Volume 9 Issue 15 | July 27, 2020
University News for Faculty and Staff
Dear Faculty and Staff,

Fantastic News!

Thanks to you, we achieved our ambitious 2019-2020 Annual Fund target of $2.25 million! On top of that, we raised a further $2.25 million in crucial Endowment/Reserve funds—to help carry us through the serious pandemic we face, and any future challenges.

Thanks to your generous support, we not only survived the Year of the Coronavirus, but we grew substantially, raising our total enrollment to a record 1,857 students!

And projections for Fall 2020 include:
  • A 23% increase in our on-campus undergraduate students
  • A 26% increase in our online undergraduates
  • A 67% increase in online master’s programs, led by our MS in Maharishi AyurVeda & Integrated Medicine, our Master in Software Development, and our new MS in Aromatherapy

Our students won numerous prestigious awards this year for their truly outstanding achievements. Our faculty continued to publish highly significant, high-profile scientific research in leading journals.

Over this summer we will see the most high-profile transformation of our campus since the Argiro Student Center. The old, historic Student Union will become the Wege Center for the Arts. It will include:
  • A new Grande Façade, utilizing advanced engineering and space-age materials, including state-of-the-art insulating glass, walls, doors, lighting, shading—all top notch—to handle the different seasons and changing sun and weather
  • A complete refurbishment of the Eastern staircase (the main vastu entrance) leading up from the Grace Ananda Recreation Center
  • A complete restoration of the exterior concrete and stucco (mostly done)
  • Extensive interior renovations and improvements (mostly done)
  • Final tweaks to the HVAC engineering and renovation (mostly done)
  • Full, lush landscaping all around

These and so many other historic achievements would not have been possible without the great generosity of our cherished donors!
Year after year, our dear, dedicated friends from throughout the world help us reach our critical goals. And we thank all of you—this year especially—for helping us yet again.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
With our love and best wishes,
John Hagelin
Open Positions at Maharishi School
Maharishi School is currently interviewing for the following positions for the 2020-21 school year:

1. Middle School CCLS, Social Studies Teacher –  A TM Teacher is preferred for this position. Teaching grades 6-8 Consciousness, Connections and Life Skills, grade 6 World Geography and grade 7 World History.   See Job Profile
2. Enrollment Management Director - Responsible for leading enrollment, admissions, marketing, recruiting, onboarding, and summer camp efforts within Maharishi School.  See job profile .
3. Alumni Relations – 10 hours per week. A school alum is preferred for this position.
4. Central Office Manager - 8:00–4:30 during the school year

Contact Terry Weiss, Human Resources: tweiss@maharishischool.org

Please submit your resume, specifying the position in which you are interested.

It is the policy of Maharishi School not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, religion, age, political party affiliation, or actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices.
Health and Wellness
During this continuing health crisis, everyone is concerned about maintaining their immunity and resistance to potentially devastating disease.  While this is a necessary concern, the theme of this gathering of renowned physician-leaders who specialize in prevention, is to go beyond the basics of maintaining immunity to the opportunity to transform one’s health to higher states of positive mind-body well-being.

Join us for 90 minutes of informative and practical breakthroughs for Transforming Health.
Special Yagya Opportunity for Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmasthtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, falls on August 11th this year.
This auspicious day in the Vedic calendar has the quality of enlivening and speeding the growth to enlightenment.

This is an ideal opportunity for a Well-Being Special Yagya. You may even have a birthday or planned a special starting point in your life on or near that time.

Applying for these yagyas is very easy and can be done  here . Please request your yagya at least seven days in advance. To read more about the Special Yagyas please click  here .

All proceeds from the yagyas go towards supporting the Maharishi Vedic Pandits in India and are deeply appreciated.

Thank you so much for your very kind support.

