Volume 9 Issue 26| December 28, 2020
University News for Faculty and Staff
Message from President Hagelin

As our Fall semester comes to a close and many of the students have left for the winter break, I’m thinking about all of you — our dear faculty and staff — and all we’ve accomplished together in the first half of this academic year.
Even with the many challenges that were thrust upon us in 2020, your continuing service has enabled us to deliver consciousness-based education to an ever-widening number of students worldwide. Our overall enrollment today stands at 2,053 students — the highest in our university’s history. 
Message from ComPro

Spring applications have risen to record levels, international embassies are starting to reopen, and the outlook for the year ahead looks very promising. 

The recent Fall 2020 graduation includes 162 students from 26 nations, including our first Jamaican graduate (Carlton Ellis). So, totals are now: 3206 MSCS graduates from 96 nations since '96!
You can see an interactive world map showing distribution of graduates by country, here.
Maps, charts, and data provided by the CDC

This link is also illustrative--just change state name at the end of the link for particulars of any state

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
Practical ways to balance anxiety and foster growth
With a worldwide health crisis, anxiety and fear are an issue for many. In a recent Facebook LIVE talk, Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R., head of the worldwide TM organizations, walks us through the simple steps we can take in our daily lives to find balance and growth during times of change and uncertainty.

Looking for little ways to let them know you care? Surprise and delight them with our Winter Self-Care Essentials—for the new year, and beyond. Choose from fragrant bath salts, pampering silk massage gloves, tranquil teas, soothing massage oils infused with Ayurvedic botanical extracts, and so much more. Shop our Winter Self-Care Essentials and save 20% with promo code GIFT. Plus you’ll get a FREE canvas tote!
What a celebration!

Thank you for joining me and our very special guests to launch Meditate America.
Together, we were moved by the stories of healthcare heroes like Laurie Jaffe who have used the Transcendental Meditation® technique to build calm, focus, and resilience.
Together, we learned about the science behind this transformative technique, and its benefits in alleviating symptoms of heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and many other health challenges.

I invite you to be a part of this new, national movement by supporting Meditate America. Your gift will help the David Lynch Foundation put in motion all we need to bring meditation to everyone in the country - clinical research, public policy, deploying TM® teachers – that will make TM a widely accessible treatment modality.

Together we can bring the gift of TM to healthcare heroes, veterans, and families suffering from trauma and stress. We know it works. We know its medical and psychological benefits. We know it increases energy, creativity, and clarity. Now is the time to share TM with those who need it most.

And now is the time to give – because you can double your impact! A generous donor has agreed to match new donations to Meditate America, up to a total of $175,000 in matching! But we only have a few weeks to raise the matching funds. Please help the David Lynch Foundation take advantage of this tremendous opportunity by making a tax-deductible donation today!

Good news! A donor has offered to match all new gifts to Meditate America, up to $50,000, before December 31!

This means you DOUBLE your 100% tax-deductible donation if you give now!

Thank you for being part of the Meditate America movement.

To your good health,

Bob Roth
CEO, David Lynch Foundation
Throughout this Season of Giving during the month of December, thanks to your continued support we have raised close to $20,000 towards our annual fund. We set a big goal this year: to raise $50,000 starting with GivingTuesday on December 1 and ending on December 31.

If you've been meaning to make a donation in 2020, now is the time!

Any donation from now until midnight, December 31, will be matched up to $50,000
by two generous donors. 

In 2021, we see a very bright future for Maharishi School, and additional funding is needed to help fulfill the following goals.

  • We will continue to create a safe space for our students, offering a choice of online or in-person learning.

  • We will continue to provide the most profound and unique opportunity for personal growth through Consciousness-Based education.

  • We will provide financial aid for all families to enroll their children in Maharishi School, despite our challenging economy.

Thank you for making this, and so much more possible!

