News 2014 – 2011
In November of 2014, the NMFVC management team conducted an inspection tour of 15 different Vedic Schools (Gurukuls) where the Maharishi Vedic Science programs and the training of young Vedic Pandits is being conducted in Nepal. The inspection team included: Chairman Deepak Baskota, Raja Kingsley and Mother of the Domain Leslie, Wojtek Skalski, a renown architect and expert in Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, and the Nepal Purusha Team.
This inspection tour was very inspiring and stimulated many ideas and resolutions to advance the educational programs of the NMFVC. Visiting the 15 different schools and seeing the happy and vibrant young Vedic students, teachers, and staff was a memorable event for everyone. The Gurukuls are mostly in rural areas of Nepal and epitomize the traditional Vedic lifestyle and ideal routine for a Vedic Pandits. These schools are very popular with the traditional rural people and it was uplifting to see the participation and support these schools receive from the local parents and villagers.
Our visiting management team gave presentations and encouraged the Gurukul leaders to strengthen and expand their Gurukul program. The young Pandits attending these schools were enthusiastic to demonstrate their proficiency in Sanskrit recitation—even to the extent of reciting Sanskrit poetry that they had composed. We all enjoyed the hospitality and warm reception we received from everyone.
In review of the year, the management team has seen a good level of progress in all the programs of the NMFVC. The program’s benefits are being appreciated by the students, teachers, and the society at large as a very important contribution to the Vedic Culture of Nepal. At the same time the practical and scientific explanation and validation of the these programs is very much appreciated and helps to validate the work of the NMFVC—what was just an idea a year ago has become a reality. We look forward to more progress in 2015.
NMFVC sponsored a conference of Pandit TM Teachers in Kathmandu—these educators have been implementing Maharishi’s Vedic Pandit program in 15 different locations. The conference discussions included how to strengthen all the educational programs and plans for future expansion were also discussed and finalized. The programs offered by the NMFVC are now being enjoyed by nearly 1,000 Vedic Students.
On May 1, 2014, the Maharishi Sthapatya Veda Yagyashala was formally inaugurated. From this date forward, daily Maharishi Vedic Yagyas are being performed in proper vastu with noticeable and profoundly positive effects being generated for the nation and all the citizens of Nepal, as predicted by the ancient Vedic Literature and the research on the positive effects of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced TM-Sidhi program. This important development has been appreciated by all the visitors to the NMFVC campus. Listening to the Vedic Recitations coming from the Maharishi Vedic Yagyashala had a calming yet enlivening effect on the visitors and generated a wonderful feeling of wholeness.
In April of 2014, the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture (NMFVC) began the construction of the first Maharishi Sthapatya Veda Yagyashala. This very important construction project provided the first proper Maharishi Vastu building for the practice and performance of Maharishi Vedic Yagyas in Nepal. This structure gives an ideal and coherent environment for the Vedic Students to pursue their Vedic studies and daily performances of Maharishi Vedic Yagya.
The 12th of January each year, is an annual event celebrating the rise in collective consciousness throughout the world, resulting from the implementation of the programs offered by Maharishi’s Global Country of World Peace. The year 2014 began for the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture with a large celebration attended by hundreds of people from the Kathmandu area including Vedic Students (Batuk Pandits), teachers of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program, practitioners and supporters of Nepal’s TM program, the general public, and special guests.
Hosted by Chairman Deepak Prakash Baskota, the special guest speakers were: Col. Jitendra Karki; Acharya Pushpala; Former Prime Minister of Nepal, Loknath Chand; and Dr. Govinda Tandon, Secretary General of the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust.
Topics discussed included programs for the coming year and presentations related to Maharishi Vedic Science and the discoveries of modern science as they relate to Vedic Science. The day was inspiring for all who attended and the clear Sanskrit Vedic recitations of the young Batuk Pandits was appreciated by all the guests and educators. Everyone enjoyed seeing how quickly the students have progressed with their studies and how they have mastered their skills in Vedic Recitation.
The Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture has taken a major step forward in 2013. This year we leased a very suitable Pandit Residential Facility near to the Pashupatinath Temple Complex in Kathmandu. We are now housing Maharishi Vedic Pandits as they continue their education in Vedic Science. Each morning the Pandits perform a Maharishi Vedic Yagya for the Peace of Nepal. The Pandit numbers are now growing as we maintain and develop the quality of their Vedic performances.
