Volume 9 Issue 20 | October 5, 2020
University News for Faculty and Staff
Dear Faculty and Staff,

In preparation for the very important November 3rd National Election we want to make it easy for everyone qualified to register to vote in Iowa.

You must be a US Citizen to register to vote. We will have volunteers with the necessary forms in the Argiro Student Center Lobby during the lunch period 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM on the dates listed below.

You must be a US Citizen and have either an Iowa driver's license or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number or an Iowa non-operator ID#. 

  • Tuesday, Oct.6
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21
  • Thursday, Oct. 22

The deadline for Iowa voter registration for this election is October 24.
Open Positions
Student Life is now interviewing for the following positions:

Financial Aid Officer
Departmental Administrator 

Maharishi International University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Health and Wellness
Team Up for 10 on October 7!

Join us on October 7 for the Healthiest State 10th Annual Walk, presented by Delta Dental of Iowa. Registration is now open!

In 2020, we invite all Iowans to Team Up for 10 – to help us celebrate 10 years of the annual event.
We know that, due to COVID-19, your walk event may look different this year or you may not know all of the details yet. That's OK! We still invite you to "team up" – whether that means in a small group, in a socially-distant fashion or even as a virtual team – and walk for 30 minutes!
NEW THIS YEAR! Register your household to walk together on October 7! 

We know that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, your walk event may look different this year. We still invite you to "team up" – whether that means with members of your household, in a smaller group, in a socially-distant fashion or even as a virtual team – and walk with us on October 7!
The Basis of Strong Immunity is Balance - The Ayurvedic Perspective
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?

Worldwide, the issue of teacher leadership in relation to the COVID-19 crisis responses is not just timely, but critical in terms of the contributions teachers have made to provide remote learning, support vulnerable populations, re-open schools, and ensure that learning gaps have been mitigated.
Box Lunches at the Golden Dome Market Now Available
Café Phone Number
Order Here: 641-470-1375
Curbside Service for Box Lunches Now Available to Everyone!

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

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

MENU This Week

Monday, October 5th
Tofu w/ Orange Ginger Dressing
Lasagna (dairy)
Butternut Squash

Tuesday, October 6th
Turmeric Rice
Sagg Paneer (dairy)
Aloo Gobi - Potatoes & Veggies
Sesame Green Beans
Butternut Squash

Wednesday, October 7th
Schezwan Tofu
Vegetable Quesadillas (wheat, dairy)
Summer Squash w/Corn

Thursday, October 8th
Coconut Rice
Tandori Paneer (dairy)
Spinach Pie (wheat, dairy)
Vegetable Curry w/Garbanzo Beans

Friday, October 9th
Sesame Tofu
Walnut Burgers (wheat, dairy)
Carrots w/ Thyme
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy (dairy)

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. The weight of the box lunch is the same for everyone.
Café Phone Number
Order Here: 641-470-1375
Dear Faculty and Staff,

This is a reminder to continue to log complaints you receive from students. All complaints, including complaints about faculty, grades, university services, housing, or food, should be logged. If you receive a complaint but aren't the person to resolve the issue, you're still the person responsible to record the complaint. After you record it, email the person who will help resolve the issue, including details about the complaint and letting him or her know that you submitted the complaint on the log. 

This procedure for addressing complaints is important: it helps keep our attention on improving student satisfaction and retention. We're also required by both the Higher Learning Commission and the US Federal Government to maintain institutional records of student complaints.

The Complaints Log is HEREPlease bookmark and continue using it.

Student Life
Upcoming Events and Courses
Celebration of Life for Nancy Watkins
Sunday, October 18, 2:00-4:00 PM
We'll have several people share stories about Nancy to remember and celebrate her in what would have been her 76th birthday.

Due to COVID restrictions, we'll have a combination of campus community attending in person and a Zoom/Youtube broadcast. Off-campus speakers will join us via Zoom.

9 Days of Mother Divine - Auspicious Days Coming Up for Special Yagyas
The Nine Days of Mother Divine (Navaratri) — among the most auspicious days in the Vedic calendar — are from 17 to 24 October. During this time, laws of Nature associated with enhanced well-being, spiritual progress, and good fortune are especially lively and accessible.

This is an ideal opportunity to have a Special Yagya performed — whether for Well-Being, a Birthday or an Anniversary.

The Nine Days culminate on Vijay Dashami, Victory Day, 25 October which, along with the previous days, is a highly fortunate time for a Well-Being Yagya.

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.

Nine Days of Mother Divine and Victory Day
Over the next few weeks, America will be making important decisions about its future.

We all deeply desire the most life-supporting, evolutionary, and peaceful direction for our nation. Ultimately, our nation’s fortune depends on the collective consciousness of its people, which determines the quality of governance we deserve.

It is essential, during this critical time, to do everything we can to increase coherence in national consciousness.