With best wishes,
Raja Harris, Arlene and RR Lauren

New eCard - Rudrashtakam - Just recorded at the Brahmasthan of India
One beautiful recitation that guests often comment on at the Brahmasthan of India is Rudrashtakam which they hear during Atirudrabhishek. It brings the enlivenment of eternal silence and peace. It can be listened to at any time and as often as you like.

Please click here or on the picture above to view the eCard and listen to the recitation.
Protecting Against New Employment-Related Cyber Scams

New cyber threats are emerging. More remote work is being performed than ever before due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and criminals are taking advantage through new methods of attack. The following example of someone losing their unemployment insurance benefits actually happened to someone in one of our organizations.

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is also warning people of a  phishing scam , saying that an email may appear to be from a state workforce agency. Criminals seeking to acquire the recipient’s personal information — such as passwords, account numbers and/or Social Security numbers — may be looking to either collect unemployment insurance in the victim’s name or to change the victim’s bank account number to one of their own and direct unemployment insurance money to that account.

The link in this phishing email sends the victim to what looks like a Microsoft SharePoint website, which requires the user to sign in using a Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo! or other user account. However, no state workforce agency requires use of a secondary account to sign into their systems, the OIG notes. Every state workforce agency requires creation of a user account unique to their website, and while users may need to initially provide a personal email address, they won’t be asked to log on with that email address.
Box Lunches at the Golden Dome Market

Starting Monday, July 27th
Only available to MIU/Maharishi School Faculty and Staff, MIU Students. Also, IA Grant participants who live on campus.
$10 for 1 Boxed Lunch (a little over 1 pound of food).

The menu for the box lunches is set and the same for everyone.
You have the choice of Tofu or No Tofu (on days tofu is offered).
If you don't want Tofu, then we will replace it with more of the main dish.
No substitutions for dairy or wheat items. Sorry. 

Dahl is $3.50 for a bowl or $2.00 for a half.

Desserts are available in our dessert case in the Market.
Desserts often include Chickpea Burfi and Gluten-Free Cookies.
Fresh bread is also usually available.

How it Works (please read carefully)
You have to call in your order before picking up inside the market.
Café: 641-472-7000 Ext. 5310
We open at 9 AM and can take your order starting then.
Choose a pick-up time when you call.

Pick-up your order between 12 noon - 1 PM downstairs in the Market.  
No customers are allowed upstairs.
We cannot take orders after 1:00 PM.

This box lunch service is available Monday through Friday.
No curbside service for box lunches at this time.
Upcoming Events and Courses
Now Online: Courses for Self-Knowledge and Personal Growth

Maharishi International University offers a wide range of online noncredit courses for personal development. These courses have no exams and no required homework assignments—just deep learning about fascinating topics. Here are some exciting ongoing and upcoming courses.
Create a healthier, more balanced physiology  by learning and practicing  Maharishi Yoga SM  Asanas and Pranayama (breathing exercises) in a group.
Sessions are led by Maharishi International University faculty and followed by a 20-minute online Group Meditation.

Now offered two times per week
Fridays at 5:00 pm ET (60 min.)
4:00 pm CT | 3:00 pm MT | 2:00 pm PT
Followed by a 20-minute Online Group Meditation

Sundays at 11:00 am ET (60 min.)
10:00 am CT | 9:00 am MT | 8:00 am PT
Followed by a 20-minute Online Group Meditation

Course Fee: FREE
Prerequisite: Suitable for all Meditators, Sidhas, and  TM  Teachers

Maharishi Aroma Therapy Foundation Course

Live online for the first time 

10 August - 4 September 2020

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 
15:30 - 17:00 CEST

For Meditators, Sidhas, and TM Teachers

Apply by 28 July

Take the wonderful opportunity this summer to immerse yourself in this online foundational training course in Maharishi Aroma Therapy with Dr Nadine Thomas, head of the Maharishi Aroma Therapy Department at Maharishi College of Perfect Health International.

