Volume 10 Issue 5| March 8, 2021
University News for Faculty and Staff
International Women's Day 2021
Monday, March 8
Happy International Women's Day! This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge.” It was created to celebrate women's achievements — and inspire us to continue challenging gender injustices in the world today.

You may receive an email that looks like it comes from one of your coworkers, saying something like: "Can you do me a favor?" 

If you reply, the next email asks you to purchase a gift card on their behalf. The message may say they need the card immediately, but they are too busy to do it, and they will pay you back as soon as possible.

These emails are not legitimate. They are being sent by malicious entities who are impersonating people in your contacts list to gain your trust and exploit you. These kinds of fraudulent emails, known as "phishing", attempt to gain your trust to access your personal and/or credit card information, or to get money (in the form of gift cards).

DO NOT click any links or reply to such messages. Delete these emails immediately!

What to do next:
If you believe you have received this type of phishing email:
1. Contact the person whose name appears in the email (not by replying) to find out if the request is valid. Make sure the email address in the “To” field looks like nameofperson@miu.edu or nameofperson@mum.edu
Nameofperson refers to the contact who is purportedly sending the message.
2. If not, they should notify their colleagues to be on the lookout for fraudulent emails from them.
3. Contact helpdesk@miu.edu immediately to report the phishing attempt
4. If you suspect your account may have been compromised, contact the IT Helpdesk immediately at 641-472-1170.
Open Positions
Alumni Coordinator - Assist the Alumni Director in providing communications and services to MIU Alumni. Use Google Docs, Office 360, 4th Dimension and other web-mediated communications tools to provide services, events and communications for alumni.

Administrative Assistant for Career Services - Compro Department
Duties include front desk, communications, administration, customer service, database maintenance. Send resume and cover letter to jgarrett@miu.edu

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

Maharishi International University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Health and Wellness
When the sun lingers longer, the ground thaws and new growth starts to appear, this signals Spring, Kapha season — the time of year when we are slowly coming out of our winter hibernation.
As plants wake up, those of us who are sensitive to allergens might feel the effects of heavy Kapha dosha in the sinus and respiratory systems. Responsible for strength, stamina, and a healthy robust physiology, Kapha has great qualities. During Kapha season we have the opportunity to build a strong, healthy immunity. 

If you are feeling sluggish here are a few Ayurvedic tips to get the most of this time of year:
  • Get to bed early tonight, during the heavier Kapha time of the evening, which ends around 10:00 p.m. Sleeping during the Kapha time of the night can help you get a jump on the next day, before Kapha time rolls around again when the sun rises. Generally, Kapha time is from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., but varies from region to region. 
  • In the morning, warm some purified water and add a spoonful of raw honey and fresh lemon to flush toxins that your body processed while you were sleeping. (Note: Make sure the water is lukewarm and drinkable before adding honey as Ayurveda does not recommend consuming honey that has been heated.)
  • Digestion may naturally be weaker during the Kapha time of the day, especially during Kapha season. Aim to eat your main meal of the day at lunch, when your digestive fire is naturally at its peak. Increase your digestive fire by eating a fresh slice of ginger, or a small amount of ground fresh ginger, with a pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon juice, about ten minutes before a meal. 
  • Get moving with daily exercise. Take a short walk outside or practice a few Yoga sun salutations at home to refresh your body and mind and keep you motivated.
Complimentary Employee Guide
Get Started On a Wellness Journey

With this complimentary guide, you can review and make decisions to visit your doctor annually, eat a well-balanced diet, get enough exercise, prioritize sleep and manage stress - all these positive steps can help improve overall health and lower health care costs.

Although there’s an abundance of information and misinformation on the internet, these lifestyle changes aren’t complicated. Keep the strategies discussed in this guide in mind, and you will be well on the way to living a healthy, happy life.
The report indicates that despite this year's Covid-19 challenges, we have expanded student enrollment, a cash-positive financial situation, plus more good news:

  • Collaborations with world-class academic partners in Shanghai and Shenyang, China
  • The Grand Opening of the Wege Center for the Arts
  • Glowing accolades from the Higher Learning Commission
  • Details on the exciting new degree programs in Creative Writing, Regenerative Organic Agriculture, Aromatherapy, and Software Development
  • Increased campus diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Plus an intriguing and visionary report on groundbreaking research into the Hidden Sector of the Universe—Dark Matter.

