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Vol. 17, #19, June 26, 2002
Copyright 2002, Maharishi University of Management


Dr. Schneider Speaks to Leading Medical Institutions

Federal Funding Supports Consciousness-Based School

Dr. John Hagelin to Speak at Commencement

Research on Cosmic Consciousness Rivets Audience

New Student Government Aims to Utilize Principles of Maharishi Vedic Administration

Students to Teach Residence Course, WPA for Students

Three Fairfield Reservoirs To Be Used for Recreation

20 Young Students Currently in Italy

Performing Arts Professor Receives Workshop Grant

Library Adds E-books, Receives Journal Donation

School Student Named National Merit Scholar

Maharishi School Athletes Recruited by Colleges

Dr. Schneider Speaks to Leading Medical Institutions

Two of the country's leading institutions in modern medicine are increasingly interested in natural medicine and recently invited Robert Schneider, M.D., dean of the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care, to give presentations and workshops.

Dr. Schneider gave seminars and workshops at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center and a presentation at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center--both located in Maryland.

A highlight of his presentations was speaking at the Institute for Spirituality and Medicine at Johns Hopkins--a talk that was attended by over 300 clergyman and other health professionals.

"There is now a closer connection between health and spirituality in the profession and a formal initiative to bring spirituality into medicine," Dr. Schneider said. "It was fun because this is our specialty, and I was able to present it to a leading group of pastoral care professionals."

Dr. Schneider spoke about how the 40 approaches of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care help regain wholeness in life and about the scientific research behind this approach to spirituality.

"They were impressed with the scientific basis and want us to come and do programs," Dr. Schneider said.

During the workshops the participants were eager for more detail and were especially fascinated by the Transcendental Meditation technique, the Maharishi Jyotish program, and Maharishi Sthåpatya Veda design.

Also at Johns Hopkins Dr. Schneider gave a seminar at the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. About 30 doctors and medical students attended, including many key people.

Dr. Schneider reviewed the research on Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care, including the Transcendental Meditation program, for prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. "They appreciated the validity of the data and the explanation of the underlying mechanisms," he said. "A number of people suggested followup projects and collaborations."

At the NIH Clinical Center, the largest research hospital in the country, Dr. Schneider spoke to a group of distinguished researchers, many of them involved in complementary and alternative medicine. "Those who work here are key scientists and leaders in American medicine," Dr. Schneider said. "Again there was interest in collaborations on specific projects."

Also, doctors and health professionals at each of the venues expressed interest in professional training in Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care and in the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care.

Dr. Schneider said that the College of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care is pioneering this trend toward natural medicine, not only because of the rigorous, groundbreaking research but also because the College now has years of experience offering an entire medical curriculum based on the 40 approaches of Maharishi Consciousness-Based Health Care.

"This latest tour further highlights that the leading institutions of American medicine are showing interest in natural medicine and in particular the Maharishi Vedic Approach to Health as the most scientific and comprehensive prevention-oriented system," Dr. Schneider said.


Federal Funding Supports Consciousness-Based School

A charter school on the West Coast planning to offer Consciousness-Based education has recently received a $410,000 grant from the public charter school program to cover startup costs.

The grant proposal was written by Richard Beall and Mark Piper of the Consciousness-Based Education Association, with the help of two area Governors and with the approval of the superintendent's office of a large urban school district.

According to Dr. Beall, the emphasis on charter schools began about 10 years ago, as officials realized something needed to be done to promote innovation in public schools. In charter schools state standards and guidelines are somewhat relaxed in favor of innovation, providing the opportunity to create new models of education.

Charter schools are created by local parents, community members, and teachers who have a vision for a better system of education. In recent years state officials are increasingly looking for proven solutions based on research, such as Consciousness-Based education.

The proposed school will begin with 100 students in grades 6 and 7 and then will add an additional grade each year. The grant funds startup costs such as instructional supplies, equipment, initial lease, and training programs for administrators and teachers.

The charter development team is currently drafting the school's charter--a document of 200-300 pages that details all aspects of the school's operation, including the curriculum based on the daily group practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique and the study of Natural Law in addition to traditional academic disciplines.

Mr. Piper said that 37 states and the District of Columbia are now set up to disburse federal funding available for charter schools and that this is a valuable opportunity to establish Consciousness-Based charter schools nationwide.

Those interested in applying for a charter school grant in their local area may contact the Consciousness-Based Education Association for more information at 1-800-472-8285 or Dr. Beall can be reached at


Dr. John Hagelin to Speak at Commencement

H.E. Dr. John Hagelin, director of the University's Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy and minister of science and technology of the Global Country of World Peace, is this year's speaker at the commencement ceremony to be held Sunday, June 30, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Maharishi Patanjali Golden Dome.

