Volume 8 Issue 7 | April 1, 2019
News for Faculty and Staff from Human Resources
Dear Faculty and Staff,

The ComPro department is happy to announce that Peter Vonderheide and Elaine Guthrie are now Co-Directors of the Master’s in Computer Science program, overseeing the administrative areas. Peter has overseen the Career Center for many years, which has grown to be responsible for many areas that are required to take care of our students that are in the job search or CPT phase. He is responsible to keep track of the very complicated budget and keep it updated many times per year. Peter and Elaine have also worked together for years in making decisions about individual students and policies that pertain to students in the CPT phase. This move will allow them to help each other more in areas that overlap, and to answer questions or concerns if one or the other is not available. The University owes a great debt of gratitude for both these hardworking managers for creating, maintaining and continually expanding this most successful program.
Happy April Fools Day
Open Positions
Please contact cpassos@mum.edu if you know of anyone who has the qualifications and interest to fill any of these positions.

Enrolment Center - Data Manager
Golden Dome Market - Cook, Head Cashier and Produce Inventory Specialist
ComPro - Technical Trainer, and Customer Outreach Specialist
Physiology and Health - Animation Specialist and Content Editor

For job descriptions and application information on any of these positions click here.

Maharishi School has a few immediate teaching and administrative openings.  Click here to see the list with brief job descriptions.
Health and Wellness
Five-Day Mini-Course
Starting Every Monday
and Open Daily Practice
3:30 pm Mon-Fri
Argiro Dance Studio

Free for MUM Students, Staff, and Faculty

With Maharishi Yoga Asana Instructors Simon and Claudia Rodriguez

Department of Development of Consciousness
All staff are invited to participate in the free ongoing Maharishi Yoga Asana sessions in the Argiro Dance Studio at 3:30 pm Monday through Friday . You are welcome to join any day but the Monday and Tuesday sessions tend to be slower-paced as there is more instruction involved. The remaining days the practice flows with less instruction. 

If your schedule doesn't allow you to attend at 3:30 pm, then come a little later and join us anyway. If you can make it by 4 pm you would still have half an hour to do a complete and satisfying set of asana. Many people report that doing asanas in a group setting makes their experience more settled and enjoyable. 

"Asana is that in which one has unbounded awareness, with ease and without fatigue."
Activity and break apps to help you move at work
The following is an excellent resource for “Activity and break apps to help you move at work” From U of Missouri. Recommended by Professor Ken Daley, MUM's Director of Exercise and Sports Science.

Replay of Memorial Service Honoring Our Dear
Raj Rajeshwari Rona Abramson

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be sent to the program for which Rona worked so tirelessly: African Women and Girls Organization for Total Knowledge-Uganda (AWAGO).

Or, checks can be made payable to “Seeds of Heaven/ AWAGO” and sent to:
Seeds of Heaven
P.O. Box 337
500 N. 3rd Street, Suite 105
Fairfield, IA 52556

Rona Abramson was an international director of the Global Mother Divine Organization, responsible for the development of the TM ® women’s wing in many countries, including Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Lebanon, and Italy. She helped to establish teaching centers for women and girls, generating outreach initiatives in education, women’s empowerment, and maternal health programs for nurses and midwives.

Along with her husband, Jeffrey, she was an engaged philanthropist. Together, they have supported Maharishi’s local, national, and global initiatives for the past 40 years, as well as a wide range of community-based organizations in the Washington, DC, area where they have lived.

A founding member of the Board of Directors of the David Lynch Foundation SM  (DLF), she recently co-founded the Abramson Center for Peace, a division of DLF. She also served on numerous advisory boards, including Access Circles, Aspen Brain Institute, and the Global Wellness Institute.

Raj Rajeshwari Rona embodied the ancient Vedic maxim: “The world is my family.” Her life was dedicated to bringing health and happiness to every human being by sharing the full range of Maharishi’s programs with the entire world.

Jai Guru Dev
Raja John Hagelin
Raj Rajeshwari Candace Badgett
New Book Explores Secret of World-Class Performers
What Do the Brains of World-Class Performers have in Common?

The brains of world-class performers are different from the brains of average performers. No surprise there. But what is surprising is that regardless of whether these top performers are athletes, musicians, or CEOs, their brains share one feature that makes them stand out: More integrated functioning. A world-class brain works in a more coherent, relaxed, wakeful, and efficient way.