Course participants will benefit from a beautiful blend of knowledge and experience, enjoying the development of finer and finer levels of consciousness throughout this delightful online course.
In the wake of the George Floyd tragedy and its ensuing social repercussions, several MIU students were moved to respond.

Student Dale Wilke, adjunct faculty, Paul Morehead Jr, and Team Changemakers stepped up to host a conversation with leaders of the Black community, including:
  • Rena Boone, Executive Director of the Meditation Center at THEARC
  • Ra Frye, Executive Director of Pride ROC & GRR Passages (gang rehabilitation program)
  • MIU alumni Ethel Paris and Dominique Ragland

The guests, who all practice TM ® , took the discussion topics in passionate, powerful directions, especially focusing on solving issues by cultivating inner unity instead of just surface level solutions.

NOW AVAILABLE — The replay of their conversation — UPROOTING RACISM: Exploring and Disrupting Systemic Racism — on the  Mighty Fine Changemakers  podcast series.

Listen to podcast on  iTunes  or  Spotify

Team ChangeMakers
TM Connect: Join the Daily Group Meditation

Call in & enjoy your morning/evening meditation with a large group—from the comfort of your home
No reservations needed. Just call in.

Support your regular practice with this new option for daily morning and afternoon group meditations—connect by phone or Zoom (audio only).

Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, will host the call, offer a few important reminders on proper practice, and take you in and out of meditation.

Join the large group meditation by calling in, and catch the wonderful wave of silence generated by thousands meditating together.

How to connect
FOR BEST RESULTS, connect by Zoom. Download the Zoom app on your device, and click this link:  https://zoom.us/j/177174913 .
SECOND CHOICE: To phone in, use 929‑205‑6099 or 253‑215‑8782, then enter the Meeting ID 177‑174‑913#.

Weekday morning schedule: 6:00 am or 8:15 am

Daily afternoon schedule: 5:00 pm

Weekend morning schedule: 7:30 am or 8:15 am
Special Articles
The Technique of Making Thought Powerful, Teachings by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi  
July 13, 2020 by  Sunny Lane  
Maharishi offers tools for all aspects of living including thinking, speaking, action, behavior, health, education, and more. He shares that when we approach these many aspects of life from a point of pure awareness, we are infused with the powerful source of creation that can be accessed in pure consciousness.


The world was ready for Maharishi, and he was ready for us. Spending decades not only preparing his intellectual mind by becoming a trained physicist, Maharishi was a scholar and teacher devoted to learning the wisdom of integrated life that was advanced by the Vedic Ṛishis of ancient India. Maharishi later introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique to the world through personal instruction and his book, The Science of Being and the Art of Living.

With China and India on the cusp of another futile war in November of 1962, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi retreated to Lake Arrowhead, California. It was in the San Gabriel Mountains with crisp air and tall pine trees that he recorded a blueprint for practical life based on ancient wisdom and contemporary scientific thinking. The Science of Being and the Art of Living was recorded and transcribed in just a couple of months time, where Maharishi integrated milenium of knowledge in 300 pages (Maharishi Vedic University, 1986). In this timeless account, Maharishi aligns traditional systematized scientific objective knowledge with importance of direct subjective experiences. The book’s four sections, being, life, living, and fulfillment offers an alternate path to happiness and contentment by bringing a more fully integrated state of Being to the surface.

Experiencing the Self - Insights from The Desk of Dr. Nader M.D., PH.D., M.A.R.R
“It’s an experience of totality, of wholeness. We’re experiencing consciousness by itself—pure awareness, pure Being.” —Dr. Tony Nader
One of the most beautiful things I experienced with Transcendental Meditation was that for the first time in my life—when I learned—I experienced the Absolute, the transcendental value, that which doesn’t change, inside of myself.

It’s a very profound discovery—this silent Being inside, which physics calls the unified field. This unified field is the source of all outward expression and outward creation.

Transcendental Meditation makes this inner experience a possibility by allowing the mind to actually go beyond thought, beyond intellect, and even beyond the small sense of self. We move beyond the little self, the ego, to the bigger Self—the transcendental Self.