With all appreciation and best wishes for a Happy New Year,

Laura Bordow
Development Director
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Dr. Robert Boyer Publishes Book on Consciousness and Quantum Theory
Former MIU Professor Robert Boyer’s book on consciousness and quantum theory was recently published by Routledge India. Titled Pointless: The Reality Behind Quantum Theory, the book offers a holistic interpretation of quantum theory, based on recent advances from physics, consciousness studies, and Vedic ScienceSM.

“This book systematically probes deep into the relationship of matter, mind, and consciousness to provide bridging concepts between Maharishi’s re-clarification of ancient Vedic Science and his work with modern science,” said Dr. Boyer.

Robert Boyer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA, became a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation® technique, and completed a master’s degree in the Science of Creative Intelligence® at Maharishi European Research University in Switzerland. After earning his doctorate in cognitive psychology at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Boyer joined MIU as a full-time faculty member, teaching in the psychology and neuroscience programs. During the past 30 years, he has worked in community mental health and private practice as a psychologist in the southeast Iowa area.

Dr. Boyer has been an avid researcher of Maharishi Vedic ScienceSM and has published numerous journal articles. Pointless is his fourth book exploring the consciousness-mind-matter relationship from the perspectives of modern science and Vedic Science.

His second major field of interest and expertise is communication. “The two things most needed are development of consciousness and development of communication skills,” said Dr. Boyer. “Healthy communication is one of the most important tools for good family and work relationships and a key aspect of mental health counseling that is much needed in today’s world.”

Dr. Boyer has also written three books on a systematic approach to communication, which focus on the relationship between heart and mind, drawing from Maharishi’s translation and commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. He now serves as adjunct faculty and consultant with MIU, teaching classes in communication skills. You can find out more about his work on his website at bridgetounity.com.
New Year Message Plus New eBook Gift
As this challenging year draws to a close, Maharishi answers a question from the press in 1985, "Who are your heroes?".

To open the eBook, click here or on the picture above. We highly recommend viewing it on a computer with Google Chrome as this gives a very full and enjoyable experience. Please turn the pages slowly and wait for the audio bar to appear and begin on the selected pages that have audio on them. The first audio bar appears on page 4 after the title page.

All our Pandit supporters and well-wishers are such heroes to us. We have been able to continue Maharishi’s cherished Pandit program only because of your kindness and generosity.

With all warm wishes for a new year of peace, unity, and joy,
Powerful recitations added to Maharishi Veda App
We have just added two very powerful and transformative Vedic recitations to the Maharishi Veda App — the Yoga Sutras and Brahma Sutras.

These two recitations enliven the development of our consciousness. At this time when diversifying tendencies have generally been prominent, we wanted to share these two especially unifying and harmonizing recitations – highlighted by Maharishi.

If you have not yet subscribed to the Maharishi Veda App, please click here for Apple, here for Google Play, here for the desktop version, and here to send someone a Gift Card.

For App questions and support, please write 

With all warm wishes for a new year of peace, joy, and unity.

To view more eBooks, please click here.
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

MENU This Week

Monday, December 28th
Tofu /Orange Ginger Dressing
Bok Choy
Sweet Potatoes
Tuesday, December 29th
Turmeric Rice
Sweet Potato Paneer
Aloo Gobi - Potatoes and Cauliflower
Sesame Green Beans
Wednesday, December 30th
Schezwan Tofu w/Vegetables
Vegetable Quesadillas
Roasted Potatoes
Summer Squash w/Corn

Thursday, December 31st
Quinoa Pilaf
Zucchini Paneer
Butternut Squash Lasagna
Roasted and Glazed Brussel Sprouts
Mixed Vegetable Medley   

Friday, January 1st
Closed for New Years Day

Café Phone Number
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(Menu subject to change based on availability of vegetables from our suppliers).