Dr. Hagelin is a world authority in the area of unified quantum field theories. His scientific contributions in the fields of particle physics and cosmology include some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. Dr. Hagelin is unique among particle theorists in his dedicated efforts to apply the latest scientific understanding of Natural Law for the benefit of society.

In 1992, Dr. Hagelin was appointed Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a science and public policy think tank. As Institute director, he has successfully headed a nationwide effort to identify, scientifically evaluate, and promote through public policy, innovative solutions to critical social problems in the areas of crime, health care, education, economy, and the environment.

Dr. Hagelin inspired and helped organized the first-ever bipartisan, bicameral Congressional caucus, known as the Congressional Prevention Coalition. This widely attended ongoing Congressional caucus provides an unprecedented forum for high-level consideration of innovative, prevention-oriented solutions in health care, crime, food safety, and the environment.

Most recently, Dr. Hagelin has played a major role in presenting to the world a plan for world peace formulated by University Founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Dr. Hagelin and the Institute for Science, Technology and Public policy have successfully raised $75 million to fund a peace-creating group of 10,000 Yogic Flyers in India. Over 50 scientific studies have shown that the group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi® programs can create coherence in national consciousness and thereby reduce the incidence of violence, crime, and war.

Dr. Hagelin has met with members of Congress and top leaders at the Pentagon and State Department to present Maharishi's solution to preventing terrorism.

Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1975 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981.


Research on Cosmic Consciousness Rivets Audience

Participants at a recent annual conference on consciousness were "riveted" by the experiences of Cosmic Consciousness of subjects in a study conducted by Fred Travis, director of the EEG lab and dean of the graduate college.

Dr. Travis presented his recent research at a plenary session to an audience he described as riveted when he read the self-reports of individuals describing their experiences of higher states of consciousness.

The conference, held in Tucson, includes researchers from around the country who are involved in the study of the science of consciousness.

Dr. Travis's research compared a group of 17 subjects experiencing Cosmic Consciousness as a result of their practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique to a control group of short-term meditators and non-meditators.

His findings indicate that during the performance of challenging tasks, subjects who have reported integration of Transcendental Consciousness with waking and sleeping states exhibit distinct brainwave patterns and more efficient performance on complex cognitive activities.

"These findings are highly significant because they offer empirical verification of the practical benefits of living enlightenment--greater efficiency in action--and suggest neural mechanisms that may underlie these benefits," Dr. Travis said.

In his Tucson presentation, Dr. Travis introduced the concept of the experience of self awareness without mental content--transcendence. He said the audience was very engaged by this idea, which contradicts the traditional understanding in Western psychology that consciousness always needs an object. He explained that meditation traditions are designed to lead to the state of "pure consciousness," in which consciousness is aware of its own structure.

Dr. Travis then briefly outlined the research on the experience of transcendence in meditation as a prelude to his main point: the study of subjects who report the permanent integration of transcendent and waking experience, or Cosmic Consciousness.

He then read the self-reports of his subjects of their experience of "sense of self" and "awareness during sleep"--the reports that he said the audience found riveting. The group that didn't practice the Transcendental Meditation technique described themselves in terms of cognitive style ("open to change . . . adventurous . . . compassionate towards others") while the individuals reporting experiences of enlightenment reported an abiding, pervasive wakefulness.

One person said, "There's a quality that is so pervasive about the Self that I'm quite sure that the I is the same I as everyone else's I." Another said, "We ordinarily think of my self as this age, this color of hair . . . but really my experience is that my self is a lot larger than that. Actually it's immeasurably vast . . . on a physical level. I look out and see this beautiful divine intelligence . . . you could say in the sky, in the tree, but really being expressed through these things . . . and these are my self."

Dr. Travis then presented the EEG data, which was very well received. "Many people came to me and were interested in learning more about the Transcendental Meditation technique and asked about collaborating in research," Dr. Travis said,


New Student Government Aims to Utilize Principles of Maharishi Vedic Administration


The votes are in and the next Student Government officials have been elected. Under the leadership of the new student body president, David Pohlman, a graduate student in Maharishi Vedic Science, the new officials already have plans to utilize principles of Maharishi Vedic Administration to steer Student Government on a new course.

"First of all we would like to offer a tremendous amount of thanks to the outgoing Student Government," said Dean of Students Richard Neate. "They did a great job of bringing the students together. It will be exciting to exciting to work with the new student officials, who will be building on the success of the outgoing government while taking things in a new direction."

"We are inspired to integrate principles of Maharishi Vedic Administration in order to ensure a problem-free and nourishing Student Government," Mr. Pohlman said. "We really want to create an administration that is deeply satisfying to both Maharishi and the students at the same time."

One of the first actions the new government will take is to rename and elevate the status of Student Government by calling it the "Global Student Council." Mr. Pohlman said that the next step will be to amend the student constitution to reflect this new name and status by proclaiming the Constitution of the Universe to be the Constitution of the Student Body. "We want to follow in the footsteps of Maharishi Vedic City by making this amendment," Mr. Pohlman said.

