Volume 10 Issue 1| January 11, 2021
University News for Faculty and Staff
Wishing a Very Happy and Fulfilling New Year to our Dear Faculty and Staff!

2020 was a year we will never forget.  

Thank you for your creativity, dedication, sacrifice and hard work that enabled us to successfully met every challenge that came our way. 

May the new year bring peace, health, happiness and prosperity to each of you and our entire world family.

Peace on a permanent basis can only be established on the basis of nourishing power — powerful nourishing power — invincible nourishing power. Such an eternally nourishing power is available in the evolutionary power of Natural Law, which administers the infinite diversity of the universe with perfect order and harmony.” Maharishi

Date and Time of Special Event January 12, 2021

The beginning of the new year is always a rich time for us. On January 12, 2021, Rashtra Geet begins at 8:00 am CDT: Celebrating the start of 2021, with Maharaja Adhiraj Rajaraam, beginning with Puja to Guru Dev and recitations by the Maharishi Vedic Pandits, followed by a tape of Maharishi. Then Maharaja will inaugurate the new year. This event will be broadcast on Maharishi Channel 3. 

Please note: The timeline slider on the Maharishi Channel allows viewers to go back and watch anything within the past 12 hours, if you miss the live broadcast.

An edited version of the full January 12 celebration in Holland, featuring the address by Dr. Tony Nader, the video of Maharishi, and the remarks of some of our global leaders including President Hagelin will also be available. The link will be sent on Tuesday afternoon, as soon as the editing is completed and will remain available for several days after that, so that you can watch it at a time convenient for you.
New Staff
Introducing Sule Aktar to MIU - ComPro OPT staff
ComPro is happy to introduce Sule Aktar who has joined their OPT Team with Josh, Jennifer and Heather.
Initially Sule will train to learn Heather’s position as Heather will take a few months of maternal leave starting February. She will also become a DSO to help with the OPT processing. Once Heather is back, we expect to need all 4 of them to cover the OPT and STEM OPT demands. This will be from the large group of students that came to the program last year (2019-20).
Sule is originally from Turkey, but came to MIU as a student in 1999 on the Certificate in Maharishi Vedic Science program. She then received a BA in Digital Media from MIU. She has worked in many areas including management, marketing, supervising and financial areas.
ComPro welcomes her and looks forward to working together to help their international students fulfill their dreams through their MIU education.
Open Positions
Departmental Assistant in Human Resources

Please contact cpassos@miu.edu if you know of anyone who is interested and qualified to fill any of this open positions.

Maharishi School is looking to fill three positions:
Facilities Care: help clean the school and assist with lunch service. Full-time, weekdays, 5:30am-1:30pm.
Lower School Lunch and Recess Supervisor: 11:50 - 12:50 on school days.
Children’s House Assistant Preschool Teacher: weekdays 8:30 – 1:00
Contact Terry Weiss at tweiss@maharishischool.org

Maharishi Foundation's Communication Dept is seeking an Internet Consultant and Legal Liaison to monitor the internet, review websites and social media platforms, and identify compliance issues.

Contact slamothe@tm.org

Maharishi International University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Health and Wellness
New Year's Resolutions - Food! "We are how we eat."
by Dr. Dinesh Gyawali 
The New Year brings new hopes, aspirations and resolutions. It is the time of the year when we set our goals to achieve for the next year. How many of us are able to actually act on our plans? Be it the promise to hit the gym every single day or make a schedule to socialize more often, even the best promise-keepers may find it hard to keep up with New Year’s resolutions. However, no matter how many times we’ve fallen behind, year after year, we never give up. And I say we shouldn’t! After all, the new year is all about starting new habits (good ones) and committing to the activities that lead to a more positive life — all leading in the direction of better health and happiness.

When thinking about resolutions for the new year, I encourage: "make it simple." Yes, let’s set goals that are achievable. Many times, we are so excited to set a higher benchmark that we often forget what our limitations and soft corners are. So, the most effective way to start out is to make resolutions that are simple and achievable. And, once we are actually able to keep up with our promise, think about the amount of fulfillment and joy it will bring to our lives.
I’ll offer one simple resolution to start the new year: bring attention to your diet.

Don’t get the impression that I’m now going to write a lengthy article about a dosha-specific diet, or a vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, vegan, or so-and-so diet. As I already said, keep it simple. Our diets have less to do with what we eat, and more to do with how we eat. Of course, what we eat matters, but definitely, the way we eat is just as important, although it is often overlooked.

Ready to set some new wellness goals for 2021? We’re here to help you start January off with the nurturing you need to be your best and brightest. Explore our Fresh Start Sale and take up to 50% off our most popular Ayurvedic formulas. You’ll find a little bit of everything—from immunity-boosting allstars and natural sleep aids, to uplifting aromatherapy, soothing bath salts, NEW grassfed ghee, and so much more.  
What a year 2020 has been. We have all navigated uncharted territory, and many of us are feeling the strain of all that we have collectively been through. Thankfully, many of us have the practice of Transcendental Meditation® to help us manage our stress, build up resilience, and even grow more fully within ourselves during these incredibly trying times.

Consider the unprecedented pressure on our healthcare workers, the troubling increase in domestic violence, and the added stress in communities that have been ravaged by generations of systemic oppression. All of these people could greatly benefit from learning Transcendental Meditation.

The need for TM is greater than ever this year.

Please consider donating to the “Compassion Fund” of our Meditate America initiative. You will give the gift of TM, which means you will give the gift of inner equanimity, clarity of thinking, and increased energy and focus to people who need it the most, including our heroic healthcare workers.
The Transcendental Meditation technique offers a simple, effective approach to short-term mental and physical relief and long-term well-being.

As ER Nurse Tanya Malcolm tells us, TM has been a vital anchor amidst the uncertainty and chaos of COVID-19.
As 2020 draws to a close, I invite you to end this one-of-a-kind year by giving the gift of peace, calm, and better health to someone in need, through your donation to Meditate America.

Wishing you and yours a healthy and safe New Year,

Bob Roth
CEO, David Lynch Foundation
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
We are getting closer to meeting our goal of $50,000 through the commitment of two generous donors. As we enter 2021, we need more than ever to create greater financial stability so the new school year can begin smoothly.

So many of you have given during the month of December. You’ve given small donations, large donations; some of you are first-time donors and some long-time givers. We know that each gift is wrapped with love and connects you to our Maharishi School family.

As there is still time to make a tax-deductible donation to Maharishi School, why not give today to support a brighter future for our dedicated teachers and our wonderfully resilient students. They deserve that and so much more in 2021!

Warmest Wishes and Happy New Year,

Laura Bordow, Development Director
On Behalf of the Students, Faculty, and Staff at Maharishi School
Notification about Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy

As mandated by the federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) of 1989, Maharishi International University distributes its Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policies to the Campus Community:

Notification about The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 2020

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report 2020 is now available for your review on MIU’s website:

The Report contains a summary of the University’s security policies applied on MIU Campus in Fairfield, in Headley Hall in Maharishi Vedic City, and on MIU’s other noncampus locations.
Maharishi Yagyas are powerful technologies to enliven the total intelligence of Nature. They nourish all of creation and help enliven peace in our world family. Every Yagya performed – large or small – reduces negativity in collective consciousness.

12 January 2021 – Maharishi coming out of Silence AUSPICIOUS and PRECIOUS

Curbside Service for Box Lunches Now Available to Everyone!

Available to anyone and everyone in the greater Fairfield area, including Maharishi Vedic City!

Order Here: 641-470-1375

IMPORTANT: The pick-up location will be in the Ladies' Dome Parking Lot-- not in front of the store.

