Volume 9 Issue 12 | June 15, 2020
University News for Faculty and Staff
Dear Faculty and Staff,

As you may know Karen Ballinger and many volunteers have organized and made about one thousand reusable cloth masks for use by students, staff, and faculty. 

Masks have been handed out in the Argiro Student Center for several weeks but not everyone has been going there. If you still need a mask, please email Tom Brooks with your name and MIU box number and we will put a mask for you in your MIU mailbox.

Please protect everyone and wear your mask whenever you are out in public and please be vigilant on social distancing.  If you visit Argiro, please also remember that it is now required to wear a mask while inside.

We all thank Karen and the many volunteers for making these masks!

email:  tbrooks@miu.edu

Tom Brooks

Please include your box number and whether you have a small jawline or need a larger side.

COVID-19 Test Results on Campus

Dear Members of the MIU Community,

We will continue to keep you updated on the latest situation regarding COVID-19 on our campus.

As we previously advised on June 1, widespread testing has identified several workers who work on campus, but who reside off-campus, who tested positive for COVID-19 over the last month. 

While the total number of cases has increased a bit, all those who have tested positive are either without symptoms, are recovering, or have recovered. They have all been in isolation in their off-campus residences, and will not be permitted to return to campus until they are without symptoms for 14 days,   and have had a subsequent negative COVID test.

No campus residents have tested positive for COVID-19 to date

All those in the affected worker units, whether or not having symptoms, have been tested, and regular retests are being administered. Any testing positive are placed in isolation.

The State of Iowa, while holding steady, is still hovering near its assumed peak — so this is not the time to let our guard down. 

We therefore encourage everyone on the MIU Campus to remain vigilant, to practice social distancing, and to wear face coverings while in public. Since June 1, masks have been required in the Argiro Student Center and in all major administrative and academic buildings. 

We continue to urge campus residents to stay on campus and avoid going into town as much as possible. 

We are closely monitoring the situation in Fairfield and across Iowa, and will continue to make adjustments to our policies in order to ensure the safety of our MIU community.

With best wishes,
President Hagelin

Trouble Making Ends Meet During COVID-19?
Click here to review an article which may offer assistance to anyone we know from our University and community who might be in financial trouble or distress. You can skim the article and select Iowa, to view the State benefits that are now available for rent, mortgage and more.
Open Positions at Maharishi School
1. Enrollment Management Director - Responsible for leading enrollment, admissions, marketing, recruiting, onboarding, and summer camp efforts within Maharishi School.  See job profile .
2. Middle School Math Teacher - Full-time, grades 6–8
3. Lower School Classroom Teacher
4. Physical Education Teacher - Full-time, grades 1–12
5. IT Tech Support / Computer Science Teacher - Can be combined or separate positions
6. 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
The Basis of Strong Immunity is Balance - The Ayurvedic Perspective by Alan Marks, CEO, April 27, 2020
Ayurveda is the science of balance. The focus on symptoms or particular illnesses circulating at any given time is not the primary focus of Ayurveda. It is certainly concerned with these, but rather it addresses the core of health, that which allows illness to take place in the first place – imbalance. Ayurveda encourages daily, life-long attention to maintaining balance. When our body is in balance, when our doshas are in balance, we naturally respond in the most powerful way to our environment, whether it be stressful situations, environmental pollution, or pathogens. Ayurveda talks of the “seed and land theory” – if the land is fertile the seed will grow. If the body is out of balance, stress, or pathogens will have a place to take root.

How is balance achieved?
First, digestion. The best place to start is with digestion. 

Get ready to step into summer! ️

We hope you are taking time to get outdoors and be physically active as the weather begins to warm up across Iowa. Whether you like to run, bike or walk – exercise is an effective tool to improve our physical and mental health! 
How do I practice social distancing outdoors?
Studies continue to show regular exercise – particularly walking – dramatically lowers your risk for heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes and weight-related health issues.
With recreation facilities currently closed or operating at limited capacity due to COVID-19, many people are engaging in recreational activities outside.

This is causing some outdoor spaces like parks, trails, sports fields/courts, and even neighborhood sidewalks to become increasingly crowded. This increase makes the  CDC's six-feet social distancing recommendations  harder to maintain.

Outdoor spaces offer options for exercise and recreation, but they must be used responsibly to limit the spread of COVID-19. There are some simple tips that can help you and others stay healthy when they are spending time outside – these tips may not always be fun to follow, but they are very easy to do! Stay safe and practice social distancing outdoors with these tips:

New eCard - Narmada Ashtakam
This joyful recitation brings the influence of purity and peace. It can be listened to at any time and as often as you like.

Please click here or on the picture to view the eCard and listen to the recitation. This recitation can also be found on the Maharishi Veda App.
Maharishi Speaking on Starting Bhagavad-Gita Commentary
Each page has audio and text from this 1971 lecture, along with some rare pictures of Maharishi. The beautiful background painting of the eBook is by Werner Bandel.

