00 8 Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyPhysiology , Medicine , Behavioral psychology, Behavioral intervention , Blood pressure , Cardiovascular , Left ventricular hypertrophy , Stress reduction , Transcendental meditation13899052diss2019marwahaMarwaha, Komal201910 Mind-Body Medicine in Cardiovascular Health: strong Mechanisms and Clinical Outcomes of Transcendental Meditation in Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease ProQuest Dissertation Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death worldwide. Psychosocial stress plays an important role in the development of CVD. Over the last few decades, studies of psychosocial stress and stress reduction methods for CVD have increased exponentially; however, questions about the importance of psychosocial risk factors, the underlying mechanisms of how stress contributes to hypertension and efficacy of different stress reduction techniques have remained. Hence, three studies were undertaken to answer the above questions and further evaluate the effects of stress reduction with the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique in the prevention of CVD. The first study reviewed the current on the role of stress and stress reduction in hypertension. Stressful environment at work or related to marriage, low socioeconomic status, lack of social support, depression, anxiety, and racial discrimination are found to be important psychosocial risk factors for hypertension. We identified vascular inflammation, vasoconstriction, increased cardiovascular reactivity, high heart rate, sodium and water retention as underlying mechanisms of how stress contributes to hypertension. Averaged results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) revealed that TM decreases blood pressure (SBP/DBP) by 5/3 mm Hg. Mindfulness-based stress reduction decrease by 2/1 mm Hg, and yoga by 5/3 mm Hg. Biofeedback was found to have a negligible effect on BP. The second study was an RCT to evaluate the effect of TM practice on left ventricular mass. After the 6-month, intervention period left ventricular mass index was significantly lower in the TM compared to the health education group (-7.55 gm/m 2 , p=0.04). The results suggest that TM may be used as an intervention to prevent left ventricular hypertrophy and thus may reduce associated CVD. The third study was an RCT conducted to assess the effect of TM on blood pressure in participants having SBP of 120-139 mm Hg and/or DBP of 80-89 mm Hg. The results of the linear mixed model analysis found significantly lower SBP in the TM participants with BP 130-139/85-89 mm Hg compared to health education (-3.33 mm Hg, p=0.045). The findings of these three studies together suggest that enlivening the body’s inner intelligence by practicing Transcendental Meditation could be an effective intervention to prevent cardiovascular disease. Marwaha, K. (2019). 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT0Mind-body medicine in cardiovascular health:1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT0 mechanisms and clinical outcomes of Transcendental Meditation in primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease (Order No. 13899052). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2292191065). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/strong-mind-body-medicine-cardiovascular-health/docview/2292191065/se-2?accountid=37967 10 9 Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementEntrepreneurship , Management , Business administration, Enterprising , Serial , Startup , Technology , Venturing13883211diss2019ocsodyOcsody, Peter201900 Forces that Propel Serial Tech Startup Founders Forward in the Sequential Genesis of Multiple Tech Ventures: A Grounded Theory Study ProQuest Dissertation I spent the better part of two decades with consulting, developing and managing tech startup companies. I am currently involved in developing tech startups, thereby experiencing the volatilities that are naturally associated with new ventures. In such young and under-developed businesses, every day brings some new challenges. Developing a viable tech startup, most of the time, resilient startup founders need to become serial startup entrepreneurs as they need to build several startups by the time a lasting business is crafted and nurtured. In this research, I intended to explore the set of qualities that helps serial tech venture founders push forward initiating startup after startup. Because of the lack of a clear understanding of this phenomenon in the current literature, I wished to inquire into this set of qualities that generates the prerequisite driving forces ensuing serial tech entrepreneurship. This research employed semi-structured video-recorded interviews to study 20 serial tech startup founders from the Southwest Florida region. All interviews were transcribed and loaded to an NVivo program for coding. The analysis of the data applied the grounded theory coding methodology. In this qualitative analytical method, there are three coding schemes: 1) open coding – transcribed interview text is coded based on deeper meaning, 2) axial coding – codes are grouped, and groups are clustered, and finally 3) selective coding – groups and clusters are reduced to the most meaningful characteristics to create categories and a core category. After generating about 700 codes, I arrived at four categories (called constituent attributes) 1) Elastically Nonconforming (EN), 2) Abstracted Serial Monetizing (ASM), 3) Tech Passioning (TP), and 4) Heroed Enterprising (HE) as well as one core category called Te(ch)nacious Heroing (TcH). The four categories and the core category constituted the Serial Tech Startup Founder (STSF) Base Theory. All serial tech startup founders exhibited TcH and some mix of the four constituent attributes. To be able to make a more refined characterization amongst entrepreneurs regarding their specific set of qualities, the STSF Dimension-Domain (DD) Model was developed. This model makes the theory more practical. All research subjects were charted within the model, thereby revealing emerging patterns of variations. As an additional abstracting extension, the STSF DD Continuum Model was constructed to ponder possibilities about the deeper aspects of the entrepreneurial consciousness. More specifically, the serial tech entrepreneurial progressive de-embeddedness is discussed with its potential consequences and perspectives. Ocsody, P. (2019). Forces that propel serial tech startup founders forward in the sequential genesis of multiple tech ventures: A grounded theory study (Order No. 13883211). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2279905188). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/forces-that-propel-serial-tech-startup-founders/docview/2279905188/se-2?accountid=37967 00 10 Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Organizational behavior , Health care management, Emotional intelligence , Group emotional intelligence , Mediation analysis , Social capital , Work engagement , Workplace social capital13901141diss2019songSong, HaiYan201901 The Mediation Effect of Workplace Social Capital (WSC) on the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Work Engagement (WE) ProQuest Dissertation Motivating employees to engage in work is a classic issue in organizations. Engagement of a diverse work force can be dynamic but may be fleeting. Work engagement is a unique positive, fulfilling, work-related state of mind that is characterized by vigor, dedication, and absorption. Previous studies based on the Job-demand Resources (JD-R) model support that Job Resources (JR) and Personal Resources (PR) are two main drivers of work engagement. The prevailing JD-R model describes how one can resort to JR and PR, which are triggered by the job demands to engage in work. This model does not consider the potential role of network dynamics sanctioned by social norms such as trust and reciprocity for resources generation and exchange through fair procedure and collective actions to drive engagement. Institutional trust, interpersonal trust and reciprocity, fairness and collective actions are building blocks of Workplace Social Capital (WSC). Unlike the stress-reaction JD-R model, the hypothesized EI-guided WSC model looks at how EI abilities may guide the integration process of various resources from a more dynamic perspective, which leads to work engagement. These arguments point to the possibility that WSC may play a mediation and/or moderation role in the EI-WE relationship. The present study has empirically tested five main hypotheses based on the research data (n = 239) collected from nine health care institutions from twelve cities across China. The statistical test results, using the structural equation modeling, combined with confirmatory factor analysis for mediation analysis, and the hierarchical multiple regression for moderation analysis, provide evidence that 1) WSC mediates the EI-WE relationship (single mediation strength at 49%); 2) three WSC subscales mediate EI-WE relationship jointly, with WSC subscale 1 (institutional trust) contributing to the total indirect effect significantly. The statistical results are confirmed by the bias-corrected Bootstrapping technique (CI = 95%, 2000 times) and the Sobel test. No interaction effect of WSC is found to moderate the strength of EI-WE relationship. The empirical study results indicate that individual EI influences one’s WE level through two paths: 1) individual EI has direct positive impact on one’s WE; 2) individual EI can also transform itself into system-centered group EI competences through WSC resources integration mechanism to influence individual WE. In this sense individual EI influences WE indirectly through the mediation path of WSC. The study results highlight the importance of trust and reciprocity through fairness and collective actions for Chinese health care professionals. Emotionally intelligent health care is needed and can be achieved through WSC development in health care professionals. Limitation of the study is that Chinese cultural variation has left its impression in the data and research findings. Future research could include qualitative data analyses or samples from different cultural background to do comparative studies. Song, H. (2019). The mediation effect of workplace social capital (WSC) on the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and work engagement (WE) (Order No. 13901141). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2282209429). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/mediation-effect-workplace-social-capital-wsc-on/docview/2282209429/se-2?accountid=37967 01 11 Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Marketing, Business strategy , Competitive strategy , Corporate performance , Disruptive innovations , Innovation strategy , Sustaining innovations27547973diss2019sunSun, Liang201900Innovation Strategy and Corporate Performance: An Empirical Study of the U.S. Automobile IndustryProQuest Dissertation The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between corporate performance and a company’s innovation strategy, namely disruptive or sustaining innovations. A fixed effects panel data regression analysis with first-difference estimator was conducted using empirical data from the U.S. automobile industry over 2007 to 2017. The entire industry was examined except two small companies whose combined market share was less than 3%. The findings suggest that companies whose innovation strategies were relatively more disruptive achieved more superior corporate performance in unit sales. In comparison, companies whose innovation strategies were relatively more sustaining achieved less superior corporate performance. Sun, L. (2019). Innovation strategy and corporate performance: An empirical study of the U.S. automobile industry (Order No. 27547973). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2317618064). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/innovation-strategy-corporate-performance/docview/2317618064/se-2?accountid=37967 00 12 Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Business administration, Assurance , GRI , Sustainability reporting13901453diss2019wanWan, Han201900The Impact of GRI Reporting and Assurance on Financial PerformanceProQuest Dissertation The present research examined the relationship between Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting, assurance status and financial performance (FP) in Standard &amp; Poor’s (S&amp;P) 500 companies. Only three previous studies had examined the relationship between Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) reporting and financial performance (FP), with inconsistent results. Assurance provides GRI reporting with credibility and transparency. However, no study has ever investigated the relationship between assurance and FP. This study compared GRI companies with matched non-GRI and assured companies with matched non-assured companies to assess the effect of GRI reporting and assurance status on two measures of financial performance: return on assets (ROA) and earning per share (EPS). GRI versus non-GRI companies and assured versus non-assured companies were compared in separate sets of analyses using repeated measures ANCOVA. No significant differences were found between GRI and non-GRI companies on change in ROA or EPS since the introduction of GRI reporting. Assured companies had significantly worse financial performance in ROA in the first year; but not in the second and third years. No significant differences were found between assured and non-assured companies on change in EPS. Why was a relationship between GRI reporting and FP not found in this study of S&amp;P 500 companies? The first possible explanation is that for companies which start GRI reporting, the quality of adoption of sustainability practices may vary. Some companies just adopt GRI reporting to improving public image, market position, and relation to authorities. These externally oriented motives could lead to GRI reporting not being integrated with business daily operations. The second reason could be that commitment to be sustainability may be present in the matched companies even without adoption of GRI reporting. Companies may be involved in different types of sustainability reporting, such as carbon footprint reporting, greenhouse gas emission reporting, etc. Other explanations can be the time-period assessed. It might take more than three years to transform the costs of GRI reporting into benefits. Further research is suggested to investigate the quality of reporting, different types of reporting, and longer study periods. Wan, H. (2019). The impact of GRI reporting and assurance on financial performance (Order No. 13901453). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2283452329). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/impact-gri-reporting-assurance-on-financial/docview/2283452329/se-2?accountid=37967 00 13 Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic SciencePhilosophy , Sociology, Anthropocene , Dharma , Morality , Duty , Calling , Maharishi effect , Peace studies and conflict resolution , Positive psychology , Transcendental meditation22589287diss2019wolfeWolfe, Elinor Farrin201901 Maharishi Vedic Science on the Origin and Range of Dharma: Enlivening Life in Accord with Natural Law in Contemporary Society through the Intervention of Transcendental Meditation ProQuest Dissertation Through the concept of Dharma this dissertation addresses the problem of sustainability in contemporary society at a holistic level. Dharma is defined as that which sustains, or upholds—it sustains every aspect of life in accord with all the laws of nature, maintaining balance and evolution. In the individual, Dharma supports virtue, morality, duty, and right action. The lack of Dharma in the Anthropocene, the Age of Man, is evaluated from the individual to the global level, revealing our inability to keep the complex interactions of the innumerable elements of life balanced and progressive. Ancient philosophies, religions, as well as positive psychology are surveyed to review efforts to enliven Dharma through precepts and commandments meant to elicit or inspire virtue and right action. Each tradition’s texts on the concept of Dharma at its most abstract level are also examined, finding essentially universal agreement on the need to contact Dharma ’s transcendental source in order to live in harmony with the laws of nature. Yet no instructions are found for cultivating this experience, leaving humankind in its present state. Empirical evidence is presented indicating the systematic, universally applicable practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique as an effective intervention for providing the experience of Transcendental Consciousness, and therefore increasing an individual’s ability to live more in accord with Dharma . Documented benefits at the individual, institutional and global levels are reviewed. An in-depth analysis is also conducted on the essential nature of the transcendental source of Dharma according to Vedic Science, the oldest tradition of knowledge in the world, as interpreted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This precise, intellectual understanding of the absolute state of Dharma in Transcendental Consciousness, along with an evidenced based technology to experience this state, both validates and begins to realize the different philosophical and religious conceptions of Dharma . Though living life in accord with natural law is a long held and long unfulfilled ideal, it is hoped that a logic or formula is found in the knowledge presented in this dissertation that moves this ideal closer towards reality. Wolfe, E. F. (2019). Maharishi Vedic Science on the origin and range of dharma: Enlivening life in accord with natural law in contemporary society through the intervention of Transcendental Meditation (Order No. 22589287). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2292251984). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/Maharishi-Vedic-science-on-origin-range-dharma/docview/2292251984/se-2?accountid=37967 01 14 Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceBehavioral psychology , Occupational psychology , Health education, Psychology , Education , Academic physician burnout , Improving physician well-being , Physician burnout interventions , Physician depression interventions , Physician insomnia interventions , Transcendental meditation10831175diss2018loiselleLoiselle, Marie Ellen201822Academic Physician Burnout and Transcendental Meditation: A Mixed Methods Randomized Controlled TrialProQuest Dissertation Burnout is pervasive among physicians in academia, with costly ramifications for individuals and institutions (100,000–900,000/faculty replacement). This research study examines the effects of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique on academic physician burnout, depression, insomnia, perceived stress, and resilience through a mixed methods approach. This randomized controlled trial, conducted with 40 academic physicians at a medical school hospital and affiliated VA hospital represented fifteen specialties with an average age of 45 years. Random assignment was to the experimental (TM) group (n = 21) or the wait-list control group (n = 19). The TM technique, a simple mental procedure practiced 20 minutes twice daily, allows the mind and body to experience a unique state of restful alertness. Physicians were quantitatively measured at three intervals: baseline, one-month, and four-months using five measures: Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), Beck Depression Inventory-II, Insomnia Severity Index, Perceived Stress Scale, and Brief Resilience Scale. Qualitative assessments were two 30-minute interviews at baseline and four-months posttest. Repeated measures analysis of covariance was used to assess adjusted mean changed scores for the one and four month posttests. Results supported the hypothesis that practice of the TM technique significantly decreases: burnout (p &lt; .014), depression (p &lt; .008), and insomnia (p &lt; .031) compared with controls. Results did not significantly support the hypothesis that perceived stress decreases (p &lt; .778) or that resilience increases (p &lt; .554). Qualitative data was analyzed using a phenomenological approach to identify main and sub themes from the interviews. Pretest interviews described symptoms of burnout defined by the MBI: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and lack of personal achievement. Physicians reported experiences of: insomnia, stress, time management conflicts, lack of autonomy and support, and lack of balance in all areas of life. Posttest interviews with the TM group indicated physicians experienced relief from burnout symptoms such as: less anxiety and stress; increased calm, energy, and clearer thinking; greater efficiency; and improved relationships with staff, patients and family. These mixed methods findings suggest that the TM technique is a viable and effective method to reduce symptoms of physician burnout.
Loiselle, M. E. (2018). Academic physician burnout and Transcendental Meditation: A mixed methods randomized controlled trial (Order No. 10831175). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2071691632). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/academic-physician-burnout-transcendental/docview/2071691632/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceNeurosciences , Philosophy of Science , Philosophy, Philosophy, religion and theology , Biological sciences , Hard problem of consciousness , Materialism , Mind-body models , Physicalism , Pure consciousness , Vedic10747870diss2018nobleNoble, Krista Rochelle201800Addressing the Shortcomings of Physicalism: The Consciousness-Based Paradigm of Maharishi Vedic ScienceProQuest Dissertation This theoretical dissertation presents the Consciousness-Based SM paradigm of Maharishi Vedic Science SM as an alternative to physicalism. Physicalism is the contemporary successor to materialism, which asserts that matter is primary; according to this paradigm, everything that exists is composed of matter. By contrast, according to the Consciousness-Based paradigm, there is a field of pure consciousness that is the source of the universe, as well as the source of individual conscious experience. Part I of this dissertation examines physicalist models of the mind, including reductive physicalism, nonreductive physicalism, and epiphenomenalism. It also discusses naturalism, the combination of physicalism and atheism. It concludes that physicalism contains weaknesses in the areas of human agency, cognitive reliability, and the nature of conscious experience; furthermore, this paradigm fails to provide a proper basis for science, free will, morality, personal responsibility, or an inherently purposeful existence. Part II introduces the Consciousness-Based paradigm of Maharishi Vedic Science, as articulated by Vedic scholar and scientist Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It examines this paradigm in light of the writings of cognitive scientist and medical doctor Tony Nader. Part II explores Maharishi’s sun-reflector-reflection model of the brain and consciousness. It also considers empirical evidence in support of this model, such as studies on nonlocal effects of consciousness. In addition, it discusses the compatibility between Maharishi Vedic Science and modern science. Part II concludes that the Consciousness-Based paradigm offers a more intellectually and intuitively satisfying explanation of human agency, cognitive reliability, and the nature of conscious experience; moreover, this paradigm provides a strong foundation for science, free will, morality, personal responsibility, and an inherently purposeful existence. Part III places mind-body models, including physicalism and the Consciousness-Based sun-reflector-reflection model, within the context of Maharishi Vedic Science. It indicates that, although the former model is successful at explaining a certain range of phenomena, it is far less comprehensive and holistic than the latter model. Part III concludes that discussing the shortcomings of physicalism will help to facilitate a societal shift towards a Consciousness-Based paradigm.
Noble, K. R. (2018). Addressing the shortcomings of physicalism: The consciousness-based paradigm of Maharishi Vedic Science (Order No. 10747870). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2024620004). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/addressing-shortcomings-physicalism-consciousness/docview/2024620004/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementAsian literature , Business administration , Management, Language, literature and linguistics , Social sciences , Higher states of consciousness , Leadership traits , Management , Personality , Self-development , Self-realized10827703
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Subramaniam, R. (2018). A qualitative examination of the leadership traits of 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 Rām from Srimad Vālmīki rāmāyan1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 (Order No. 10827703). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2064436672). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/qualitative-examination-leadership-traits-i-rām/docview/2064436672/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAsian literature , Reading instruction , Sanskrit , Fundamental frequency , Intelligence , Frequency (Acoustics) , Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh, Language, literature and linguistics , Ayurveda , Jyotish , Physiology and consciousness , Rk Veda , Vedic literature , Yoga10830506
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Windenberger, Sabine201800
Growth of Consciousness through a Systematic Program of Reading Vedic Literature in Conjunction with the Extended Practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programs of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation examines how reading of Vedic literature in Sanskrit language combined with the extended practice of the Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi ® programs accelerates the development of higher states of consciousness. The doctoral program of Reading Vedic Literature for the sound value only was structured by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in order to verify the premise that the experience of orderly sequence of Vedic sounds results in more coherent functioning of the whole physiology and also has a positive influence on the environment. This research is based on the understanding that the sounds of the Vedic Literature are the sound frequencies of the Laws of Nature, the fundamental frequencies of intelligence, which, through their sequential evolution, give rise to all of the manifest creation, including the ever-expanding universe. Reading of the Vedic literature in prescribed sequence cultures the physiology to spontaneously resonate in tune with Nature’s intelligence, which results in improvements in all areas of life. The author found that reading Vedic literature on a regular basis for five years resulted in refinement of perception and intuition; experience of the natural sequence in which the Vedic Literature unfolds; experience of infinite correlation of everything in creation; and deepened understanding of the Laws of Nature as expressed through Jyotish programs. The results of the reading program have confirmed and surpassed the expected predictions.
Windenberger, S. (2018). Growth of consciousness through a systematic program of reading Vedic literature in conjunction with the extended practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi® programs of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Order No. 10830506). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2064442686). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/growth-consciousness-through-systematic-program/docview/2064442686/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementBusiness administration , Entrepreneurship , Management, Social sciences , Corporate social responsibility , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Financial performance , Lag , Leadership10828948diss2018yangYang, Zhe201810The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Financial Performance: Evidence from Chinese Listed CompaniesProQuest Dissertation The present research aims to explore the empirical relation between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate financial performance (CFP) in China using a sample of 608 firms in 2015. Using data from 2014 to 2016 for these same companies, this study also examines if prior CSR was associated with subsequent CFP and if prior CFP was associated with subsequent CSR. Data from RKS, a Chinese ranking agency, was used to measure CSR. The financial performance measures used were return on assets (ROA) and earning per share (EPS), based on data from the CSMAR database of audited financial statements of companies traded on the Shenzhen and Shanghai stock exchanges. Sequential regression analysis was used to test the relationship between total CSR rating scores from RKS database and ROA and EPS in the same year, 2015, with control variable of firm size. The results showed that there was a significant relationship between CSR and CFP. Whether a relationship exists between prior social responsibility in 2014 and subsequent financial performance in 2016, and also between prior financial performance in 2014 and subsequent CSR performance in 2016, have also been tested by linear sequential regression analysis. These results found that prior CSR was associated with subsequent ROA and EPS, and also that better prior ROA were associated with greater subsequent CSR. There was no relationship between prior EPS and subsequent CSR. Additionally, Pearson correlation was used to examine the correlation between two Chinese CSR agencies, RKS and CASS; the results showed that there is a moderate correlation (r = 39.6) between them. The final chapter of this dissertation presents a theoretical discussion of consciousness-based, authentic vision and values as the foundations of responsible management which can lead to both CSR and CFP.
Yang, Z. (2018). The impact of corporate social responsibility on financial performance: Evidence from chinese listed companies (Order No. 10828948). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2064436670). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/impact-corporate-social-responsibility-on/docview/2064436670/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceSocial research, Social sciences , Happiness , Healthy life-style , Meditation , Mood states , Quantitative research , Yoga10624829diss2017gobecGobec, Sonja201700
The Effects of Maharishi Yoga Asanas on Happiness, Mood States, and Experiences during Transcendental Meditation Practice
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation explored the effects of Maharishi Yoga ® Asanas practice on mood states, level of happiness, and experiences during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation ® technique. Two studies were conducted, a pilot study and a controlled study. In the pilot study, nine subjects attended a nine-day Maharishi Yoga Asanas course at Maharishi University of Management. Yoga Asanas were practiced twice in class and twice at home every day. The subjects were tested before and after the course. They were given two questionnaires: Profile of Mood States and Resilience Scale for Adults. Repeated measure MANOVA showed a strong trend for lower Total Mood Disturbance, and no significant difference on the resilience scale from pretest to post test. In the controlled study, 26 participants were divided into a test group and matched-control group. The subjects in the test group attended a four-week Maharishi Yoga Asanas course. The daily schedule of the classes was the same as in the nine-day course: four Yoga Asanas sessions per day. The subjects in the control group attended other courses at the university and continued their usual daily routine. All subjects were tested before and after the four-week course and three months after the course. They were given Profile of Mood States, Meditation Depth Questionnaire and a question about happiness. Statistical analyses showed significant increases in happiness during the day, and significant enhancement of 1) sense of personal self, 2) transpersonal qualities, and 3) transpersonal Self during their Transcendental Meditation practice. There was no significant change in mood states. In addition to paper and pencil tests, a semi-structured interview was conducted. Content analysis of the interviews yielded codes and super codes. The test group had significantly more codes in both post tests. These codes suggested increased happiness and qualities like balance, and intuition in this group. Participants in the test group also reported deeper experiences during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. This research indicates that Maharishi Yoga Asana practice increases happiness and deepens experiences in the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Gobec, S. (2017). The effects of Maharishi yoga asanas on happiness, mood states, and experiences during Transcendental Meditation practice (Order No. 10624829). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1958951353). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-Maharishi-yoga-asanas-on-happiness-mood/docview/1958951353/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyAlternative Medicine , Medicine , Physiology, Biological sciences , Health and environmental sciences , Ayurvedic medicine , Coronary heart disease , High cholesterol , Hypertension , Meta-analysis , Systematic review10617601diss2017gyawGyawali, Dinesh201700
Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses on Effects of Ayurvedic Interventions for Hypercholesterolemia, Hypertension, and Coronary Heart Disease
ProQuest Dissertation Heart disease is the number one cause of death globally. Because of numerous side effects and increasing cost of conventional treatments, there is a growing interest in complementary healing approaches like Ayurveda. However, in lack of sufficient scientific evidence, safety and efficacy profile of these interventions has not yet been established. Systematic reviews and meta-analysis are the gold standard of evidence upon which clinicians, consumers, policymakers rely. Until this time, there are no Cochrane or other systematic reviews and meta-analysis on Ayurvedic interventions for cardiovascular disorders. This study was conducted with an aim to explore the efficacy of Ayurvedic interventions in hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and coronary heart disease, strength of the evidence and their possible side effects. Cochrane guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analysis were followed to design, formulate and implement search strategies, select studies, collect, abstract and analyze data, assess risk of bias, and report and interpret results. Evidence from results were classified as per guidelines from American Academy of Neurology. Three meta-analyses of 64 studies on 2629 people studying effects of 10 different Ayurvedic interventions for hypercholesterolemia, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease, concluded that there is moderate to high strength evidence that several Ayurvedic herbal preparations are safe and effective. They pose no known side effects and thus can be used as dietary supplements or as an adjuvant to conventional therapy for better results. It was observed that Commiphora mukul (guggulu) reduced total cholesterol and low density lipoprotein levels by approximately 16 mg/dL and 18 mg/dL respectively with high certainty evidence. Similarly, garlic and Terminalia arjuna (arjuna) based formulas also had high to moderate strength evidence of their efficacy to reduce cholesterol levels. On the other hand, Arjun Vachyadi compound and Rauwolfia serpentina based formulas were found to have moderate certainty evidence to reduce high blood pressure. It was also observed that Ayurvedic formulas with arjuna as a chief ingredient are capable of improving left ventricular ejection fraction by 12 % with a moderate strength of evidence. Findings of these systematic reviews and meta-analysis encourage future researchers to conduct methodologically rigorous randomized clinical trials studies with a larger sample size.