A new book tells the story of these top performers and offers an easy-to-read introduction to the research showing that their brain function is different. This short book also describes other features that these top performers have in common, such as intensely happy and fulfilling peak experiences and a greater moral sense. Readers also learn how they, too, can effortlessly develop greater brain integration.

Click here to order or here for more information.
2019 TM-Sidhi Course (CIC) Schedule
The next TM-Sidhi ®  Course (CIC) will be held on three consecutive weekends:

  • Fairfield, IA: May 23–26, May 30–June 2, June 6–9
  • Application deadline: April 30, 2019

The Invincible America Department will be hosting the two-week in-residence portion of Center Invincibility Course #86 from June 27 to July 11 , on the campus of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.
Upcoming Events and Courses
Register Now for Spring 2019 Yoga Philosophy in the Light of Maharishi Vedic Science
Course Starts April 15

This 10-lesson course will explore how the correct understanding of the principles of Yoga philosophy, as interpreted and explained by Maharishi, can reinvigorate its practical value for modern life—restore balance and bring greater happiness and harmony.

Learn more  about the topics covered in this course.

Have Questions? Contact Us at  de@mum.edu

Instructor Viji Hobbs
Nine Days of Mother Divine and the Birth of Ram
The next 11-day Maharishi National Yagya SM  performance for the U.S. will begin on the evening of April 5, and coincide with Vasant Navaratri, the Spring Nine Days of Mother Divine. The Yagya will continue through Ram Navami, celebrating the birth of Ram on April 14.

Mother Divine represents the unbounded creativity and supreme nourishing quality of Nature, while Ram represents infinite organizing power. Together, these fundamental aspects of Nature bring support and success to every endeavor and every field of life.

Our Maharishi Jyotish SM  Pandits emphasize that this is one of the most powerful periods in the Vedic calendar to sponsor a Yagya—when the Laws of Nature are liveliest for fulfillment of desires in all areas of life: success and prosperity, health and longevity, intelligence and enlightenment, and relief from fear.

The Sankalpa (intention) of the Yagya will be:

Increasing peace, positivity, and spiritual awakening for the United States and its people.
TMC Legacy and Beyond...
Enjoy this inspiring Webcast
Recorded Sunday, March 17, 2019
A Great Success
WHAT was it all about?
The   Transcendental Meditation Center, Inc. (TMC), founded 50 years ago to bring inner peace and enlightenment into communities of color. Through TMC, people in these communities throughout the US and internationally were introduced to the TM® technique. TMC was the first organization teaching the TM program to proudly carry the name of His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's meditation technique. In more recent years Maharishi Foundation℠ requested permission and now uses the incorporated name, TMC, for TM Centers that teach the Transcendental Meditation® technique. In early 2018 the Center for Health and Wellness of the David Lynch Foundation℠ opened its doors with the name TMC (The Meditation Center @ THEARC). Having the same focus as the original TMC, Inc, TMC@THEARC serves the under-resourced African American population in southeast Washington D.C., helping to reduce the effects of toxic stress and improve the quality of life in this community.

No errands. No office.
No cooking. No chores.
No need for phones or Internet.
Just time to refresh & rejuvenate
in a quiet haven

For more information: 641-451-5108

“My TM-Sidhi  ®  practice is now deeper, with the profound silence I experienced on the course. So surprising the silence came home with me! ” —Scott Muellner, Kingwood, TX

Enjoy our special guests and speakers:
  • Dr. John Hagelin speaks on “The Physics of Enlightenment.”
  • TM-Sidhi administrators Drs. Doug and Linda Birx will offer a TM-Sidhi checking during the first weekend.
  • Dr. Craig Pearson will be giving a talk on “Experiences of Enlightenment throughout Time — and How You Can Cultivate Them.”
Maharishi Jyotish – Foundations of the Science of Transformation and Technology of Prediction – 26 April - 3 May 2019 at MERU, Holland
‘Maharishi Jyotish is that very perfect science which connects the total universal influence on each individual; and each individual’s influence on his surroundings, on his environment, his relationship, his friends, his dear ones, with everything.’ – Maharishi, March 1989

What are the past and present influences that shape the future of our health, family life, finances, education, and career?

This seven-day course offers a complete introduction to Maharishi Jyotish – the timeless, Consciousness-Based system of prediction used to identify and transform trends and tendencies in all these areas of our lives.