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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Upcoming Events and Courses
A Powerful Start to the New Year

As we approach the coming year, we express our deepest, most heartfelt thanks to all our wonderful donors. Your generosity and commitment to the Maharishi National Yagya program, and to the big groups of Maharishi Vedic Pandits, is enlightened leadership in the deepest sense.

Starting on January 2, the next U.S. National Yagya will culminate on the annual, worldwide January 12 celebrations honoring our dear Maharishi.

More than 50 countries from every continent will be having their own National Yagyas simultaneously with ours—at this most auspicious time.

What better way to start the New Year than to join in this powerful convergence of National Yagyas?

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

Please CLICK NOW to offer your support.

Better still... commit to regular monthly sponsorship and bring continuous, ongoing support for the National Yagya program and national coherence. CLICK HERE

With a donation 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.

John Hagelin
National Director
Transcendental Meditation® Program
Discover how Transcendental Meditation® leads the way in the healing process of toxic stress, anxiety, trauma, and Post-Traumatic Stress. The latest research shows how the practice of TM® twice a day significantly decreases these conditions and reduces the symptoms of PTSD and depression by approximately 50%

Join Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, and Shayel Naava as they discuss the role of TM in overcoming emotional abuse and connecting to our natural state of confidence and inner peace.

This interview is part of a FREE 1-day Master Class led by Shayel Naava along with other top experts called “Emotional Abuse to Euphoria: Confident, Peaceful & Healing.”

Learn more about Transcendental Meditation as Bob shares the evidence-based benefits that this practice is offering to people under trauma and stress, including healthcare workers, first responders, veterans, and victims of domestic violence.

TM is an effective technique for awakening the full potential of the mind and body. It facilitates access to that deep calm space within and gives our body a chance to heal allowing us to reclaim who we truly are, instead of living as victims of the past.

We hope you enjoy this rich conversation and have an opportunity to learn more about the many ways TM opens the door to effective and long lasting healing. Moving from trauma into bliss isn’t a far-fetched goal but the most natural process – our purest way of being, and it resides within us at all times.
NEW WEBINAR: Explore the Latest Vastu Projects Worldwide
Jon Lipman, Vastu architect for North America, and Wojtek Skalski, Vastu architect for Europe and Asia, give us a global tour of Maharishi Vastu Projects.
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.

Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, shares clips, including performances by Sting and Graham Nash, a conversation with Hugh Jackman and Katy Perry, and David Lynch presenting Dr. Tony Nader with the “Peace on Earth Award.” MEDITATE AMERICA will bring TM® to healthcare workers, veterans, families under trauma, and others in need. LEARN MORE & WATCH VIDEO 

Roth talks about this national initiative and shares highlights of the event, including
  • performances by Sting and Graham Nash
  • a conversation between Hugh Jackman and Katy Perry about their TM practice
  • inspiring videos of DLF’s work with vulnerable populations
  • plus the high point of the evening: David Lynch presenting the “Peace on Earth Award” to Tony Nader, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.R.R., head of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation organizations.
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
When to see "Meeting the Beatles in India" film for free until December 31

Paul Saltzman's documentary film: Meeting the Beatles in India DLF and TM have made it available for free on Gathr.com within a 15-day window for a 24-hour period from the time you sign in. The offer goes until the end of the year. It includes the film, followed by interviews, which were very good and revealing. Enjoy this Limited Virtual Theatrical Run, a gift from the David Lynch Foundation and The Transcendental Meditation Organization.
In 1968, with the eyes of the world upon them, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In one of the most anticipated Beatles documentaries, Filmmaker Paul Saltzman, retraces his journey of 50 years ago when he spent a life-changing time with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Fifty years later he reveals previously unknown details of this pivotal moment in the Beatles’ career and the inner workings of the masterful White Album.

Fifty years later, he finds “Bungalow Bill” in Hawaii; connects with David Lynch about his own inner journey; as well as preeminent Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn; Academy Award nominated film composer, Laurence Rosenthal.: and Pattie and Jenny Boyd. And much of this is due to Saltzman’s own daughter, Devyani, reminding him that he had put away and forgotten these remarkably intimate photographs of that time in 1968.