Gyawali, D. (2017). Systematic reviews and meta-analyses on effects of Ayurvedic interventions for hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, and coronary heart disease (Order No. 10617601). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1949397515). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/systematic-reviews-meta-analyses-on-effects/docview/1949397515/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Behavioral Sciences , Sustainability, Social sciences , Psychology , Consciousness , Ghana , Structural model , Sustainability , Theory of planned behavior , White (1980) robust procedure10259691diss2017kwab
Kwabena, Osei-Fosu Augustine
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Development of a Structural Model Based Upon the Theory of Planned Behavior to Assess Ghanaians' Intentions, Attitudes, and Knowledge Regarding Sustainability
ProQuest Dissertation Many African countries, including Ghana, are grappling with problems associated with economic development such as deforestation, pollution, and unsustainable population growth. No previous study has systematically investigated relevant psychological factors. The objective of this study was to understand the psychological barriers and enablers are for sustainable development in Ghana. A causal path model was developed and tested, based upon the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and relevant research on sustainability. The model included constructs that are typically included in TPB models (intentions, attitudes, subjective norm, personal norm, perceived behavioral control, and knowledge), as well as skepticism regarding sustainability, and individual financial situation. The primary dependent variable was intentions regarding sustainable behaviors. A questionnaire was developed to collect data with which to test the causal path model and 510 in Kumasi, Ghana completed the questionnaire. Data was analyzed using structural modeling to examine the goodness of fit of the causal path model and to test hypothesized relationships between model variables. Goodness of fit of the structural model was adequate and model variables accounted for 29% of the variance in behavioral intentions, which was the primary dependent variable. With regard to intentions regarding sustainable behaviors, total effects of attitudes, perceived behavioral control, and personal norms were statistically significant and in the positive direction, as hypothesized. Knowledge concerning sustainability issues in Ghana had a positive total effect on attitudes towards sustainability, which was statistically significant, as hypothesized. Knowledge also had positive and significant total effects on perceived behavioral control and on personal norms, consistent with hypotheses. The study findings highlight the importance of education to impact attitudes and knowledge regarding sustainability issues in Ghana. A transition to a truly sustainable society would require a major transformation of attitudes and knowledge, both on the individual level and on the societal level. From this perspective, the study findings are consistent with other research showing that such profound transformations are most easily achieved by utilizing the Transcendental Meditation technique to promote development of consciousness, both on the level of the individual and on the level of society as a whole.
Kwabena, O. A. (2017). Development of a structural model based upon the theory of planned behavior to assess Ghanaians’ intentions, attitudes, and knowledge regarding sustainability (Order No. 10259691). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1906657360). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/development-structural-model-based-upon-theory/docview/1906657360/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAncient languages , Sanskrit , Oral reading , Law , Emotions , Intelligence , Frequency (Acoustics) , Self concept, Language, literature and linguistics , Eastern religious study , Transcendental meditation , Vedic study10237108diss2016aokiAoki, Karen Martha201620Investigating the Therapeutic Effects of Reading the Vedic LiteratureProQuest Dissertation This dissertation presents the theory and tests the hypothesis that reading Sanskrit literature from the ancient Vedic tradition of India for its sound value in conjunction with the practice of the Transcendental Meditation ® technique and TM-Sidhi ® program will have therapeutic effects upon the mind and body. The fundamental principles of the Maharishi Reading Vedic Literature program are based on the theories put forth by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Maharishi Vedic Science and Maharishi University of Management, and the research by Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., who identifies a one-to-one correspondence in structure and function between different branches of Vedic literature and different parts of the human physiology. Maharishi considers the Vedic texts to be the reverberating frequencies of a field of intelligence that lies at the basis of creation and are, therefore, reverberating at the basis of the human physiology. Maharishi explains that reading aloud the texts of Vedic literature in sequence will train the physiology to align itself with the evolutionary sequence of natural law, thus restoring balance and health in the physiology. Nader’s findings further support this hypothesis by positing that reading each branch of Vedic literature will enliven intelligence in corresponding anatomical structures. My research period consisted of reading Vedic literature for three to four hours per day between twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and TM-Sidhi program. Through a self-reporting methodology, I found the following results: Reading Vedic literature in sequence resulted in markedly improved physical, mental, and emotional health as well as increased vitality, emotional and physical strength, awareness, intuition, confidence, and happiness. While this program is still in exploratory stages, my results suggest that the Maharishi Reading Vedic Literature program may have profound effects on health and well-being and, therefore, holds great promise as an effective tool for self-development.
Aoki, K. M. (2016). Investigating the therapeutic effects of reading the Vedic literature (Order No. 10237108). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1906657015). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/investigating-therapeutic-effects-reading-Vedic/docview/1906657015/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceMental health , Philosophy , Psychology, Philosophy, religion and theology , Psychology , Health and environmental sciences , Holistic , Obsessive compulsive disorder , Transcendental meditation , Transcending , Vedas10137550diss2016delfingerDelfiner, Adam201611
Transcending OCD: Studying the effects of Transcending Through the Transcendental Meditation Technique On Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
ProQuest Dissertation This doctoral dissertation explores the efficacy of transcending through Transcendental Meditation ® practice for reducing symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Transcending means to go beyond and is the process of the mind experiencing more quiet levels of thought, ultimately going beyond even the subtlest impulse of a thought, to experience the silent state of self-awareness at the source of thought. OCD is an anxiety disorder marked by recurring, intrusive, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and ritualized, repeated behaviors performed in an effort to gain relief from obsessions (compulsions). OCD is deep-rooted and all-pervasive, manifesting across all levels of life, from the inner most self to outer behavior. The two most common treatments for OCD—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and medication—reduce OCD symptoms but do not address the underlying cause of OCD, which is stress and a fragmented sense of self. To best treat OCD, a holistic treatment is required that not only targets the specific, surface expressions of disorder but removes the root of the disorder by integrating all levels of the personality. A semi-structured interview was conducted with eleven people with OCD who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique. Content analysis of the interview data revealed that OCD primarily impacted one’s sense of self and feelings (17 codes including 48 quotations). Some of the codes in this supercode were anxiety, embarrassment, bondage, depersonalization and depression. In parallel, transcending primarily led to integration of one’s sense of self and feelings (13 codes with 63 quotations). The codes in this supercode included decreased anxiety, calmer, love, higher self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-trust. Transcending was a holistic treatment which led to integration of all levels of the individual. Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice were most prominent at subtler levels of life—sense of self and emotions. Integration of deeper levels of one’s personality supported greater integration of more expressed levels of experience—mind, senses, body and environment. Transcending during Transcendental Meditation appears to treat OCD by working at the source of the disorder—lack of integration of one’s sense of self—providing a foundation for real freedom from the obsessions and compulsions that characterize OCD.
Delfiner, A. (2016). Transcending OCD: Studying the effects of transcending through the Transcendental Meditation technique on obsessive compulsive disorder (Order No. 10137550). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global; Publicly Available Content Database. (1819289095). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/transcending-ocd-studying-effects-through/docview/1819289095/se-2
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementAsian literature , Business administration , Management , Qualitative research , Law, Language, literature and linguistics , Social sciences , Dharma , Inspirational motivation , Ramayana , Transformational leadership , Vedic science10137547
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Malekghassemi, Morad201610An Investigation of Inspirational Motivation in Rām's Leadership in the "Rāmāyana"ProQuest Dissertation Enormous effort has been expended in understanding successful leadership. A main factor contributing to a successful leadership is said to be the leadership style. Two main styles of leadership are Transactional and Transformational. These two styles purport to provide a full range of leadership behaviors. However, at the current rapid rate of global changes, some leadership theories cannot sustain the pace and become irrelevant. Therefore, scholars suggest that leadership in this environment demands a new synthesis, a new theory of leadership, one that focuses attention on integrating individuals. In response to this, we chooses to look into the Vedic Science, the teachings of which are universal and do not become antiquated. The Rāmāyana of Vālmīki is a part of the Vedic Literature. In the current research of the Rāmāyana, we studied the story of Rām as a case study of exemplary leadership in terms of inspiring the motivation of his followers. Through the qualitative research methodology of grounded theory, codes were assigned to the themes of leadership from Rām’s speech and actions and their influence on others. As a result of this study five main themes emerged, which illustrated Rām’s leadership, namely: Illustrious Character of the Leader, Attending Individuals’ Needs, Provoking the Intellect of the Followers, Eagerness to Accomplish Tasks, Dharma, and Love. Each of these are illustrated with some examples from the Rāmāyana. These features are discussed in light of concepts about Natural Law and Higher States of Consciousness from Maharishi Vedic Science (MVS). Through technologies of MVS, it may be possible to enliven natural law in the consciousness of leaders and followers for fuller realization of the ideals of leadership personified in Rām.
Malekghassemi, M. (2016). An investigation of inspirational motivation in Rām's leadership in the "Rāmāyana" (Order No. 10137547). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1819286960). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/investigation-inspirational-motivation-rāms/docview/1819286960/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementBusiness administration , Asian Studies , Management, Social sciences , CSR , Corporate social responsibility , Financial performance , Social responsibility of business10137553diss2016zhangZhang, ZiYan2016123The Relationship between Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance: Evidence from ChinaProQuest Dissertation Abstract Meta-analyses concerning the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate financial performance (CFP) have generally found a positive relationship. Yet some studies have found that there is a negative or no relationship. The present research aims to explore the CSR-CFP relationship in the context of China, where prior research has been inconclusive and has had methodological limitations. This study used a knowledgeable ranking agency — the Research Center of Corporate Social Responsibility Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) – to measure four dimensions of CSR. The financial performance measures used were return on assets, return on equity and Tobin's Q. The research was conducted on the 300 companies which had 2013 CASS-CSR reports and also had public financial performance data for the same year. Sequential regression analysis was used to test the hypothesis that CSR would be associated with the financial performance controlling for industry and firm size. This analysis found no significant relationship between CSR and financial performance. Furthermore, this study also employed ANCOVA to examine whether there is a difference in financial performance between companies that disclose the CSR information and companies that do not disclose. The findings revealed that the companies which had completed CASS-CSR reports have significantly a better financial performance in return on assets, return on equity and Tobin's Q compared to the companies which did not complete CASS-CSR reports. Why was a relationship not found in this study of Chinese companies? The first possible explanation is that CSR reports in China can be symbolic gestures to create goodwill with government. The relatively low CSR mean scores seen in our data suggest that the CSR practice of these companies is not highly developed. The second possible explanation that CSR-CFP relationship between is less evident in developing world because CSR in the developed world will be more visible with a relatively mature institutional system and efficient market mechanism. Further research using data from years after 2013 can investigate if CSR performance is improving over time and if a positive CSR-CFP relationship emerges as market forces evolve.
Zhang, Z. (2016). The relationship between corporate social responsibility and financial performance: Evidence from China (Order No. 10137553). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1819291461). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/relationship-between-corporate-social/docview/1819291461/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementBusiness administration , Management , Developmental psychology, Social sciences , Psychology , Consciousness , Happiness , Luck , Self-referral , Success , Support of nature3704920diss2015kendzKendz, Stanley W.201500
An Investigation of Consciousness-based Management and the Support of Nature Phenomenon Experienced by Long-Term Practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-Sidhi® Programs, Including Yogic Flying®
ProQuest Dissertation Maharishi Vedic Science SM extols the Support of Nature, often referred to as luck and good fortune, as a consciousness-based management tool to do less and accomplish more in fulfilling personal desires and professional goals. The Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi ® Programs, including Yogic Flying, are said to cultivate the development of consciousness, resulting spontaneously in increased Support of Nature. Subjects who were long-term, twice-daily practitioners of these techniques who were residing in Fairfield, Iowa were selected to partake in qualitative, semi-structured interviews about personal experiences of more effortless fulfillment of desires. Six of the 18 subjects were senior executive officers (SEO) of the international Transcendental Meditation program. The remaining 12 were active participants of the Invincible America Assembly SM , an organization founded by Maharishi to establish world peace. All subjects reported experiences of Support of Nature. All subjects also reported that with continued practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programs, the frequency, timeliness, and meaningfulness of their Support of Nature experiences increased over time. When describing their inner experiences associated with the Support of Nature, subjects reported being in a quiet and relaxed state of mind. When findings were analyzed with reference to a model of levels of the mind, it was noted that in describing the fulfillment of desires through Support of Nature, subjects primarily talked about the higher Self – Pure Consciousness; while the ego, intellect, and thinking mind were not much mentioned. This suggests the possibility of a new approach to management in which cultivating higher states of consciousness is the primary tool of management, while intellectual analysis of how goals will be achieved takes a lesser role as the achievement of desired goals is entrusted to the Support of Nature.
Kendz, S. W. (2015). An investigation of consciousness-based management and the support of nature phenomenon experienced by long-term practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation® and TM-sidhi® programs, including yogic flying® (Order No. 3704920). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1688298733). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/investigation-consciousness-based-management/docview/1688298733/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementBusiness administration , Management , Sustainability, Social sciences , Cameroon , Case studies , Corporate sustainability , Corporate sustainability in an african context , Institutional theory , Parastatal , Sub-saharan africa10195668diss2015nwoahNwoah, Kum Solange201500
Perceptions and Practices of Corporate Sustainability in Cameroon Companies: Case Studies of two Parastatal Firms - The Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) and SONARA (Cameroon National Oil Refinery)
ProQuest Dissertation Recent studies have pointed to the need to elaborate the concept of sustainability in an African context. The literature suggests that Corporate Sustainability (CS) concepts and approaches as applied in Western or industrialized/ developed country contexts are not necessarily transferable to the African context that has its own needs and priorities and socio-cultural and economic setting that impact management thought and practice. The literature shows a need for meaningful analysis of CS in a way that takes into account the peculiarities of the African context. This thesis employed a qualitative case study approach to empirically explore the concept and practice of CS in an African context by researching two parastatal firms in Cameroon – a sub-Saharan country. The two companies studied—one from the oil and refinery industry and the other from the agro-industrial sector, were purposely sampled, and represent a major portion of the Cameroonian economy. Through inductive analysis of the case studies data using grounded theory, the study revealed that CS is context sensitive. The results show that as indigenous companies operating within an African context, Cameroon companies are embedded in a social framework that is still rooted in local culture, tradition and religious influences that shape corporate sustainability practices. At the same time, these companies are tending towards modernization, globalization and a Western model of free markets and capitalization that also impacts sustainability behavior. CS perception and practice in an African context means striving for economic growth and sustainability while balancing local values and indigenous influences with institutional and international standards and pressures. The findings from this research provide the basis for more empirical research and theory development for CS practice in an African context. Institutional theory and strategic management are combined as a framework for analyzing CS perception and practices, and recommendations are made for practice. The research contributes that for anything to be truly sustainable (because sustainability implies that it continues indefinitely) it has to be grounded in the realities of life of that country/context which are reflected in the country’s culture. The last chapter presents a Maharishi Vedic Science perspective on the relevance and means to preserving cultural integrity.
Nwoah, K. S. (2015). Perceptions and practices of corporate sustainability in Cameroon companies: Case studies of two parastatal firms - the Cameroon development corporation (CDC) and SONARA (Cameroon national oil refinery) (Order No. 10195668). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1906656890). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/perceptions-practices-corporate-sustainability/docview/1906656890/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceSocial research , Physics , Spirituality, Philosophy, religion and theology , Pure sciences , Social sciences , Consciousness , Experience , Physics , Qualitative , Quantum3704971diss2015svensonSvenson, Eric Johan201532
Experiences from Participants in Large-Scale Group Practice of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programs and Parallel Principles of Quantum Theory, Astrophysics, Quantum Cosmology, and String Theory: Interdisciplinary Qualitative Correspondences
ProQuest Dissertation Participants on the Invincible America Assembly in Fairfield, Iowa, and neighboring Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa, practicing Maharishi Transcendental Meditation™ (TM) and the TM-Sidhi™ programs in large groups, submitted written experiences that they had had during, and in some cases shortly after, their daily practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programs. Participants were instructed to include in their written experiences only what they observed and to leave out interpretation and analysis. These experiences were then read by the author and compared with principles and phenomena of modern physics, particularly with quantum theory, astrophysics, quantum cosmology, and string theory as well as defining characteristics of higher states of consciousness as described by Maharishi Vedic Science. In all cases, particular principles or phenomena of physics and qualities of higher states of consciousness appeared qualitatively quite similar to the content of the given experience. These experiences are presented in an Appendix, in which the corresponding principles and phenomena of physics are also presented. These physics “commentaries” on the experiences were written largely in layman’s terms, without equations, and, in nearly every case, with clear reference to the corresponding sections of the experiences to which a given principle appears to relate. An abundance of similarities were apparent between the subjective experiences during meditation and principles of modern physics. A theoretic framework for understanding these rich similarities may begin with Maharishi’s theory of higher states of consciousness provided herein. We conclude that the consistency and richness of detail found in these abundant similarities warrants the further pursuit and development of such a framework.
Svenson, E. J. (2015). Experiences from participants in large-scale group practice of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi® programs and parallel principles of quantum theory, astrophysics, quantum cosmology, and string theory: Interdisciplinary qualitative correspondences (Order No. 3704971). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1688315589). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/experiences-participants-large-scale-group/docview/1688315589/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAfrican Studies , Philosophy , Womens studies, Philosophy, religion and theology , Social sciences , Empowerment , Mothers , Self-efficacy , Stress , Transcendental meditation , Women in uganda3629592diss2014goldsteinGoldstein, Leslee Ruth Faitler201411
The Effect of the Transcendental Meditation® Technique on Self-Efficacy, Perceived Stress, and Quality of Life in Mothers in Uganda: A Model of Empowerment From Within
ProQuest Dissertation Women in Uganda are among the most impoverished and least empowered in the world, living with a high degree of psychological distress and low quality of life. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of the Transcendental Meditation ® (TM ® ) program on self-efficacy (one's perceived ability to deal with challenges in life, and a critical component of empowerment), perceived stress, and mental and physical quality of life in women in Uganda. A controlled study was conducted with 81 women who were served by a women's empowerment organization in Kampala, Uganda. The participants were primarily single, illiterate mothers, average age 28 years. Subjects were assigned to either practice of the Transcendental Meditation program (n=42) or wait-list (delayed start) control group (n=39). The Transcendental Meditation technique is an effortless, systematic mental procedure practiced twice daily for 20 minutes. Participants were measured using three questionnaires: the General Self-efficacy Scale (GSES), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), and Medical Outcomes Survey-HIV (MOS-HIV) with mental and physical health subscales. The primary outcome was self-efficacy, which affects overall mental and physical quality of life and is impacted by stress. Participants were administered all measures at baseline and three-month posttest. Analysis of co-variance (ANCOVA) with baseline dependent scores as covariates was used. Results found an increase in self-efficacy ( p &lt; .001), a decrease in perceived stress ( p &lt; .010), and improvement in mental and physical quality of life ( p &lt; .007). Findings suggest that the Transcendental Meditation technique can by considered a practical method for developing empowerment in the lives of mothers in Uganda, by developing one's sense of personal competence, or self-efficacy, by reducing perceived stress, and enhancing mental and physical quality of life, and thereby improving one's ability to cope with, take initiative, and persevere in effectively handling life's challenges. The TM technique ® is presented here as a new model for developing empowerment from within.
Goldstein, L. R. F. (2014). The effect of the Transcendental Meditation® technique on self-efficacy, perceived stress, and quality of life in mothers in Uganda: A model of empowerment from within (Order No. 3629592). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1562496943). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effect-transcendental-meditation®-technique-on/docview/1562496943/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic SciencePhilosophy of Science , Acoustics, Philosophy, religion and theology , Pure sciences , Consciousness , Nga , Physics , Unified field , Upanga , Vedic science , aharishi3629748diss2014hensleyHensley, Park201412Maharishi Vedic Science and the Upānga as a Framework for Scientific MethodologyProQuest Dissertation Maharishi Vedic Science and the Upānga provide criteria to validate complete knowledge. This dissertation investigates how well modern science satisfies these criteria. The goals are to place modern science into a completely unified framework, locate the unmanifest source of any object of knowledge in the unified field, and apply this knowledge for a completely unified experience of nature. Maharishi Vedic Science is a revival of the holistic nature of Vedic Science by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It accomplishes this through analysis of the properties of the object and by subjective technologies to directly experience the ultimate source of the object. Modern science is an objective approach through repeated experimentation of model-derived hypotheses. Even in this objective approach, physics has developed much more refined understanding of matter than Newton's historical view of matter as separate, hard, and impenetrable. With discovery of the unified field, a standard much closer to the Upānga has been achieved in physics. But the question remains whether a strictly objective approach accounts for both objectivity and subjectivity, as in the Upānga. The most successful physical theory is "The Standard Model", but it does not completely unify fundamental forces. Advanced string and loop quantum gravity theories are progressing toward a mathematically elegant unified field theory. This progress is inexorably from concrete physical to abstract non-physical levels. But because of its objective third-person approach, physics views the unified field as extending the physical. On the other hand, the Upānga incorporate the first-person approach, and identify the unified field as also the most fundamental level of subjectivity, pure consciousness. Recent progress connects quantum field theory to information field theory, which implicitly acknowledges intelligence, meaning, and subjectivity. This field underlies matter and energy, and is underlain itself by the unified field. Because subjectivity is understood as too variable, modern science has relied solely on the objective approach to eliminate this variability. It does not provide complete knowledge of the knower. Maharishi Vedic Science restores the field of knowledge to completeness by identifying the unified field as the single source of objectivity and subjectivity, the unified field of consciousness itself.
Hensley, P. (2014). Maharishi Vedic Science and the Upānga as a framework for scientific methodology (Order No. 3629748). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1562515707). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/Maharishi-Vedic-science-upānga-as-framework/docview/1562515707/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyMolecular biology , Aging , Alternative Medicine, Biological sciences , Health and environmental sciences , Anti-aging , Ayurveda , Epigenetics , Global gene expression , Ojas , Transcendental meditation3630467diss2014wenuganenWenuganen, Supaya201421Anti-Aging Effects of the Transcendental Meditation Program: Analysis of Ojas Level and Global Gene ExpressionProQuest Dissertation This study used a cross–sectional approach to explore the anti–aging effect of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program. Ojas level was measured through pulse diagnosis on four groups of participants: Young (20–30 years old) TM practitioners, Young Non–TM controls, Elderly (55–70 years) TM practitioners, and Elderly Non–TM controls. The Global Gene Expression profile from blood cells, using the Illumina DNA microarray system, was conducted for 6 subjects from the elderly control group that were matched to 6 subjects from the elderly TM group. Fifteen of the seventy–four genes showing differential gene expression ( p ≤ ·05, fold change ≥ 2) between the elderly TM and the elderly control groups were selected for validation using the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). This validation was performed in three groups: the elderly TM group (N = 23), the elderly control group (N = 21), and the young control group (N = 19). The qPCR output was measured as the threshold cycle (Ct) for p values and fold changes. For ojas, an interaction was found between the variables “age” and “TM” (F (1,111) = ·731, p = ·018). The Transcendental Meditation subjects in both the young and the elderly groups had higher levels of ojas than their respective controls (t (58) = 3·151, p = ·003); (t (53) = 4·909, p &lt; ·001). &lt;/p&gt; Global gene expression analysis indicated that the Transcendental Meditation program affects the following networks: Hematopoiesis, Cell–to–Cell Signaling and Interaction, Cell Death and Survival, Tumor Morphology, Telomerase Signaling, and Tissue Morphology. The qPCR validated that 7 genes (AHSP, p = ·002; ALOX12, p = ·086; ITGB3, p = ·066; ITGB5, p = ·022; LMNA, p = ·074; SOCS3, p = ·001; and TAL1, p = ·076) were down–regulated and CXCL10 ( p = ·001) was up–regulated in the elderly TM group compared to the elderly control group. AHSP and CXCL10 appeared to be biomarkers for a Transcendental Meditation effect. ITGB5 and SOCS3 appeared to be biomarkers for a Transcendental Meditation–induced anti–aging effect. These findings suggest the Transcendental Meditation program creates major clinical benefits that maintain good health into old age.
Wenuganen, S. (2014). Anti-aging effects of the Transcendental Meditation program: Analysis of ojas level and global gene expression (Order No. 3630467). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1562275000). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/anti-aging-effects-transcendental-meditation/docview/1562275000/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Sustainability, Social sciences , Change , Environmental , Green , Human resource management , Sustainability3563427diss2013langwellLangwell, Christina201312/34Using Human Resource Activities to Implement Sustainability In Small and Medium-Sized OrganizationsProQuest Dissertation A number of recent articles argue that human resource departments can make significant positive contributions toward implementing sustainability in their organizations. However, data show that HR professionals have been minimally involved in the transformation of their organizations toward sustainability. Further empirical studies are necessary to explore the role of HR activities in making organizations sustainable. This dissertation addresses this need by looking at how small and medium-sized organizations in Iowa have implemented sustainability using communication, engagement, training, incentive plans, and recruitment efforts. Case analyses are presented for six organizations that participated in the Petal Project; two companies from Sustainability Circles offered by True Market Solutions; and one other Iowa college to compare with the two liberal arts colleges that participated in the Petal Project. The Petal Project is a program unique to the Dubuque, Iowa area in which companies can become Petal Certified by completing criteria established by the Project. Sustainability Circles focus on training in analysis of and reduction of energy usage within their organizations. These Circles conduct a series of joint meetings of representatives from several companies. Qualitative data were obtained from interviews and documents. Analysis of the data examined how the organizations are using communication, engagement, training, incentive plans, and recruitment efforts to help implement sustainability within their organizations. The practices of these small to medium-sized organizations were compared to similar HR activities for implementing sustainability in larger organizations, from published surveys and from case studies of several multinationals. Guidelines are discussed in the dissertation for human resource managers or green champions to more effectively leverage these human resource activities to help implement sustainability within their own organizations. Potential advantages of combining features of the Petal Project and Sustainability Circles are also discussed. The final chapter relates human resource activities and sustainability to the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and explains how practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique helps individuals become more aligned with the laws of nature.