Don't miss it, some say it's the best MIU University report ever!
Maha Shivaratri - Auspicious Time for a Well-Being Special Yagya
The highly auspicious Maha Shivaratri, 11 March this year, is that one day when the infinite peace and silence of Pure Consciousness is most accessible to bestow spiritual and material progress and fulfillment in life.

Through the performance of a Well Being Yagya/Special Yagya at this time, those qualities are further enlivened in one’s consciousness, and enhance the flow of progress in the direction of enlightenment.

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.
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

$4.50 Whole and $2.50 Half

MENU This Week

Monday, March 8th
Noodles & Nuts
Mustard Tofu w/ Kale
Vegetable Pot Pie (G, D)
Broccoli w/ Carrots
Butternut Squash

Tuesday, March 9th
Lemon Rice
Paneer W/ Green Beans in Coconut Sauce w/ Toasted Coconut (D)
Spinach Pie (G, D)
Zucchini Tian 
Roasted Yams

Wednesday, March 10th
Chinese Sweet & Sour Tofu Balls 
Creamy Cheesy Polenta w/ Pesto & Vegetables (D)
Cauliflower & Broccoli
Sliced Roasted Beets

Thursday, March 11th
Pasta Pesto
Chana Masala
Spinach Enchiladas (D)
Zucchini, Corn & Tomatoes 
Acorn Squash

Friday, March 12th
Saag Paneer 
Nut Burgers (D, G) 
Green Beans and Carrots 
Potatoes Au Gratin

G= Gluten  D= Dairy  GF= Gluten Free

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.
  • 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
Upcoming Advanced Technique Course

March 12th and 13th at the Peace Palace
“The purpose of Advanced Techniques is to take the experience to another, higher level. Advanced Techniques are like fertilizers; fertilizers bring better fruit to every tree. To enjoy greater achievement and fulfillment in life, take advantage of this beautiful program of Advanced Techniques to enrich the development of higher states of consciousness.” —Maharishi

Reminder: An orientation meeting is an opportunity to learn more about Advanced Techniques. It is free, and there is no obligation to take the course. But if you want to learn an Advanced Technique at this time, you must attend the orientation meeting and then fill out an application form.

Application / Orientation Meeting
Friday, March 12th at 2 PM
Personal Instruction: Friday Mar. 12th • 4 PM to 10 PM
Checking Meeting: Saturday Mar. 13th  9:30 AM Night Technique
                                 11:00 AM 2nd-4th Technique
Expand your knowledge of consciousness, starting 15 March
Maharishi’s Total Knowledge and Higher States of Consciousness, Part 2

With Dr Peter Warburton
Live, interactive, multilingual online course

15 March – 22 April 2021

Course fee: 108€ (excl. VAT)
There is a reduced price for lower-income countries,
please see the application form

Mondays and Thursdays 18:30–19:45 CET
Free introductory session 15 March 18:30 CET

Have you enjoyed a Total Knowledge course with Dr Warburton in the past? Or are you a TM Teacher, Sidha, or Meditator familiar with the basic concepts of Maharishi’s Vedic Science? Then you are warmly welcome to join us for Part II of Maharishi’s Total Knowledge and Higher States of Consciousness, as we continue to explore the wholeness of Maharishi’s knowledge with Dr. Peter Warburton.

Building on the curriculum from part one, part two of the Maharishi’s Total Knowledge course further reveals the profound details of the structure and fabric of consciousness. The course will feature a new selection of Maharishi’s talks, as well as discussion, exercises, and engaging personal stories of life with Maharishi to illustrate the knowledge for everyone.

With simultaneous translations being offered in Arabic and Russian, and other languages based on demand, this promises to be an accessible and insightful course for many around the world.
Introduction to Maharishi Vedic Architecture from MIU Online
We are pleased to announce that Maharishi International University (MIU) is now offering Introduction to Maharishi Vedic® Architecture through their distance education department. ‘Introduction to Maharishi Vedic® Architecture’ is a free online course suitable for those who do not practice Transcendental Meditation, as well as those who do, and also for Sidhas.

