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Transcendental Iowa - they're seriously meditating in Fairfield, Iowa
by Gary Lee
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13 November 2006
On 13 November 2006 The Washington Post reported:
Washington Post writer Gary Lee visited Fairfield, Iowa, USA to give a first-hand account of how easily Transcendental Meditation and Maharishi's Vedic knowledge is incorporated into the daily lives of the townspeople. Fairfield is home to the 'thriving' Maharishi University of Management and the adjacent 'model' town of Maharishi Vedic City, giving the progressive city an allure that has resulted in its growing reputation as a travel destination.
It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring
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The Washington Post article said that when it comes time to meditate, shop owners, business people, and even Fairfield's mayor join the 'more than a thousand people headed about a mile north of town to the Maharishi University of Management (MUM) and its pair of golden domes&mash;25,000-square-foot structures that rise above the rolling farmland's barns and silos'.
The Washington Post article explained that the founder of Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, started the university in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1993.
The article stated that '...today MUM (where meditation is a required subject) is a thriving campus, 850 students strong and best known for its computer science and sustainable development programmes'.
The author of the article then related his personal experience of what he found as he went on a walking tour of Fairfield, 'whose low-rise buildings are concentrated around a sprawling green square, was easy enough to explore on foot. The town's galleries (there are more than two dozen) and boutiques drew me in and kept me occupied for hours,' he said.
He then went to a theater performance, and commented 'Between the paintings and the show, the artistic talent here was impressive, high-spirited—and a happy surprise.'
The article also described the many features and boutiques of Fairfield including the Petit Paris restaurant (with its 'sublime French fare'), the organic products of the Natural Selections shop, and the homeopathic remedies at Thymely Solutions.
Noting the 'unusual mood of tolerance for diversity, the heavy support for the arts and the myriad small businesses,' the Washington Post quoted Fairfield's mayor Ed Malloy as saying, 'If small-town America has a future, [then] it's going to look something like this.'
The Washington Post article described Iowa's tourist attraction [Maharishi] Vedic City, which was 'founded by meditators four miles north of Fairfield', and is based on the building design known as Sthapatya Ved.
The article explained that the buildings in the city are based on, 'Vedic principles, traditions dating to ancient India that are designed to bring peace, prosperity and spiritual well-being to those who practise them'.
The article further explained that in Sthapatya Ved design, 'the key is to align all rooms to take full advantage of the sun as it moves overhead. The kitchen is usually best in the southeast corner; the living room should face west; and the master bedroom should be in the southwest corner'.
Maharishi Vedic City is also the home of The Raj health spa, and organic farms which provide the University and the surrounding community with pesticide-free produce.
The Washington Post stated, 'With this heavy accent on healthy living, it's no wonder that Mother Jones Magazine, the bible for the ecologically minded, earlier this year named Fairfield among the dozen best places to live that you've never heard of.'
The article said that Fairfield resident Camille Jorgenson echoed the kind of endearment most locals hold toward the place, and quoted her as saying, 'The power of group meditation makes this one of the most positive-spirited places I know. Everybody should have the opportunity to see it.'
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