Langwell, C. (2013). Using human resource activities to implement sustainability in small and medium-sized organizations (Order No. 3563427). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1399596528). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/using-human-resource-activities-implement/docview/1399596528/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementEvolution and Development , Instructional Design , Economic theory, Social sciences , Biological sciences , Education , Consciousness-based education , Science of Creative Intelligence , Sufficiency economy , Thailand , Total brain functioning , Transcendental Meditation3563432diss2013oaasOaas, Taoline201304
Application of Consciousness-Based Education in Thailand to Create Sufficiency Economy: Theory, Documentation, and Future Directions
ProQuest Dissertation Strategies to actualize the noble, people-centered development goals for Thailand based in the Philosophy of Sufficiency Economy have been carefully drafted by Thai policy makers. However, their own assessments reveal that such strategies have yielded at best minimal success. This dissertation brings forward a new, innovative strategy—developing total brain functioning through Consciousness-Based education—and examines how this strategy can swiftly realize the Thai goals, ideal as they are. To this end, this dissertation documents a clear picture of how Consciousness-Based education can powerfully support the actualization of the Thai goals. It considers Sufficiency Economy and Thai development plans in light of two ongoing Consciousness-Based education projects in Thailand that the author helped initiate, develop, and teach; how Consciousness-Based education develops total brain functioning; over 350 peer-reviewed studies conducted worldwide; and outcomes of Consciousness-Based education projects in other countries. Specifically, the dissertation discusses: • Thailand's development goals, based on Sufficiency Economy, that envision a nation whose citizens are free and happy; have sufficient food and comfort; are healthy, ethical, creative, and knowledgeable; participate in life-long learning; enjoy a prospering free-market economy; uphold traditional Thai values; preserve natural resources and improve the environment. Further, the nation is self-immune to fluctuations in global markets and internal and external conflicts; • how Consciousness-Based education develops total brain functioning, considering (a) theoretical knowledge of consciousness, (b) a practical technology to experience consciousness directly to wake up the total brain—the Transcendental Meditation technique—and, (c) innovative teaching methodologies; • how more than 350 research studies suggest that Consciousness-Based education can actualize specific Thai development goals; and • self-reports from the author's personal experience with Consciousness-Based education in Thailand, highlighting Dhammajarinee Witthaya secondary school and Department of Science of Creative Intelligence for Management, Rajapark Institute, including self-reports from students, faculty, parents, and administrators that illustrate the effectiveness of Consciousness-Based education in actualizing the Thai development goals. In conclusion, this dissertation proposes future research and development of Consciousness-Based education in Thailand that includes creating a Consciousness-Based education institution in every province and assessing outcomes over five years using the Thai government's own standards.
Oaas, T. (2013). Application of Consciousness-Based Education in Thailand to create sufficiency economy: Theory, documentation, and future directions (Order No. 3563432). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1399596523). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/application-i-consciousness-based-education/docview/1399596523/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementAccounting , Management, Social sciences , Cost accounting , Debate of duality , Lean accounting , Lean manufacturing , Standard costing , Structuration theory3563433diss2013raoRao, Manjunath H. S.2013343Exploring the Role of Standard Costing in Lean Manufacturing Enterprises: A Structuration Theory ApproachProQuest Dissertation Lean accounting experts have argued that use of standard costing in lean manufacturing enterprises is a non-value added activity. They have asserted that the use of standard costing systems in lean manufacturing environments can give rise to anomalies in performance measurement and reporting. Yet, lean accounting experts have also provided anecdotal evidence suggesting that many lean manufacturers continue to use standard costing and variance analysis even after lean management methods are pervasively implemented. This research study, the first cross-organizational survey in the US of standard cost accounting practices in mature lean manufacturing business units, was undertaken to examine two main research objectives: (a) to understand the current state of practice with regard to use of standard costing and variance analysis (SCVA) in mature lean manufacturing enterprises in US, and (b) to understand the reasons why lean manufacturers might choose to retain standard costing even after pervasive implementation of lean management methods. Based on responses from 49 identified lean manufacturers, the results show that 46 (94%) lean manufacturing companies continue to use SCVA. A chi-square test was used to test the hypothesis that the minimum majority (50%) of the identified mature lean manufacturers will discard standard costing. The test showed that the number of identified mature lean manufacturing enterprises in the sample that have discarded standard costing is significantly lower than the expectation. The evaluation of reasons behind continuing use of SCVA was limited by small sample size. Yet, the pattern of responses suggests that the majority of the reported lean manufacturing enterprises seem to retain SCVA due to the existence of legacy arrangements such as use of monument machines, low knowledge of lean by accountants, and continued use of legacy ERP systems, which might be contributing factors for continued retention of SCVA. The researcher offers guidance for future quantitative and qualitative studies. The researcher takes a position that the existence of legacy factors may be indicative of institutionalization of SCVA such that these practices may have become part of organizational culture over a period of time.
Rao, M. H. S. (2013). Exploring the role of standard costing in lean manufacturing enterprises: A structuration theory approach (Order No. 3563433). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1399596928). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/exploring-role-standard-costing-lean/docview/1399596928/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyMolecular biology , Genetics , Cellular biology, Biological sciences , Lifestyle modifications , Telomerase gene expression , Telomere length , Transcendental meditation3523287diss2012chinnasamy
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201222Lifestyle Modifications and Healthy Biological Aging: Effects of Telomerase Activity and Telomere Length.ProQuest Dissertation Lifestyle modifications such as practicing the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise could help to overcome age-related disorders and promote healthy biological aging. Biochemical, physiological, and psychological studies have revealed their positive effect, although the effect on telomerase gene expression and telomere length is poorly understood. Therefore, the goal of this research study is to determine whether lifestyle modifications will support healthy biological aging. Two independent studies were conducted for this purpose. First, a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded randomized pilot study was conducted using two intervention groups (24 TM + health education (HE) group and 24 enhanced health education (EHE) group) with Stage I hypertension African Americans.Second, a cross-sectional study was conducted using 19 long-term meditators and 19 nonmeditator controls. Telomerase gene expression (hTR and hTERT) and relative telomere length of peripheral blood cells by quantitative real-time PCR technique was measured in both studies. In the NIH pilot study, Wilcoxon matched pairs tests showed a significant difference in the medians for hTERT (TM + HE = 0.03, p = 0.05; EHE = 0.60, p &lt; 0.01) and hTR (TM + HE = 0.34, p &lt; 0.001; EHE = 5.48, p &lt; 0.001) in both groups. Dependent t-tests showed significant differences for systolic BP (TM + HE = -5.53 ± 11.23, p = 0.02; EHE = -9.00 ± 11.41, p &lt; 0.001) in both groups and diastolic BP in the EHE group (EHE = -4.93 ± 7.05, p &lt; 0.01).These findings suggest that intensive lifestyle modifications may be effective in promoting healthy biological aging. In the cross-sectional study, the Kruskal-Wallis test indicated a significant trend for hTR in long-term meditators (long-term meditators = 0.74; non-meditator controls = 0.45, p = 0.08). Analysis of covariance showed a significant difference in psychological stress in long-term meditators (long-term meditators = 26.60 ± 3.95 non-meditator controls = 43.20 ± 0.68,p &lt; 0.001), adjusting for BMI, exercise, smoking, intake of vitamins and omega-3. Future research is warranted with larger sample sizes to further evaluate the impact of TM on telomerase gene expression and telomere length.
Chinnasamy Duraimani, S. L. (2012). Lifestyle modifications and healthy biological aging: Effects of telomerase activity and telomere length (Order No. 3523287). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1069269832). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/lifestyle-modifications-healthy-biological-aging/docview/1069269832/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Organizational behavior , Studies , Licensing , Contracts , Technology transfer, Social sciences , Adaptive behaviors , Amendment , Noncontractual behavior , Relational contract , Social norms3523279diss2012huangAHuang, Ayako Hsin-Ling201200Contractual Relationship and Evolving Licensing Deals: A Paradigm for the Application of the Theory of the NormProQuest Dissertation The licensing deal is an organizational phenomenon to the extent that it exhibits relational features. These deals are governed by both contractual behaviors that are regulated through the "black letter" of the deal and non-contractual behaviors that are guided by social norms. Understanding more about norms, implicit obligations, and other relational features, and the nature of social relationships that structure behavior in licensing would allow us to motivate the behaviors in supporting partnership and reduce opportunism. This dissertation focuses on the interrelations between economic activities (especially technology transfer), individual status in various domains (political, economic, social), and inter-firm relationships. Results indicate that standard views of negotiating the licensing contract are inadequate. That is, economists have no language with which to explain "appropriate" behavior. This is strictly a sociological concept. March (1999) distinguished the economic and sociological perspectives by saying that economists explain behavior using a "logic of consequence," referring to the effects of an action in relation to one's preferences, whereas sociologists explain behavior in terms of a "logic of appropriateness," in which action can be justified on the grounds that it is expected in the context of a person's role, social position, or background. It is this expectation, or more precisely a common expectation, that defines a norm. Evidence from this research demonstrates that social norms provide the solution to technology transfer problems, especially in cases where standard models of rational choice or contractual adaptation cannot provide explanations for any contractual commitment that is beyond the contract itself. Behaviors under licensing contracts rely more on social norms than on legal rights and duties. In particular, social norms are most relevant and effective when the deals involve amendment.
Huang, A. H. (2012). Contractual relationship and evolving licensing deals: A paradigm for the application of the theory of the norm (Order No. 3523279). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1038140499). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/contractual-relationship-evolving-licensing-deals/docview/1038140499/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Public administration , Studies , Enterprise resource planning , Success factors , Federal government , Regression analysis , Technology adoption, Social sciences , Critical success factors , E-government , Enterprise resource planning (ERP) , Federal ERP , Implementation , Public sector , United States3523280diss2012mengistieMengistie, Asmamaw A.2012216Analysis of the Critical Success Factors for ERP Systems Implementation in U.S. Federal OfficesProQuest Dissertation An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system implementation is a complex information technology project that integrates organization-wide operations. Prior surveys have reported perceptions about factors which are critical to ERP implementation success. But no prior research has empirically tested the relationship between ERP implementation factors (IFs) as independent variables and project success indicators as dependent variables. In the present study the research questions were: 1) is there a statistically significant relationship between an identified set of implementation factors for ERP projects and the empirically reported success indicators? 2) Do specific individual factors predict the level of success? Paper and online surveys were collected from 92 senior level ERP project participants—CIOs, project managers, executives and consultant/developers with experience on Federal ERP implementation projects. The study provided descriptive survey results for ERP implementation success and perceived effectiveness of implementation factors in the environment of U.S. Federal government ERP projects. Linear and logistic regressions were calculated to evaluate the relationship of 16 IFs to three measures of the success of ERP implementation completion within scheduled time, percentage of budget exceeded and percentage of project objectives achieved. Similarly, regression analyses were performed in which the independent variables were the three composite implementation factors (strategic, tactical, and operational factors) to the same measures of the success of ERP implementation. The findings indicated that the 16 IFs as a whole can be used to predict significantly the failure of a project to complete within the initial time frame ( p=0.03 ). In the regression analyses on percentage of budget exceeded, the16 IFs as a whole ( p=0.034 ) and the three composite factors as a whole were jointly significant predictors ( p&lt;0.0005 ). The strategic and tactical composite factors were each individually significant as predictors of percentage of budget exceeded ( p&lt;.001 and p&lt;.0005, respectively). However, the 16 IFs as well as the three composite factors were not significant predictors of reported achievement of project objectives. The statistical results of the study support the model that the composite strategic, tactical, and operational factors are significant for ERP project implementation success.
Mengistie, A. A. (2012). Analysis of the critical success factors for ERP systems implementation in U.S. federal offices (Order No. 3523280). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1038140491). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/analysis-critical-success-factors-erp-systems/docview/1038140491/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementHigher Education Administration , Management, Social sciences , Education , Academic staff , Job Descriptive Index , Job in general , Job satisfaction , Kenya , Opportunities for promotion , Pay3523282diss2012ruttoRutto, Peter Kiprop201203The Influence of Rank, Tenure, and Years of Experience on Job Satisfaction of Academic Staff in a Kenyan UniversityProQuest Dissertation This descriptive-correlational study explored the job satisfaction of Moi University academic staff members as measured by Job Descriptive Index and Job in General (JDI/JIG) scales, compared to faculty job satisfaction levels of Eastern Tennessee Community Colleges in the USA. Out of 738 academic staff of Moi invited to participate, 480 survey questionnaires were found to be usable for this study, yielding a response rate of 65%. Results of t-test for independent samples showed that Moi University staff were more satisfied with pay (p=.042), while Eastern Tennessee State staff had higher satisfaction with the JDI facet work on present job (p=.021). There were no significant differences between the two universities on the other JDI/JIG scales of opportunities for promotion, supervision, people on your present job and job in general. The study also investigated the effects of rank, tenure and years of job experience on the facets of job satisfaction for Moi University academic staff , using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Tukey's post hoc multiple comparison, regression analysis. A statistically significant difference on pay and opportunities for promotion was found among academic ranks (p=.018; p=.017 respectively) at Moi University. Professors (M=32.3) were significantly more satisfied with pay than were senior lectures (M=24.4) and lecturers (M=23.5). Associate professors were significantly more satisfied with opportunities for promotion than were lecturers (M=29.4 versus M=22.8 respectively). Non-tenured academic staff had a higher mean score (M=29.4) compared to tenured academic staff (M=24.4) indicating they were more satisfied with pay than tenured staff. Results of this research can be used by Moi University to target interventions to specific subgroups, by rank, tenure, and experience, for specific facets of job satisfaction. Qualitative research could provide more insight into the reasons for staff satisfaction levels at Moi. The present comparison of one Kenyan university and one USA University can be expanded to additional institutions for more insight into cross-cultural differences. A model from Consciousness-based Education is presented which suggested a fundamental approach to job satisfaction by reducing stress and improving creativity.
Rutto, P. K. (2012). The influence of rank, tenure, and years of experience on job satisfaction of academic staff in a Kenyan university (Order No. 3523282). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1038140493). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/influence-rank-tenure-years-experience-on-job/docview/1038140493/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Spirituality, Philosophy, religion and theology , Social sciences , Anxiety , Emotional intelligence , Self development , Supply chain partnerships , Transcendental Meditation , Trust3523283diss2012sawhneySawhney, Sabita201207Effects of the TM Technique on Anxiety, Emotional Intelligence and Trust: Implications for Supply Chain ManagementProQuest Dissertation Increased attention is being paid to supply chain partnerships in which trust has been recognized as a key influencing factor. Empirical studies have established that partnerships amongst companies based on trust avoid opportunism in the supply chain, reduce purchasing cost, and improve profitability. Despite the importance of trust' in improving the bottom-line for organizations, there is little work done on how to proactively develop trust between supply chain partners. Most of the existing work has held the view that trust develops over time as companies continue to work with each other, thus relying on a reactive process of self-selection. Predominantly, the topic has been approached from the viewpoint of what the trustee needs to do to promote trust development within a relationship. The existing literature does not make any reference to how a trustor's own disposition to trust (DTT) may impact the development of trust. The primary objective of this research was to develop a conceptual model linking the self-development technique, Transcendental Meditation, to an individual's temperament, of which DTT is an important manifestation/component. The aim here was to provide a path to connect the regular practice of TM to DTT, thus navigating through other intervening constructs such as higher states of consciousness, trait anxiety, and trait emotional intelligence. The model was empirically tested by collecting data, using a self-administered survey, from 387 respondents. The participants were from 26 service and manufacturing companies that were randomly selected from Fairfield (Iowa) Area Chamber of Commerce. Due to the early stages of theory development, Partial Least Square technique was used to test the model. The results provide strong support for the proposed hypothesis and the model, indicating that the regular practice of the TM technique cultivates a higher disposition to trust. The study also provides empirical support for the path through which the regular practice of TM manifests into DTT. These findings emphasize the importance of introducing TM practice in organizations to help develop greater trust internally among employees and externally with other partnering organizations.
Sawhney, S. (2012). Effects of the TM technique on anxiety, emotional intelligence and trust: Implications for supply chain management (Order No. 3523283). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1038140469). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-tm-technique-on-anxiety-emotional/docview/1038140469/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementStatistics , Spirituality , Health care management , Patient satisfaction , Quality of care , Clinical outcomes , Hospitals, Philosophy, religion and theology , Pure sciences , Health and environmental sciences , Hcahps survey , Hospital ownership , Mortality , Patient satisfaction , Process of care quality , Readmission3523284
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Relationships between Patient Satisfaction, Quality, Outcomes and Ownership Type in US Hospitals: an Empirical Study
ProQuest Dissertation Public concerns about rising health costs and deteriorating quality of service in the US have become a serious issue. The Institute of Medicine ( IOM ) report brought out the need for overhauling the US Healthcare thoroughly. This report recommended that healthcare executives should focus on performance improvement, driven by process, data, and evidence rather than relying on technology or working harder. Healthcare organizations face multiple objectives and constraints, while implementing performance improvement. The design of the current study was nonexperimental and the study analyzed available archival data on patient satisfaction, process of care quality measures and outcome of care measures. The study tested nine research hypotheses about the relationships between these measures. The study also brought out the main components contributing to patient satisfaction and process of care quality measures. The study used the public data on US hospitals, downloaded from the CMS database, maintained by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services, a federal government agency. Data from over 4,500 hospitals were used in the analysis. The major findings are summarized as follows: 1. Five components of patient satisfaction were identified and the implications to hospitals were discussed. 2. Nine research hypotheses were tested, and the evidence was mixed. 3. Mean outcome rates in Church owned hospitals were significantly better than the other seven groups and definitely not worse. 4. Evidence was mixed for negative association between patient satisfaction and outcomes. 5. Evidence was mixed for negative association between process of care quality and outcomes. The study found some empirical evidence for encouraging hospitals to adopt the qualities "friendship, compassion, joy of serving and equanimity" advocated by the ancient Vedic physician Charaka as the prime qualities required by healthcare professionals. The study has many strengths such as identifying the principal components of satisfaction and quality, using the complete CMS data on US hospitals and obtaining some empirical evidence on the relationships between satisfaction, process-of-care quality and the outcomes. Some empirical evidence was also obtained on the need for qualities like compassion among healthcare staff. The study findings are limited by the reliability of the archival data used. Statistical conclusion validity issues were adequately controlled during testing, by adopting diagnostic techniques. However, ambiguity of temporal precedence between outcomes and process of care quality measures is a threat to the internal validity of testing their relationship. A subsequent larger study requiring support from CMS is proposed. The study findings will assist hospitals in their performance improvement activities.
Shivaji, E. R. (2012). Relationships between patient satisfaction, quality, outcomes and ownership type in US hospitals: An empirical study (Order No. 3523284). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1069269490). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/relationships-between-patient-satisfaction/docview/1069269490/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Middle management , Confucianism , Studies , Management theory, Social sciences , China , Confucianism , Culture , Empowerment , Management3523285diss2012yangSYang, Mingfang201202Confucian-based Theory of Management: A Qualitative Study of Chinese Mid-level ManagersProQuest Dissertation Recent scholarship about managing in China has argued that a Chinese management theory needs to be developed in a Chinese Confucianism-based context. In the past centuries, Confucianism had influenced Chinese people dramatically. In order to understand Chinese employees in workplace, taking Confucianism into account was a necessary step. However, the majority of companies in China took and adapted Western-based management theories to deal with their Chinese employees. Empowerment is a Western-based management theory, which is different from the concept of authority in Confucianism. This study used a qualitative approach to explore that how Chinese mid-level managers think about and cooperate with their managers (Chinese and expatriate managers) in the workplace. Data was collected through 14 interviews with Chinese mid-level managers in two types of companies in China – Chinese-based companies and foreign-invested companies. Interview responses were coded in categories through several revisions. "The Analects of Confucius" was reviewed in order to get a better understanding of Confucian values, and specific values from the Analects were matched to each of the categories. The final result of data analysis was a framework of 11 principles. Ten principles were found to be common to both types of companies. An eleventh principle, trust, was different for mid-level managers with foreign superiors than for those with Chinese superiors. The results of this research suggested that Confucian values still have a strong impact on Chinese people's behaviors, so in order to manage Chinese employees effectively, it is necessary to understand Confucian values. Based on the results, a Confucian-based management framework was constructed to guide managers to be effective in working with employees in China and all the countries have been influenced by Confucianism. This study created a greater picture for the managers (Chinese and expatriate managers) to understand the Confucian-based behaviors of Chinese employees in the workplace and might lead to more effective management results. It might also contribute to develop of a Chinese theory of management – grounded in qualitative evidences from managers in China.
Yang, M. (2012). Confucian-based theory of management: A qualitative study of Chinese mid-level managers (Order No. 3523285). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1038140496). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/confucian-based-theory-management-qualitative/docview/1038140496/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAncient languages , Metaphysics , Education philosophy, Philosophy, religion and theology , Education , Language, literature and linguistics , Consciousness , Sanskrit , Vedic literature3475628diss2011easonEason, Rod201110
Growth of Consciousness Through a Systematic Program of Reading Vedic Literature in Conjunction with the Vedic Calendar
ProQuest Dissertation From the varied platforms of philosophy, modern psychology and quantum physics, the phenomenon of consciousness has been discussed for centuries. Scientists in every generation have endeavored—though both objective and subjective means—to gain deeper knowledge about its nature, relationship with the brain and, more recently, a possible connection to a unified quantum field theory. In the last half century, a systematic theory of consciousness—Maharishi Vedic Science—has emerged based on ancient teachings found in the Vedic Literature coupled with a modern, insightful interpretation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Several technologies of consciousness including Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation have been well documented for producing a wide range of individual and social benefit. This dissertation discusses the theoretical foundations and practical application of Maharishi Vedic Science as a model for subjective research in consciousness, and presents the results of a three-year self-study on reading Vedic Literature in conjunction with the Vedic calendar. The dissertation begins with a comparative view of modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science, the combination of which represent a new paradigm for the advancement of scientific knowledge. The nature of consciousness is considered from several points of view including methods of research, logic and reasoning, correlation with the physiology and subjective and objective views of reality. The structure of knowledge, its relationship to consciousness and its expression in the Vedic Literature is also brought to light with examples of the text included. Throughout history, lunar and solar calendars have been used as a way of monitoring and giving recognition to the laws of nature that constitute the cycles of time. In the Vedic calendar, the Vedic Devata are seen as the personification of those laws. The connection between the Vedic Devata and the Vedic calendar is discussed at length, with suggestions on specific texts to read on specific days. Through a systematic program of extended daily reading of the Vedic Literature, the author found numerous personal experiences of growth of consciousness, many of which corresponded to the predicted qualities of nature associated with each day or text being read.
Eason, R. (2011). Growth of consciousness through a systematic program of reading Vedic literature in conjunction with the Vedic calendar (Order No. 3475628). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (900572240). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/growth-consciousness-through-systematic-program/docview/900572240/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyGerontology , Aging , Alternative Medicine, Health and environmental sciences , Social sciences , Allostatic load , Hypertension , Physical activity , Transcendental meditation3475629diss2011mattikMattik, Liis201112Effect of the Transcendental Meditation Program and Health Education on Allostatic Load: Promoting Normal AgingProQuest Dissertation The "weathering" hypothesis of aging suggests that African Americans experience accelerated aging due to the cumulative effects of stress, which causes multisystem "wear and tear" or allostatic load. Previous research shows that lifestyle changes can improve individual biomarkers of allostatic load, leading toward greater health and normal aging. Specifically, practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program and changes in diet and physical activity reduce biological aging factors. This exploratory study examines the combined effects of the Transcendental Meditation program and conventional health education of diet and physical activity on allostatic load in 19 African American women and men with stage I hypertension over a 4-month period. This is a sub-study to a parent study on hypertension mechanisms conducted at Howard University Medical Center in Washington, DC. The primary outcome of this study was a seven biomarker allostatic load index: body mass index (BMI), total cholesterol (TC), high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C), systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c), and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS). Each of the individual biomarkers of the allostatic load index and a psychosocial stress measure, the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-20), were also analyzed. Results showed a significant reduction in the allostatic load index based on composite T scores (pretest mean = 22.73 ± 2.83 and posttest mean = 20.13 ± 4.66; t (18) =3.46; p=0.003; effect size=0.92), and a marginally significant reduction in the allostatic load index threshold scores (2.63 ± 1.01 vs. 2.05 ± 1.13; t (18) =1.93; p=0.069; effect size=0.57). Results showed a significant reduction in the individual biomarkers of SBP (144.9 ± 7.29 vs. 136.72 ± 12.51; t (18)=2.94; p=0.009; effect size=1.12) and DBP (86.16 ± 5.44 vs. 81.30 ± 8.5; t (18)=2.83; p=0.012; effect size=0.89), and in the psychological distress measure: GHQ (23.54 ± 11.96 vs. 15.42 ± 10.34; t (18)=3.75; p=0.001; effect size=0.68). Other individual biomarkers also changed in the predicted direction, but the changes were not statistically significant. Findings suggest that changing lifestyle with the Transcendental Meditation program and health education of diet and physical activity may reduce overall allostatic load in hypertensive African Americans.