You close your eyes and you experience yourself. When we dive into our self, we experience “transcending,” which means “going beyond”: beyond thought, beyond the surface, beyond the relative changing world.

We transcend because the nature of the mind is to search for more, and when it has a glimpse that there is something more inside—and that “more” inside is the unified field—it becomes more open to that experience.

It’s an experience of totality, of wholeness. We’re experiencing consciousness by itself—pure awareness, pure Being—and we say that this pure Being is what we really know to be our true Self.

Each weekday, Bob Roth, best-selling author of Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation, releases a new episode of his  Stay Calm with Bob Roth  series on iHeartRadio. He shares bite-sized personal stories about the power of the TM technique, with simple, practical tips about living well.

In these turbulent, uncertain times, find a moment of calm by tuning in to Bob’s daily podcast. While we may not always have control over outside forces, there are things we can do to find that calm within.

Stay Calm with Bob Roth  is a daily reminder of the inner strength we already possess—and how our TM practice helps us tap into and expand that core of silence.

Subscribe for free to this popular new series—already over 70,000 subscribers in the first three weeks! Download and listen to the Stay Calm podcast on the iHeartRadio app, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Humor Corner
TM in the News
Lynn Shelton on Overcoming Her Darkest Moment on Set

In an interview in March for a book, the filmmaker spoke about her despair while shooting “Your Sister’s Sister,” and how she ultimately dealt with it.

By  Michael Dunaway May 20, 2020
What helped you get through it?
Meditation is a really important piece. I started by reading every book I could and trying out different practices. At the time there were no apps.

But somebody gave me  “Catching the Big Fish”  by David Lynch. I read that book [which discusses Transcendental Meditation] and I remember saying, Oh my God, I want that. He talks about how it affects his creativity, and I was really interested in that, too. I’ve always been interested in different states of consciousness, and I yearned to be in this other place that he described.

After directing “Laggies,” a studio film that brought her first decent paycheck, she tried Transcendental Meditation.

The very first time, I felt like I was on some sort of hallucinogenic drug trip. I got so high. It’s funny because I say high and deep at the same time, but it’s like flying in a deep way. I don’t even know how to explain it. It was so different than anything I’d ever experienced in any other form of meditation. That was it; I was hooked.

Shelton went on to practice twice daily for 20 minutes at a time, anywhere she could find a spot, even in a set trailer or a parked car.

And what does that time do for you?
It’s like this gigantic reset button. It’s like getting high twice a day with nothing but great side effects, no hangover. I will say it changes. Sometimes if I’m really stressed out and there’s a lot going on in my brain, I’ll go through the monkey mind thing, and I’ll gently have to return to the mantra.

I’m a pretty high-strung person, or I was. On the first shooting day, there’s fires to put out. It can get very stressful. And then you get that reset button. You’re just like, OK, I’m ready for the next part of the day.

How I'm Living Now: David Lynch, Director
4/20/2020 by Seth Abramovitch

The auteur has been productive in quarantine, working on various art projects for what he anticipates will be the long haul: “I don’t really think I can make a film until there’s a vaccine.”
If someone is having a harder time with self-isolation, what could they do to cope better?
We’ve got this interior world and if it’s filled with fear and tension and worries, if they really want to clean the machine of negative things and bring in the gold, they need to get this technique — Transcendental Meditation. [It allows you] to dive within and transcend and experience the treasury within every human being, which is intelligence, creativity, peace, love, energy, happiness. They can get it in four days, about an hour and a half a day, from a legitimate teacher of TM and life will get so good.

Can people access TM courses now while in lockdown?
You need a legitimate teacher and the initial teaching is one-on-one. So you could be six or eight feet from the teacher at all times and learn this technique during this time of staying away from people. I know it’s a tricky thing to say, "Go out and get this now," but it’s there for them and they can get it.