Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Continuing the Legacy of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Maharishi Foundation and the Global Peace Initiative Presents
A New Paradigm: Veda, Consciousness, the Ramayana, and the Self
The Evening's Speakers
Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D.

Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D.
Mind/Matter Scientist
MIT and Harvard Trained

“Embodying Totality”

Dr. Tony Nader received his M.D. degree from the American University of Beirut, where he also studied internal medicine and psychiatry.

His Ph.D. is in the area of Brain and Cognitive Science from the


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was also a visiting physician and Assistant Director at the Clinical Research Center.

He completed his post-doctoral work as a Clinical and Research Fellow in Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Nader has conducted research on neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology, and the relationship between diet, age, behaviour, mood, seasonal influences, and neurotransmitter and hormonal activity, and on the role of neurotransmitter precursors in medicine.

Dr. Nader’s desire to gain total understanding of the human mind and body—of consciousness and physiology—led him to the study of Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology under the guidance of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

On the basis of his knowledge of physiology, Dr. Nader has successfully correlated each aspect of the Vedic Literature to a specific area of physiology, with the conclusion that human physiology is the expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature. This is the subject matter of his first book, Human Physiology: Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature.

This discovery has been appreciated by scientists and political leaders throughout the world. Its practical application has been documented by original research conducted by medical doctors and scientists, which demonstrates the effectiveness of Vedic Sounds and Vedic Vibrations for the treatment of chronic disorders.

In appreciation for his achievements in illuminating Vedic Science in the light of modern science, Dr. Nader was honoured by Maharishi with the title ‘Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam’ and given responsibility for guiding the Global Country of World Peace (

John Hagelin, Ph.D.

John Hagelin, Ph.D.
Renowned Quantum Physicist “Consciousness
and the Unified Field”

John Hagelin, Ph.D., is a world-renowned quantum physicist, educator, public policy expert, and leading proponent of peace.

Dr. Hagelin has conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center).


Author of more than 70 papers published in journals such as Physics Letters, Nuclear Physics, and the Physical Review, his scientific contributions in the fields of electroweak unification, grand unification, supersymmetry, and cosmology include some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. He is responsible for the development of a highly successful grand unified field theory based on the superstring—a theory that was featured in a cover story of Discover magazine.

Dr. Hagelin is unique among scientists in being the first to apply this most advanced knowledge for the practical benefit of humankind. He has pioneered the use of unified field–based technologies proven to reduce crime, violence, terrorism, and war and to promote peace throughout society—technologies derived from the ancient Vedic science of consciousness. He has published groundbreaking research establishing the existence of long-range “field effects” of consciousness generated through collective meditation, and has shown that large meditating groups can effectively defuse acute societal stress—thereby preventing violence and social conflict, and providing a practical foundation for permanent world peace.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Dr. Hagelin was named winner of the prestigious Kilby Award, which recognizes scientists who have made “major contributions to society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology.” The award recognized Dr. Hagelin as “a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr and Eddington.”

Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981. He is currently Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management, where he is also Honorary Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He is President of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, an organization of leading scientists throughout the world dedicated to ending nuclear proliferation and establishing lasting world peace. Dr. Hagelin was the Natural Law Party and Reform Party U.S. Presidential candidate for the 2000 election.

Dr. Hagelin is now the President and Chairman of Maharishi Foundation, the public charity responsible for teaching and promoting the Transcendental Meditation technique and other programs of Maharishi Vedic Science in the USA, and he is also President of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.

Ramani Ayer

Ramani Ayer
Fortune 500 CEO
“Enlightened Leadership
and World Peace”

Mr. Ramani Ayer was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Hartford Financial Services Group for 13 years, retiring in 2009. Under his direction, the company’s North American operations has become the eighth largest in the United States, with revenues of more than $6.3 billion.


Mr. Ayer originally joined Hartford Financial Services Group in 1973 as a member of the operations research department. During his 36-year career with The Hartford, Mr. Ayer held progressively senior roles including Staff Assistant to The Hartford’s Chairman and CEO, Executive Vice President of Hartford Reinsurance Management Co., and President of Hartford Specialty Company.

Mr. Ayer has been the Chairman and Director of both the Hartford Financial Services Group, and of MetroHartford Alliance. He currently serves as a Director of Hartford Life, Chairman of the Hartford Health Care Corporation, Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, and Member of the Board of Excel Capital Group

He also devotes much of his time to philanthropic work in the fields of consciousness and world peace as a board member of the Maharishi University Management and the David Lynch Foundation.

Mr. Ayer has a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

Host | Special Guests
Howard Chancellor, Ph.D.

H. Chancellor, Ph.D.
Human Potential Researcher

The Family of the Late  Ramanand Sagar

The Family of the Late
Ramanand Sagar
At Sagar Arts
Creators of the Ramayana Series

David Lynch

David Lynch
Acclaimed Film Director