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AND VEDIC SCIENCE ‘An Interdisciplinary Journal Devoted to Research tin the Unified Field of AU the Lavs of Nature VOLUME 1. xo. SEPTEMBER 1987 Modern Science and Vedic Science: An Introduetion Kenneth Chandler, Ph.D. Inified Field Theory of Literature Rhoda Orme-Johnson, Ph.D. Book REVIEW 5 Maharishi Mahesh Vogt Thirty Years Around de World |) Dawa ofthe Age of Ealitenment | olume One 1957-1968 SEARCH NOTES AND NEWS MIU Phosicist Develops New Grand Unities Theory Fairfield, low About the Author Rhoda Orme-Johnson is Professor of Literature and Chatrper= ‘01 ofthe Deparment of Literature an Laages at Maharishi Intemational Universe. She received her A.B. in mathematics Jiom Vassar College in 962 and her Ph.D. in comparuive literature from the University of Marsan in 1982. She tauehe ft the University of Maryland and the University of Texas at El Paso before becoming one ofthe founding faculty members of Maharishi International Univers: Dr. Orme-oluson has presented papers analyzing literaure from the perspective of luujied field theory at a munber of literature conferences ad (esociation meetings. She ts currently preparing thee volumes Jor publication: a collection of Makarishi Mahesh You's ee ‘reson language and lneratre:a collection of theoretical and ‘applied articles on unified fill theory ard lteramre: and a ‘anuhology of poetry ition, and essays to accompany the MIL first-searlteraure course an A Unified Field Theory of Literature Rhoda F, Orme-lohnson Maharishi International University Fairfield, lowa, US.A. Absoract An understanding ofthe essution of consciousness through seven sates, as described ‘x Maharih’s Vee Science and corraborated bx psyhoplsiolocal research and unified Feld scones of weal pss, provides a basis for he development of w unified field theory of ttenaure. The cognitive and perceptual quaities thar differentiate the seven states of conscionsmess provide a mcans by which experiences described in literature mas he undersined and appreciaued. In adition, Mehurishi's Vedic Science distinguishes ‘urns levels of de mind dnd their anributes. leading to a reappraisal of te mature of Jameuage ued its relation to the spesker, to the world of experince, and 10 the essential Components of the lerary expertence: a) dhe writer and she ereative process, b) the Inechuanies of reat snd «) the reader's imerpretaion of meaning “cconlng a the ane fet of literature presented here the level of eomsccsness ofthe wvter determines the quality of what is writen, aswell as its universality and range inluence. This theory als provides «way of understanding how the various literary teclnigues that are active nthe reine process affect the reader's consciousness and plesiologs: And finals; the degre to which the reader ean discover meaning in a work Tina be divecas related fo the reader's state of consciousness. These considerations shed light on the major questions being discussed by literary theorists today—how the ature and function of teary study might be understood, how literaure might be de “fined, end how the contents of standard anthologies and curicula might be determined land provide new directions for the reading and teaching of teraure. CONTENTS Introduction 304 Challenging the Canon: What is Literature? brane 325 ‘Teaching and Criticism 325 ‘Towards a Unified Theory of Literature 7 327 Consciousness And The Unified Field 328 ‘States of Consciousness . 31 ‘Transcendental Consciousness aan 333 “sewerage emt nan lars MY Fs oe 33