Vastu Conference in Istanbul
Istanbul Vastu Conference
“Garden Cities and Communities for a Sustainable Future,” the third international Vastu conference, will be held in

Istanbul, Turkey, April 5-7th, 2019.
Lesvos Coherence Retreats
Transcendental Meditation and Vacation 
on the Greek Island of Lesvos, Greece
Here is your invitation to do your twice daily program in quiet meditation halls, contribute needed coherence to the region and experience a meaningful 13 night vacation. 

  • Quiet hotel with breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea
  • Savory Greek and International Cuisine
  • Excursions & rich cultural experiences
  • Create coherence for the region


Special Articles
Maharishi's Weekly India Press Conference: Navaratri by Surendra Panwar

Age of Enlightenment News Service
New Delhi, India
15 October 2004

Maharishi said that all devotees can awaken the nine qualities explained by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. The lord has defined these qualities as earth, water, fire, air, sky, mind, intellect and ego. The ninth quality is Transcendental Consciousness. 

In fact, the devotees awaken the eight qualities until Ashtami (the eighth day), and all these qualities merge with the Transcendental Consciousness on the ninth day, and finally, the Transcendental Consciousness awakens the total knowledge and infinite dynamism on the tenth day of Vijaya Dashami, he said. 

The creator of the Science of Consciousness said that it is a scientific concept of awakening the Shivatva, or the domain of total silence, which then transforms into total dynamism. By reciting the Nava Durga hymns (glorification of Goddess Durga) and performing Anushthanas, the devotees can awaken all the Devis and Devatas (supreme creative impulses) defined in Veda and Vedic Literature in their physiology. 

On this auspicious occasion, Maharishi also called for the opening of Vedic schools to impart the Vedic Wisdom, consciousness based education, to the children. He said that he would help people or organizations in their endeavour to set up such schools, so that the darkness could be removed from society. 

Copyright © 2004 Global Good News (sm) Service
The writer-director—who won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Green Book—shared insights and laughs with MFA students in the David Lynch Screenwriting Program at Maharishi University of Management. 

When Peter Farrelly visited Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairifeld, Iowa, as a guest lecturer in 2017 to help launch  the MFA in Screenwriting  at the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts, he had been practicing the Transcendental Meditation® (TM®) technique for two years and had written four TV pilots and co-written a screenplay for the film Green Book.
Humor Corner
"Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them quite so much." - Oscar Wilde
"The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits" - Albert Einstein 
TM in the News
Filmmaker David Lynch teaching a class on creativity March 19, 2019 Source: Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - According to filmmaker David Lynch, all it takes are 70 ideas to make a feature film.

The visionary mind behind "Blue Velvet," ''Mulholland Drive" and "Twin Peaks" is imparting this and other wisdom, like never giving up final cut, in a new MasterClass on creativity and filmmaking that's available now for enrollment online. Lynch joins an esteemed lot of MasterClass instructors from Martin Scorsese to Spike Lee.

Prices range from $90 for one class to $180 for unlimited access.

In his class, Lynch talks about the value of daydreaming for catching ideas. He also extols the importance of studying classic films and why he doesn't like rules.

Lynch says he was drawn to the idea that a MasterClass could make a difference to new filmmakers.

A Guide to Transcendental Meditation: What It Is and How It Works

Whether at home, school, or the office, transcendental meditation can help you stay centered. March 8, 2019 By  Jess ica Hicks
Transcendental meditation has been in the news a lot lately.  A recent study  in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development notes that transcendental meditation helped a group of nurses fight compassion fatigue and improve resilience after four months of practice. Another recent study in  Psychological Reports  found that practicing transcendental meditation twice a day was an effective coping mechanism for students suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.  New York Times columnist Marisa Meltzer  recently tried out TM too, and has since incorporated the practice into her daily routine.

What Is Transcendental Meditation?

But what is transcendental meditation, and how is it so successful among nurses, students, and journalists alike? On its most basic level, transcendental meditation is a  “simple mental technique”  in which individuals sit upright with their eyes closed, and the mind focused inward, for at least 20 minutes, twice a day.  Studies discuss  how transcendental meditation is seen as effortless, as it does not require strict concentration, unnatural or unusual postures, or drastic changes in lifestyle. The practice is said to have been  developed by Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,  and is now taught by the  David Lynch Foundation  in an effort to combat trauma amongst at-risk populations. Meltzer says in her column that transcendental meditation was first introduced in the United States when Yogi taught the practice to The Beatles. Now, it is becoming even more mainstream as a simple and adaptable way to maintain mindfulness.