To view the eBook, click here or on the picture. It is best viewed on Google Chrome. Please turn the pages slowly to allow the audio bar to load and start playing.
New eBook - Maharishi in India, 1961
This new eBook has a series of pictures of Maharishi in India from 1961. The beautiful background painting is by Werner Bandel.

To view the eBook, click here or on the picture, best viewed on Google Chrome. Please turn the pages slowly and click on any page to enlarge.
The Critical Call for Consciousness:
Education in the Time of COVID-19
Our end-of-the-year fundraising goal is to raise $200,000. A few generous donors will match every donation you make from now until June 30, dollar for dollar.

We will invest these matching dollars, continuing to adapt to the needs of the COVID situation. This includes creating three possible scenarios for the fall—in person, online, and a combination of both—providing programs to enrich student experience, as well as support recruitment and retention of top notch faculty.
“Your school community has an incredible leg up on most of the rest of the world right now in that you have an existing routine for folks to stay grounded and mindful. Hang in there.” 
—Head of prestigious Midwestern private school

At Maharishi School we’ve continued to prioritize consciousness by investing our most precious non-renewable resource—time. Our students in grades 5-12 have twice daily Transcendental Meditation and yoga—to optimize their brain coherence, reduce stress, and to connect with that silent core that is waiting within each of us. 
Upcoming Events and Courses
President Hagelin's webinars now available

For those of you who may have missed President Hagelin's recent Webinar series, you can click below for each of the three Webinars.


If you have not already given to the Annual Fund, please consider doing so. To donate,  click here   or visit our website at  https://giving.miu.edu/  to learn more about other projects and other ways to give to MIU.
Join Us for our Next Live Webinar
What is the Special Role Solar Energy Plays in a Maharishi Vastu Home?
Thursday June 11th, 7:30 pm and
Tuesday June 16th, 1:30 pm

Jon Lipman, our National director for North America, will discuss the ways in which Solar Energy compliments Maharishi Vastu:
  1. Photovoltaic electric generation (PV)
  2. Solar Thermal (heating water)
  3. Passive Solar (heating the home directly from the Sun)
  4. Solar Air Heating

There will be ample time to answer your questions during the webinar.

Click on the links below to access the appropriate registration page for either event. WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO SHARE THIS LINK WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

An email confirmation will be sent with your personal link to the online event. A reminder email will also be sent to you one day before the event.

Thursday, June 11th   at 7:30 PM
(click on THIS link to register for the Thursday webinar)

Tuesday, June 16th   at 1:30 PM
(click on THIS link to register for the Tuesday webinar)

You may submit questions in advance to:  info@maharishivastu.org , OR submit your questions thru the Q & A icon during the webinar.

We look forward to sharing with you the timely and extraordinary knowledge of Maharishi Vastu architecture.
This special online course, offered by MIU for the first time, includes deep insights into the development of higher states of consciousness and features a selection of Maharishi’s talks, as well as discussion, exercises, and engaging personal stories of life with Maharishi to illustrate the knowledge for everyone.
It will be taught by Dr. Peter Warburon who worked closely with Maharishi for 36 years. Maharishi personally trained Dr. Warburton to offer these unique Total Knowledge courses, which present the full range of Maharishi’s knowledge in a delightful manner that requires no special prerequisite other than practicing Transcendental Meditation.
Course schedule:  Tuesday, July 14 – Saturday, August 22 (Tuesday and Saturday Afternoons – 12 Sessions) 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm US Central Time Online via Zoom. 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 discounted price for everyone during this difficult time of the coronavirus.
Prerequisite:  Suitable for all Meditators, Sidhas, and TM Teachers/Governors

For more information, please visit:  https://miu.edu/total-knowledge-and-higher-states

Check out more courses at  https://miu.edu/ce  and  MIU Online Enrichment Courses
“In our world, we want to see all our people peaceful, happy, fulfilled, integrated, fully enlightened, and in possession of all possibilities. Creativity which will be unlimited, unbounded, eternal and ever lasting.“…and that is the gift that has been coming on from Guru Purnima.” Maharishi, 2005

Starting on June 25, this month’s U.S. National Yagya will continue through our nation’s Independence Day―and culminate on Guru Purnima, July 5―when it is traditional to offer gratitude to our teacher for his priceless gifts to us.

What better way to express our gratitude to Maharishi than by launching the largest National Yagya yet! A yagya which activates the life-supporting dynamics to move us gracefully through this period of profound transformation—to the high level of dignity, harmony, and abundance that Maharishi always envisioned for us.

The Sankalpa (intention) of the Yagya will be:

A smooth transition to a safe, healthy, and prosperous nation―for all of its people.

At this most auspicious and critical time, we hope that you will be more inspired than ever to give, and to give generously.

Please  CLICK NOW  to offer your support.

