Tony Nader

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Tony Nader
Tony Nader, Leader of the World-Wide Transcendental Meditation Organization, Global Country of World Peace, and Successor to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Nader in 2020
Tanios Abou Nader

Alma materAmerican University of Beirut, MIT
Occupation(s)Leader of the world-wide Transcendental Meditation organization, neurologist, scientist, author
WebsiteOfficial Website

Tony Nader (Born: Tanios Abou Nader;[1] Arabic: طوني أبو ناضر) is a Lebanese neuroscientist, researcher,[2][3] university president, author and leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement. He has a medical degree in internal medicine, received his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as a clinical and research fellow at a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Nader worked with Deepak Chopra at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Massachusetts[4] and in 1994, published his first book, Human Physiology: Expression of Veda and the Vedic literature.[5] He is president of both Maharishi University of Management (Holland) and Maharishi Open University.[4]

In 2000, Nader received the title of First Sovereign Ruler of the conceptual country, Global Country of World Peace from Transcendental Meditation founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,[6][7] and in 2008, was named the Maharishi's successor.[8] Nader published his second book, Ramayan In Human Physiology in 2011.[9] In 2015 Nader founded the International Journal of Mathematics and Consciousness and is serving as the editor-in-chief.[10]


Nader attended the American University of Beirut, where he studied internal medicine and psychiatry and received his master's degree[11] and a medical degree in internal medicine and psychiatry.[12][13] He earned his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the field of Brain and Cognitive Science[14][15] and became a visiting physician at their Clinical Research Center.[11] His post-doctoral work was as a clinical and research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.[6][16][17]


Nader has conducted research in hormonal activity, neurochemistry, neuroendocrinology, on the medical role of the neurotransmitter and on the relationship between age, behavior, diet, seasonal influences and mood.[11] Nader reports that his desire to have a complete understanding of the mind and body and its relationship to consciousness and the human physiology led him to a "spiritual awakening" and the study of Vedic science with the Maharishi.[2] Nader said he learned about "the field of spiritual or non-physical, or non-material and how it expresses itself in the universe" from the Maharishi.[3] As a professor and director, Nader has conducted Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health programs and lectured in "more than 50 countries".[11]

In 1986, Nader was criticized for overstating his post-graduate connections to MIT and implying that his research was sanctioned by his alma mater.[18] In 1987, Nader worked at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts.[19]

In his 1994 book Human Physiology: Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature, Nader postulated a one-to-one correlation of structure and function between 40 aspects of Vedic literature and 40 parts of human physiology.[20][21] He also said he discovered similarities between the astrological influence of the planets and parts of the human brain. This body of work is reported to have been "derived from" the Maharishi's ideas and Nader's own training in brain physiology. In May 1995, Nader was a keynote speaker at Maharishi University of Management and presented his "recent discovery of how Natural Law manages the physiology and the application of this knowledge to prevent and eliminate problems."[22] The book has been described as an attempt at documenting the scientific basis of the Maharishi's "interpretation of Advaita Vedanta and thus the Vedas … by relating neuroanatomy and neurophysiology to Vedic astrology and philosophy".[11]

Nader performed the first research on Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology (MVVT), which aims "to enliven the inner intelligence of the body and restore proper functioning" through the use of Vedic sounds. Nader's studies were conducted in Berlin, Paris, and Valkenburg, testing the effectiveness of one session of MVVT in people with disorders that included arthritis, asthma, and gastrointestinal disorders.[23]

A photograph of a two-storey building. The roof is topped with a large cupola and three visible kalashes. Golden letters on the pediment say "CAPITAL OF THE GLOBAL COUNTRY OF WORLD PEACE". There is a circular driveway with a flagpole bearing the GCWP's sunburst flag. The building and drive are surrounded by a white picket fence, green lawn, and shrubbery.
Global Country of World Peace capital building in Maharishi Vedic City

During a four-day Vedic ceremony in October 2000, Nader was honored by Maharishi as Maharaja (great king) Adhiraj Rajaraam and given responsibility for the Global Country of World Peace and, in 2008, became the Maharishi's successor.[2][24] During these transitions, Nader was reportedly given various titles including "Vishwa Prashasak Raja Raam", "Adhi Raam", and "Raja Nader Raam".[25][26][7][27] In 2002, Nader was invited by the mayor of Maharishi Vedic City to take residence at The Mansion Hotel, which serves as the capital of the conceptual Global Country of World Peace.[28] In 2008, a spokesman said Nader would reign in silence and communicate through his governing council.[29]