$10 for 1 Boxed Lunch
Dahl $3.50 for a bowl or $2.00 for a half

Khichari Now Available!
$4.50 Whole and $2.50 Half

How it Works - Please Read Carefully
  • You must 1) Call in your order, 2) Pay on the phone 641-470-1375, and 3) Make an appointment time for your curbside pick-up box lunch.
  • Payment is made over the phone using your Dome Market Account, or by using a credit card over the phone (takes longer).
  • TIP: If you plan on using this service on a regular basis, then it is best to open an account with us. It is quick and easy!
  • Make your appointment for pick-up between Noon - 1 PM. Monday - Friday
  • Call to place an order after 9 AM along with pick-up time
  • The pick-up location will be in the Ladies' Dome Parking Lot-- not in front of the store.
  • Please call the Café when you arrive: 641-470-1375
  • In order to identify you in the parking lot, please put your name in big letters up in the window on a piece of paper.
  • Please have your mask on to receive your order
  • The menu for the box lunches is set and the same for everyone.
  • Substitutions are available for people with food sensitivities or a restrictive diet due to health concerns.
  • Menu items with tofu, wheat, and dairy may be replaced with the grains and vegetables available that day.
  • But you must let us know about your substitution when you call-in your order-- we need to know in advance.
Upcoming Events and Courses
Maharish's Early Years of Teaching: 1965 - 1975 Starts Monday January 25 at 8:00
January 25 – February 25, 2021
Monday and Thursday Evenings 8:00 - 9:15 pm (US Central TIme)

 Dr. John Boncheff will present Part Two of his fascinating and popular course, Maharishi’s First Years of Teaching: 1954-64. This new course will begin with the year 1965 and continue until Maharishi proclaims the Dawn of the Age of Enlightenment on January 12, 1975. It includes:
  • Rare talks by Maharishi on enlightenment, higher states of consciousness, and world peace.
  • Many pamphlets and news articles will be presented for the first time.
  • Maharishi’s trips to South America and to Iran in 1967 will be covered in his own words.
  • Maharishi’s interactions with many celebrities, including the Beatles, will be covered, as well as several rare talks in which Maharishi reviews these events. Rare footage and news articles describing these events will be presented.
  • Maharishi talks about the beginning of scientific research on TM.
  • Maharishi talks about the unique structure of the Science of Creative Intelligence.
  • The Teacher Training Courses from 1966 to 1970 in Rishikesh will be covered, as well as the courses in Estes Park, Mallorca, Fiuggi, and La Antilla.
  • Several talks by Maharishi in which he describes sudden insights that cause him to change the direction of his movement in 1971 and 1974.
  • An examination of how Maharishi gradually unfolded his seven states of consciousness, including a sequential unfolding of Unity Consciousness over a three-year period.
Free Talk: Sunday, January 25, 2021. Live 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm US Central Time. Click here to view the free talk.
Prerequisites: This course is open to all Meditators, Sidhas and TM Teachers. (Maharishi's First Years of Teaching: 1954 - 64 is not a prerequisite for this course.)
Course schedule: January 25 – February 25, 2021  Monday and Thursday evenings 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm US Central Time (Ten classes)

These Zoom sessions are live and will be recorded and posted for anyone who is unable to view them live.
Course Fee: $75 is the reduced course price for everyone during this difficult time of the coronavirus. (Normally, it would be $125.)

Take control of your health in the New Year with online Good Health course
Good Health through Prevention

Eliminating the basis of disease by bringing life
in accord with natural law

Live online with recordings available for three months

Open to everyone

13 February – 6 March 2020

10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00 CET

198 euros*

*There is a reduced price for lower-income countries;
please see the application form. The 198 euros price listed is excluding VAT.

Online Personal Development Workshop – starting 23 January 2021

A live, interactive online course over three weekends
with Dr Luis Alvarez. Open to everyone

23 January – 7 February 2021

Saturdays and Sundays
14:00-16:00 CET or 20:00-22:00 CET
Choose the time that works best for you

108 euros *

* There is a reduced price for lower-income countries;
please see the application form. The 108 euros price listed is excluding VAT.

Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Hindi, and Dutch

Are you looking for purpose and answers? Do you know the next steps you should take to find more fulfilment in your career, family, or spiritual life? And have you ever wondered what areas of Maharishi’s knowledge are most valuable for you – and how to apply them?