And—if at all possible—commit to regular monthly sponsorship to be included in every National Yagya throughout the year.  CLICK HERE

When you make a gift of $1,250 or more, you, your family, someone you designate, or your company will be acknowledged by name on each day of the Vedic performance.

May abundant good fortune smile on America, and may Maharishi’s great legacy of peace and enlightenment permanently bless the human race.
Exercises Classes Via Zoom
Monday to Friday

Go to:

and click "Join a Meeting" option from the top menu bar. And then just put the event ID number in at the appropriate time and date. The event ID is the 11 digit number between the name of the workout and the photo of the instructor.

Online Group Instruction and Practice of Maharishi Yoga SM  Asanas and Pranayama for Men and Women

Every Friday at 4:00 pm Central Time (60 min.), followed by a 20-minute Online Group Meditation

►  Register here  (no charge)

Led by Maharishi International University Faculty
Benefits of Maharishi Yoga Asanas and Pranayama
  • Maharishi Yoga Asanas remove physical stresses, create greater integration of mind and body, strengthen flexibility, and improve health.
  • Pranayama helps to settle the body and mind, which, along with asanas, deepens your TM® experience.

  • Prior instruction in the TM technique
  • Comfortable sports or yoga wear
  • A yoga mat or thick blanket
  • A settled environment

No charge At this time, this class is being offered as a free service.
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
LIVE Every Day 11 AM: Join Dr. Tony Nader M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R.

Meditation & knowledge
for creating calm in mind & body
Every day at 11:00 AM
Please join Dr. Tony Nader for a continuation of his series of live 30‑minute sessions on meditation, insight, and practical techniques for reducing stress and creating calm in mind and body.

WHEN: Every day at 11 AM CDT.

WHERE:  Click this link  or visit Dr. Nader’s Facebook Videos page, and look for the video labeled LIVE. (It will be in the upper left corner under ALL VIDEOS.) Registration is not required. The sessions are free and open to the public.

Each session ends with a brief meditation, with thousands around the globe meditating at the same time. Connect to your inner Self through the Transcendental Meditation technique and help create inner and outer coherence. Friends and family are invited.
Special Articles
Meditation Basics by Doug Rexford is the best short video intro to Transcendental Meditation
Meditation has gone mainstream. Many celebrities, business executives, and health experts practice and recommend it. In his short (5-minute) comprehensive video,  Meditation Basics , Douglas Rexford explains the essentials and benefits of meditation practice. He covers the main types of meditation, their differences, and impact on the brain.

This well-paced presentation includes a wide range of visuals with highlights from some of the hundreds of scientific research findings on  Transcendental Meditation (TM) , and its use in health, education, business, and rehabilitation settings, including veterans with PTSD. Rexford emphasizes the effortlessness and effectiveness of TM practice, which can be learned by people of all ages. Enjoy the video and share it.

By Dr. Robert M. Oates
Reviewed by William T. Hathaway
May 29, 2020
At last a book that not only makes quantum physics understandable for general readers but shows how it has practical value for us. Author Dr. Robert M. Oates Jr. presents this abstract, theoretical topic in a step-by-step manner that makes it comprehensible. He explains the discoveries that are revolutionizing the way we see the world, and he captures the drama and conflicts involved in overthrowing the old scientific worldview and building the new. In conclusion he presents the benefits this knowledge can have for our individual lives.

More information on Consciousness and the Quantum is available at  https://miupress.shop/other-authors/consciousness-and-the-quantum-1.html .
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.
Lynn Shelton in Seattle in 2012. She had released “Your Sister’s Sister” the year before. Credit...Stuart Isett for The New York Times

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.

For 34 years, this Delhi-based company has been using Ayurveda to cure diseases; Maharishi Ayurveda was founded by Anand Srivastava with an aim to rid people of their suffering through traditional medicines. After a span of 34 years, the company now clocks a turnover of Rs 75 crore and exports to the US, Europe, and other international markets. By  Palak Agarwal
India has a long history of using the age-old practice of Ayurveda to treat human ailments. Also known as the ‘mother of all healing systems’, Ayurveda was usually taught orally for thousands of years, and the knowledge has transcended through its followers. The beginning of Ayurvedic company Maharishi Ayurveda also harks back to the time when Swami Brahmanand Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath, preached that ‘life is bliss’, and that ‘life reflects itself in suffering and stress when people do not accord with nature.’ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi took it upon himself to spread this message, along with propagating the Vedic sciences like Yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. 

Incorporated in 1986, Maharishi Ayurveda was created by Anand Srivastava with an aim to rid people of their suffering, and thereby, create a ‘disease-free society’. In an interaction with SMBStory, Anand says, 

“I connected with Maharishi Ji in the 1970s and was a follower of his teachings. My inclination towards Ayurveda started from there seeing the profundity of this science. Hence, with Maharishi Ji’s blessings, I thought to spread

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