The eleven-lesson course consists of edited versions of our previous webinars, with 4 bonus videos. There will be periodic live question and answer sessions for the course participants. As an online course available at any time, it is suitable for people from all over the world!
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
“Supreme quiet.” “Deep peace and freedom.” “Resilience.” These are some benefits Black med­ita­tors and teachers in Los Angeles have gained from their TM practice. They have launched an ambitious new TM initiative to bring inner peace, well­ness, and em­power­ment to their community. 

Brain Integration: The Secret to Success | 51:31 

A discussion with neuroscientist Frederick Travis, Ph.D.
Frederick Travis, Ph.D., is the co-author of World-Class Brain: The Edge That Helps Peak Performers Succeed, and How You Can Develop It. He is also the author of three other books, including Excellence through Mind-Brain Development: The Secrets of World-Class Performers.

Dr. Travis is the Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi International University (MIU) and the Dean of MIU’s Graduate School.

Dr. Travis describes how high levels of brain integration lead to more accurate analysis of the environment and, therefore, more effective decision-making and behavior. He discusses his research that shows how specific characteristics of brain integration underlie the success of world-class performers. He also talks about how these characteristics of brain integration increase in regular practitioners of the TM technique.

Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Executive Director of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Dr. Travis on February 21, 2021.

Humor Corner
Your Monthly One Minute HR Humor Break

I'm looking for employees who have their own unique way of seeing things my way!
We value you in ways that cannot be expressed in money! 
Why yes...I do have some time to listen to your complaints 
about rules I didn't make!
The best part about having a job is that if you work really hard, they'll let you continue to work really hard!
Please understand that poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part! 
TM in the News
David Lynch’s Industrious Pandemic

February 21, 2021

This may be Lynch’s most uncanny talent: an ability to plug into the socket of our collective unconscious, generating sparks that light up the dark of our waking lives, offering glimpses of the great unknown we carry within.
Maybe this is a soul; maybe it’s a sense of what lies beyond. Lynch refers to it as “pure consciousness,” a “treasury” that he said is available to all of us, and something he accesses daily through Transcendental Meditation. Lynch began sitting for two twenty-minute sessions a day, every day, more than forty-seven years ago.“No matter how busy I’ve been,” he said, “I’ve never missed a meditation.” He called T.M. “the key to everything,” a pursuit that unlocks “unbounded intelligence, unbounded creativity, unbounded happiness, unbounded energy, unbounded love, unbounded power, unbounded peace. It’s like going to the bank vault and bringing out bars of gold, and then taking them home and stacking them in your closet.” He added, “And it never goes away! You can even start enjoying very strange things that used to drive you nuts before. And things get more like a game than a torment.”

In 2005, he formed the David Lynch Foundation to help spread awareness of T.M.’s transformative efficacy and to bring instructional training to schools, prisons, homeless shelters, and victims of domestic abuse. Lynch seems almost pained that more people have not found their way to the practice. (He’d just watched Judd Apatow’s “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling” and came away with the feeling that, if Shandling “had only been able to transcend every day,” he wouldn’t have been so tortured.) “Built into all of us,” Lynch said, “is a yearning to be totally, one-hundred-per-cent free. And it’s this yearning that eventually gets us on a spiritual path and headed toward enlightenment.”

I asked Lynch where he places himself along that path. “Well, I’m not at the goal,” he said, with disarming, childlike openness, “but, relatively speaking, I’m what you could call a happy camper.” When I wondered what sorts of things were making him happy these days, he dispatched some gentle spiritual comeuppance. “There are things that make us happy, but the real happiness is not something that you make out there—it’s something that you gather from the inside.” His sense is that much of the awfulness we’re seeing in the world right now is karmic payback for a long run of bad human behavior, but is certain that “the world is heading toward something not good but great. We just need to get to the other side of this shakeup.”

20 beautiful quotes on mindfulness and meditation

Meditation is effective in eliminating stress, anxiety, tension, worries and relaxing your mind as well as the soul. Meditation is a very healthy practice that requires a few minutes to restore your calm and inner peace. Meditation can be practised at any age, place, and is inexpensive. It's a simple and effective process that had been done by rishis for ages. The best part is that it can be practised anywhere; like when you are sitting in a car, riding the bus, waiting for a friend or at the office.

Meditation is the direct means of enjoying the greatest happiness and is the only means to quench the thirst for happiness on earth—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi