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"Close the eyes and transcend, open the eyes and read the Vedic Literature in Sanskrit." — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The Hamburg Ātreya Śhikṣhā Codex

Shiksha is one of the structuring dynamics of Rk Veda. It highlights the quality of EXPRESSION involved in structuring Rk Veda. With reference to consciousness, Shiksha comprises the specific sets of laws of Nature that are engaged in promoting the quality of Rishi — the observer, the witnessing quality — within the Samhita level of consciousness, providing a structure to the eternally silent, self-referral, self-sufficient, fully awake state of consciousness, which is intimately personal to everyone.

In the physiology, Shiksha is represented by the structures which compute and express the internal aspects of the physiology, such as its biochemical constituents, temperature, pressure, etc. (the expressions of the autonomic nervous system).These expressions are channeled via the autonomic ganglia. These are 36 on each side of the spinal cord, corresponding to the 36 books of Shiksha.

— Prof. Tony Nader-Ram
in Human Physiology:

Expression of Veda and the
Vedic Literature,
pp. 80-81

The Hamburg Ātreya Śikṣā Codex contains 36 Śikṣā texts collected and carefully transcribed on palm leaves in the Grantha script by Cakra, son of Rāma Aiyyangār of Ūruttiṭi. Written in a strong and consistent handwriting, these texts span the entire range of topics belonging to Śikṣā, "Vedic phonology." This rare collection, recently photographed and transcribed from the original palm-leaf bundle preserved in the Hamburg Staats-Universitaets Bibliothek, is the broadest, most comprehensive collection of Vedic phonological texts ever assembled. Texts by the sages Vasiṣṭha, Vyāsa, and Bharadvāja are supplemented by the work of lesser known authors belonging to the Taittirīya recension of Kṛṣṇa Yajur Veda, to present the pinnacle of achievement in Vedic phonology. The 36 texts belonging to the Hamburg Ātreya Śikṣā Codex are presented here in the Devanāgarī script. This palm leaf collection of 36 Śikṣā texts teaches the range and depth of technologies for preserving the perfect pronunciation of the Vedas, generation after generation. It is a precious timeless and eternal knowledge of how to preserve that which is nitya, eternal, and apauruṣeya, uncreated by man, the Veda in its perfect purity, free from the ravages of time and unobscured by the limitations of human intellect.