Mohamed found that learning Transcendental Meditation ''was a very beautiful experience.'' While he used to have trouble falling asleep and difficulty concentrating, he found that once he started TM, ''It helped to calm my nerves.'' So he was able ''to approach life with more calmness and clarity.''
Even with 15 years prior IT experience, Mohamed learned valuable new computer science skills in every class he attended. He said learned the concepts in his courses—even ones he had known before—from a very profound perspective and deeper level, since they were related to his experience in TM. He said that he and his friends benefited a lot from these courses at MUM.
During TM, Mohamed points out, ''You're not worshiping, and you're not even concentrating, your mind is experiencing the deepest level of rest. So it doesn't have anything to do with religion. I actually noticed that when I pray after meditation, I am able to focus more on my prayer. There's more calmness and more peace. So it's actually very positive from the religious point of view.''
Mohamed said that the Muslims at MUM have Friday prayers and pray Eid prayer together. They are able to do all of their religious practices at MUM. He says, ''Everyone is welcoming and understanding whether you're a Muslim, a Christian or of any other faith. People respect you here. In all of my travels, I have found that this is the most open and welcoming place.''
Mohamed noted that Fairfield, Iowa is a very welcoming small town with a lot of nationalities and a warm, family feeling. He appreciates its beautiful natural surroundings and wildlife, which he likes to photograph. He said that being at MUM gives one ''a good opportunity to clear your mind, and calm your nerves and all your senses.''
He is currently enjoying a paid internship as a Senior Software Engineer/Solutions Architect in Fairfield, Iowa, where he and his wife live.
*Maharishi University of Management (MUM) is a private, accredited university featuring Consciousness-Based℠ Education, designed to develop the student's total potential. The curriculum offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the arts, sciences, humanities, and business, but also integrates self-development programs. All students, faculty, and staff practice the Transcendental Meditation® technique, which develops integrated brain functioning, promotes wellness, and enhances learning ability and academic performance. Other innovations include taking one course for 3-1/2 weeks with a three-day break between each course, and organic vegetarian meals. Visitors Weekends are held throughout the year. For more information, call the Admissions Office at 800-369-6480 [toll-free in US; outside US call: 1 641-472-1110] or visit http://www.mum.edu.
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