Nader published his second book, called Ramayan In Human Physiology in 2011, documenting the correlation between the characters, relationships, locations, and events of the Valmiki Ramayana with the structures and functions of human physiology.[2][3][9][30] Nader says that his study does not conclude that the Ramayana belongs to any one religion or race or belief system. Rather, the Ramayana is the story of Natural Law and how it unfolds in every individual and the universe.[2] In 2012, Nader was the keynote speaker on a tour of 10 cities in North American, entitled "A New Paradigm: Veda, Consciousness, the Ramayana, and the Self". His presentation in Chicago to 650 Indian Americans received a standing ovation.[2] During the tour, Nader gave presentations on “Embodying Totality” and “Introductory Seminar on the Ramayan in Human Physiology".[3]

Nader in his book, Human Physiology-expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature, postulated that the physical and material are aspects of Consciousness rather than Consciousness being an epiphenomenon of physical matter or a product of the brain and the nervous system.[31] During his 2014 course, Hacking Consciousness, at Stanford University, he presented its mathematical framework.[32] Subsequently, he describes with further mathematical detail his postulate that multiplicity including all matter arises from a primordial singularity of Consciousness through the spontaneous phenomenon of Consciousness actually exercising its basic nature of being conscious and thus knowing itself.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Born and raised in Lebanon, Nader is also a French citizen.[33] Nader discovered Transcendental Meditation as a pre-med student and through it was able to overcome the trauma of war that he had experienced growing up during a civil war in Lebanon.[34]


  • Nader, Tony (1994) and (2000) Maharishi Vedic University, Human Physiology: Expression of Veda and the Vedic Literature (ISBN 9788175230170)[5]
  • Nader, Tony (1995) Maharishi Vedic University Press, La découverte du Veda et de la littérature védique dans la physiologie humaine: la science moderne et la science védique ancienne découvrent les fondements de l'immortalité[35]
  • Nader, Tony (2011) Maharishi Press Ltd, Ramayana in Human Physiology[9]
  • Nader, Tony (2012) Maharishi University of Management Press, Consciousness Is Primary, Illuminating the Leading Edge of Knowledge[36]
  • Nader, Tony (2021) Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, SA. Digital edition One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness [37]


  1. ^ Canadian corporate record for Global Country of World Peace
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  13. ^ Williams, Patrick Gresham, The Spiritual Recovery Manual: Vedic Knowledge and Yogic Techniques for Addicts, Codependents and Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families, "Dr. Nader is an M.D. with a Ph.D. from MIT", p. 230
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  17. ^ Mizroch, Amir (July 23, 2006). "Forget the F-16s, Israel needs more Yogic Flyers to beat Hizbullah. 30-strong TM group, sole guests at Nof Ginnosar Hotel, say they need another 235 colleagues to make the country safe". The Jerusalem Post. p. 04.
  18. ^ Brink, Susan (October 2, 1991) [2] Journal charges doc with interest conflict. Boston Herald, p. 9. "The journal also found that others connected with the business, including Dr. Tony Nader, overstated their ties to prestigious institutions, such as Harvard, MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital. Nader was asked in a 1986 letter by Dr. Richard Wurtman of MIT not to imply that Nader's 'low-grade kind of investigation' is sanctioned by MIT."
  19. ^ Wilkie, Curtis (December 13, 1987). "No Coffee, No Booze, No Smoking, No Steaks – But Lots Of Oil". The Boston Globe. p. 12."After morning treatment, have a final consultation with Chopra's associate, Dr. Nader."
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  22. ^ (1995) The Economist, Vol. 335, Issues 1713–7916, "Keynote speaker Tony Nader, MD, Ph.D., will present his recent discovery of how Natural Law manages the physiology, and the application of this knowledge to prevent and eliminate problems in all areas of management."
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  33. ^ "Dr. Tony Nader – International Yoga Festival". Retrieved 2023-11-24.
  34. ^ "One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness – Simple Answers to the Big Questions in Life | How To Academy". Retrieved 2023-11-24.
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  36. ^ Nader, Tony (2014) Consciousness Is Primary, MUM Press
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