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Maharishi University of Management: Expansion and transformation to a Maharishi Vastu campus
by Global Good News staff writer

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24 July 2013

Dr Bevan Morris, who has been President of Maharishi University of Management (MUM) for 33 years, recently described how the physical campus has evolved to accommodate not only the rapid expansion of the university's academic programmes, but also its expanded mission as a centre of coherence for the nation and world. His narrative included the transformation over time into a campus designed in accord with Maharishi Vastu architecture principles.

Dr Morris's career with the university began in 1979 when he was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees. Around the same time, to accelerate the realization of the university's goals, its Founder, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, established a large group on the MUM campus practising Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, including Yogic Flying.

Dr Morris explained that 800 advanced meditation practitioners moved to Fairfield, Iowa, the home of MUM, that year to join the university community. Combined with 700 already there, they formed a group of 1,500 Yogic Flyers—at the time the square root of 1% of the US population. This was the formula identified by scientists as the required number of practitioners of Maharishi's technologies of consciousness to enliven what they named the Maharishi Effect of reduced crime and negative social trends, and the creation of a coherent, harmonious influence in national life.

To support this initiative, university leaders undertook to build two Golden Domes on the campus, specifically for this large group to practice Yogic Flying together every day. After much research and travelling the country to see examples of domes, the team ordered two beautiful wooden structures from an Oregon company. The first dome structure arrived and was built within two months—a remarkable achievement, especially during winter in the Midwestern USA, in which the whole community participated.

Later on, Dr Morris explained, as Maharishi continued to bring out more knowledge and practical applications of the disciplines of Vedic Science, he placed a high priority on living, working, and studying in buildings designed according to Vastu architecture.

Dr Morris recounted the process whereby over time, MUM's physical structure is being transformed to a Maharishi Vastu campus. Forty-four campus buildings that did not uphold Vastu principles have been torn down, replaced by 24 new Vastu buildings. These include Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, MUM classroom buildings, the Argiro Student Center, administration buildings, student dorms, and faculty housing.

The magnificent Argiro Student Center is 48,000 square feet [4,460 square metres] and includes a large meeting hall, boardroom, classroom space, student café and lounge, campus store, festival hall, industrial-sized kitchen, and all the dining halls. MUM is the only university in the world, Dr Morris commented, that serves exclusively organic vegetarian meals.

Eighty-eight countries are represented on the campus, with students coming from every continent, and all nationalities, languages, and religions equally respected. Dr Morris commented that the student body truly represents the reality of the well-known Vedic expression, Vasudhaiva kutumbakam—'The world is my family'.

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