Mattik, L. (2011). Effect of the Transcendental Meditation program and health education on allostatic load: Promoting normal aging (Order No. 3475629). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (900723539). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effect-transcendental-meditation-program-health/docview/900723539/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAncient languages , Philosophy, Philosophy, religion and theology , Language, literature and linguistics , Consciousness , Vedic literature3479903diss2011narayananNarayanan, Vijayakumari201121
Research in Consciousness and Reading the Vedic Literature: An Integrated Program Offered by Maharishi Vedic Science for the Development of Consciousness Through Vedic Sound
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation presents the results from the Maharishi Program for Reading Vedic Literature in the original Sanskrit, a doctoral program structured by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to evaluate the benefits on the level of mind, body, and environment from regular use of Vedic sound. The reading program is based on a unique understanding of the nature of the sounds of the Vedic Literature as fundamental frequencies of intelligence, the laws of nature responsible for all evolutionary processes in creation, including the human physiology. The prediction that reading the sounds or listening to them enlivens the fundamental field of intelligence accessible within human awareness, which is the source of Vedic sound, was verified by the results of the practice. It was observed that results arising from the previously adopted practices of the Transcendental Meditation technique and the TM-Sidhi program, comprising research in consciousness, were also enhanced, with all technologies accelerating growth towards higher states of consciousness. The author found that reading the Vedic Literature in the prescribed manner produced two broad categories of results: i) a new category comprising cognitions and insights into the structuring dynamics of Veda and Vedic Literature and the nature of reality; and, ii) a category of eight pre-existing groups of experiences, which showed marked enhancement during the research phase. These groups were: i) refined perception; ii) refined feeling; iii) cognitions of Vedic Devata and other manifestations of the impulses of creative intelligence responsible for administering creation; iv) spontaneous right action, and experiences revealing the structuring and organizing power of natural law; iv) nature support, infinite correlation, and fulfillment of desires; vi) bliss; vii) intuition and premonition; and, viii) experiences of the Self as the witness. The integrated practice of the technologies used in this program did not obscure the results arising from reading the Vedic Literature, but analysis also revealed the contribution made by both the "eyes-closed" and "eyes-open" methods to accelerated growth during the research phase, and more details of holistic growth of consciousness. Thus, the results show the value of this integrated approach for the holistic development of higher states of consciousness.
Narayanan, V. (2011). Research in consciousness and reading the Vedic literature: An integrated program offered by Maharishi Vedic Science for the development of consciousness through Vedic sound (Order No. 3479903). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (898965666). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/research-consciousness-reading-Vedic-literature/docview/898965666/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Communication , Organization Theory, Communication and the arts , Social sciences , Self-organization , Virtual work3479904diss2011venturaVentura, Louis L.201130
Virtual Work Teams as Self-Organizing Systems: Goals, Empowerment, and Communication as Determinants of Virtual Workers' Self-Perceived Performance
ProQuest Dissertation Information technology has made virtual working environments possible and brought innovation in business processes. Because organizations are becoming more and more engaged with information technology and development of virtual workforces, solving the problem of how to best measure and map virtual workers' goal setting, empowerment and effective communications within global organizations has become of critical importance. The objective of this empirical study was to determine whether the variables goal setting (G), empowerment (E), and communication (C), both individually and in concert, contributed to improve virtual work performance (vwp). In this study, the virtual workforce is conceptualized as a self-organizing system. The variables of G, E, and C are the hypothesized predictors of a virtual intelligence (VI) framework that facilitate and support the process of self-organization of the virtual workforce effective performance. This quantitative study used survey data obtained from an international technology company (ITC). Sample consisted of 113 employees of an ITC in Brazil. The survey provided data for scoring the subjects' self-perceived virtual work performance, goal setting, empowerment, and communication. The self-reported questionnaire was measured on a Liken scale based on data from a survey instrument with 33 questions. Tests showed that the reliability and validity of the instrument were adequate. Multiple regression analysis found a significant, positive effect of increased goal setting, empowerment and communication scores on self-assessed virtual worker performance ( p =0.001), as well as a significant, positive effect on performance of a simultaneous increase of all three determinants ( p =0.001). Sensitivity analysis and extensive diagnostic checks supported the statistical conclusion validity of these empirical findings. Thus, these results provided empirical support for the hypothesis that an increase in goal, empowerment, and communication can enhance performance of virtual workers. The implications of the findings provided an important step toward developing new strategies for evaluating the effective performance of workers engaged in a virtual environment. Moreover, this study reviews previous research that suggests that incorporating experience of the unified field, pure creative intelligence through the practice of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation technique by individuals working in teams should have a positive effect on virtual team performance.
Ventura, L. L. (2011). Virtual work teams as self-organizing systems: Goals, empowerment, and communication as determinants of virtual workers' self-perceived performance (Order No. 3479904). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (900198136). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/virtual-work-teams-as-self-organizing-systems/docview/900198136/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic SciencePhilosophy, religion and theology; Psychology; Consciousness; Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; Self-interacting dynamics3417233diss2010oatesROates, Robert M. Jr. 201011
Consciousness and the quantum: Maharishi’s self-interacting dynamics of consciousness as the interpretation of quantum mechanics
ProQuest Dissertation From the beginning of the quantum era in 1900, physicists and philosophers wrestled unsuccessfully with the interpretation of quantum mechanics. Although the probabilistic predictions for large numbers of quantum events were impressively confirmed experimentally, no persuasive understanding of the workings of the quantum realm — and especially of the motions and interactions of individual quanta — had been offered. This dissertation intended to establish a consciousness-based interpretation of quantum mechanics through the comparison of what had been often called conventional quantum mechanics with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's self-interacting dynamics of consciousness . In Part One, the current state of quantum interpretation was reviewed from a historical perspective, with the twin goals of (1) demonstrating that the materialist paradigm, along with its investigative modality, objective science, did not apply at the level of individual quanta and their interactions, and of (2) establishing conventional quantum mechanics as the most suitable and defensible version of quantum mechanics available (though it offered no understanding of the independent reality of the quantum realm). In Part Two, Maharishi's theories of consciousness were laid out, with reliance as far as practicable on quotations from his published works, in the interests of both clarity and authenticity. Maharishi's theories were shown to be based, not on individual consciousness, but rather on an unbounded, omnipresent field of consciousness (like the gravitational field or the electromagnetic field), which, by virtue of its nature as consciousness, knows itself, thus stirring up fluctuations or vibrations in the abstract field of consciousness that appear first as subtle sound and then as 'material particles.' In Part Three, quantum mechanics was compared against Maharishi's theories of consciousness, resulting in point-for-point isomorphism in even the most arcane details. The conclusions were that (1) quantum mechanics and Maharishi's self-interacting dynamics appeared to describe the same underlying reality, (2) aspects of quantum mechanics that appeared unresolvable conundrums, when viewed from the materialist perspective, appeared natural, and even necessary, from a consciousness-based perspective, and (3) Maharishi's self-interacting dynamics of consciousness therefore appeared as the first comprehensive and persuasive interpretation of quantum mechanics, a consciousness-based interpretation including the motion and interactions of individual quanta.
Oates, R. M., Jr. (2010). Consciousness and the quantum: Maharishi's self-interacting dynamics of consciousness as the interpretation of quantum mechanics (Order No. 3417233). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (745604396). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/consciousness-quantum-Maharishis-self-interacting/docview/745604396/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementMarketing , Agricultural economics , Willingness to pay , Genetically altered foods , Studies, Social sciences , China , Consumer knowledge , Foods , Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture , Non-genetically modified , TPB model , Taiwan , Willingness to pay3417232diss2010sanchezSanchez, Wen Chien201021
The influence of consumer knowledge on willingness to pay for non -genetically modified foods in Taiwan: A structural equation model
ProQuest Dissertation Genetically modified (GM) food and crops became commercially available in 1994. Since then, widespread debates and controversies about the use of biotechnology in food production have emerged, mostly in western countries. This study examined willingness to pay for non-GM food in a Taiwan sample. In conjunction with this, the theory of planned behavior (TPB) was evaluated to determine the relative importance of factors influencing purchasing behavior. In this study, Ajzen's TPB model was extended to comprise two more constructs related to willingness to pay ( WTP ) for non-GM food. These two added factors were Knowledge about GM food and Self-identity . Distinguishing from previous TPB studies, this study employs path analysis to further explain the causal relationship in the model. A saturated TPB model was tested and an augmented TPB model was found to be a better framework in explaining influences on behavioral intentions. Results indicated that the majority of respondents were willing to pay a 30% premium to avoid GM tofu. The total effects of Knowledge and PBC on WTP were negative and significant indicating that more knowledge about GM food and more perceived behavior control over choosing non-GM food result in willingness to pay more for avoiding GM food. The total effects of Self-identity and Subjective Norms on WTP were positive and significant indicating that one's self-identity and perceived social pressure about eating non-GM food positively influence his or her willingness to pay for non-GM food. Furthermore, consumers' knowledge about GM food positively influences their attitude and intentions toward non-GM food. These findings unequivocally substantiate that there is a demand for non-GM foods in Taiwan. This demand calls for alternative agriculture such as Maharishi Vedic Organic Agriculture which is introduced in this study.
Sanchez, W. C. (2010). The influence of consumer knowledge on willingness to pay for non -genetically modified foods in Taiwan: A structural equation model (Order No. 3417232). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (745612622). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/influence-consumer-knowledge-on-willingness-pay/docview/745612622/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Studies , Environmental quality , Green buildings, Social sciences , Absenteeism , China , Green building , Human resource management , Indoor environmental quality , Job Content Questionnaire , Post-Occupancy Evaluation Survey , Sick building syndrome , Sustainable green building design , Taiwan3374435diss2009huangHuang, Shih-Ming (Brandon)200910
Perceived health and indoor environmental quality in green -certified and non -green buildings in a public organization in Taiwan
ProQuest Dissertation The current study is the first to empirically investigate the effects of green-certified buildings on human resource outcomes. This observational study uses survey data to compare self-reported health symptoms (HS) and satisfaction with indoor environmental quality (IEQS) for two intact groups of male employees working for the same public sector employer in Taiwan: one group works in certified green building (n=211), and the other works in two non-green buildings (n=161). Using multiple regression analysis, this study found strong empirical support for 3 of 4 research hypotheses. First, study participants in the green building had IEQS scores 32.3% higher on average (p &lt; 0.001) than those in the non-green buildings, controlling for general building satisfaction (GBS) and average weekly hours worked in the building (HRs). The observed effect size for the difference in the adjusted mean IEQS scores is 4.62, a very large effect as defined by Cohen. Thus this effect of the green building on IEQS is both statistically significant and substantively important. Second, employees in the green building had HS scores 7.50 points (or 15.9%) higher, on average, than those in the non-green buildings controlling for GBS, HRs, job satisfaction (JS), age (AGE), and psychological demands of work (PSD) (p &lt; 0.001). The effect size for the estimated difference in adjusted HS means is 2.26, a large effect. Strong empirical support was also found for the third research hypothesis using an alternative specification of the model for HS in which IEQS is added as a control variable. On average, a one point increase in IEQS is associated with a 0.19 point increase in HS, controlling for GB, JS, AGE, PSD, GBS, and HRs (p &lt; 0.001). The effect size for IEQS is 0.56, a large effect as defined by Cohen and Cohen for continuous explanatory variables in regression analysis. The fourth research hypothesis was not empirically supported by the data. Depending on the specification of the model for HS, the effect of JS on HS is either negligible (explains less than 1% of the variance in HS) and not significant or negligible, significant, and the wrong sign (negative).
Huang, S. (. (2009). Perceived health and indoor environmental quality in green -certified and non -green buildings in a public organization in Taiwan (Order No. 3374435). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305143909). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/perceived-health-indoor-environmental-quality/docview/305143909/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceLanguage arts , Secondary education, Education , Consciousness-based , Critical thinking , High school students , Literary criticism , Literature teaching , Middle school students , Nyaya , Transcendental meditation , Veda3374436diss2009kinzelKinzel, Ria Miller200900
The use of an analytical model based on the sixteen elements of Nyaya in teaching English literature with middle and high school students in consciousness-based education
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation begins with an account of those principles and structures of consciousness presented by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that are most pertinent to Consciousness-Based™ education, a system he developed with the primary goal of expanding the consciousness of students. A secondary but important goal is the achievement of excellence in the academic disciplines. Consciousness-Based education perceives pure consciousness as the ultimate reality, which may be experienced but not fully expressed in words. This renders doctrinaire definitions of ultimate truth suspect. To integrate this perception of reality and these goals in the literature classroom, a critical-analytical approach is needed that recognizes both objective and subjective experience as essential to thought and understanding, and both heart and mind as essential elements of decision-making. Nyaya, the Sanskrit text devoted to “distinguishing and deciding”, expresses the Vedic science of reasoning which contains sixteen points by which to test the procedure of gaining knowledge. This dissertation presents, describes and demonstrates a model of critical-analytical thinking based on these sixteen points or elements. In this model, nine of the elements are essential to decision-making, and eight of them contribute specifically to obstructing one of the essential nine. The elements have a sequential relationship, first breaking-down preconceptions and then creating new perceptions and conclusions. This model has been systematically tested in the analysis of literature and also to a lesser degree in social studies. Because it has a firm structure and sequence the model provides teachers with a “map” by which to direct classroom discussion towards a recognizable conclusion while allowing students freedom to explore what interests them. It provides structure, sequence and great flexibility. It focuses on the process of decision-making rather than on the product. It facilitates exploration of concepts and themes in depth. Because the model students are applying is a model of their own thought process, they find applying it meaningful and significant to their own lives. Weaker students find the structure to be a helpful organizer of their own writing. Strong students use the new understanding gained to generate their own questions and to integrate it in original ways.
Kinzel, R. M. (2009). The use of an analytical model based on the sixteen elements of Nyaya in teaching English literature with middle and high school students in consciousness-based education (Order No. 3374436). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305130392). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/use-analytical-model-based-on-sixteen-elements/docview/305130392/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyAlternative Medicine , Medicine, Health and environmental sciences , Atherosclerosis , Cardiovascular diseases , Maharishi Ayur-Veda , Preventive health care3374437diss2009moreheadMorehead, Paul James200910
Prevention of cardiovascular disease in Maharishi Ayur-Veda participants: A cross-sectional study of carotid atherosclerosis
ProQuest Dissertation Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of mortality in developed countries. Previous research on Maharishi Ayur-Veda indicates reduction in cardiovascular risk factors and events, including decreased blood pressure, carotid atherosclerosis and all cause mortality. Maharishi Ayur-Veda is Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s revival of an ancient system of natural health care and includes mind, body, behavioral and environmental modalities to enliven the field of consciousness at the basis of all physiological functioning. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to investigate effects of long-term practice of Maharishi Ayur-Veda in a community setting on carotid artery blockage, blood pressure and serum lipid measures. Possible mediators of carotid blockage were also explored. One hundred fifty-four adult subjects (n=74 MAV and n=80 controls) were included in this study. The Maharishi Ayur-Veda group included subjects from southeast Iowa who had been practicing the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program for greater than 5 years (mean=27 years). Among other MAV modalities widely practiced were the group practice of the TM-Sidhi program with Yogic Flying, yoga postures (asanas), a breathing exercise (pranayama), herbal supplements, and vegetarian diet. Controls were selected from the Stroke Detection Plus database of southeast Iowa clients. All subjects were measured on the primary outcome, carotid artery blockage, by modified duplex ultrasound. Analysis of covariance (ANCOVA), controlling for age, gender, body-mass index, family history of cardiovascular disease, smoking and exercise indicated significantly less carotid blockage in the MAV group (0.26 ± .37) compared to controls (0.36 ± .62) (p=0.01). ANCOVA indicated significant difference between MAV and controls on systolic blood pressure (MAV 118.45 mm Hg ± 13.37, vs. controls 129.70 mm Hg ± 15.52; p=0.01), and HDL cholesterol (MAV 60.60 mg/dL ± 15.09, vs. controls 47.78 mg/dL ± 13.96; p=0.05). Systolic blood pressure was found to be a possible mediator of the effects of treatment on carotid blockage. The results of this study provide further evidence for the effect of Maharishi Ayur-Veda on CVD risk factors. It is recommended that Maharishi Ayur-Veda, as a comprehensive preventative approach to cardiovascular disease, be incorporated into public health programs.
Morehead, P. J. (2009). Prevention of cardiovascular disease in Maharishi AyurVeda participants: A cross-sectional study of carotid atherosclerosis (Order No. 3374437). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305131099). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/prevention-cardiovascular-disease-Maharishi-ayur/docview/305131099/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceEducational psychology , Developmental psychology , Higher education, Education , Psychology , Consciousness-based education , Ego development , Higher states of consciousness , Maharishi Vedic Science , Transcendental Meditation , Undergraduate , Yoga3318934diss2008brownBrown, Susan May2008510
Unity and diversity in Maharishi Vedic Science(SM), higher states of consciousness, and a study of undergraduate student development
ProQuest Dissertation Throughout the ages, the wise have recognized the unity of existence and sought to live this amidst the diversity of life. This dissertation discusses the ancient wisdom of unity found in the Vedic science of India, as brought to light by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as Maharishi Vedic Science SM . It presents Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi ® programs as the means to develop higher states of consciousness, the basis for integration of life. Research on the effects of these programs for mind, body, and behavior is reviewed, and their source in the ancient knowledge of Yoga, found in the Yoga Sūtra and Bhagavad-Gītā. Application of this knowledge in Consciousness-Based education is discussed as a means to unify the diverse branches of knowledge and support integrated student development, for growth of maturity and wisdom. Undergraduate education at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, is reviewed, giving insight into culturing higher consciousness in students' formative years. Research is presented on outcomes of Consciousness-Based education, particularly for student development. Results of an original longitudinal study are reported, involving 140 undergraduate students at Maharishi University of Management. Measures included self-reporting of experiences of growth of consciousness, and standardized tests of ego development (using Loevinger's Washington University Sentence Completion Test, as extended by Cook-Greuter) and constructive thinking, as indicators of maturity, wisdom, and effective action. Analysis of variance revealed a significant increase in ego development (p = 0.04), with the mean shifting from Self-Aware (freshmen) to Conscientious (seniors). As seniors, 29.2% of the students were at postconventional ego development stages, compared to approximately 10% of the general population. Three sub-scales of constructive thinking also increased significantly (Global Constructive Thinking, p = 0.001; Behavioral Coping, p = 0.004; Emotional Coping, p = 0.002). Self-rated frequency of experiences increased significantly (Transcending, p = 0.004; Witnessing sleep, p = 0.002). Students' descriptions of their experiences are included. This data supports the value of applying Maharishi Vedic Science in undergraduate education, to help young people grow in wisdom, capacity for leadership, and the ability to contribute to balance and peace in our diverse world family.
Brown, S. M. (2008). Unity and diversity in Maharishi Vedic Science(SM), higher states of consciousness, and a study of undergraduate student development (Order No. 3318934). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304325029). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/unity-diversity-Maharishi-Vedic-science-sm-higher/docview/304325029/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementAccounting , CPAs , Professional ethics , Moral education , Morality, Social sciences , CPA , Ethical intention , Maharishi Vedic Science , Moral development3325876diss2008fengFeng, Pei Chun (Petrina)200802
An empirical study of CPA's moral development, ethical evaluation and ethical intention: A selected group of Taiwanese CPA's
ProQuest Dissertation The perception of accounting professionals having low ethical standards and therefore lacking credibility is evidenced by the many scandals globally over the last ten years including Enron, WorldCom, Merck and Xerox. Thus, developing an understanding of the CPA's moral development and the factors that influence ethical decisions is critical. This study attempts to extend the research on moral development as a predictor of ethical evaluation and ethical intention of accounting professionals and looks to ascertain the demographic factors that influence moral reasoning, ethical evaluation and ethical intention. This research is the first to examine these questions in the accounting profession in Taiwan. The study first examines the relationship between moral reasoning, measured by the Defining Issues Test (DIT) and the two components of ethical decision-making (ethical evaluation and ethical intention), measured by the three questions of the Multidimensional Ethical Scale (MES). The MES instrument depicts ethical situations for accountants. The study sample is 316 Taiwanese CPA's. This study has several important findings: (1) CPA's level of moral development was not significantly associated with expressed intention to perform questionable actions. (2) CPA's with a higher level of moral development are not likely to express the intention perform questionable actions. (3) There is a relationship between ethical evaluation and ethical intention. (4) CPA's moral development does not appear to be associated with their age, gender, education level, ethics training or professional levels. (5) CPA's ethical evaluation appears to be associated with their gender, education level or ethics training, but not age or professional level. (6) CPA's ethical intention appears to be associated with their gender or education level, but not age, professional level, or ethics training. These findings are discussed in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science, which provides a scientific approach to foster moral development through experience of the Unified Field of Nature Law.
Feng, P. C. (. (2008). An empirical study of CPA's moral development, ethical evaluation and ethical intention: A selected group of Taiwanese CPA's (Order No. 3325876). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304328837). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/empirical-study-cpas-moral-development-ethical/docview/304328837/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic SciencePsychobiology , Biophysics, Psychology , Biological sciences , Alpha EEG , Consciousness , EEG phase synchrony , Maharishi Vedic Science , Quantum models , Transcendental Meditation3318942diss2008hebertHebert, John Russell200800Restructuring consciousness theory from its foundation in light of Maharishi Vedic ScienceProQuest Dissertation Most contemporary neuroscience theories of consciousness are object-referral based on zero-lag phase synchrony in the gamma frequency. The alpha frequency has for the most part been left out of consciousness theory, even though it is the first frequency to appear in the EEG upon waking up and the first to disappear during sleep onset. This orientation of neuroscience to object-referral consciousness reflects a classical physics, reductionist model of consciousness. Maharishi Vedic Science presents a different theoretical perspective on consciousness, a model that includes object-referral consciousness but in addition includes what is called self-referral consciousness. Alpha was selected for study because of previous work showing enhanced alpha coherence during Transcendental Meditation. Also alpha in Transcendental Meditation may be linked to self-referral consciousness. The study examines the EEG alpha phase synchrony in fifteen long-term practitioners of Transcendental Meditation who were investigated during eyes-closed and Transcendental Meditation practice. Twelve controls were evaluated for EEG changes during eyes-closed rest. The study found higher alpha phase synchrony. Subsequent re-analysis of the data also found higher long-range alpha coherence during Transcendental Meditation compared to eyes closed. Significant changes were found globally and most prominently in long-range EEG connections during meditation practice as compared to eyes-closed resting. No changes were found in controls. The alpha coherence findings replicate previous findings. The alpha phase synchrony is a new finding. The results are used to describe stationary zero-lag alpha as the benchmark of consciousness. The beginning point or “ground state” may consist of a zero-lag whole-head alpha field associated with subjectively unified states during Transcendental Meditation. The finding of phase synchrony over the whole cortex gives evidence for stationary standing wave patterns. The results suggest that alpha is the primary resonant frequency of the brain capable of generating standing waves. In addition, physicists have laid importance on global EEG phase patterns in the brain as a link to resonance phenomena in quantum models. Thus, the dissertation research and theoretical discussions presents a paradigm shift from gamma orientation to alpha; a turnaround in emphasis from object-referral to self-referral orientation, and a shift from classical physics to a quantum physics model.
Hebert, J. R. (2008). Restructuring consciousness theory from its foundation in light of Maharishi Vedic Science(Order No. 3318942). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304324958). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/restructuring-consciousness-theory-foundation/docview/304324958/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic SciencePhilosophy, Philosophy, religion and theology , Ayurveda , Maharishi Vedic Science , Sthapatya Veda , Transcendental Meditation3269319diss2007kingKing, Jeams Lynwood200701Fundamentals of Maharishi Vedic ScienceProQuest Dissertation Developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to accelerate human evolution, Maharishi Vedic Science SM is consciousness-based: its theories and programs promote connection with the field of consciousness deep within individual and cosmic life. Fundamentals of Maharishi Vedic Science examines the insights and principles which define and support these theories and programs. Understanding its fundamental ideas reveals how Maharishi Vedic Science systematically enlivens the field of consciousness, improving every aspect of life. Part I. Consciousness and Veda highlights fundamentals concerning the nature of consciousness and its infinite creativity. It views consciousness as the source and essential constituent of all subjective and objective aspects of the universe. The dynamics of creation within consciousness are outlined: how, in a self-referral manner, this unmanifest field generates all manifest forms and phenomena. Included is an explanation of how infinite creativity within consciousness is harnessed by developing higher states of consciousness, which result from direct experience of pure consciousness, the simplest form of human awareness. The structure of consciousness is described as Veda, the total potential of Natural Law and blueprint of creation. Forty Aspects of Veda and Vedic Literature represent 40 qualities of consciousness ultimately expressed as speech, matter, the human physiology and the entire cosmos. Part II. Foundations of Enlightenment examines technologies which enliven pure consciousness. Maharishi Yoga SM , including Transcendental Meditation ® ; Maharishi Jyotish SM , the Vedic science of prediction; Maharishi Sthāpatya Veda SM , Vedic architecture; and Maharishi Gandharva Veda SM music all establish nourishing integration between inner consciousness and outer activity. Part III. Restructuring Society: New Principles of Healthcare, Education, Management, Government, Defense and Creative Expression examines theories which foster well-being in every sector of society. When social institutions become consciousness-based, good health becomes the rule, education produces graduates awake in the source of all knowledge, administration gains the efficiency of Nature's administration, the infinite peace of pure consciousness is lived in the world family, and creative expression enlightens while entertaining. Through its fundamental insights and principles, Maharishi Vedic Science provides the missing ingredient to successful living—experience and understanding of the innermost, transcendental value of consciousness—thereby restoring the potential for life to be lived in happiness, abundance and fulfillment.
