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World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES)

(A Multidisciplinary Academic SocietyTax Exempt in the

Eleventh International Conference on

Vedic Living in a Modern World

July 31-Aug 3, 2014
In Collaboration with Maharishi University of Management

The home of Consciousness-Based education

Maharishi University of Managament, Fairfield, Iowa

About the Conference

The Conference aims at bringing together individuals and organizations having academic interest in diverse areas of Indic / Vedic Studies. This
includes independent scholars, academics, writers, journalists, media persons, artists and others interested in Indic / Vedic Studies.
World Association for Vedic Studies, known by its acronym WAVES is a multidisciplinary academic society that welcomes persons engaged or
interested in studying any field of Vedic / Indic studies. The word Vedic is used in a wide sense to include not only the Vedas but also the past,
present and future of traditions and societies based on Vedas.
Previous conferences include the following: Intl Conference on Revisiting Indus - Saraswati Civilization & Ancient India, Atlanta (GA),
October 4-6, 1996, International Conference on New Perspectives on Vedic & Ancient Indian Civilization, Los Angeles (CA), August 7-9,
1998, International Conference on Contemporary Views on Indian Civilization, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, (NJ), July 28-30,

2000, Indias Contributions and Influences in the World, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (MA) July 12-14, 2002. Indias Intellectual
Traditions In Contemporary Global Context, , University of MD, Washington, DC area, July 9 11, 2004 Vedic Ideas for Global Harmony and
Peace in the Modern Context, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, July 8-10, 2006, Vedic heritage for Global Welfare of Next
Generation, , Orlando, FL, June 27-29, 2008, Vedic Knowledge for Civilizational Harmony, Trinidad, West Indies, August 4-7, 2010, Varna
Jati and Kula A conference on Indias caste system, Piscataway, NJ, July 29-31, 2011, Vedic Cultures Epic and Pauranic Phase, Dartmouth
(MA), July 13-15, 2012.
These conferences included participants from Australia, Austria, Bali (Indonesia), Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Caribbean, China, Germany, India,
Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Surinam, UK, and USA, USSR, etc.
WAVES conferences in the past eighteen years have always been a meeting point of leading scholars, researchers and research / teaching institutions,
dedicatedly deliberating on Vedic studies.
This years conference location is particularly appropriate for the theme of the conference, since Maharishi University of Management (MUM) is an
accredited university based on Vedic principles of Consciousness-Based education. The MUM community is an example of Vedic living in a
modern world, a community in which Vedic principles underlie all aspects of societal life, including educational and health institutions, Vastu homes,
organic agriculture, as well as daily meditation by more than 2000 citizens, including 600 Vedic Pundits performing daily yagyas.
WAVES 2014 is scheduled for three days. The deliberations in the conference will cover a wide array invited lectures and paper presentation
sessions around the various themes.
Poster sessions, special sessions focused on Vedic sciences and research, youth committee presentations, Hindu temples presentations, Non-roman
script Digital technologies for web representation and online education of Vedic studies, Audio-visual exhibits, Practical Vedic religious
performances and learning workshop, exhibits and book-shops are other interesting parts of the conference.
Suggested topics can cover a wide area including: Insider / Outsider perspectives on Vedic culture, Origin of Vedic knowledge, changing paradigms
on Vedic knowledge, etc.

Papers on any aspect of Indian studies may be sent for presentation. Papers will include topics on Archaeology & Anthropology; History &
Social Sciences; Language, Literature & Linguistics; Science & Technology; Vedas; Upanishads; Smirities; Puranas; Epics Ramayana &
Mahabharat, Gita; Contemporary Works and Issues; Dharma Shastras, Ethics & Rituals; Agriculture, Plant Science & Ecology; InterReligious Dialogue; Health, Yoga & Martial arts; Business, Economics & Administration, etc. The proceedings will be published before the
conference. Therefore, you are requested to send an electronic copy of your completed paper by the due date or earlier. The presentations are
required to be in Power Point format. Direct reading of papers is strongly discouraged.
Please send the abstract (about 200 words) of your paper to be presented in English in Times New Roman Font to the organizing committee at on or before the deadline. If you have any questions, you may contact any member of the Organizing Committee
through e-mail.
For receiving abstracts: March 15, 2014;
(Acceptance will be notified through e-mail by April 30, 2014)
For full length papers: May 30, 2014

Registration fee, accommodation and other details will be given in the second announcement

Main Features
1. Keynote Addresses
3. Invited talks
5. Public Lectures
7. Academic symposia on several aspects of Indian Studies
9. Poster Presentations

2. Paper Reading Sessions

4. Panel Discussions
6. Cultural Programs
8. Parallel Youth programs
10. Community workshops

Maharishi University of Management
Infinity Foundation, Princeton, NJ
The Raj Ayurveda Health Center & Spa Fairfield, Iowa
Global Mother Divine Organization
Maharishi Ayur Veda Products International

Conference Organizing Committee

Conference Chairs:
General Chairman, Dr. Peter Scharf,
Chaire Internationale de Recherche Blaise
Pascal, Universit Paris Diderot
Co-Chairperson Dr. Shashi Tiwari,
Former Professor at University of Delhi, and
General Secretary WAVES India

Local Organizing Committee (Fairfield Iowa):

Dr. Candace Badgett
Dr. David Scharf
Margot Suettmann
Patricia Saunders
Ellen Metropole
Daniel Pal
Jean Tobin
Emily Stakland
General Organizing Committee:
Bal Ram Singh,
Dhirendra Shah,
Sashi Kejriwal,
Aditi Banerjee,
Ravi Joshi,

Conference Program Committee:

Dr. Vempaty Kutumba Sastry, ViceChancellor, Shree Somnath Sanskrit
University, Somnath Veraval, India
Prof. Radhavallabh Tripathi, Former ViceChancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan,
New Delhi
Prof. P. C. Muraleemadhvan, S.S. University of
Sanskrit, Kalady, Kerala
Dr. Candace Badgett, Maharishi University of
Management, The Raj

Patricia Saunders, MA in Maharishi Vedic

Science, classical musician and author
Park Hensley, MA in Maharishi Vedic Science,
MS in Physics
Dr. B.V.K Sastry, HUA
Dr. Shashi Tiwari, University Of Delhi,
Dr. Girish Nath Jha, Jawaharlal Nehru
Dr. R. Puligandla, University of Toledo
Dr. Madan Goel, University of Western Florida
Dr. Bal Ram Singh, UMass Dartmouth