All who practice Transcendental Meditation are invited to join this workshop, as well as those who haven’t learned Transcendental Meditation yet, with Dr. José Luis Alvarez (also known as Raja Luis) and guest teachers guiding the experience. Designed for seekers who are ready to take the next step in their personal growth, this powerful workshop will take place over three weekends, with six sessions about two hours long each.
Participants will be introduced to specific aspects of Maharishi’s Science and Technology of Consciousness, including life purpose, development of consciousness, and human development and environment. By the end of the workshop, everyone will have a broader perspective and will be introduced to practical tools and transformative knowledge to take their next steps. Maharishi AyurVeda and Maharishi Jyotish (Vedic astrology) will be used to inform the content of the course and make it personalized for you.

Join us online in the New Year to spend three weekends on your personal development, and explore the profound applications of Maharishi’s knowledge in your life.

Maharishi’s Total Knowledge and Higher States of Consciousness, Part 1

With Dr Peter Warburton
Live, interactive, multilingual online course
18 January – 25 February March 2021

Available in English, Arabic, Russian, and other languages based on demand.

Mondays and Thursdays 18:30 – 19:45 CET

Free introductory session 18 January 18:30 CET

MERU is delighted to invite all Meditators to explore Maharishi's Total Knowledge with Dr Peter Warburton to start the New Year. Held for an international audience, with translations in multiple languages, part one of this special online course includes deep insights into the development of higher states of consciousness.

Over twelve sessions, participants will enjoy a refinement of experience and understanding of higher states of consciousness, appreciating more and more the profound truth that consciousness itself is the field of Total Knowledge, the field of all possibilities. The course features an inspiring selection of Maharishi's talks, as well as discussion, exercises, and engaging personal stories of life with Maharishi to illustrate the knowledge for everyone. 

Apply now for this international, multilingual course, and join us for the free introductory session of this special course on 18 January to get a taste of the course experience!

Or, apply simultaneously for both Parts 1 and Part 2, which will start immediately after Part 1, and receive a special discount.

Have you been enjoying the wonderful, new videos from Dr. Tony Nader and other TM speakers. Where can you find the replays ?

Please note: Replays will usually be posted within 2-3 days after the live event.
Maharishi YogaSM Asanas and Pranayama Online Group Instruction and Practice

Followed by a 20-minute Online Group Meditation.
Offered two times per week!

Led by Maharishi International University Faculty
TM Connect: Daily Morn­ing & After­noon Large Group Meditation More

No re­serv­ations needed. Just call in.

Meditate with thousands around the country! Bob Roth will host the call, lead a Group Meditation, and share insights about TM and brain functioning, with tips for balance in life.

► Connect by phone: dial (929) 205-6099 or (253) 215-8782, then enter Meeting ID 177 174 913#
Special Articles
Introducing the TM Experience to Youth in High-Risk Communities in South Africa | 52:34 
A conversation with Melanie Brown, Ph.D., and Marcia Abrahams

Melanie Brown, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of The Communiversity of South Africa in Cape Town. In 2012 she co‑founded this unique social enterprise with Marcia Abrahams, who is the school’s Director of Development and Training. The Communiversity of South Africa is a low-cost, pre-college, community-based program for youth in high-risk communities.

Dr. Brown earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley and Masters degrees in Psychology at Berkeley and in International Education at Boston University. She has worked in South Africa in educational development since 1995.

Ms. Abrahams is a native of South Africa and a graduate of the University of Cape Town, where she received her undergraduate degree in Education and her graduate degree in Oral Communication. She was a division head and managing director of a recruiting corporation in the IT industry.

The Communiversity of South Africa co-founders talk about the intense challenges facing many South African students and the importance of the TM technique for at-risk students in this pre-college school.

The Ramayana As The Expression of Human Physiology

The Ramayana is considered as a natural law

December 13, 2020
Dr. Tony Nader received his MD degree from the American University of Beirut, where he also studied internal medicine and psychiatry. He in his second book talks about how human physiology is associated with the Ramayana. The book takes one of the most purely subjective and spiritual records of knowledge in our mythological references, the Ramayana, and compares it to one of the most objectively-studied and scientifically-described aspects of life, that is human physiology.

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was an Indian guru born in 1918, who was also a disciple of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati and the Shankaracharya in the Himalayas. He was the person who introduced ‘Transcendental Meditation’ in the west.