King, J. L. (2007). Fundamentals of Maharishi Vedic Science(Order No. 3269319). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304743321). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/fundamentals-Maharishi-Vedic-science/docview/304743321/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceNative Americans , Native studies , Physiological psychology, Social sciences , Psychology , Cardiovascular disease , Carotid atherosclerosis , Native Hawaiians , Transcendental Meditation3269320diss2007toomToomey, Mark200711
The effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on carotid atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease risk factors in Native Hawaiians
ProQuest Dissertation Background and objectives. Native Hawaiians have high rates of cardiovascular (CVD) morbidity and mortality compared to other ethnic groups in Hawaii. Research has shown that the Transcendental Meditation ® (TM) program reduces CVD risk factors, markers of clinical CVD, and mortality rates in other high-risk populations. This pilot clinical trial evaluated the effects of the TM program on markers of CVD in Native Hawaiians. Methods. This was a single-blind study conducted over 9 months. Entry criteria included: &gt;=55 years, Hawaiian ancestry, and at least one CVD risk factor. Subjects were randomly assigned to the TM program or health education (HE). Both groups participated in a matched seven-step initial instruction program and follow up group meetings over 9 months. Primary outcome was carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT); secondary outcomes included blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, anxiety, dietary habits and exercise. Results. Sixty-one subjects who met eligibility criteria were randomized into the study. Forty-eight subjects completed both initial instruction and had complete posttest data (TM, n=25; HE, n=23). Analysis of covariance for these completer subjects showed a non-significant reduction in CIMT in the TM program compared to the control group (-0.010±0.035 mm vs 0.004±0.062 mm; p=0.39). There was a marginally statistically significant reduction in depression in the TM group compared to HE (-1.73±7.46 vs 1.10±7.28; p=0.07). For the high cholesterol subgroup, there was a marginally significant reduction of CIMT in TM subjects (n=14, -0.019 ±0.027 mm) compared to HE (n=17, 0.019±0.068 mm; p=0.07). Within group analysis showed reductions in the TM group for DBP (p&lt;0.05), SBP (p&lt;0.07), total cholesterol (p&lt;0.01), LDL (p&lt;0.01) and total cholesterol (p&lt;0.01) and an increase in HDL (p&lt;0.01); HE showed reductions in LDL (p&lt;0.02) and total cholesterol (p&lt;0.01). Ninety-two percent of the TM subjects and 79% of the HE subjects reported practicing their assigned programs on a regular basis. Conclusion. The Transcendental Meditation program was feasible to implement and may be useful for the reduction of carotid atherosclerosis and CVD risk factors by enlivening the "body's inner intelligence." Future research should include larger sample sizes to increase statistical power to confirm and expand these pilot data.
Toomey, M. (2007). The effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on carotid atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease risk factors in native Hawaiians (Order No. 3269320). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304741190). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-transcendental-meditation-program-on/docview/304741190/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceLanguage arts , Ancient languages , Linguistics, Education , Language, literature and linguistics , Kalpa , Reading , Sanskrit , Vedanga , Vedic literature3222115diss2006freundFreund, Peter F.200632Vedic literature reading curriculumProQuest Dissertation The Vedicreserve website presents nearly 50,000 pages of consistently type-set Devanāgarī text as an ordered, sequential program of reading of more than 300 heretofore scattered texts of the Vedic Literature that have been identified by Maharishi Maharishi Yogi as the essential components of a simple and universal curriculum of total knowledge. In this program, first proposed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1991, students read the entire Vedic Literature in sequence from beginning to end in Sanskrit. Practical benefits of this reading program have been verified in a series of dissertations at Maharishi University of Management. In this dissertation a model curriculum of reading the Vedic Literature is presented for the six Vedān˙ga, a group of texts encompassing the Vedic sciences of phonetics, Yajña , grammar, etymology, prosody, and Vedic astrology. Included in this model curriculum are samples of each text, description of the content and structure of each text, and presentation of the correlates in human physiology, based on the research of Dr. Tony Nader. Fifty-four Śhikshā texts and 72 Kalpa texts are reviewed; the Ashtādhyāyī is described along with five satellite texts; Nirukta, and its word list, the Nighantu , is described, the Pin˙galachhandas-Sūtra is presented as the textbook of Chhandas, the fifth Vedān˙ga, and 15 texts belonging to Jyotish, Vedic astrology and astronomy, are described. In all, 150 texts belonging to the Vedān˙ga are described, and the proper sequence and program of reading is laid out. For the 30 remaining branches of Vedic Literature that students read, 180 individual texts are identified and referenced, and an overview of the structure and the beginning and ending paragraphs of each text is presented. Finally, the inner dynamics of the program of reading Vedic Literature is explained in terms of a revival of the ancient Vedic science of phonetics brought about by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Locating all eight vowels ( Svara ) of the Vedic language in the first syllable of Rik Veda, Maharishi's science of speech synthesizes the traditional knowledge of Śhikshā, Sanskrit phonetics, with the knowledge of modern physiology, physics and cosmology in one all-encompassing science of Total Natural Law.
Freund, P. F. (2006). Vedic literature reading curriculum (Order No. 3222115). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304921391). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/Vedic-literature-reading-curriculum/docview/304921391/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Environmental science , ISO standards , Registration , Financial performance , Variance analysis , Statistical analysis , Models , Studies, Health and environmental sciences , Social sciences , Corporate finance , Environmental management , Financial performance , ISO140019605337diss2006zhaoZhao, Jiangning200650/36The effect of the ISO -14001 environmental management system on corporate financial performanceProQuest Dissertation This study employed a quasi-experimental design to compare the experimental group (ISO companies) with the matched control group (non-ISO companies) on the effect of ISO-14001 registration (independent variable) on financial performance (three dependent variables): return on revenue (ROR), return on assets (ROA), and operating revenue (OPR). This study also examined the effects of early adoption, length of registration, and size of companies on the relationship between ISO registration and financial performance. The distribution of data on ISO registration indicated that industries with higher level of resources consumption, or industries with higher levels of pollution (i.e., auto industry 8.88%, chemical industry 8.41%, machinery industry 7.01%, and semiconductors industry 6.54%) were more likely to register for ISO-14001. The experimental group (ISO companies) consisted of the 81 companies from the S&amp;P large cap, mid cap, and small cap indices, which had at least one ISO certificate and for whom at least five years of financial data were available. This study employed analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) as the main tool for statistical analysis. Baseline financial data of two years before registration (T - 2) was used to adjust change scores between T - 2 and T + 2. In addition, because of the violation of equal slope on OPR (for T ± 2: F=2.2477, F*=1.9751), multiple analyses of variance (MANOVA) and analysis of variance (ANOVA) were also used. Statistical analyses indicated that registration of ISO-14001 EMS led to lower ROR (p=0.012, N=162, α=0.05); lower ROA (p=0.041, N=162, α=0.05), and no change in OPR (p=0.3689, N=162, α=0.05). Early adoption, length of ISO registration, and size of company did not affect the relationship of ISO registration and financial performance. It appears that implementation of ISO-14001 introduced expenses and inefficiency during the period studied. Further research is suggested for more in depth investigation on the quality of implementation of ISO-14001 EMS, rather than a simple test of the adoption. A model is presented proposing that when EMS is supported by environmental awareness, it will be integrated in business management in a way that can have triple-bottom-line impacts.
Zhao, J. (2006). The effect of the ISO -14001 environmental management system on corporate financial performance (Order No. 3222116). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304921642). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effect-iso-14001-environmental-management-system/docview/304921642/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Occupational psychology , Human resource management , Transcendentalism , Stress , Employee development , Developing countries--LDCs , Studies, Social sciences , Psychology , Behavioral indicators , Health indicators , Human resource development , India , Psychological indicators , Social indicators , Stress reduction , Transcendental Meditation , Workplace9605337diss2005carlisleCarlisle, Thomas William200537
Effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on psychological, health, social, and behavioral indicators of stress reduction and human resource development in the Indian workplace
ProQuest Dissertation Reduction of stress and development of personnel are inseparable and necessary components of organizational effectiveness. However, few interventions simultaneously address what may be the primary impediment and enhancer, respectively, of business success. This dissertation assessed the effects of one such intervention, the Transcendental Meditation ® (TM ® ) program, on cognitive and affective, physical, relationship, and lifestyle indices of stress reduction and human resource development in the workplace. While several organizational studies have investigated similar changes in Western European and US companies, fewer have looked at stress reduction and development in developing nations, such as India. The study had a pre and double-posttest design (10-day and 90-day) with 22 experimental subjects (TM practitioners) and 23 posttest-only controls—all equivalent-level managers at a dye-and-cast manufacturing firm in Bangalore, India. Seventy-eight data points combined into five scales or subscales and an aggregate of “lifestyle” behavioral/experience items to create six dependent variables, all but one of which showed significance in the hypothesized direction in one or both posttest periods using multivariate Hotelling's one-sample T 2 analyses (10-day: p &lt; .0010; 90-day: p &lt; .0010), followed by paired t-test analyses: Perceived Stress Scale (10-day: p &lt; .0060; 90-day: p &lt; .00001), Occupational Stress Inventory (10-day: p &lt; .0779; 90-day: p &lt; .1187), Lifestyle items (10-day: p &lt; .0063; 90-day: p &lt; .0085), Personal Experiences scale (10-day: P &lt; .0048; 90-day: p &lt; .0004), Hopkins Symptoms Check List (10-day: p &lt; .0008; 90-day: p &lt; .0377), and the Self-Esteem Survey subscale (10-day: p &lt; .0023; 90-day: p &lt; .0377). Further analyses showed large and increasing effect sizes between posttesting periods, “expectancy of benefit” to be a non-significant covariate, and a trend towards ceiling affects that prevented significant change between 10- and 90-day posttesting. These results reinforce previous findings on this procedures efficacy in stress reduction, increased positive experiences/behaviors and fewer negative ones, the development of the health, relationships, self-concept, and psychological well-being of employees, and support its wider implementation. The findings lay the foundation for a proposed new job stress formulation, the Metapersonal Resources model. Integrating a theoretical orientation known as Maharishi Vedic Science with sixteen contributors to contemporary job stress understanding, it emphasizes the dimensions of psychological non-egocentrism and physiological strain reduction as principal components for both ameliorating stress and producing a state of dynamic quiescence.
Carlisle, T. W. (2005). Effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on psychological, health, social, and behavioral indicators of stress reduction and human resource development in the indian workplace (Order No. 3158900). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305360877). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-transcendental-meditation-program-on/docview/305360877/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceReligion , Theology , Bible, Philosophy, religion and theology , Christianity , Islam , Judaism , Maharishi Vedic Science , Scriptures , Universal principles3173294diss2005finkelsteinFinkelstein, Evan I.200534
Universal principles of life expressed in Maharishi Vedic Science and in the scriptures and writings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation examines principles of Maharishi Vedic Science SM —the Science and Technology of Consciousness—in relation to the scriptures and writings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The dissertation is motivated by the desire to test the premise that principles of Maharishi Vedic Science are present within these religious traditions. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are selected based on the presumption that these three traditions might be considered most distinct from the Vedic tradition of the founder of Maharishi Vedic Science, his Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Five principles are selected that are judged to be fundamental to Maharishi Vedic Science to provide the basis for the study. These five principles can be concisely expressed in religious terminology as follows: (1)&#xa0;God is the ultimate reality of unbounded consciousness. Divinity is the source of creation and is simultaneously infinite silence and infinite creative dynamism. He is total knowledge and infinite organizing power—the unlimited existence of all possibilities. (2)&#xa0;The main purpose of human life is to become fully aligned and consciously integrated with Divinity so that humanity can live a life of peace, abundance, and fulfillment. (3)&#xa0;The ultimate cause of all problems and suffering in human existence is based in the ignorance of how to directly experience and permanently integrate the Divine in daily life. (4)&#xa0;To contact the Divine, one must learn how to allow the mind to naturally transcend the space-time boundaries of manifest creation and directly come to the experience of the transcendental light of God within. (5)&#xa0;The complete and lasting integration of the Divine in human life involves a process of development of higher states of consciousness. The four higher states of consciousness that are possible for humanity to realize are Transcendental Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness, God Consciousness, and Unity Consciousness. Analysis of the texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam reveals numerous examples of these principles of Maharishi Vedic Science. Analyzing the traditions in the context of these principles also uncovers a remarkable commonality in both theology and spiritual experience. The underlying unity among the traditions indicates a significant basis for increased acceptance and cooperation.
Finkelstein, E. I. (2005). Universal principles of life expressed in Maharishi Vedic Science and in the scriptures and writings of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (Order No. 3173294). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305362387). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/universal-principles-life-expressed-Maharishi/docview/305362387/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceManagement , Occupational psychology , Developmental psychology , Occupational choice , Job satisfaction , Correlation analysis , Studies , Career development planning, Social sciences , Psychology , Career choice , Holland, John L. , Maharishi Vedic Science , Personality integration3173295diss2005richardsRichards, William Thom200500Additions to John L. Holland's theory of career choice and development based on Maharishi Vedic ScienceProQuest Dissertation Holland's theory of career choice matches personality types and occupation or environment types. Maharishi Vedic Science SM places career choice in the larger framework of dharma . This study investigates the following question: Can the concept of dharma from Maharishi Vedic Science, including the concepts of heart and mind, natural action, absolute dharma and higher states of consciousness, expand and give greater precision to the theory of career choice presented by John L. Holland? This study uses both quantitative and qualitative procedures in the context of exploratory methodology. Thirty-two advanced teachers of the Transcendental Meditation ® program participated as subjects. All subjects completed standardized tests (SDS, PCI, CASI-Job Satisfaction Scale, Fordyce Emotions Questionnaire and a higher states of consciousness Experience Questionnaire), and were interviewed in a structured format. There were four major findings of this study: (1)&#xa0;A Holistic Factor, representing “action in accord with dharma ,” also described as “expansion of consciousness as related to career,” was operationally defined as a combination (by means of factor analysis) of higher states experiences (Experience Questionnaire), happiness (Fordyce Emotions Questionnaire), restedness (a Likert scale) and congruence (Richards Agreement Index); (2)&#xa0;The Holistic Factor correlated highly with job satisfaction; (3)&#xa0;Evidence was found for a heart-mind division of Holland's personality types, with Artistic, Social and Enterprising on the heart side and Conventional, Realistic and Investigative on the mind side; (4)&#xa0;Qualities of high Holistic Factor individuals were identified in terms of code families derived from qualitative analysis of the structured interviews. There were three results not anticipated by the research questions: (1)&#xa0;A new calculation for congruence (the Richards Agreement Index) was developed which produced scores correlating better with job satisfaction than those of the commonly used Iachan Agreement Index; (2)&#xa0;Large, significant, and unexpected gender differences were found with regard to all major concepts investigated in this study; (3)&#xa0;Stages of coding qualification and stages of exploratory analysis not found in qualitative analysis literature were developed and used in this study. The concept of dharma as presented in Maharishi Vedic Science is found to expand and give greater precision to Holland's theory.
Richards, W. T. (2005). Additions to john L. holland's theory of career choice and development based on Maharishi Vedic Science (Order No. 3173295). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305361392). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/additions-john-l-hollands-theory-career-choice/docview/305361392/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceEducational theory , Philosophy , Ancient languages, Philosophy, religion and theology , Education , Language, literature and linguistics , Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi , Natural law , Prachetana chart , Vedic sound technology3130317diss2004mcquistonMcQuiston, Tina Colleen200442
The Maharishi program for reading Vedic literature: Results utilizing the technology of Vedic sound in the light of Prachetanā
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation documented the beneficial effects of the technology of Vedic Sound utilized in the Maharishi program for reading Vedic Literature to transform human awareness, physiology, and environment in the evolutionary direction of Natural Law. His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi has made his Vedic Science and Technologies of Consciousness (the Transcendental Meditation ® technique, the TM-Sidhi ® program, etc.) available throughout the world and over 600 scientific research studies have documented their benefits. The Maharishi program for reading the Vedic Literature is a Vedic Technology of Consciousness that involves specific procedures for reading verses of the Vedic Literature, not as an intellectual exercise, but as a technology of sound. Maharishi Vedic Sciences ® identities Vedic Sound as the expression of the infinite silence and dynamism in self-referral consciousness—the Veda—that unfolds into specific frequencies of intelligence. These frequencies, expressed in the sounds of the forty branches of the Vedic Literature, embody the structure and structuring dynamics of Natural Law in self-referral consciousness responsible for the evolution of consciousness into all forms and phenomena in the universe including the human physiology. This study on reading Vedic Literature found three areas of results of development of consciousness similar to: (1)&#xa0;benefits documented in the 600 scientific research studies, (2)&#xa0;Maharishi's descriptions of higher states of consciousness, and (3)&#xa0;the forty structures and structuring dynamics of Natural Law available in the 40 branches of the Vedic Literature. These results were presented using the Prachetanā Chart format from Maharishi Vedic Science as a method of verifying personal experiences of development of consciousness through three angles of knowledge: the Vedic Literature, scientific research on growth of consciousness, and scientific principles. The Prachetanā format connects individual experience to all streams of knowledge available in modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science. The research results of this program documented over three years indicate that reading the sounds of the Vedic literature trains the brain and whole physiology to function in that same sequential flow of intelligence as the structure of Vedic Sound in self-referral consciousness, resulting in the development of human potential and higher states of consciousness.
McQuiston, T. C. (2004). The Maharishi program for reading Vedic literature: Results utilizing the technology of Vedic sound in the light of 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2prachetanā1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 (Order No. 3130317). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305053382). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/Maharishi-program-reading-Vedic-literature/docview/305053382/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceLanguage, literature and linguistics; Consciousness; Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi; Vedic Science3130318diss2004oatesPOates, Patricia Ferguson 200400The program of reading Vedic literature in Maharishi Vedic Science: Fundamental principles and applicationProQuest Dissertation This paper explores eight basic principles of a program of reading Vedic Literature for its sound value (in conjunction with the practice of the Maharishi Transcendental MeditationSM and TM-Sidhi® programs) and experiential results of applying this program as a research project in Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM. These principles of reading Vedic Literature are from the writings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, leading expert in the field of consciousness, and Dr. Tony Nader, MD, PhD, an eminent scholar in neurophysiology and in Maharishi Vedic Science, who has documented one-to-one correspondences in structure and function between the human physiology and Vedic Literature.

Maharishi has clarified the unique nature of the sounds of Veda and Vedic Literature: these sounds or vibrations are spontaneously expressed within Ātmā, the field of pure consciousness, due to its self-interacting nature. As reverberations of consciousness, these sounds are the laws of nature, the precursors and inner nature of material creation, including the human physiology. When one recites or listens to these sounds, therefore, the field of self-referral consciousness, the home of all the laws of nature, is enlivened.

Maharishi and Dr. Tony Nader indicate that reading Vedic Literature (1) cultures holistic brain function, (2) cultures the sequence of Natural Law, bringing life in accord with the laws of nature, (3) enlivens corresponding qualities of consciousness, (4) enlivens corresponding anatomic structures, (5) clears and balances the physiology, (6) enlivens the sequence of proper neuronal activity, (7) prepares a fertile ground for other technologies of Maharishi Vedic Science, and (8) enhances and accelerates growth of higher states of consciousness.

Reading Vedic Literature, the author found that experiences of growth of consciousness were marked and corresponded to the principles listed above. In addition to enriching experiences from the Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi programs, reading Vedic Literature produced outcomes unique to this program. Future subjective and objective exploration will establish a fuller understanding of the nature and value of the program. In the meanwhile, this research project enhanced both knowledge of the field and holistic growth of the researcher.
Oates, P. F. (2004). The program of reading Vedic literature in Maharishi Vedic science: Fundamental principles and application (Order No. 3130318). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305054833). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/program-reading-Vedic-literature-Maharishi/docview/305054833/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceReligion , Philosophy , Biblical studies, Philosophy, religion and theology , Consciousness , Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi , Scripture , Spiritual potential , TM-Sidhi , Transcendental Meditation , Vedic literature3130319diss2004pohlmanPohlman, David Matthew200420
Unfolding spiritual potential through the Transcendental Meditation and & TM -Sidhi programs and reading Vedic literature
ProQuest Dissertation Maharishi Mahesh Yogi explains that complete spiritual development results from the full development of human consciousness. This paper explains and demonstrates how regular practice of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi ® programs, and reading Vedic Literature in Sanskrit, promotes spiritual development through growth toward higher states of consciousness. For three academic years, I practiced these technologies for the development of consciousness and recorded my experiences of growth in a journal. In this paper, I present my journal experiences in light of Maharishi's explanation of the role of transcendence and higher states of consciousness in living one's religion and understanding scripture. Specifically, I present my journal experiences in a scripture-experience exercise in which I examine the relationship between my own experiences of spiritual growth, through the development of consciousness, and selected teachings from religious scripture. My scripture-experience exercise utilizes the canonical Christian Gospels, as well as selections from Buddhist and Taoist texts. The results of the scripture-experience exercise illustrate that (1)&#xa0;the practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, along with reading Vedic Literature in Sanskrit, facilitated the growth of my consciousness and deepened my sense of spiritual development, and (2)&#xa0;I was able to make personally meaningful and relevant connections between my experiences of growth and a selection of religious texts. These results suggest that the experience of transcendence and the development of higher states of consciousness through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, and reading Vedic Literature, augment spiritual growth and scriptural understanding.
Pohlman, D. M. (2004). Unfolding spiritual potential through the 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2Transcendental Meditation1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 and 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2TM -sidhi1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 programs and reading Vedic literature (Order No. 3130319). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305053088). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/unfolding-spiritual-potential-through-i/docview/305053088/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyPublic health , Consciousness , Health care , Cardiovascular disease , Studies, Health and environmental sciences , Carotid atherosclerosis , Coronary artery disease , Health care , Maharishi consciousness3131257diss2004vivierVivier, Erika Helene200421
Effects of a multimodal approach of Maharishi consciousness-based health care on carotid atherosclerosis: A study of coronary artery disease patients
ProQuest Dissertation Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still the largest contributor to morbidity and mortality in the world. Over the past 30 years, focus on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and its related risk factors have yielded three major prevention strategies-drug therapies, lifestyle modification and stress reduction therapies. Despite this effort, up to 50% of patients with documented CVD have recurrent cardiac events. A new angle that supports further prevention of CVD is needed. Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care system, a natural, prevention-oriented system of health, includes 40 modalities for enlivening the “inner intelligence of the body,” which are responsible for coordinating diverse physiological systems into an integrated whole. This pilot trial compared effects of four Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care modalities to those of usual care on carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in elderly subjects with documented cardiovascular disease and two to six CVD risk factors. The Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care modalities included the Transcendental Meditation program, neuro-physiological integration exercises, dietary and herbal supplement approaches. Usual care included the secondary prevention system offered at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, which are based on practice guidelines promoted by the American Heart Association. Twenty-eight volunteer subjects were matched on age (mean 72 years), gender and severity of documented CVD. Measures were taken for baseline and nine-month posttest. At baseline the experimental group had significantly higher BMI (30 versus 26), triglycerides (177 mg/dl versus 101 mg/dl, and blood pressure (137 versus 120 mm Hg). They were more often single, and had lower income. Covarying for these baseline differences in major CVD risk factors, the experimental group tended to show a greater decrease in mean common carotid IMT after nine months. (Experimental −0.023 mm, Usual Care +0.041 mm, p = 0.07). The IMT regression in the experimental subjects was associated with high compliance. There was a strong correlation between compliance and increases in physical, mental and behavioral strength (r = 0.47), as assessed by Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care procedures. These findings suggest that enlivening ‘the body's inner intelligence’ could be an effective tool to deal with the current epidemic of cardiovascular disease.
Vivier, E. H. (2004). Effects of a multimodal approach of Maharishi 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2consciousness-based1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 health care on carotid atherosclerosis: A study of coronary artery disease patients (Order No. 3131257). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305053146). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-multimodal-approach-Maharishi-i/docview/305053146/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementEconomic theory , Agricultural economics , Studies , Poverty, Social sciences , Development economics , Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi , Natural law , Poverty3130320diss2004wallaceWallace, Peter Gareth200411
Development economics based on natural law: A comprehensive solution to the five faces of poverty through the principles of Maharishi's program to eliminate poverty in the world
ProQuest Dissertation Poverty plagues the world, causing extreme suffering for millions of men, women, and children. Governments and institution have striven to eradicate world poverty in the last fifty years with continued overall failure. Despite poverty alleviation efforts, the number of people living in abject poverty in the last decade has increased by 100 million with a fifth (1.2 billion) living below the poverty line for developing nations of $1 a day and almost half (2.8 billion) living on less than$2 a day. Understanding five primary faces of poverty—(1)&#xa0;material well-being, (2)&#xa0;health, (3)&#xa0;education, (4)&#xa0;vulnerability, and (5)&#xa0;powerlessness—highlights the need for a comprehensive solution. This study analyzes a new paradigm toward development economics presented by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It reviews Maharishi's Program to Eliminate Poverty in the World in light of the five faces of poverty. Maharishi's program offers a unique approach to permanently eradicate world poverty through Consciousness-Based, Natural Law-Based, human and agricultural development. Maharishi locates the source of poverty in violation of Natural Law caused by lack of adequate education. The solution lies in Consciousness-Based education, which teaches all disciplines of knowledge in light of the experience and understanding of the Unified Field of Natural Law, pure consciousness, the Self. The program addresses poverty through Maharishi Vedic Economy, emphasizing the development of individual consciousness toward higher states of consciousness and developing coherence in collective consciousness to train the poor to function in harmony with Natural Law. Scientific research documenting the effectiveness of Maharishi Vedic Technologies—the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs and the Maharishi Effect—is summarized for each face of poverty, supporting the program's Consciousness-Based human and agricultural development approaches toward poverty removal. This dissertation identifies 11 key principles of Maharishi Vedic Economy and the strengths and opportunities of Maharishi's program. It contrasts principles of the program with principles from development economics. The analysis concludes that Maharishi's program, based on fundamental Vedic Principles, provides a comprehensive and synergistic approach toward eradicating the five faces of poverty. Maharishi's Program to Eliminate Poverty in the World is recommended to every nation, particularly those suffering abject poverty.
Wallace, P. G. (2004). Development economics based on natural law: A comprehensive solution to the five faces of poverty through the principles of Maharishi's program to eliminate poverty in the world (Order No. 3130320). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305053164). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/development-economics-based-on-natural-law/docview/305053164/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAncient languages , Higher education, Education , Language, literature and linguistics , Consciousness , Higher states of consciousness , Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi , Natural law , Transcendental Meditation , Vedic Science3130321diss2004wegmanWegman, Keith Stewart200410
Applying the principal educational methodology of Maharishi Vedic Science—the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation program and Maharishi's program of reading the Vedic literature—for accelerated development of higher states of consciousness characterized by life in accord with natural law
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation presents the theoretical understanding and application of a holistic educational methodology utilizing the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation SM program and a program of reading the Vedic Literature as formulated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. These two programs represent the principal educational methodology of Maharishi Vedic Science SM —an integrated science based on the ancient Vedic understanding of Natural Law. The goal of this methodology is the full development of human life in higher states of consciousness, characterized by individual thought, speech, and action in complete accord with all the Laws of Nature governing the evolution of life throughout the universe. This dissertation outlines the theoretical principles underlying this methodology and documents the profound personal development that occurred through its application over nearly seven years as part of a doctoral-level research program. The theoretical foundations of this educational methodology are located in Maharishi Vedic Science, which describes a universal level of intelligence or Natural Law, known as Ātmā , underlying all forms and phenomena throughout the universe, including the human mind and body. It describes in detail how this underlying intelligence manifests into the vast universe as frequencies of intelligence, known as the Vrittis of Ātmā —the Veda and Vedic Literature—and indicates the relationship of these frequencies to the individual physiology and all thought, speech and action. The Maharishi Transcendental Meditation technique is an easy and systematic procedure which allows the conscious mind to settle down and directly experience its essential nature— Ātmā —in the simplest state of awareness, what physiologists have determined is a fourth major state of consciousness. Scientific research indicates that the regular experience of this state leads to growth of higher states of consciousness characterized by increased fulfillment and more refined functioning of the nervous system. Recitation of the Vedic Literature for its phonetic value is a technology that accelerates this development by extending and integrating the direct experience of Ātmā into the development of all thought, speech and action. These two technologies represent the foundation of an educational system that can deliver the ability to make full use of Natural Law for profound individual development and social progress.
