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Small Iowa town has global mission
by Gayane Torosyan

Voice of America News    Translate This Article
27 September 2004

On 27 September 2004 Voice of America News reported: Vedic City was founded with the ambitious goal of bringing health and harmony to everyone. City officials say this goal is coming closer to achievement as more and more Vedic scholars move here from India. Meditating together with local residents, they hope to create world peace. 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 fulfilment to the field of world peace.

Fairfield is similar in appearance to any other small Iowa town until you notice the two shining golden domes on the horizon. The domes identify Fairfield as the home of Maharishi Universtiy of Management, which specializes in Consciousness-Based Education.

North of Fairfield is Maharishi Vedic City, which was incorporated in 2001. Deputy Mayor Kent Boyum described his community as part of Maharishi's Global Country of World Peace where, 'It's not a government in the true sense of the word, it doesn't replace our traditional governments, but it gives people who like to promote peace and think of ways to reduce crime and things like that a place to call home as well.'

According to Boyum, the city even has its own currency, the Raam, which is worth $10. The Raam is accepted in Vedic City and also is several other countries. Especially in poor countries, the Raam is used as a catalyst for development. Boyum explains, '.... in some agricultural programmes, farmers need to have some kind of asset to go buy seed, so there are programmes in countries such as Brazil and India and European countries where they're actually using Raam as a currency.'

One distinct feature of Maharishi Vedic City is its architecture, whereby the homes are designed with the principles of Stapathya Ved to foster health and happiness. At first sight, the most apparent of the Stapathya Vedic principles is that all of the homes face east in order to take advantage of the enlivening influence and warmth of the rising sun. Facing east is most auspicious for residents of the buildings, and is also energy efficient according to the standards of the US Department of Energy.

Living in harmony with nature is emphasized in Maharishi Vedic City where the sale of non-organic food is prohibited. Agriculture plays a prominent role in the local economy. Close to the residential area is Vedic City's expansive organic greenhouse.

The greenhouse has controlled temperature and humidity. The plants are nurtured with natural care and ancient Vedic Music which helps them to grow healthier and provide more nutritional value.

Vedic City is proud to be perhaps the healthiest city in America. Advocating the practice of holistic medicine, it attracts many visitors—especially to the Raj Ayurvedic Spa and Hotel. Marketing Director David Lonsdorf says, 'We have hundreds of customers from all over America and the world every year. We employ over 70 to 80 people, and it's really because people want something besides drugs for symptoms.'

Many of the residents spend time daily inside the Golden Domes on the M.U.M. campus where they practise Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and it's advanced programme of Yogic Flying. One regular Yogic flyer, student David Cynton sums it up when he says, 'Even if you can't live in Vedic City, the joy of Yogic Flying adds so much love and peace in your life that everything else seems small.'

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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