Thanks to Ken Chawkin for this write up and article.
Guru Dev's 152nd Birthday

3-minute audio excerpt by Maharishi

Audio recording may not work on all players, but does work on iTunes.
Healing the healers during the pandemic

A very exciting and innovative program has started in the US to help frontline healthcare workers who are suffering from burnout. Heal the Healers Now is the program bringing Transcendental Meditation (TM) to doctors, nurses, and other key hospital workers who have come under great pressure during the pandemic. It is being offered by the TM organization and the David Lynch Foundation in the US.

It has received a hugely enthusiastic welcome from healthcare professionals and from donors who recognize their stressful situation and want to support. 33 Teaching projects are already underway in hospitals and research centers across the US in which over 300 healthcare providers have already learned TM with many more scheduled to learn over the coming weeks. Initial research (not yet published) shows that these key professionals are experiencing huge relief in terms of reduced anxiety after 1 month. Comparable results have been found with depression, insomnia, and general psychological distress.

Dr Stuart Rothenberg, who is the medical director for the program, emphasized the importance for healthcare when these front-line leaders take up Transcendental Meditation for their own benefit, and then want to bring the benefits to all their colleagues and patients.
Uplifting Children and Their Community through Dance | 45:52
Tony Williams, founder of the Tony Williams Dance Center and Urban Nutcracker, and founder and artistic director of City Ballet of Boston, discusses the role of dance programs for children in inner cities, shares excerpts from the Urban Nutcracker, and talks about how 50+ years of TM practice have influenced his remarkable life.

Thousands of Indigenous Maasai Now Seeking TM in Villages Across Tanzania
Local Maasai Women Love their TM and are Organizing Huge Courses

Raja Steve Heaton and Mother of the Domain Isabel tell the compelling and moving story of how Transcendental Meditation has helped thousands of Maasai women in Tanzania. Nearly 2% – almost 8,000 of the 430,000 Maasai population have benefited in the last 5 years. Village women leaders have become enthusiastic advocates and organizers for village TM courses in this vast Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro region. Sometimes 80-100 learn every week!

Maasai women love their meditation because it helps them relax after their hard, grueling responsibilities. 
•   Most have 4-7 children to care for. And if that's not enough, they maintain the houses they built themselves, tend the cows, goats and other farming chores. And some women trek 5-10 miles every day to get water.
•  With their daily practice of TM, Maasai women enjoy the great boon of happier, healthier days with more energy.

Humor Corner
How to deal with dietary restrictions at Christmas dinner
TM in the News
Jerry Seinfeld Says Working Out Helps Keep Him Funny After 30 Years in Comedy
The comedian shared how weights and HIIT are integral to his writing process in a new interview with Tim Ferriss.
In a recent conversation on The Tim Ferriss Podcast, standup comedian and actor Jerry Seinfeld opened up about his creative process, and revealed that maintaining his physical fitness and mental wellbeing are both important practices that feed into how he approaches writing comedy.

"Exercise, weight training, and transcendental meditation, I think, could solve just about anyone’s life," he told Ferriss. "I don't care what you do, with weight training and transcendental meditation, I think your body needs that stress, that stressor. And I think it builds the resilience of the nervous system, and I think transcendental meditation is the absolutely ultimate work tool. I think the stress reduction is great, but it’s more the energy recovery and the concentration fatigue solution, which is of course, as a standup comic, I can tell you, my entire life is concentration fatigue. Whether it’s writing or performing, my brain and my body, which is the same thing, are constantly hitting the wall. And if you have that in your hip pocket, you're Columbus with a compass."

Bob Roth was invited on Katy Perry's Instagram feed on December 20th. Katy had Zooey Deschenel on first. Then, Katy and Bob shared a great discussion about what TM has done for her these last 10 years.