Wegman, K. S. (2004). Applying the principal educational methodology of Maharishi Vedic Science—the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation program and Maharishi's program of reading the Vedic literature—for accelerated development of higher states of consciousness characterized by life in accord with natural law (Order No. 3130321). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305052908). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/applying-principal-educational-methodology/docview/305052908/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , School administration , Educational software , Distance learning , Cultural relations , Studies , Developing countries--LDCs, Social sciences , Education , Caribbean , Collaborations , Cultural , Distance education , English-speaking , International partnership3093023diss2003thompsonThompson, Richard Paul200301
Cultural aspects of success in strategic, international, distance education collaborations in the English -speaking Caribbean
ProQuest Dissertation Distance education (DE) collaborations with institutions in developed countries are becoming increasingly prevalent in developing regions like the Caribbean. Many of these partnerships involve private, for-profit institutions. Successful collaboration requires partners to deal effectively with the often-neglected cultural aspects of the relationship. Few guidelines for dealing with cultural aspects of success are currently available to DE collaborators. This exploratory study proposes guidelines for successfully dealing with cross-cultural issues involved in Caribbean-based DE collaborations. Guidelines are based on the perspectives of stakeholders involved in seven instances of DE collaboration in Trinidad &amp; Tobago and Barbados. A qualitative approach is used to gather data through interviews and document analysis. The data reveals key stakeholder perspectives on the best ways to deal with cultural differences in international DE partnerships. Qualitative data analysis is facilitated by the use of QSR International's N6 software. Data is coded and organized in major categories related to administrative and academic processes involved in DE collaboration. Common themes and principles arising from the data form the basis for the proposed guidelines for dealing with cultural differences among the DE partners. Three common principles for dealing with cultural differences emerge from the stakeholder-based data in this study. These principles suggest that successful ways to deal with cultural differences include a High Contact approach to DE collaboration, a High Customization approach to planning, delivering, and expanding the DE curriculum, and various measures to ensure High Confidence in the DE provider. Some specific guidelines for DE collaboration proposed on the basis of these principles include: maintaining a consistently high degree of direct—and preferably face-to-face—contact and communication between stakeholders in the collaborating institutions; customizing the DE curriculum to the local context and culture in a way that goes beyond the use of local case studies; and establishing and strengthening confidence-building ties, especially where no historical relationship exists between the collaborators. Although the findings of this study are preliminary, and are specifically relevant to the English-speaking Caribbean, they do provide tentative guidelines to DE institutions and indicate important areas for further research aimed at improving the success of international DE partnerships.
Thompson, R. P. (2003). Cultural aspects of success in strategic, international, distance education collaborations in the English -speaking Caribbean (Order No. 3093023). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305234466). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/cultural-aspects-success-strategic-international/docview/305234466/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceDevelopmental psychology , Physiological psychology, Psychology , Higher states of consciousness , Intuition , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi , Poetic expression , Vedic sounds3053341diss2002defreitasde Freitas, Graham Anthony200221
A case study of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's program for reading Vedic literature: Revealing the effect of Vedic sounds on growth towards higher states of consciousness, enhanced intuition, and increasingly refined poetic expression
ProQuest Dissertation This case study examined the premise that reading aloud the Sanskrit literature from the Vedic Tradition of India would have beneficial effects on the mind, body and behavior of the reader. In Maharishi Vedic Science, a unique science of consciousness, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi identifies the Veda and Vedic Literature as vibrational modes of pure consciousness and the sounds of these texts as the frequencies of Natural Law governing the evolution of creation. If the Vedic Literature is read aloud regularly after practice of the Transcendental Meditation program, the predicted effect is growth towards higher states of consciousness. The researcher, who was trained to pronounce Devanāgarī Sanskrit text but not to understand the meaning, read 35 areas of Vedic Literature over three years, kept a journal and wrote poetry about his experiences. During the reading sessions, the researcher observed two particular indicators of growth of Cosmic Consciousness: witnessing and spontaneous life-supporting activity. The witnessing occurred when the reading proceeded automatically and effortlessly while he simultaneously experienced silence and expansion inside. The life-supporting activity came in the form of intuitive prompts to correct mistakes in the sequence of sounds. Since Maharishi Vedic Science considers safeguarding the sequence of sounds equivalent to protecting the basic sequence of the evolution of nature, these spontaneous intuitions had the property of being fundamentally ‘life-supporting.’ Experiences after reading included increased reverence, greater acceptance of death and dying, more ease in life and other markers of growth towards higher states of consciousness. Analysis of the poems written over the three years, according to a model of communication based on Maharishi Vedic Science, showed improved effectiveness in using images and avoiding interpretation in the poems. The researcher argues that practiced innocence reduced subject/researcher bias and that his observations are intrinsically no less reliable than objective measurements. Though this study replicated other case studies, it contributes original results for reading Vedic literature and is part of an original doctoral program which trains scholars while profoundly enhancing self-development. Several new directions for research on reading Vedic Literature are recommended.
de Freitas, G. A. (2002). A case study of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's program for reading Vedic literature: Revealing the effect of Vedic sounds on growth towards higher states of consciousness, enhanced intuition, and increasingly refined poetic expression (Order No. 3053341). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305513033). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/case-study-Maharishi-mahesh-yogis-program-reading/docview/305513033/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceDevelopmental psychology, Psychology , Higher states of consciousness , Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi , Supreme awakening3053342diss2002pearsonPearson, Craig Alan200223
The supreme awakening: Maharishi's model of higher states of consciousness applied to the experiences of individuals through history
ProQuest Dissertation This dissertation extends and elaborates a theory of human development which significantly advances what is commonly considered possible for human life. The research entailed collection and multiple analysis of historical texts, specifically personal descriptions of exalted experiences from a range of individuals representing a range of cultural, religious, and historical periods. These accounts were collected and analyzed in the light of the understanding of higher states of consciousness brought to light from the ancient Vedic tradition of knowledge by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Maharishi has described the range of human development as consisting of seven states of consciousness altogether; beyond the three common states of waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, he has described four higher states of consciousness, termed Transcendental Consciousness, Cosmic Consciousness, God Consciousness, and Unity Consciousness. This dissertation compiles and analyzes experiences suggestive of the first two of the higher states, Transcendental Consciousness and Cosmic Consciousness. The accounts were analyzed (1)&#xa0;in terms of the chief features of higher states of consciousness as set forth by Maharishi, (2)&#xa0;in light of the results of the extensive scientific research on higher states of consciousness (as elicited by Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi ® programs) that has been conducted over the past 35 years, (3)&#xa0;in light of the proposed identity between pure consciousness and the unified field of all the laws of nature, and (4)&#xa0;in terms of the meta-themes of experience that emerge from these accounts taken collectively. The results suggest that higher states of consciousness, experienced even as glimpses, are universal, i.e., that they are independent of cultural background and historical epoch. The results extend and elaborate the model of higher states of consciousness and demonstrates the model's power to illuminate descriptions of exalted experiences by individuals through history.
Pearson, C. A. (2002). The supreme awakening: Maharishi's model of higher states of consciousness applied to the experiences of individuals through history (Order No. 3053342). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (305491060). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/supreme-awakening-Maharishis-model-higher-states/docview/305491060/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyPsychology , Experiments , Developmental psychology , Physiological psychology , Gerontology , Cognitive therapy, Social sciences , Psychology , Cognitive , Elderly , Exercise , Psychophysiological , Transcendental meditation3013167diss2001yucelYucel, Hulya Gunes200145
The effects of the practice of the transcendental meditation technique and exercise on cognitive and psychophysiological measures in the elderly
ProQuest Dissertation Two experiments were conducted to assess the effects of interventions—the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique and exercise (EX)—on a set of cognitive and psychophysiological measures in elderly people. In Experiment 1, 25 healthy elderly people aged 65 to 90 years (8 males) were assigned one of three conditions: usual care, TM or EX. Cognitive performance was assessed using the following measures: the Mini-Mental State Examination, Digitspan (forward and backward), Verbal-Paired Associate (immediate and delayed), the Logical Memory (immediate and delayed), Benton Visual Retention, Block Design, Digit Symbol, Stroop Color-Word, the Group Embedded Figures, Vocabulary, and the Inference tests. Mental speed of processing (P300 latency and reaction time) were measured from three visual tasks [two two-button-pressing both the target (20%) and the standards and counting the target (20%)]. There were no significant differences among groups on pretest measures. No differences were found among the groups on any of the variables after 12 months. In Experiment 2, 14 long-term meditating subjects (TM years = 26.4, age = 75.3), matched (age, gender (7 males), the Mini-Mental State Examination) with 14 subjects from Experiment 1, were tested on the battery of tests described in Experiment 1. Significant between-group differences were found on six cognitive variables: Verbal-Paired Associate (immediate), Logical Memory (immediate, delayed), Benton Visual Retention, Block Design, and the Inference tests. It is hypothesized that the practice of the TM technique may contribute to performance on these cognitive variables. However, no significant differences were found in processing speed measured by P300 latencies at frontal and parietal electrode sites as a function of the TM practice. The findings of Experiment 2 suggest that cognitive aging may be preserved as a result of long-term practice of the TM technique and potential mechanism is discussed in terms of Maharishi Vedic Science.
Yucel, H. G. (2001). The effects of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique and exercise on cognitive and psychophysiological measures in the elderly (Order No. 3013167). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304769724). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-practice-transcendental-meditation/docview/304769724/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyBehaviorial sciences , Physiological psychology , Psychology , Experiments , African Americans , Surgery, Health and environmental sciences , Social sciences , Psychology , African-Americans , Cholesterol , Health education , Hypertensive , Nonpharmacological , Transcendental Meditation9965261diss2000calderonCalderon, Raul, Jr.200025
Effects of nonpharmacological approaches on cholesterol levels in mild hypertensive African Americans: A pilot study of the Transcendental Meditation program and a health education program
ProQuest Dissertation Psychosocial stress may directly contribute to the disproportionately high rates of coronary heart disease morbidity and mortality and its etiologic risk factors in African Americans. Specifically, acute and chronic stress have been shown to raise serum lipids and are associated with clinical coronary events. In a randomized, clinical trial with a 6 month follow-up, the effects of the Transcendental Meditation ® (TM) program and a health education (HE) program on change in lipid and lipoprotein levels were investigated. Sixty-six mildly hypertensive African Americans, ages 25–72, were randomized, at baseline, to either the TM (N = 33) or HE (N = 33) groups. Primary and secondary outcome measures (i.e., lipid and lipoproteins, blood pressure, diet, exercise, and psychological variables) were assessed using analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). Baseline analyses indicated no significant between-group differences in lipid levels, demographic, physiological, psychological, dietary or exercise variables. Post-test analyses indicated no significant reductions in total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), or low density lipoproteins (LDL), and no significant increase in high density lipoproteins (HDL) between-groups. However, both groups showed significant positive changes in secondary outcome variables, such as blood pressure, pulse, diet, and psychological variables. Additional within-group analyses showed positive correlations between change in TC and LDL with change in Anger-Out and DBP, respectively, in the TM group. Similar correlations were also found in the HE group. Furthermore, a TM subgroup analysis by education revealed that subjects with high school education significantly differed in magnitude of reduction in TC and LDL compared to those with college education. This study did not support the hypothesis of reduction in lipids with behavioral intervention in the overall sample over six months. On the other hand, this study did support the use of the TM technique and a HE program for reduction of blood pressure and pulse rate, and improvement in psychological and dietary measures. Furthermore, subgroup analyses suggest the hypothesis that education/SES may interact with lipid response to the practice of the TM technique.
Calderon, R., Jr. (2000). Effects of nonpharmacological approaches on cholesterol levels in mild hypertensive African Americans: A pilot study of the Transcendental Meditation program and a health education program (Order No. 9965261). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304672534). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-nonpharmacological-approaches-on/docview/304672534/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAncient languages , Developmental psychology, Psychology , Language, literature and linguistics , Awakening , Human potential , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi , Vedic Science9948662diss2000hankeyHankey, Deborah Ann200024
The awakening of full human potential through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic Science: Research on the experience of reading the Vedic literature
ProQuest Dissertation This paper is part of a global research program on the development of human consciousness through the technologies of Maharishi's Vedic Science. Maharishi's Vedic Science is a complete science of consciousness derived from the literature of the ancient Vedic tradition. The author explores the outcomes of the technology of reading the Vedic Literature in the original Sanskrit language. The author hypothesized that reading the Vedic Literature would enhance the evolutionary influence of Maharishi's technologies for the development of consciousness, the Maharishi Transcendental [special characters omitted] and [special characters omitted] programs, by structuring orderliness in brain physiology and promoting powerful, productive thinking and successful, fulfilling action. The hypothesis is based on the knowledge that the Vedic Literature is significant for its sound value. The syllables, words, and verses of Vedic texts unfold in the perfect sequence of Nature's own frequencies. Maharishi's Vedic Science explains that the sounds comprising the Vedic Literature are fundamental frequencies at the basis of physical creation and of human physiology. The author investigated physiological and other effects of adding the pronunciation of Vedic texts to the regular practice of Maharishi's technologies of consciousness. Subjective experiences, both during and outside the reading period, were recorded and evaluated in light of the principles and predictions of Maharishi's Vedic Science regarding the systematic growth of consciousness produced by reading the Vedic Literature. The author considered the extent to which the reading program enlivened qualities of consciousness expressed in the Vedic texts themselves and observed new patterns of thought, perception, and behavior arising from this enlivenment. Research findings indicated that reading the Vedic Literature strengthened various fundamental qualities of consciousness, as predicted by Maharishi, and consolidated the growth of experience in the direction of higher states of consciousness. As a result, the author recommends adding the reading exercise to the regular practice of Maharishi Transcendental [special characters omitted] and [special characters omitted] programs to accelerate the development of full human potential. The author suggests further avenues of research in education where increased orderliness of brain functioning may enhance cognitive functioning and facilitate the learning experience.
Hankey, D. A. (2000). The awakening of full human potential through Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Vedic science: Research on the experience of reading the Vedic literature (Order No. 9948662). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304671292). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/awakening-full-human-potential-through-Maharishi/docview/304671292/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceSocial psychology , Economics , Economic impact , Meditation , Quality of life , Theory , Studies, Social sciences , Psychology , Economic development , Maharishi Mahesh Yogi , Transcendental Meditation9971789diss2000hatchardHatchard, Guy David200000Maharishi Vedic economy: Wholeness on the moveProQuest Dissertation This dissertation studies improvements in economy and quality of life in New Zealand, Norway, USA, Mozambique, and metropolitan Merseyside, UK through the Maharishi Effect created when 1% of a population practice the Transcendental Meditation ® program or the ✓1% practice the Maharishi TM-Sidhi ® program including Yogic Flying in a group twice-daily. Time series analysis shows that crime fell in Merseyside by 13.4% in 1988 ( p &lt; 0.00006) when the size of a group of Yogic Flyers in nearby Skelmersdale exceeded the Maharishi Effect threshold. The economies of New Zealand and Norway were examined before and after they passed the Maharishi Effect threshold in 1993 with reference to the IMD Index of National Competitive Advantage compiled from over 224 economic and social statistics. The scores of New Zealand and Norway increased significantly when they passed the predicted threshold as shown by panel regression analysis robust to serially correlated errors, heteroscedasticity, and contemporaneous correlation of residuals ( p &lt; 3 × 10 –15 ). Subsidiary analysis and OECD data confirmed that the changes were broad-based ( p &lt; 3.5 × 10 –8 ), sustained, and balanced in nature with five years of high growth, low unemployment, and low inflation. Economic data from Mozambique, and USA reveal a similar picture of stable economic growth along with capacity to resist economic shocks and repay government debt. A research-based estimate of the dollar savings and revenue generation through the implementation of the Maharishi Effect in the education and health systems or in the military is calculated. For every $1 spent on creating the Maharishi Effect, government savings are estimated as up to$5,600 from the national budget through increased GDP, reduced crime and conflict, improved health, and reduced unemployment. Maharishi Vedic Economy SM theory is explored as a prescription for balanced and sustained growth for society, and health and well being for the individual. These theoretical considerations are developed with reference to both models from physical theory and the human factors of economy including creativity, innovation, and health. A literature review of over 250 studies of the impact of the Transcendental Meditation program on health shows that all categories of quality of life measures used by health economists are improved.
Hatchard, G. D. (2000). Maharishi Vedic economy: Wholeness on the move (Order No. 9971789). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304673101). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/Maharishi-Vedic-economy-wholeness-on-move/docview/304673101/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyDevelopmental psychology , Occupational psychology , Management , Entrepreneurs , Success , Studies, Social sciences , Psychology , Competencies , Entrepreneurial , Inner development , Success995611diss2000herriottHerriott, Eva Maria2000914Elements of entrepreneurial success: The links among inner competencies, inner development and successProQuest Dissertation This exploratory study inquired into the link between changes associated with personal development and competencies relevant to business success in a group of entrepreneurs in Fairfield, Iowa. The Fairfield entrepreneurs are part of an entrepreneurial community in the rural Midwest, which has enjoyed considerable success. In addition, the vast majority of the Fairfield entrepreneurs are long-term practitioners of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation ® (TM) and TM-Sidhi SM program, two well-documented techniques for facilitating stress management, promoting health, and fostering personal growth. The study sought to assess whether the entrepreneurs exhibited any common inner competencies, which had played a role in their success, and whether any of these competencies were linked to the inner growth the entrepreneurs had enjoyed as a result of the TM and TM-Sidhi practice. To answer the research questions, an exploratory qualitative study was conducted using the techniques of grounded theory. The results of the study suggested that a number of the competencies widely thought to be linked to success might be developed and/or augmented through the practice of the TM and the TM-Sidhi program. This suggests that many, if not all, of these competencies are not fixed, in-born personality features, but might instead be part of an inherent developmental potential. The results further indicated that the TM technique develops a number of qualities not commonly observed in the literature. These included superior stress management skills, which seemed to derive from an expansion of the internal resources that the person had to draw on. Many interviewees also exhibited a type of functioning, which appeared to go beyond the ‘normal’ range of human experience. All study participants reported frequent use of intuition; a sense of being in tune with a cosmic stream of evolution; and awareness of a more holistic, all-encompassing level of truth and reality. This in tam was expressed in more universal values, which embraced the wider interests of employees, community, or environment as a whole. Based on the findings of the study, a theory of the nature and origin of competencies was presented.
Herriott, E. M. (2000). Elements of entrepreneurial success: The links among inner competencies, inner development and success (Order No. 9956511). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304671324). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/elements-entrepreneurial-success-links-among/docview/304671324/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementManagement , Leadership , Management development , Studies , Personal development, Social sciences , Leadership , Self-development , Transcendental Meditation9971790diss2000mccollumMcCollum, Bruce Chester200010Self -development and the spontaneous expression of leadership behaviorsProQuest Dissertation Efforts to develop leadership consistently fall short of the hopes and needs of students, trainers, and society. One approach to achieving larger gains in leadership development is to develop the leader from within, to develop the leader's consciousness, the leader's underlying basic awareness. Although anecdotal evidence supports the value of personal development for leadership development, little systematic research has documented its effectiveness. However, in an eight-month pretest-posttest control group study in one company, fourteen employees including both managers and subordinates, learned a standard self development program, the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation ® program. Results indicated that the practitioners of Transcendental Meditation ® grew significantly more than ten employee controls in their expression of leadership behaviors (all p s &lt; .05). This growth was measured by the Leadership Practices Inventory and was expressed in individual and group interviews. The Leadership Practices Inventory measures five leadership behaviors: Challenging the Process, Inspiring a Shared Vision, Enabling Others to Act, Modeling the Way, and Encouraging the Heart. The conclusion of this study indicates that individuals can develop leadership behaviors easily, spontaneously, and quickly through the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation program. This growth was experienced by employees at all levels of the organization indicating that this technology is a powerful means for developing leadership throughout an organization. The theoretical consequences of this study are that leadership may be easier to develop than previous experience has shown. Further research is needed to explore the practical consequences of this Consciousness-Based SM approach to leadership development.
McCollum, B. C. (2000). Self -development and the spontaneous expression of leadership behaviors (Order No. 9971790). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304670952). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/self-development-spontaneous-expression/docview/304670952/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyCriminology , Social psychology, Social sciences , Psychology , Crime prevention , Rehabilitation , TM-Sidhi , Transcendental Meditation9971791diss2000rainforthRainforth, Maxwell Vernon200000
Crime prevention and rehabilitation through the Transcendental Meditationand TM -Sidhi programs: Two evaluation studies of a consciousness-based approach
ProQuest Dissertation Two studies are reported on the application to offender rehabilitation and crime prevention of a Consciousness-Based approach utilizing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Study I followed recidivism rates over 15 years among former inmates who learned the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program at a maximum security prison in California. Survival analysis controlling for 22 subject profile and criminal background variables found significantly lower rates of re-arrest leading to felony conviction among inmates instructed in the TM technique compared to matched controls. Lower recidivism rates were observed during the follow-up period among the TM group than among the control subjects (46.7% versus 66.7%). This difference was significant ( p = .0008) in a Cox regression analysis, which showed that the reduction in the risk of recidivism was 43.5%. Analysis of long-term relapse patterns, using a split population Weibull model with covariates, indicated that 58.1% of the TM group versus 73.7% of the control group would eventually re-offend ( p = .0 1). Significant reductions in recidivism in TM subjects compared to controls were also found on a measure of severity of re-offending ( p = .023). Study 2 was a prospective experiment on the effects of an eight-week assembly of approximately 4,000 participants in the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs in Washington, D.C. during 1993. Time series analysis of FBI weekly crime data controlled for effects of weather variables, daylight, police staffing, historical crime trends and annual patterns in the District of Columbia, as well as trends in neighboring cities. Results showed that violent crimes against persons (i.e., homicides, rapes, and assaults) dropped significantly during the Demonstration Project, corresponding with increases in the size of the group; the maximum decrease was 23.3% ( p &lt; 2 × 10 −9 ) coincident with the peak number of participants in the group during the final week of the assembly. The time series analysis also indicated that a permanent group of 4,000 coherence-creating experts in the District would have a long-term effect of reducing HRA crimes by 48%. These results are discussed in terms a theoretical model for the effects of development of consciousness on causes of crime identified by standard criminological theories.
Rainforth, M. V. (2000). Crime prevention and rehabilitation through the Transcendental Meditation0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT3®1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT3 and TM -Sidhi0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT3®1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT3 programs: Two evaluation studies of a 0RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2consciousness-based1RW1S34RfeSDcfkexd09rT2 approach (Order No. 9971791). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304672569). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/crime-prevention-rehabilitation-through/docview/304672569/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyPsychotherapy , Womens studies, Social sciences , Psychology , Childbirth , Health , Maharishi Vedic science , Mother Baby program , Postpartum , Recovery , Vedic9933983diss1999boesBoes, Ragnhild199925
Mothers' adjustment after childbirth: Examining effects of the Mother Baby program of Maharishi Vedic approach to health on maternal postpartum health and recovery
ProQuest Dissertation This study used a non-equivalent group, longitudinal, quantitative/qualitative design to examine effects of the Mother Baby program on mothers' postpartum adjustment. This program is part of Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health, a prevention oriented health care system which includes the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique and the TM-Sidhi program. Thirty-one women, who gave birth between February 1993 and December 1995, participated in this study. Eighteen women in the experimental group participated in this program. Thirteen women, who did not participate in this program, constituted the comparison group. Subjects were administered Profile of Mood States, Edinburgh Depression Scale, Nottingham Health Profile (sleep section), and Rhoten Fatigue Scale, 4 weeks before due date, 2 weeks, 6 weeks, and 12 weeks after childbirth. Subjects were also interviewed at each visit. Qualitative measures were included with quantitative ones to add richness and depth to the data. No group differences were found on quantitative measures. However, content analysis of qualitative data revealed marked group differences in: enriched family relations, greater emotional stability, restful quality of sleep, higher, more stable levels of health and energy. Overall, the experimental group exhibited greater stability in their descriptions of their experiences over time and used more warm and positive descriptions compared to the comparison group. These differences are especially noteworthy because the experimental group was significantly older (by 6.8 years). The lack of congruence of quantitative and qualitative findings was unexpected. In retrospect, these measures were designed to address different dimensions of experience. The quantitative measures assessed mood states, fatigue, and sleep. The qualitative measures assessed more global variables such as maternal well-being and family relations. Application of the Mother Baby program appeared to facilitate a more smooth postpartum adjustment allowing for more harmonious family relations and enhanced quality of life after childbirth.
Boes, R. (1999). Mothers' adjustment after childbirth: Examining effects of the mother baby program of Maharishi Vedic approach to health on maternal postpartum health and recovery (Order No. 9933983). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304572771). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/mothers-adjustment-after-childbirth-examining/docview/304572771/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic SciencePhilosophy , Developmental psychology , Ancient languages , Religion, Philosophy, religion and theology , Psychology , Language, literature and linguistics , Maharishi Vedic Science , Personal evolution , Technology , Vedic9933982diss1999rambergRamberg, Jan Bengt Tonnes199922
The effects of reading the Vedic literature on personal evolution in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science and technology
ProQuest Dissertation Maharishi Vedic Science, founded and organized by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, includes a body of fundamental principles about consciousness, and mental techniques to directly experience consciousness in its pure state. Maharishi Vedic Science locates pure, unqualified consciousness as the fundamental level of both subjective and objective creation. This pure consciousness can be experienced and enlivened through the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. This experience directly verifies the principles of Maharishi Vedic Science. Striking quantitative and qualitative similarities have been found between the description of pure consciousness in Maharishi Vedic Science and the most basic level of nature's functioning described by modern physics as the Unified Field. These similarities indicate that pure consciousness and the Unified Field are identical. Maharishi describes how, by interacting with itself in an orderly manner, pure consciousness, the Unified Field, evolves the whole universe from within its own structure. The sounds of this orderly self-interacting dynamics of consciousness are found in the evolutionary set sequence of sounds in the Vedic Literature. Through the momentum of evolution, the Vedic sounds develop into more concrete expressions such as forms of sounds, particles of matter, congregations of particles, and finally the whole universe. Maharishi explains that replicating these sounds by reading the Vedic Literature in its correct sequence enlivens their evolutionary qualities in the reader's consciousness, leading to improvements in all expressions of individual functioning. Personal experiences during a time period when the Vedic Literature was read on a regular basis showed increased support of nature, improved personal evolution, and a number of positive effects in the following nine areas: individual consciousness, ego, emotions, mental capacity, mental perception, sensory perception, physiology, action and behavior, and the environment. All predictions derived from statements by Maharishi about the outcome of the reading were supported by the experiences. Some of the strongest support came for the prediction that reading of the Vedic Literature promotes evolution of consciousness, which translates into holistic growth of the individual and improvements in all areas of society.
Ramberg, J. B. T. (1999). The effects of reading the Vedic literature on personal evolution in the light of Maharishi Vedic Science and Technology (Order No. 9933982). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304572835). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-reading-Vedic-literature-on-personal/docview/304572835/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologySurgery , Gerontology , Public health, Health and environmental sciences , Social sciences , Elderly , Endocrine , Health promotion , Traditional treatment9836285diss1999robinsonRobinson, Donald Keith199902Health promotion in the elderly: Changes in endocrine function after three months of modern or traditional treatmentProQuest Dissertation Research shows that improved health in older age is possible through stress reduction and modifications in lifestyle, diet and exercise. In this prospective, randomized, clinical intervention study, healthy, independent, community-dwelling elderly subjects (65 years or older) were randomly assigned to one of two health promotion programs or to a usual-care control group. The traditional health promotion program, the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health (MVAH), included the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program and the herbal food supplement Maharishi Amrit Kalash (MAK). The modern health promotion program (MHP) included current diet and exercise practices recommended by national health organizations. Each group (n = 55) was tested at baseline and at three months for three important age- and health-related hormones: insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), and melatonin (using the urinary metabolite 6-sulphatoxymelatonin, or 6-SM). Taking into account 60 health- and hormone-relevant outcome variables, ANCOVAs were performed on three-month pretest-to-posttest changes, comparing treatment groups and controls. There were no significant differences across groups for DHEAS and 6-SM at posttest. However, IGF-I at posttest was significantly higher in the MH (12.55 ± 4.83P group (12.55 ± 4.83 ng/ml change) than in the MVAH group (–5.07 ± 5.47 ng/ml change; p = 0.019). MHP women also increased significantly in IGF-I (12.73 ± 6.27 ng/ml change) compared to a decrease in MVAH women (–11.92 ± 6.37 ng/mI change; p &lt; 0.009). Omitting women on estrogen replacement therapy eliminated most treatment effects in MHP women (0.19 ± 7.90 ng/ml change) while revealing an even larger decrease in IGF-I in the MVAH women (–16.00 ± 7.76 ng/ml change), and a slight increase in controls (2.74 ± 7.52 ng/ml change) (MVAH &lt; controls, p = 0.085, trend). Associations of high-normal IGF-I levels with increased incidence of colon cancer in men, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and recurrence of breast cancer as well as decreased survival times have been reported. Thus, the significant three-month reduction of IGF-I in MVAH women may partially explain the previously reported reduced cancer mortality and cancer hospitalization associated with the TM program and MAK. The findings of high posttest IGF-I in MHP men, and the apparent enhancing effect of estrogens on IGF-I in MHP women, raise concerns about MHP practices and estrogen replacement efficacy with respect to IGF-I-related cancer risk.
Robinson, D. K. (1999). Health promotion in the elderly: Changes in endocrine function after three months of modern or traditional treatment (Order No. 9933980). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304572715). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/health-promotion-elderly-changes-endocrine/docview/304572715/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyEcology , Agronomy , Environmental science, Health and environmental sciences , Biological sciences , Genetic engineering , Organic approaches , Pest management , Pesticides , Risk9933981
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Scaroni-Fisher, Mabel Marta199900A comparative risk assessment of chemical, genetic engineering, and organic approaches to pest managementProQuest Dissertation As approximately 50% of the world's food supply is destroyed each year by pests while the human population continues to expand rapidly, agricultural pest management is a global, serious problem. Chemical pesticides, the principal approach to managing pests, has been much analyzed, but relatively little attention has given to organic and genetic engineering methods. The purpose of this study was to conduct a comparative risk assessment of these three approaches, first generally and then in terms of a case study on Roundup Ready soybeans, a genetically modified crop. The main risk with chemical pesticides is the development of pest resistance. Consequently, a greater percentage of the world's crops are consumed by pests today than 50 years ago despite a thirty-fold increase in the use of chemicals. When the environmental and health problems of this approach are also considered, it is clear that chemicals not only carry unacceptable risks, they are unsustainable. For this reason the world will likely shift to one of the other two approaches. The principal general risks of genetic engineering are escape of transgenes into the environment, development of pest resistance, harmful effects on non-target species, continued dependence on chemicals, toxic and allergenic health effects, and increase in antibiotic resistance. The risks of Roundup Ready soybeans in particular are increased use of Roundup, which has been shown to be acutely toxic to a significant number of organisms in the environment and to be potentially carcinogenic to agricultural workers and possibly consumers. Available evidence indicates that all these risks are real and potent. However, because no tests have been conducted to assess any of these risks for the long term, it is recommended that genetically engineered crops should not be commercialized until they are proven safe beyond a reasonable doubt. The principal risk of the organic approach is the introduction of alien of alien species for biological control, which can also result in effects on non-target species. However, if alien species are avoided, organic agriculture offers the least risk for managing pests effectively while maintaining or even increasing food production without endangering human health or the environment.
Scaroni-Fisher, M. (1999). A comparative risk assessment of chemical, genetic engineering, and organic approaches to pest management (Order No. 9933981). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304566083). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/comparative-risk-assessment-chemical-genetic/docview/304566083/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyDevelopmental psychology , Criminology, Social sciences , Psychology , Consciousness-based , Cura\c , Inmates , Rehabilitation , Transcendental meditation9836283diss1998hawkinsHawkins, Mark Aeneas199837The effects of Maharishi's consciousness-based approach to rehabilitation with inmates on CuracaoProQuest Dissertation An offender rehabilitation study was conducted at Strafgevangenis Federal Prison, Curacao, the Netherlands Antilles from August 1994 to June 1995. Subjects (N = 300) were male and predominately of African descent but with a mixture of Portuguese, Dutch, East Indian, Chinese, or South American as well. The purpose of this multidimensional study was to test the effects of the practice of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation $\rm\sp{SM}$ technique on recognized psychosocial and cognitive predictors of criminal behavior. Subjects were tested on psychosocial measures of aggression (Buss-Durkee Hostility Inventory), psychological distress and well-being (Mental Health Inventory), impulsiveness (Barratt Impulsivity Scale), cognitive distortion (How I Think Questionnaire), socially desirable responding (SDRS-5), self-esteem (Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale--modified), and self-reported social behavior (created by the author). They were also tested on two cognitive performance measures which have been correlated to intelligence: field independence (Group Embedded Figures Test) and inspection time (Zhang's Inspection Time Test). Tests were translated into Spanish and Papiamentu and showed 90% word-to-word accuracy in reverse translation. These tests, including subscales, created twenty-one dependent variables that were reduced by principal components analysis to form six factors: Cognitive Distortion, Psychological Distress, Aggression, Impulsiveness, Intelligence-related Measures, and Psychological Well-being. Univariate analysis of covariance for effect of group on factor change scores showed a significant difference between groups on two factors: Cognitive Distortion (p = 0.036) and Intelligence-related Measures (p = 0.05), and a trend toward significance on the factor Psychological Well-being (p = 0.082). Low compliance to treatment and differential sensitivity of tests to treatment effects were considered the most likely causes for lack of results. However, the results that were obtained in the present study add further support to the claim that the practice of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation technique is a useful rehabilitation tool that positively affects psychosocial and cognitive predictors of criminal behavior.
Hawkins, M. A. (1998). The effects of Maharishi's consciousness-based approach to rehabilitation with inmates on curacao (Order No. 9836283). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304491519). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-Maharishis-consciousness-based-approach/docview/304491519/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyPsychobiology , Behaviorial sciences , African Americans , Health education , Surgery, Health and environmental sciences , Social sciences , Education , Psychology , African-americans , Health education , Heart disease , Hypertensive , Nonpharmacologic , Transcendental meditation9836284diss1998kondwaniKondwani, Kofi Anum1998512
Nonpharmacologic treatment of hypertensive heart disease in African-Americans: A trial of the Transcendental Meditation program and a health education program
ProQuest Dissertation Hypertensive heart disease (HHD), a major public health problem in African American communities, contributes to the disproportionally high rate of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in this population. Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and diastolic dysfunction are key indicators of HHD. Lifestyle modification with diet restriction, weight reduction and exercise have been found to regress left ventricular mass and reduce elevated blood pressure (BP). The Transcendental Meditation$\sp\circler$ (TM) technique has been reported to reduce blood pressure, sympathetic arousal and the influence of psychosocial stressors associated with CVD. In a randomized, clinical, controlled trial with a one-year follow-up, we investigated the effect of the TM technique and a diet and exercise, health education (HE) program on left ventricular mass index (LVMI) and diastolic function (E/A ratio) determined by standard M-mode and Doppler echocardiography (echo). Within group analysis were assessed by paired t-test and between groups comparison was assessed by ANCOVA. Thirty-four (15 male and 19 female) African Americans, mean ($\pm$SD) LVMI, 102.89 (24) and E/A ratio, 0.98 (.34) were randomized to the TM (N = 19) and the HE (N = 15) groups. There was no significant difference between groups at baseline on clinical or echo measures. Both groups showed significant within group reductions in LVMI after one year, 10.3% (p $&lt;$.01) in the TM group and 14.5% (p $&lt;$.01) in the HE group. Diastolic function (p =.035, one tailed) was significant in the TM group when controlling for age, pre E/A ratio and systolic BP, compared to the HE group. Furthermore, the TM group showed significant improvements in quality of life measures including energy (p =.023), positive affect (p =.01), behavioral control (p =.01) and self efficacy (p =.02) compared to the HE group. Both lifestyle modification approaches were found to be efficacious in reducing left ventricular mass in African Americans. However, the TM group showed additional improvements in quality of life, diastolic function and diastolic blood pressure.
Kondwani, K. A. (1998). Nonpharmacologic treatment of hypertensive heart disease in African-Americans: A trial of the Transcendental Meditation program and a health education program (Order No. 9836284). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304490363). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/nonpharmacologic-treatment-hypertensive-heart/docview/304490363/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyNeurology , Psychobiology, Psychology , Biological sciences , anxiety , dehydroepiandrosterone , tension9806955diss1998levitskyLevitsky, Debra Kay199832Effects of the Transcendental Meditation'' (rtm) program on neuroendocrine indicators of chronic stressProQuest Dissertation Reduction of stress and its effects is an important objective because evidence suggests that stress causes or aggravates almost every human disease. The Transcendental Meditation$\sp\circler$ (TMS) program is a widely studied stress-reduction approach; thus, understanding the neuroendocrine mechanisms mediating its effects would be useful. A previous cross-sectional study comparing long-term practitioners of the TM program to matched controls showed highly significant differences in urinary variables reflecting neuroendocrine function. Practitioners of the TM program had increased urinary excretion of dehydroepiandrosterone and nighttime 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA, the major metabolite of serotonin), decreased excretion of cortisol, aldosterone, the norepinephrine/epinephrine metabolite vanillylmandelic acid, zinc, calcium and sodium, and lower scores on tests of anxiety and mood disturbance. These and other results suggested that the differences were due to reversal of the long-term effects of stress by the TM program. The current prospective, random-assignment study attempted to test this hypothesis. Healthy, Caucasian men (18-32 y) were randomly assigned to either the TM program or a stress education control (SEC). Before and after four months' practice of the assigned stress management program, three consecutive 8-hour urine collections were taken, and psychological self-report tests were administered. Urine samples were analyzed for 5-HIAA by spectrophotometry, for adrenocortical steroids by radioimmunoassay and for ions by atomic absorption spectrometry. Compared to controls, TM subjects showed a significant decrease in sodium excretion during the afternoon-evening period, near-significant decreases in calcium excretion during the afternoon-evening and 24-hour periods, and statistically insignificant decreases in excretion of the other three ions. High-compliance subjects from both groups showed significantly lower cortisol excretion over the 24-hour period than low-compliance subjects, suggesting that high compliance with either program leads to a reduction in cortisol. Results for sleeptime 5-HIAA were in the predicted direction, though not significant. Increased regularity of practice of the TM program was associated with a decreased POMS Tension-Anxiety score. Some meaningful changes may not have reached significance due to inadequate statistical power. Results were generally consistent with previous findings.
Levitsky, D. K. (1998). Effects of the `Transcendental Meditation'' (rtm) program on neuroendocrine indicators of chronic stress (Order No. 9806955). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304490332). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/effects-transcendental-meditation-rtm-program-on/docview/304490332/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyPathology , Immunology , Surgery, Health and environmental sciences , Free radicals , Inflammation , Neutrophils , Ulcerative colitis9836285diss1998robinsonRobinson, Charles Edward199800Mechanisms of inflammation in ulcerative colitis: A role for neutrophils and their free radicalsProQuest Dissertation Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a common form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), is characterized by recurrent episodes of acute colonic inflammation, associated with abdominal pain, cramping, and bloody diarrhea. Since current treatments for IBD are not ideal, there is a need to develop better clinical management of UC. We chose to investigate pathophysiological mechanisms through which inflammation and tissue damage in UC occurs. Hypothesis. (1) The final common pathway which leads to tissue damage in UC is mediated primarily by reactive oxygen species (ROS), (2) neutrophils are the main source of these ROS, and (3) these neutrophils are attracted to the colonic mucosa and activated by circulating (plasma) factors and local (colonic) factors. Aims and methods. To support the above hypothesis, we proposed three aims: (Aim 1) To determine whether plasma from UC patients is pro-inflammatory. To this end, we evaluated the respiratory burst of PMN after incubation with plasma from UC patients. (Aim 2) To determine whether colonic factors in UC patients are pro-inflammatory. To this end, we evaluated the expression of the PMN adhesion molecule CD11b after stimulation with colonic factors from UC patients. (Aim 3) To determine whether colonic tissues from UC patients have abnormally high levels of oxidative products. To this end, we developed and used a novel immunoblotting technique to analyze oxidation products in colonic tissue from IBD patients. Colonic tissues were analyzed for protein carbonyls, nitrotyrosine, and 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE). Results and discussion. (1) Plasma from UC patients significantly enhanced the PMN oxidative burst compared to plasma from controls. (2) Colonic factors from patients with UC significantly up-regulated CD11b compared to colonic factors from controls. These two results suggest that plasma and colonic factors in UC are pro-inflammatory, and may, therefore, perpetuate chronic inflammation. (3) Nitrotyrosine and 4-HNE were significantly higher in CD than in controls. In UC, nitrotyrosine and 4-HNE were also elevated, but these values did not reach significance. These results suggest that the ulcerations and tissue damage, which are hallmark features of IBD, may be the result of above normal oxidative stress. There were no differences between the groups for protein carbonyls.
Robinson, C. E. (1998). Mechanisms of inflammation in ulcerative colitis: A role for neutrophils and their free radicals (Order No. 9836285). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304491677). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/mechanisms-inflammation-ulcerative-colitis-role/docview/304491677/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyMolecular biology, Biological sciences3523287diss1997elbiElbi, Cem Cuneyt199700Analysis of CYP1A1 gene chromatin structure: Evidence for multiple translationally positioned nucleosomesProQuest Dissertation In vivo low-resolution indirect end-labeling analysis of CYP1A1 gene chromatin structure revealed precisely positioned nucleosomes in the enhancer, promoter and transcribed regions. In vivo high-resolution LMPCR analysis of the CYP1A1 regulatory region revealed multiple micrococcal nuclease (MNase) cleavages with different relative intensities suggesting that multiple translationally positioned nucleosomes occupy the CYP1A1 regulatory region in major and minor translational nucleosome frames. In both low-resolution and high-resolution experiments, positions of nucleosomes did not change when CYP1A1 gene transcription was induced with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). In clone-11 cells, TCDD-induction globally increased the sensitivity of the CYP1A1 regulatory region to MNase indicating induced alterations in chromatin structure. In vitro nucleosome reconstitution and hydroxyl radical footprinting of the CYP1A1 enhancer demonstrated the presence of multiple overlapping translationally and rotationally positioned nucleosomes. In vivo footprinting and high-resolution LMPCR analysis of the CYP1A1 enhancer region in conjunction with the in vitro electrophoretic mobility shift analyses demonstrated that, following the treatment of cells with TCDD, the kinetics and time course of in vivo interactions at xenobiotic response elements (XREs) and at diverse sequence xenobiotic responsive elements (DXEs), and the kinetics and time course of DNA binding activity of aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) paralleled the kinetics and time course of increased MNase accessibility of the CYP1A1 enhancer region in clone-11 cells, but not in clone-3 cells. Even though nuclear extracts prepared from both cell lines contained AHR that was capable of binding to XRE1, TCDD treatment results in the appearance of in vivo footprints at XREs and DXEs in the clone-11 cell line, but not in clone-3 cell line indicating the presence of an in vivo inhibitory activity that prevents the binding of AHR to XREs in the clone-3 cell line. The results of experiments presented in this thesis indicated that ligand-dependent and AHR-dependent chromatin alterations occur in the regulatory region of CYP1A1 gene without an accompanying change in the multiple translational positions of nucleosomes, and support the hypothesis that such alterations may be one transcriptional regulatory mechanism contributing to the high expression of CYP1A1 gene in clone-11 cells.
Elbi, C. C. (1997). Analysis of CYP1A1 gene chromatin structure: Evidence for multiple translationally positioned nucleosomes (Order No. 9722238). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304415626). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/analysis-cyp1a1-gene-chromatin-structure-evidence/docview/304415626/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAncient languages , Physiological psychology , Cellular biology, Health and environmental sciences , Psychology , Language, literature and linguistics , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi9713469diss1997freemanFreeman, Marci Tanner199747
Enlivening Veda in consciousness and physiology by reading the Vedic literature in conjunction with the experience of the Transcendental Meditation(RTM) and TM-Sidhi(RTM) programs of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
ProQuest Dissertation This paper examines how reading the ancient Vedic Literature in its original Sanskrit could accelerate the development of human consciousness, when routinely added to the practice of the Transcendental Meditation$\sp\circler$ and TM-Sidhi$\sp\circler$ programs brought to light by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The practice of these prognms has been found to develop higher levels of intelligence, power, and joyfulness, as extensively validated in scientific research. Maharishi predicts that this development is enhanced by reading the sounds of the Vedic Literature. Clarifying long-standing misinterpretations concerning thc nature of this Literature, Maharishi identifies it as the expressions or sound frequencies of the Laws of Nature structuring progress throughout all physical creation. Hence, the reverberations of Vedic sounds express the same intelligence of Nature basic to human consciousness and physiology. This structural correlation means that focusing attention, or consciousness, on Vedic sounds by reading them aloud creates corresponding resonances at the physiological structural level. Through the physiology, Maharishi predicts, this resonance modifies all sensory, cognitive, and behavioral processes in the direction of greater knowledge (intelligence), self-sufficiency and efficiency (power), and happiness (bliss). The author tested both general and specific predictions regarding the value of Vedic Literature by routinely reading aloud from each of its branches in addition to practicing the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. This paper considers this exploratory research by reviewing journal entries of the author's personal experiences perceived due to this combined program. These experiences included: increased happiness, optimism, and self-regard; emotions, thoughts, speech, and behavior spontaneously more appropriate; greater effectiveness in activity; more efficient physiological functioning; increased intellectual understanding; and a more highly integrated experience of life. The exploratory nature of this research precludes confirming the value of reading Vedic Literature on the basis of this exploratino, which simply intended to discover the existence of any effects from this practice. However, the reported results give preliminary support to Maharishi's predictions and justify further research in this area. Investigations based on Maharishi's knowledge may well demonstrate the potential of reading the Vedic Literature for transforming the quality of human life.
Freeman, M. T. (1997). Enlivening Veda in consciousness and physiology by reading the Vedic literature in conjunction with the experience of the Transcendental Meditation(RTM) and TM-Sidhi(RTM) programs of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (Order No. 9713469). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304420861). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/enlivening-veda-consciousness-physiology-reading/docview/304420861/se-2?accountid=37967
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Goodman, Rachel Spigel199709
The Maharishi Effect and government: Effects of a national demonstration project and a permanent group of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program practitioners on success, public approval, and coherence in the Clinton, Reagan and Bush presidencies
ProQuest Dissertation The purpose of the dissertation was to examine the effect of large groups of individuals practicing the Transcendental Meditation$\sp\circler$ (TM$\sp\circler)$ and Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi$\sp\circler$ programs together (known as the "Extended Maharishi Effect") on success and support for government. Studies assessed the impact of these large groups on both short and long term trends. The first study assessed the impact of the National Demonstration Project (NDP) in Washington whose purpose was the creation of a coherent environment for government. Predictions of the NDP were lodged with an independent review board comprised of criminologists and sociologists from six universities, civic leaders and the police department. Predictions included increased success and support for President Clinton and improved quality of life in Washington. Nine variables investigated these predictions. All nine variables showed a significant increase in positivity after the start of the NDP which reversed the negativity prior to the NDP. Measures included Clinton's approval ratings, media positivity toward the President, variables indicative of social stress: emergency psychiatric calls, hospital trauma, police complaints, and accidental deaths and a social stress index. Bipartisanship in Senate and House utilizing ANOVA and Tukey's HSD on roll call votes exhibited a significant increase between the pre and post measures. The results were replicated with three Presidential administrations (Clinton, Reagan, and Bush) showing a significant impact of TM and TM-Sidhi program groups at Maharishi University of Management, the NDP, and numbers at similar large assemblies held in the 1980's. Variables analyzed with time series transfer-function analysis were presidential approval ratings, media positivity, and U.S. interactions with other countries. Both short term results of the NDP on approval ratings and other variables and the longer term studies support the hypotheses of the NDP on government variables lending support to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's original predictions that coherence in a social system can be enhanced through large groups generating the Extended Maharishi Effect.
Goodman, R. S. (1997). The Maharishi effect and government: Effects of a national demonstration project and a permanent group of Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi® program practitioners on success, public approval, and coherence in the Clinton, Reagan and bush presidencies (Order No. 9735103). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304404534). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/Maharishi-effect-government-effects-national/docview/304404534/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic SciencePhilosophy , Law , Political science , Psychology, Philosophy, religion and theology , Social sciences , Psychology , Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh9735104diss1997kingKing, Michael Sandford199735Nature's intelligence or human reason? Natural law in Maharishi's Vedic Science and in legal and ethical thoughtProQuest Dissertation Most Western natural law theories assert that there is an order in nature from which universal moral norms--'natural law'--can be derived through a process of reasoning for the purpose of promoting right conduct and just law. Criticisms of these theories include: fallacious reasoning--in attempting to derive an 'ought' from an 'is'--being inevitably colored by the theorist's subjectivity, and offering no practical formula for achieving their purpose. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's new approach to natural law avoids these problems. Unlike natural law theories, his Vedic Science is not based on a process of reasoning, but on a universal, invariant field of pure consciousness, which although not commonly experienced, is the fundamental level of awareness--the Self. Within pure consciousness, Maharishi teaches, is the blueprint of nature, the universal, impersonal intelligence ordering the universe, which he calls 'Natural Law.' But he does not derive universal moral norms from it. Instead, his principle is that his Transcendental Meditation$\sp\circler$ and TM-Sidhi$\sp\circler$ programs allow the awareness of anyone to effortlessly settle down from the surface levels that usually engage it to experience pure consciousness, thereby aligning individual intelligence with universal intelligence, dissolving stress in mind and body that causes errant behavior, and promoting right action and fulfillment in life. Maharishi holds that stressed individuals create a stressed society, typified by chronic social problems and ineffective government. Such problems cannot be solved by moral codes, legislation, or law-enforcement alone, for they do not remove their underlying cause. Maharishi proposes collective practice of his Transcendental Meditation and TM Sidhi programs to dissolve stress in collective consciousness and promote positive trends in society, its government and law. Over 500 scientific studies verify Maharishi's approach to promoting right conduct and an ideal, harmonious society. This dissertation asserts that the practice of an inner self-development method to align individual intelligence with universal intelligence to promote wisdom, virtue, and right action was advocated by Aquinas--the classical natural law exponent--and by Plato, Stoic philosophers, and others, but that without self-development techniques the ideal of action in accord with natural law became distorted.
