Global Peace Initiative

Vedic Pandits

The Vedic Tradition and Vedic Pandits

The Global Peace Initiative draws upon the knowledge and technologies of India’s Vedic tradition.  Vedic comes from the word Veda, which is the Sanskrit word for knowledge. The Vedas are considered mankind’s oldest books of knowledge. The Vedic tradition is, perhaps, the most ancient and respected source of knowledge about consciousness and the development of human potential.

Over thousands of years, the sages and seers of this revered tradition researched the heights of human potential and cognized the means to make this potential a living reality for everyone. The Vedic tradition holds that regular experience of Transcendental Consciousness—termed Samadhi in Vedic texts—fuels the growth of human potential to higher states of consciousness ultimately leading to enlightenment.  Furthermore, the Vedic texts state that the experience of this unified level of consciousness by groups of individuals has widespread benefits for society.

Vedic Pandits

The Vedic tradition is primarily an oral tradition.  For millennia the Vedic wisdom was orally transmitted from father to son and from teacher to student within select groups of families, whose hereditary role it was to be the custodians of this knowledge.  The sons of these Vedic families are the Vedic Pandits who in ancient times would devote themselves from an early age to mastery of meditation and the recitation of the Vedas.  By their mid-twenties, the Vedic  Pandits were adept at advanced meditation and experts at creating an influence of peace and coherence in society.

Out of respect for this ancient tradition, the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) named the oral recitation of the Veda and Vedic literature an “intangible heritage of humanity.”1

Unfortunately, with the long lapse of time the purity and complete understanding of the Vedic knowledge was lost, and therefore it ceased to be effectively implemented in society.  In recent times, foreign invasions coupled with the pressures of modern age have threatened the Vedic tradition with veritable extinction.

Modern Restoration

Over the past 50 years, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—considered one of the greatest scholars and teachers of the Veda and Vedic literature in recent history—restored this knowledge and its complete practice among its traditional custodians—Vedic Pandits.

Maharishi’s earliest efforts focused on reviving the core of Vedic wisdom—the ability to experience Samadhi or Transcendental Consciousness.  To accomplish this goal, Maharishi developed the Transcendental Meditation® program,  and also the advanced the TM-Sidhi® program which amplifies the peaceful and unifying influence of pure consciousness in society.

Vedic Pandits

Maharishi Vedic Pandits practicing peace-creating technologies

Maharishi further developed a systematized curriculum for the training of Vedic peace-creating experts, which is unsurpassed anywhere in India for its quality of education. As a result, experts who have received their training under the system developed by Maharishi receive the title ‘Maharishi Vedic Pandits.’

Universal Knowledge

It is important to understand that, though the Vedic knowledge has its origins in India, it is universal knowledge and its usefulness is not limited to the geography or culture of India.  Newton’s laws of motion are not English or Christian, nor Einstein’s theory of relativity German or Jewish.  A law of nature is universal—true for all people in all cultures at all periods in time.  Similarly, the Vedic teachings are insights into laws of nature—laws that apply to everyone’s consciousness and brain functioning and which are just now beginning to be grasped by modern science.

The rediscovery of Greek thought in the Renaissance five hundred years ago spurred the growth of modern society.  Similarly, the growing body of research documenting the utility of these Vedic technologies brought to light by Maharishi promise a transformation of society even more profound.  Back


  1. UNESCO. (2005). “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.” Pg. 37