Ramayana is for full enlightenment; Ramayana is for perfection in every profession; Ramayana is for mastery over Natural Law; Ramayana is for the fulfillment of any desire, one may have. Ramayana is to create a perfect man, a perfect society, and a perfect world. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

A broadcaster recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth.
Humor Corner
Especially for those of you who are working at home here is your One Minute HR Laugh Break!

Today's Weather? Room temperature

30 Days Hath September, April, June and November
All the rest have 31, except March which had 8000!

I just tried to make my own hand sanitizer and it came out as a rum & coke!

Happy hour is starting earlier and earlier.

If this keeps up, I'll be pouring wine in my cereal!

And the winner is...After a few weeks of not going out, I saw someone I knew walking by on the sidewalk. I immediately ran to the window and started yelling to him. Now I understand dogs.
TM in the News
3. Fairfield, Iowa
Population: 10,216

Fairfield, Iowa is one of the 25 coolest towns in America to visit in 2021 writes @MatadorNetwork
December 29, 2020
The Matador Team published a list of The 25 coolest towns in America to visit in 2021. Here is their opening paragraph.

2020 has been like a giant magnifying glass for our country, our cities, and ourselves. The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to reevaluate our priorities and examine what it is about travel that makes us all love it so much — and miss it when that privilege is taken away from us. It’s not the perks of an airport lounge or the Instagram likes you get on a vacation selfie. It’s the people and the places where we can connect with each other — be it with our travel companions or complete strangers.

Fairfield rated as #3

Half Sedona vibes, half Asheville vibes, Fairfield, Iowa, is a hard-to-describe kind of place. For starters, out of cornfields and swaths of soybeans pops up the world’s largest training center for the Transcendental Meditation technique.

Start-ups and small tech companies dot the 10,000-person town. The first Carnegie library outside of Pennsylvania stands two blocks from a vegetarian restaurant and a synagogue. You cannot categorize the Midwest, hard as the powers that be may try, and you certainly cannot categorize Fairfield.

The Maharishi International University — which explains the whole meditation bit — started drawing eclectic crowds here in the ‘70s; they traded Santa Barbara, California, for somewhere out of the way, even by Iowans’ standards, and the town’s eclectic fate was sealed. The crowds they drew, though, became the permanent kind; tourism isn’t a huge driver here, as showcased by the hotel offerings. That is, you may find yourself setting up shop at the Quality Inn. For now, at least. At this rate (it’s one of the fastest-growing spots in the state), the boutique hotels and retro lodges will come.

Don’t let that set your expectations, though. Today you have a bustling village that drools over both Casey’s pizza and Istanbul Grill; that designs its storefronts for sustainability (here’s to you, Chickadee); that grew a tech scene called “Silicorn Valley”; that alights with funky coffeehouses, art galleries, and cideries (cheers to Jefferson County Ciderworks); and that throws one hell of a First Friday. Realistically, there is not a quintessential Fairfield experience — the thing to do here is simply to shatter your own presuppositions. And then meditate on it.

The Untold Truth Of George Stephanopoulos

Jerry Seinfeld led George Stephanopoulos to Transcendental Meditation

Viewers learned a surprising fact about George Stephanopoulos when they tuned into a 2012 edition of Good Morning America, when he was joined by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Bob Roth, executive director of the David Lynch Foundation. As Stephanopoulos told viewers, "We're all here because we have something in common: we all practice Transcendental Meditation," which, he revealed, he learned about from Seinfeld.

During the discussion, Stephanopoulos and his guests cleared up some common misconceptions about TM, whose celebrity devotees also include Katy Perry and Howard Stern. Perhaps the biggest of these, he said, is that TM is some kind of religion, which it isn't. "It's a technique," explained Stephanopoulos. "It's compatible with all kinds of religions. What it really does is try to get the stress out of your life, and now scientists are finding real health benefits."

Admitting that the benefits of TM can be "hard to explain," Seinfeld said that meditating is "like having ... you know how your phone has a charger? It's like having a charger for your whole body and mind. That's what TM is."