King, M. S. (1997). Nature's intelligence or human reason? natural law in Maharishi's Vedic science and in legal and ethical thought (Order No. 9735104). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304407103). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/natures-intelligence-human-reason-natural-law/docview/304407103/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysicsPhysics , Social psychology , Neurology , Biophysics , Political science , Cognitive therapy, Social sciences , Psychology , Pure sciences , Biological sciences , Maharishi Effect9534646diss1997kleinschnitzKleinschnitz, Kurt Warren199743An investigation into field effects of consciousness from the perspectives of Maharishi's Vedic Science and physicsProQuest Dissertation A long-range field effect of consciousness has been reported repeatedly in the scientific literature over the past twenty years. This phenomenon is called the Maharishi Effect, after Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the first to predict it. The Maharishi Effect is the phenomenon of improved societal trends resulting from the practice of the Transcendental Meditation$\sp\circler$ program or group practice of the TM-Sidhi$\sp\circler$ program by a small fraction of a population. The Maharishi Effect is fundamentally a phenomenon of radiation of evolutionary influence arising from the enlivenment of pure consciousness, the unified field of natural law, in the perspective of Maharishi's Vedic Science. This perspective is corroborated by forty-three published or presented papers reporting on results of Maharishi Effect interventions world-wide at city, national, international, and global scales. Present day standard-model physics and physiology do not account for the outcomes of the research on the Maharishi Effect. Because the observed societal impact of the Maharishi Effect influence must be based in an impact on the individual, and investigators report detection of the effect in individual physiological measurements, a simple robust indicator for the effect might aid physiologists and physicists in the effort to extend their sciences to include such field effects of consciousness. Thus, this dissertation reports on two experiments investigating simple, robust, objective indicators for the effect. The dissertation concludes on a practical note with a description of the promise, available through concerted utilization of the knowledge and technologies of consciousness in Maharishi's Vedic Science, for enhanced national and global security in the face of unprecedented nuclear, biological, and genetic threats for which the modern sciences offer few sensible solutions. ftn$\sp\circler$Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi are service marks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, licensed to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation, and used under sublicense.
Kleinschnitz, K. W. (1997). An investigation into field effects of consciousness from the perspectives of Maharishi's Vedic science and physics (Order No. 9713470). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304404768). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/investigation-into-field-effects-consciousness/docview/304404768/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysicsParticle physics, Pure sciences97113471diss1997rawalRawal, Sunil Christopher199700Dynamical supersymmetry breaking at the weak scale and the determination of the dilaton and moduli vevsProQuest Dissertation This dissertation demonstrates a mechanism whereby generic string-inspired supergravity models naturally and dynamically break supersymmetry and determine the vevs of the dilaton, moduli and Higgs fields. The key to the mechanism is to make an explicit construction of string-inspired supersymmetric models renormalized at $M\sb{\rm z}$ where the parameters are considered as a function of undetermined field vevs. The field dependence of the gravitino mass and gauge coupling at low energies provides sufficient structure to determine the vevs of all scalar fields. We determine necessary conditions for stable minima (and hence a dynamically determined gravitino mass) in supersymmetric SU(N) models. In the context of the SSM, renormalization effects of the top-quark Yukawa eventually trigger instability of the potential at the origin. Thus, supersymmetry breaking naturally turns on at the weak-scale. The excellent phenomenology of the SSM is then inherited by our mechanism. We show that a $\mu$-term of non-renormalizable origin naturally stabilizes the theory. With these demonstrations in hand, we go on to explain how the mechanism avoids non-renormalization theorems of supersymmetric field theories and string theories.
Rawal, S. C. (1997). Dynamical supersymmetry breaking at the weak scale and the determination of the dilation and moduli vevs (Order No. 9713471). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304406708). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/dynamical-supersymmetry-breaking-at-weak-scale/docview/304406708/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyMolecular biology, Biological sciences9726318diss1997siuSiu, Chu-Sin199700
Enhancer elements and transcription factors mediating the suppressive effect of IL-1 on CYP1A1 transcriptional activation
ProQuest Dissertation Total P450 content and related activities are known to decrease in cultured rat hepatocytes in response to IL-1 treatment. Previous studies reported that IL-1 suppressed the induction of CYP1A1 and CYP1A2 through a transcriptional mechanism. In order to identify the cis-acting element which mediates IL-1 effect, we analyzed the promoter activity of the 5$\sp\prime$-flanking region of CYP1A1 gene. Two elements were identified: xenobiotic responsive element (XRE) and HNF-4 binding site. Transient transfection experiment using primary hepatocytes transfected with CAT reporter genes carrying either XRE1 or XRE2 gave direct evidence that XREs can mediate IL-1 action, although the level of AH receptor binding was not affected. By deletion analysis of the 3.1 kb regulatory region of the CYP1A1 gene, a 36 bp IL-1 responsive region was identified. The region is a composite of three distinct sites: XRE, Sp1-like, and IL-1 responsive element (ILRE). Gel mobility shift assays demonstrated that the ILRE binds constitutively a liver-enriched protein designated as IL-1 responsive protein (ILRP), whose binding activity is reduced by IL-1. Antiserum to the rat HNF-4 transcription factor supershifted the DNA-protein complex formed between ILRE and ILRP. Cotransfection with an HNF-4 expression plasmid increased transcriptional activity of the CYP1A1 minimal promoter carrying one copy of ILRE (about 1.7-fold), or three copies of ILRE (about 2.7-fold) in HepG2 cells. These data suggested that ILRP is in fact HNF-4. Although the transactivation potential of HNF-4 is weak in the context of CYP1A1 promoter, its reduced binding activity upon IL-1 treatment suggests that it may mediate IL-1 action in down-regulating CYP1A1 induction. This is the first report that showed the binding activity of HNF-4 can be down-regulated by IL-1. In summary, IL-1 down-regulation of CYP1A1 transcriptional activation is mediated by XREs, however the mechanism by which this occurs is not known. The HNF-4 binding site may also mediate IL-1 action but more direct evidence is needed.
Siu, C. (1997). Enhancer elements and transcription factors mediating the suppressive effect of IL-1 on CYP1A1 transcriptional activation (Order No. 9726318). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304420800). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/enhancer-elements-transcription-factors-mediating/docview/304420800/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyMolecular biology, Biological sciences , CYP1A19726319diss1997xuXu, Chuanli199700
Transcriptional suppression of cytochrome P450 1A1 gene is under redox regulation - AH receptor-mediated processes with distinct mechanisms
ProQuest Dissertation Oxidative stress in a cell is defined as an unusually high level of reactive oxygen species which can be caused by a number of stimuli. We have investigated the molecular mechanism whereby transcriptional expression of CYP1A1 gene was regulated by redox potential. XRE was found to be the response element by which H$\sb2$O$\sb2$ exhibited its inhibitory effect on the transcription of CYP1A1 gene in Hepa 1 cell line using transient transfection technique. However, H$\sb2$O$\sb2$ did not alter the DNA binding activity of the Ah receptor. Further study demonstrated that modulation of XRE enhancer strength by various means could modify H$\sb2$O$\sb2$-dependent suppression of CAT expression. The results from this study suggest the presence of a protein that inhibits transactivation by the Ah receptor without influencing its DNA binding ability. In search for the candidate protein(s) which mediated H$\sb2$O$\sb2$ action on Ah receptor function, we first demonstrated that overexpression of the product of the retinoblastoma susceptibility gene (RB) downregulated transcription of the CYP1A1 gene. XREs alone were sufficient to mediate RB action. Results from coimmunoprecipitation assays indicated that the Ah receptor coprecipitated with the RB protein or its family member p107 and vice versa. Similar to other RB binding proteins, the Ah receptor only bound to the hypophosphorylated form of RB or p107 protein. To further characterize regulation of CYP1A1 by redox potential, more powerful and more specific oxidants were used to oxidize vicinal sulfhydryl groups in intact Hepa 1 cells. Pretreatment with diamide or phenylarsine oxide for 20 minutes rapidly prevented the formation of ligand-dependent Ah receptor/XRE complex and thus inhibited XRE-mediated luciferase expression. Direct oxidization of the Ah receptor by PAO was further demonstrated by the experiments in which DTT, a reducing agent, could restore the Ah receptor DNA binding activity. Finally, a one hundred-fold difference in the effectiveness between dithiol 2,3-dimercaptopropanol and monothiol 2-mercaptoethanol in reversing PAO-dependent inhibition of Ah receptor DNA binding activity suggests that vicinal sulfhydryl residues may be involved in the DNA binding of Ah receptor.
Xu, C. (1997). Transcriptional suppression of cytochrome P450 1A1 gene is under redox regulation - AH receptor-mediated processes with distinct mechanisms (Order No. 9726319). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304420748). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/transcriptional-suppression-cytochrome-p450-1a1/docview/304420748/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyPublic health , Gerontology , Physiological psychology, Health and environmental sciences , Social sciences , Psychology9701126diss1996barnesBarnes, Vernon Anthony199625
Reduced cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in older African Americans practicing the Trancendental Meditation(TM) program
ProQuest Dissertation African Americans have a well-documented excess of CVD mortality which is at least in part due to psychosocial stress. The Transcendental Meditation$\sp{\rm TM}$ (TM) program has been reported to reduce psychological stress, cardiovascular risk factors and incidence of heart disease. A randomized controlled trial indicated that TM reduced hypertension significantly more than progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) and an educational control (EC) in older (mean age = 67 years) Africans Americans after 3 months. Pilot research in Caucasian elderly has found a 73% reduction in all-cause and cardiovascular (CVD) mortality in the TM group compared to the combined control group. Based on these findings, TM (n = 36) was hypothesized to reduce incidence of all-cause and CVD mortality compared to PMR (n = 37) and EC (n = 36) and a combined control (CC, n = 73) group among the African American participants with mild hypertension in the original BP study. After 5 years, an all-cause and CVD mortality follow-up was conducted with data provided from Vital Statistics, Sacramento, CA. Survival distributions were compared by the Wilcoxon and Cox proportional hazards tests. There were 0.0% (0/36) CVD fatalities for TM compared to 9.5% (7/73) for CC, and 8.5% (3/36) all-cause fatalities for TM compared to 19% (14/13) for CC. Both all-cause (P =.045) and CVD (P =.021) mortality were significantly lower for TM compared to combined controls. The relative risk (RR) for TM compared with combined controls was 0.00 (95% CI 0-0.63) for CVD mortality and 0.32 (95% CI 0-0.96) for all-cause mortality. These findings suggest that TM practice may reduce incidence of CVD and all-cause mortality in older hypertensive African Americans. According to Maharishi's Vedic Approach to Health, TM enhances the holistic inner intelligence of mind and body, and thereby promotes balance in psychophysiological functioning and thus helps prevent premature disease and death. The demonstrated benefit for the Transcendental Meditation$\sp{\rm TM}$ program seems to have important implications for clinical and public health policy for reducing excessive CVD and all-cause mortality in African Americans. ftn $\sp{\rm TM}$Transcendental Meditation is a service mark registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, licensed to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation, and used under licensure.
Barnes, V. A. (1996). Reduced cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in older African Americans practicing the Transcendental Meditation(TM) program (Order No. 9701126). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319538). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/reduced-cardiovascular-all-cause-mortality-older/docview/304319538/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceCurricula , Teaching , Secondary education, Education , consciousness9636933diss1996beallBeall, Richard Arthur199600Development and evaluation of Maharishi Science of Creative Intelligence curriculum for secondary educationProQuest Dissertation This dissertation describes a comprehensive research, development, and evaluation project with the Maharishi Science of Creative Intelligence$\sp{\rm SM}$ (MSCI) curriculum for secondary education. This science of consciousness was established by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to systematically investigate the source, development, range, and goal of consciousness. It includes the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs$\sp{\rm SM\/}$ for direct experience of Pure Consciousness, the Unified Field of Natural Law, in the simplest form of human awareness. Intellectual understanding of this experience and its significance for human development is provided for secondary students by curricula in Maharishi Science of Creative Intelligence. The project began with a five-part needs assessment to evaluate the current implementation of the secondary level MSCI curriculum at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment$\sp{\rm SM}$ (K-12) in Fairfield, Iowa. This established the goal for the project--to develop a comprehensive sequenced MSCI curriculum which would address the needs and interests of secondary students at the development site and in Consciousness-Based$\sp{\rm SM}$ secondary schools around the world. The researcher reviewed the literature of Maharishi Science of Creative Intelligence to determine what material should be included in an MSCI program for secondary educations. The results were presented in Standards for Curriculum and Instruction in Maharishi Science of Creative Intelligence for Secondary Education. Simultaneously the researcher organized and coordinated a curriculum development team which formulated broad curriculum plans for grades 7-12, MSCI Curriculum Overviews, with descriptions, goals, and objectives for twenty-seven instructional units. Sample Units were developed containing detailed instructional materials. A formative evaluation of the proposed curriculum was conducted with curriculum experts, teachers, and administrators to determine the degree to which these curriculum documents satisfied established professional standards. The project represented the completion of the first two stages of large-scale curriculum planning: determination of general aims and planning of curriculum. Future stages will include elaboration of the MSCI curricula, tryouts, field trials, and large-scale implementation, with evaluation strategies for each stage. Note: The curriculum materials are of a proprietary nature and are not included in the body of the dissertation. ftn $\sp{\rm SM}$Maharishi Science of Creative Intelligence, Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, and Consciousness-Based Education are service marks licensed to Maharishi Vedic Education Development Corporation and used under sublicense.
Beall, R. A. (1996). Development and evaluation of Maharishi science of creative intelligence curriculum for secondary education (Order No. 9636933). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319809). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/development-evaluation-Maharishi-science-creative/docview/304319809/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceFine Arts , Philosophy , Psychology, Philosophy, religion and theology , Communication and the arts , Psychology , Maharishi Mahesh Yogi9633808diss1996bonshekBonshek, Anna Jean199606
Art: A mirror of consciousness. Applying universal principles in art and theory on the basis of the description of pure consciousness, the universal source of individual consciousness, history, culture, language and art, according to Maharishi's Vedic Science, with an analysis of the Vastusutra Upanisad
ProQuest Dissertation This thesis explores the theme of universal value in art and theory, and examines selected sutras of the Vastusutra Upanisad, a Vedic text on art, from the perspective of Maharishi's Vedic Science--a complete science and technology of consciousness--in order to demonstrate that universal value and meaning can be spontaneously expressed in art by the universal human being and that the Vastusutra Upanisad is the expression of a universal field of self-referral consciousness. In considering this topic it was necessary to address issues in contemporary theory arising from conflicts between modern, Indian, and postmodern theories, and to show how the principles of Maharishi's Vedic Science, while supporting cultural integrity, are beyond cultural relativism and reconcile the above approaches. Presenting a universally applicable view of history as an infinite cycle of periods throughout time, culture and language as the expression of Laws of Nature, geographic and climatic conditions of a locality, and art and aesthetics as the manifestation of a universal, unmanifest, Absolute, field of pure consciousness or Natural Law at the basis of individual and cultural life, this science presents a holistic perspective on culture, art and theory. Natural Law, the underlying field of the basis of creation, is experienced as the simplest form of human awareness through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs. By developing consciousness through these technologies, the artist can create art which, having an integrated formal unity, reflects the unified basis of creation and inspires the viewer to experience a unified sense of self--the Cosmic Self. This view differs from the elitism of Hegelian modernism and deconstructive postmodernism, where, as articulated by Lyotard and Kosuth, art, as part of customary knowledge, is a language game unable to impart absolute knowledge or meaning. In addition, by discussing how through its self-referral nature consciousness gives rise to frequencies which are expressed in Sanskrit as the Vedic Literature and applying this understanding to an analysis of selected aphorisms of the Vastusutra Upanisad this thesis suggests that the text is an expression of consciousness.
Bonshek, A. J. (1996). Art: A mirror of consciousness. applying universal principles in art and theory on the basis of the description of pure consciousness, the universal source of individual consciousness, history, culture, language and art, according to Maharishi's Vedic science, with an analysis of the Vastusutra Upanishad (Order No. 9701127). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319589). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/art-mirror-consciousness-applying-universal/docview/304319589/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementOccupational psychology , Health education , Management, Social sciences , Education , Psychology , meditation , stress management , supervisorsdiss1996dearmondDe Armond, David Lee199692
Effects of the Transcendental Meditation(RTM) program on psychological, physiological, behavioral and organizational consequences of stress in managers and executives
ProQuest Dissertation Although behavioral stress management programs are commonplace in corporations, stress remains a major problem. Accordingly there is a lack of agreement about what stress reduction methods, if any, are effective. Moreover, there has been a lack of empirical research examining the value of such programs for managers or executives. A three-month prospective study examined the effects of the Transcendental Meditation (TM$\sp\circler$) technique on stress-related self-report, physiological and observer measures. The subjects were 76 executives, managers and other professionals of managerial rank in a mid-sized U.S. medical equipment developer and manufacturer. Subjects who elected to learn the TM technique were compared to controls from the same organization and similar in age, education level, race, marital status, hours worked per week, job type and level of responsibility in the organization. The experimental attrition rate was 1%. The TM group improved significantly relative to controls on measures of mental health (p =.04), perceived stress (p =.01), physical complaints (p =.02), vitality (p =.002), healthful behaviors (p =.03), serum cholesterol (p =.03) and a composite measure of observer-rated contribution to the organization (p =.01), as indicated by planned contrasts utilizing analysis of covariance (ANCOVA). The effect sizes of the TM technique were comparable to those found in previous research involving non-managers. The findings are further supported by evidence from seven prior meta-analyses that the TM program has effect sizes two or three times as large as various other methods used to reduce stress or to unfold human potential, even in randomized controlled studies where the results could not be attributed to self-selection.
De Armond, D. L. (1996). Effects of the Transcendental Meditation(RTM) program on psychological, physiological, behavioral and organizational consequences of stress in managers and executives (Order No. 9633808). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319677).
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUManagementOccupational psychology , Personality, Psychology , total involvement9633807
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Goodman, David Harvey1996912
Construction and validation of an instrument designed to assess flow and job satisfaction in occupational settings: Exploratory research
ProQuest Dissertation The purposes of this dissertation were to explore the flow experience at work and to construct and validate a questionnaire. Flow is characterized by highly positive states and total involvement in activity. Two versions of the Work Experience Questionnaire (WEQ) were constructed and validated in corporate settings indicating that the WEQ is a promising instrument. Study 1. The first version of the questionnaire was administered to 44 subjects along with Csikszentmihalyi/Heckman's questionnaire, The Study of Flow in the Workplace. Items were positively and negatively anchored (flow/anti-flow) according to Csikszentmihalyi's six flow characteristics. The two factor principle components solution clearly separated positive and negative characteristics (Cronbach a of 0.8082 and 0.8156). The screen test specified 7 factors, which were: (1) frustration in turbulence, (2) psychological traits of unhappiness, (3) confidence to deal with the demands at work, (4) joyous creativity, (5) teamwork and goal attainment, (6) contentment, (7) distraction. Anti-flow items more closely approximated the proposed classification than the flow items. Concurrent validity on Csikszentmihalyi/Heckman's three questions showed that one, skills that seemed second-nature, correlated with WEQ Total Flow $(p=0.037).$ Study 2. A 72-item version of the WEQ was administered to 94 subjects in three sessions. The Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, Short-Form, (MSQ), Social Desirability and a two question test on Personal Efficacy were administered concurrently with a subset of these subjects. The correlation between Social Desirability and Total Flow, (r = $-$0.327) indicated that high flow was not likely to be fabricated. Personal efficacy was correlated with average satisfaction from the MSQ (r = $-$.560) and negatively correlated with Total Anti-flow (r = $-$0.513), and Social Desirability (r = $-$0.485). The relation with previously specified characteristics was strengthened when positive and negative items were separately factor analyzed. The experience of flow which is often an ephemeral condition of waking consciousness was compared and contrasted with the experience of pure consciousness and higher states of consciousness, as defined by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The establishment of self-referral awareness as an all-time reality characterizes higher states of consciousness.
Goodman, D. H. (1996). Construction and validation of an instrument designed to assess flow and job satisfaction in occupational settings: Exploratory research (Order No. 9633807). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319716). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/construction-validation-instrument-designed/docview/304319716/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPsychologyDevelopmental psychology , Personality, Psychology9633806diss1996guttmannGuttmann, Julia Kim199612The search for bliss: A model of emotional development based on Maharishi's Vedic PsychologyProQuest Dissertation Virtually all paradigms of modern psychology acknowledge a human tendency toward positive affective states. Addressing the significance of this natural tendency from the perspective of Maharishi's Vedic Psychology, a model of emotional development is constructed. The preference for happiness is identified as expressing a primary, evolutionary drive that originates in a universal field of absolute bliss consciousness and leads human development to attain an enduring state of bliss, which then provides a backdrop for experiencing the temporal emotions. This model was explored through the subjective methodologies of qualitative research. Twenty participants of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program were interviewed about experiences of bliss and emotions. Content analysis produced a portrait of emotional functioning that appears to be a distinct, higher stage of development than is described in contemporary models. Whereas momentary "peak" experiences are recorded in every culture participants reported stabilizing such experiences. This stabilization led to a shift in identity from external factors to inner bliss. Changes in emotional experience accompanied this shift: enhanced richness of experience; increased positive affect; decreased negativity; freedom from attachments and the overpowering influence of emotions; greater differentiation; more positive outlook. Participants also completed the Loevinger Sentence Completion test for ego-development and, as a group, scored significantly higher than normative data, $\underline{p} &lt; .05.$ The study provides experiential elaboration to the theoretical model and uncovers new dimensions for research in emotional development. It also demonstrates that regular practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programs develops and stabilizes a profound state of bliss which, in addition to providing inner fulfillment, results in greater happiness and success in daily life.
Guttmann, J. K. (1996). The search for bliss: A model of emotional development based on Maharishi's Vedic psychology (Order No. 9633806). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319761). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/search-bliss-model-emotional-development-based-on/docview/304319761/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUMaharishi Vedic ScienceAncient languages , Asian literature , Educational theory , Language arts , Developmental psychology, Education , Psychology , Language, literature and linguistics , Mahesh Yogi, Maharishi9701128diss1996kleinschnitz
Kleinschnitz, Anne Christy Chapin
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Reading the Vedic literature: The approach in Maharishi's Vedic Science for accelerating the development of consciousness
ProQuest Dissertation This exploratory self-study reports the effect of reading the Vedic Literature on development of consciousness, in a program formulated by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The research consisted of two components: (1) regular daily reading in Sanskrit for its phonetic value and occasionally in English of the aspects of the traditional Vedic Literature, together with (2) twice daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, including Yogic Flying. The theoretical foundations of this subjective research exist in Maharishi's Vedic Science, an integrated science of consciousness that locates the source of all manifestation in a holistic, unmanifest field of pure intelligence or consciousness, also called the Unified Field of Natural Law. Maharishi has identified thirty qualities or essential characteristics of this field that served as organizing principles for evaluating and reporting the research results. Maharishi's Vedic Science explains that the Veda is knowledge structured in pure consciousness, the basic foundation of life, and is a "blueprint" of the inherent structure and sequential expression of Natural Law. The Vedic texts record the cognitions of ancient seers whose awareness was fully awake to its own self-referral fluctuations. Maharishi describes Rk Veda and the Vedic Literature as the eternal reverberations or fluctuations of the Unified Field of Natural Law within itself, and explains that these fluctuations or impulses of sound sequentially manifest into form, including forms of speech, the material particles of the manifest universe, and the human physiology. Maharishi's Vedic Science predicts that reading each Vedic text sequentially for the inherent organizing power of its sound value regulates and balances the brain physiology, trains the mind to flow spontaneously according to Natural Law, enlivens all qualities of Natural Law in the reader, and accelerates development of higher states of consciousness. Research results were in the predicted direction, and 'bliss' was the quality most enlivened. The conclusion recommends that anyone wishing to enhance and accelerate development of his or her full human potential read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit for its orderly, evolutionary phonetic value, combined with research in consciousness through the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs.
Kleinschnitz, A. C. C. (1996). Reading the Vedic literature: The approach in Maharishi's Vedic science for accelerating the development of consciousness (Order No. 9701128). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319409). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/reading-Vedic-literature-approach-Maharishis/docview/304319409/se-2?accountid=37967
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Doctoral dissertation, MIUPhysiologyMolecular biology , Genetics , Anatomy & physiology , Animals, Biological sciences , oligonucleotides9608533diss1996luoLuo, Bo199600/11
Mapping of sequence specific DNA-protein interactions: A versatile, quantitative method and its application to transcription factor XF1
ProQuest Dissertation Mapping the consensus sequence of DNA binding proteins has been greatly accelerated by methods that use in vitro selection of high affinity sequences from a library of random DNA molecules, followed by PCR-amplification and sequence analysis. However, these methods lose other valuable information because they use repetitive cycles of selection and amplification. We have developed a method that overcomes this limitation, not only defining the consensus sequence, but also quantitating the effect on DNA-protein affinity of replacing each base in the recognition domain with every other base. The features of this method are: (1) Instead of synthesizing one oligonucleotide population containing a long randomized domain, we synthesize several oligonucleotide populations, each randomized at two positions. Because only a few species are present in each population, the concentration of each is sufficient to saturate the DNA-binding protein. Consequently, the abundance of each protein-bound oligonucleotide accurately reflects its binding affinity. (2) Because only a few species are represented in each oligonucleotide population, a single round of selection and amplification generates sufficient material for sequencing. This avoids biasing the population of protein-bound oligonucleotides toward high affinity species. Consequently, the abundances of oligonucleotides determined by sequence analysis accurately reflects their binding affinities. (3) We developed data collection and analysis procedures that eliminate artifacts, and yield accurate measures of: (a) the selectivity of the protein for each base at each position within the recognition domain (normalized relative selectivity), (b) the contributions of individual sites within the recognition domain to the binding affinity (selectivity variance), (c) the relative affinity of a particular sequence for the DNA-binding protein (global selectivity). (4) We developed a procedure for deducing aspects of the matrix of hydrogen bonds involved in DNA-protein interactions. This method was first developed and applied to the nuclear protein XF1, which binds to xenobiotic responsive elements, that class of elements through which the liganded Ah receptor activates transcription of the CYP1A1 gene. We confirmed results by (1) cloning and sequencing individual XF1-bound oligonucleotides, and (2) competition EMSA analysis of oligonucleotides designed on the basis of in vitro selection results.
Luo, B. (1996). Mapping of sequence specific DNA-protein interactions: A versatile, quantitative method and its application to transcription factor XF1 (Order No. 9608533). Available from Dissertations & Theses @ Maharishi University of Management; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (304319314). https://www.proquest.com/dissertations-theses/mapping-sequence-specific-dna-protein/docview/304319314/se-2?accountid=37967
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