A Yagya for the Future of America
The next 11-day National Yagya for the U.S. will be performed during Navaratri, the Nine Days of Mother Divine. The Yagya will also include Vijaya Dashami, Victory Day.

Mother Divine represents the unbounded creativity and supreme nourishing quality of Nature—the fundamental aspects of Nature that bring support and success to every endeavor and every field of life. Victory Day is the culmination of the Nine Days and signifies the ultimate triumph of good in the world.

Our Maharishi Jyotish Pandits emphasize that this is the most powerful period in the Vedic calendar to sponsor Yagyas—when the Laws of Nature are liveliest for fulfillment of desires in all areas.

Victory Day, October 25, is an exceptionally auspicious day to launch new endeavors and make resolutions for success—particularly when supported by participation in a Yagya.

The intention (Sankalpa) of the Yagya will be:
Coherence, harmony, and peace
for the United States―and all of its people.

Please CLICK NOW to offer your support at this particularly auspicious and crucial time.

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

If 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 the full power of Nature’s Creative Intelligence guide and uplift America, and may Maharishi’s legacy of peace and enlightenment permanently bless the human race.

Jai Guru Dev
John Hagelin
National Director
Transcendental Meditation® Program
Click here or on the image to enjoy the replay of this event.
This article was posted in the last issue of Inspire, but the link "here" was incorrect even though the image did have the correct link. Sorry for the error.
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

No reservations needed. Just call in.

Meditate with thousands around the country! Bob Roth will host the call, offer a few important reminders on correct practice, and lead a Group Meditation.

Special Articles
In this popular talk, TM Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi discusses how our perceptions and physiology change as pure awareness becomes established in our daily experience and we grow toward higher states of consciousness. WATCH VIDEO 
The knowledge and experience of Pure Consciousness in the 19th century
In this 12th session in his series, Dr. Chandler continued bringing out the stages of development of consciousness that are common to both East and West. In the United States of America, Edgar Allen Poe expressed his experience that the infinitely numerous creatures of the world are really individualizations of the Divine Being. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson had a similar type of experience, which he expressed: ‘As a plant in the Earth, so I grow in God. I am only a form of Him. He is the soul of me’. 

Abraham Lincoln gave the key to knowing God which has been recognized universally when he said, ‘Be still and see the salvation of the Lord’. He further expressed his experience of the all-time awareness of higher consciousness:

Nikita Gill highlights the difference between Temporary and Permanent people in our life. Bob Roth read this poem after one of the online group meditations this week. Thanks to Ken Chawkin for posting it on his blog: wp.me/pD0BA-gmy
Rhoda Orme-Johnson, Ph.D., chaired the Dept. of Literature and Languages at Maharishi International University for more than 20 years. As the author of The Flow of Consciousness: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Literature and Language and other books, she talks about how the study and experience of poetry and literature create transcending and a deeper appreciation of consciousness, language, and the world around us.

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

Bob Roth, the leader of the TM movement in America (here shown on The Ellen DeGeneres Show), talks about the science of transcendental meditation on The FitMind Podcast episode 39. APRIL 14, 2020

If you’d prefer, below is Bob Roth’s podcast interview in video format:
Bob Roth is the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, bringing TM to millions of people worldwide. He has taught the technique to numerous celebrities, including Oprah and Tom Hanks.

In this episode of The FitMind Podcast, Bob talks about how he started teaching meditation to celebrities, the underlying psychological mechanics of TM, and the scientific findings regarding TM's effects on the brain. TM is the most researched meditation technique and has substantial evidence to support considerable physiological and psychological benefits.

While TM has received some flack from skeptics for charging a high price to learn meditation, Bob makes it clear that this structure exists to support the teachers and that anyone can learn at whatever price they’re able to comfortably afford. He also dispels the notion that TM is somehow a religion and dives deep into explaining how exactly this method impacts the mind.
Bob also makes a generous offer to the listeners of this episode, as you’ll find out towards the end.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Husband Brad Falchuk Meditate Together Every Morning

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk tied the knot in 2018 after meeting in 2014

By Ale Russian and Brittany Talarico September 23, 2020
Gwyneth Paltrow has a simple way of feeling connected to husband Brad Falchuk every morning.

During a Zoom interview with PEOPLE to discuss her new partnership with anti-wrinkle injection treatment Xeomin, the Goop founder opened up about her wellness routine during quarantine — even if "the drinking and the grilled cheeses" are getting in the way.

"First of all, I try to sleep well, because that's the cornerstone to everything," she said in the latest PEOPLE issue, on stands Friday. "And then in the morning, I meditate. Now every morning I recommitted to my meditation during quarantine because I was very sporadic with it. So I do that every morning when I wake up for 20 minutes. My husband just learned [transcendental meditation] as well. So we do it together, which is really nice."