This summer The Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture attracted a very high level educator, Acharya Pushpalal, to lead the specialized training of our residential Maharishi Vedic Pandits. Acharya Pushpalal is the Vice-Chairman of the Nepal Gurukul (Vedic Pandit Training School) Promotion Association and a competent educator to lead our Vedic Education programs.
Also this past summer, we were honored to have a visit from Lothar Pirc of Germany, who has been the major inspiration to acquire the Pandit residential facility. Lothar toured our Pandit residential facilities and met extensively with: Nepal National Leader, Deepak Baskota; the Nepal Maharishi Vedic Pandits, and the Nepal Minister of Culture.
Later in the autumn we enjoyed a visit from Raja Kingsley Brooks and his wife Leslie, who were accompanied by Sthapatyaveda Architect, Wojtek Skalski. They held meetings with the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust Board members, to plan for the renovation of the Vishwarupa Temple, which is within the Pashupatinath Temple Complex. The Vishwarupa Temple is where our Maharishi Pandits perform their Rudrabhishek Yagya each day.
The Trust Board recommended we collaborate with renowned German scholar of Nepali architecture. So with our newly formed Temple renovation team, we hope to restore the Vishwarupa Temple Complex to its original dignity and beauty so it can once again be a lighthouse of Yoga and Yagya. This historic and culturally rich Pashupatinath property will give The Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture a very prestigious home.
Our National Leader Deepak Baskota organized a series of high-level meetings with the Prime Minister of Nepal, the Minister of Culture, and the Director of the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust (see pictures). With the consent and well wishes of these Leaders of Nepal, we are proceeding rapidly to expand our Vedic programs in Nepal. We also want to express our appreciation to the renowned Acharya Arjun Bastola, Samhita Shastri Pandit, who was instrumental in organizing these top level meetings and continues to be a champion for restoring the timeless wisdom of the Vedas for the benefit of all mankind.
The Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture has now committed to a residential facility in Kathmandu to house our Maharishi Pandits. In our new facility these Pandits will have a permanent home and be able to complete their Vedic education and perform Maharishi Vedic Yagyas, which will help to stabilize the core element of the Vedic Culture—Yoga and Yagya— the essence of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Vedic Science and Technology. The Pandits will continue their ongoing Maharishi Vedic Yagya each morning at the Vishwarup Temple in the Pashupatinath Temple complex which is only a five-minute walk from the new residential facility.
On Akshaya Tritiya, the Day of Lasting Achievement in the Vedic Calendar, 24 Nepali Course Participants went to Thailand to attend the Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course. This course is of the highest international standard, and the Nepalis selected for attending are all enthusiastic and committed to teaching Transcendental Meditation (TM), the ancient Vedic Technology of Consciousness, to the people of Nepal.
When the new TM Teachers return to Nepal, there will be for the first time the teaching resource to effectively teach TM throughout the country and in the Vedic Gurukul Schools, in which the Vedic Pandits begin their Vedic Education. These Gurukuls are residential facilities that allow for the traditional lines of Vedic Education. Teaching TM in these Gurukuls will transform them into Consciousness Based Educational Institutions. In this way the Gurukuls will be providing the true ideal of Vedic Education, when through Vedic Technologies of Consciousness the Knower, the Known and the process of Knowing are all united in the Transcendental Field of Self-Referral consciousness, Total Knowledge.
These young Pandits, who will now have gained advanced training, will be able to join our Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture and perform Maharishi Vedic Yagya to create coherence in society.
The Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation and the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture were most honored and happy to host Lothar Pirc, Founding Board Member of the German Foundation for the Promotion of Vedic Culture, on his recent visit to Nepal in December, 2012.
Lothar’s main focus on his Nepal visit was as a special guest speaker along with Deepak Baskota, Chairman of the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture, at the15-day Maha Yagya attended by more than a hundred thousand people. This Maha Yaga was held on December 15 near Bhamai in the District of Nawalparasi, Nepal, and was sponsored by the Bramhandiya Dharma Sabha (Cosmic Religious Assembly).
Lothar Pirc was representing Dr. Kingsley Brooks, International Director of Nepal for the Global Country of World Peace, who had been invited to speak at this august assembly. The Bramhandiya Dharma Sabha invited over 150 Vedic Pandits to perform the various aspects of this Maha Yagya—the 150 Pandits included 90 Indian Pandits from Varanasi, 10 Indian Pandits from Brindaban, and 50 Nepali Pandits—all who recited during the15-day event.
Lothar praised the assemblage of Vedic Pandits for upholding the Vedic Tradition of India and Nepal. He credited beautiful Nepal, famous for its richness in culture and tradition, as being one of the most Vedic countries in the world.
He explained that Vedic Recitations and the Vedic Performances (Yagyas) as performed by the Vedic Pandits in Nepal are recognized by UNESCO as a significant part of the world’s cultural inheritance. UNESCO has proclaimed the tradition of Vedic recitation as “a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity”.
From here Lothar spoke more precisely about the Vedic Technologies of Yoga and Yagya which have the ability to create peace and harmony in a country and create positive effects from a distance. The revival of the precision and effectiveness of the Vedic Yagyas was credited to the work of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who through his wisdom and Knowledge, has applied the transforming power of these Vedic Technologies for the benefit of society. Mr. Pirc went on to explain that the essential ingredient of a successful Vedic Performance rests upon the consciousness of the Vedic Pandit himself. The quality of the Pandit is purified and strengthened by the technologies of Yoga (Transcendental Meditation and the TM-Sidhi Program including Yogic Flying) as taught and systematically presented to the world by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
All of us in attendance noted the keen interest of the audience and Vedic Pandits to these very deep points that were highlighted by Lothar. The audience was also impressed with the progress of the Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation in sponsoring the daily Rudra Bhishek Yagya on the grounds of the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, and the plans of the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture to support the ongoing Yagyas and the Vedic Gurukuls (Schools for Vedic Pandits) throughout Nepal.
Immediately the senior organizers of the event offered to donate land in the nearby area for the use of such a Maharishi Vedic Gurukul. All of us in Nepal are deeply appreciative of the work of Lothar Pirc and the German Foundation for the Promotion of Vedic Culture. Thank you dear Lothar and thank you Germany!The Speech of Lothar Pirc as PDF (click to download)
If you care about the Vedic Culture of Nepal and would like to contribute to the preservation of this unique world cultural heritage through our Maharishi Pandits – as a contribution to cultural diversity and peace in the world: any donation – large or small, regular or one-time – is highly appreciated and a significant help.
The famous Shiwa Temple of Pashupashinath is considered Nepal’s landmark and national shrine, and is the destination of millions of pilgrims and visitors year after year. When Maharishi was in Nepal in 1974, he remarked that in no place in the world was the Shiwa quality of Natural Law, i.e., the element of silence in the midst of dynamism, more alive than here in Pashupashinath.
Also, traditionally, there has always been an understanding that yagyas performed in Pashupashinath are many times more effective than those performed elsewhere. And so it was a matter of the highest priority to conduct the Maharishi Yagyas precisely at this special place of power-according to Maharishi’s explicit recommendation, at the site of the National Devata of Nepal.
Now that this goal has been achieved, the next necessary step will be for the Nepalese Maharishi Pandits to live together comfortably in one central location, so that Yagya practice and daily routine form a harmonious whole-for maximum coherence at home and through Nepal for the whole world.
Therefore, we ask that you contribute through your donation to enable 121 Maharishi Pandits to perform the Rudrabhishek Yagya daily at Pashupashinath Temple. 121 pandits is the traditionally required number, but including a safety factor, we calculate 150.
By now the group has grown in size to 66 Pandits. Thanks to a generous donor the project can now quickly move forward so that we can complete the first of the three necessary groups of 121 each as soon as possible. The objective of having a group of 121 fulfills the traditional guidelines for the performance of Vedic Recitations and Yagyas. Currently there is a search for building sites and existing buildings that could be used for Vedic Education Schools. In addition the Pashupatinath Area Development Trust has been approached to allow restoration of UNESCO World Heritage Site Buildings which have fallen into decay and to put these to use for Vedic Recitations and Performances which was the original intention centuries ago.
On the 4th of March, 2012 Raja Kingsley Brooks and Deepak Baskota were honored for their contribution to the Vedic culture of Nepal. These awards were bestowed by the First Jagat Guru of Nepal on the occasion of the First Vedic Gopal Maha Yagya in Sankmul, Lalitpur. Both Raja Kingsley Brooks and Deepak Baskota spoke to an audience of more than 2,000 about the joint efforts of the Nepal Maharishi Vedic Foundation and the First Jagat Guru of Nepal to rescue and re-enliven the old Vedic culture of Nepal.
On the 23rd of January, 2012 two members of the Maharishi Purusha Admistrative team, Royal Lillge and Robert Wallace, received the highly prestigious Nepal Felicitation Award from the Everest Foundation of Nepal for their efforts contributing to the enlivenment of the culture of Nepal. In his acceptance speech Royal Lillge, honored the timeless Vedic culture of Nepal and the work of Mr. Deepak Baskota chairman of the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture.
During the second visit of Mr. Lothar Pirc in December of 2011, Mr. Pirc offered and conducted a Peak Performance Seminar at no charge to thirty top level members of Nepali society, one of whom was the director of the Shtrii Shakti Society dedicated to improving the social conditions for women in Nepal (Women Empowerment). She became so convinced of the benefits of this seminar that she introduced this program to twelve of the top leadership of Shtrii Shakti.
As a result these leaders have become inspired to aid all aspects of Nepali life through the recognition and enlivenment of their own cultural values in order to enhance all areas of life in their country. This growing enthusiasm for Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture is most encouraging. By continuing to gift the Peak Performance Seminar to top Nepali leaders, local volunteer support will continue to grow.
During Mr. Pirc’s visit he attended the Vedic Recitations and met with the organizers of this program. He discussed the charitable help that German donors could provide to the cultural programs in Nepal and discussed a new foundation for Nepal that would provide transparency for donors.
Both the foundations from Germany and Nepal have been established and chartered to lend support to the preservation of Vedic Culture through education and art. The German Charity and the Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture have been recognized by the Governments of Germany and Nepal as Charitable Organizations.
The first Donation of $5,000 from Lothar and Dr. Karin Pirc from Germany was received and rapidly put to use in the winter of 2011. Gas heaters and LP gas canisters, as well as warm clothing, such as sweaters, were purchased to keep the Nepal Maharishi Vedic Pandits warm during their early morning recitations. A DVD player and flat screen monitor were purchased for educational purposes as well as a digital project. Much like years before when the German Government rescued the entire ancient City of Bhaktapur, a city of enormous art, architecture and culture in Nepal, this new German Charity is rescuing an entire living, yet ancient Oral Vedic Tradition of Nepal, whose origins go back much further than the remaining art treasures from the ever changing history of this incredible city.
On the 23rd of July, 2011, a Celebration for Vedic Pandits was held in the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center Bad Ems to inspire donations and to form a charity which could make significant contributions to preserving the Ancient Vedic Culture of India and Nepal. More than 60 guests came from all parts of Germany and Holland and were impressed by the wonderful presentations of several of the international top leaders from Maharishi European University, Holland including Dr. Bevan Morris, Raja Harris, Raja Kingsley Brooks, Girish Momaya and Deepak Baskota.
They also enjoyed the profound Vedic recitations from 4 Maharishi Vedic Pandits from MERU, Holland. The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center sponsored the event including a delicious Ayurvedic meal and a boat ride on the river Lahn.
In March of 2011, Lothar Pirc, Director of the Maharishi Ayurveda Clinic in Bad Ems, Germany visited Nepal. During this visit he lectured to many leading citizens including Ayurvedic doctors and health practitioners, and political leaders in society concerned with health maintenance in Nepal. From his own personal experience with the Science of Ayurveda, Mr. Pirc witnessed how Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived this Ayurvedic system of health from decay and restored it to practical use in modern society.
During his visit Mr. Pirc became aware of the power and beauty of the Vedic tradition of oral recitation in Nepal as restored by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi; much like he restored the Science of Ayurveda throughout the world. Simultaneously, Mr. Pirc saw first-hand that the cultural depths of Nepal appeared to be in sad decline. Many historical places of Vedic Recitations and Performances were rapidly deteriorating.
He became inspired to not just accept this decline, but to do something about it. It was then that he began a German charity to assist with the preservation of this unique cultural tradition.
How it all began …