Mr. Pohlman added that he feels the most important role that Student Government has is to fulfill the desires of the students through developing the consciousness of the student body.

"Ultimately I would like the students to feel like the Global Student Council is very open, nourishing, and there for them," Mr. Pohlman said. "I personally would like to invite the students to contact us at any time."

The newly elected officials include Michael Zylstra, student body vice president; Jessica Wilbert, Senate president; Analiesa Leonhardt, Senate vice president; Damian Lodge, World Congress president; and Maria Chookolingo, Cultural Committee president.

The position of recreation president has yet to be determined, and the secretary and treasurer positions will be appointed next school year.

To contact Mr. Pohlman regarding Student Government matters, send e-mail to


Students to Teach Residence Course, WPA for Students

For the first time in this generation, a national Residence Course and World Peace Assembly are being organized specifically for students and will be led by student Governors.

Maharishi School students along with the University's Students Creating Peace Network are organizing "Students' Taste of Utopia 2002" on campus from July 20-23.

"This is a chance to be a part of the new generation of students who are coming together to experience enlightenment, create peace, and have fun," said Justin Cutter, a recent graduate of Maharishi School.

Students on the WPA will have the opportunity to extend their course and join the concurrent Guru Purnima WPA.

"This is a great opportunity for University and Maharishi School students to create peace, while having fun with their friends during summer break," said Ted Hirsch, a student Governor who will be one of the teachers of the course. "It will also be a rare chance for out-of-town students to be on a course with other meditating youth."

In addition to gaining deep rest during the courses, there will be special social events: outdoor sports activities before the courses on registration day, as well as a picnic lunch, pool party, and talent show after the courses. Out-of-town students may want to stay an extra night for the Guru Purnima celebration in the Dome on July 24.

For more information, please call (641) 472-1212.


Three Fairfield Reservoirs To Be Used for Recreation

Three area reservoirs will no longer be needed as a backup for the city's water supply, and a range of new recreational uses, including swimming, are currently being considered.

Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy has constituted a study committee of specialists in areas such as recreation and nature conservation to begin putting together a plan for the possible recreational uses of the reservoirs by next summer.

In addition to swimming, other possibilities include dock access for non-wake-producing boats, picnic areas, trails, and nature areas.

The reservoirs include the one at Waterworks Park just east of campus, the reservoir that's slightly farther northeast that borders Pleasant Plain Road, and Walton Lake east of Fairfield.

Mr. Malloy said that it's fortunate that there are three areas under discussion, since certain types of activities are not appropriate for each reservoir. It is likely that each reservoir will emphasize different types of recreational activities.

The committee has begun meeting and will develop a master plan for recreational uses not currently available. Then the committee will hold public meetings so that people can give their ideas and respond to the proposals.

Mr. Malloy said that the first order of business for the committee is to assess the water quality of the three reservoirs and to study factors such as property issues, forest conditions, and habitat.

The members of the committee represent many organizations and interests in Fairfield and include water quality experts, conservation specialists, prairie plant specialists, habitat specialists, and avid outdoor recreationalists.

The city originally used the reservoirs as a water supply but began using a deep well to tap an aquifer after problems with water quality. The reservoirs remained as a backup source. But now a second, backup well is being dug, which will free the reservoirs for recreational use.


20 Young Students Currently in Italy

Twenty students are currently participating in the Rotating University course in Italy--a group that includes eight Maharishi School students and a similar number of first-year students, constituting the youngest group to travel abroad.

The eight Maharishi School students graduated on a Sunday, enrolled in the University on Monday, and left on Tuesday.

The course is focusing on the art and culture of Italy and includes the study of Italian. A writing component entails keeping a journal and writing a travel article for publication.

Faculty member Tom Egenes, whose academic background includes a year in Italy studying music, is teaching Italian language and culture. Professional writing faculty member Linda Egenes is teaching the writing component, and art faculty member Shepley Hansen is teaching the art history portion.

The course this year is different from previous courses in that the students are spending the entire time traveling. Previous courses had been based in Como and included side trips to sites in the region. Also, this year the students are doing more exploring of locales off the beaten path, rather than the typical tourist areas.

Points of interest on the itinerary include Como, Florence, Venice, and Padua, as well as the island of Murano, the traditional home of the craft of glassblowing.

The students' activities include a bicycle ride in Tuscany and hearing Gregorian chant at a famous cathedral. The class is visiting the famous Uffizi gallery and the monastery where Frau Angelica painted his legendary angels. They are also enjoying swimming, hiking, and sailing on the Mediterranean.

"The Italian people understand the art of living, and we're eager for the students to have a taste of that," said Ms. Egenes before leaving. "It's a transforming experience."


Performing Arts Professor Receives Workshop Grant

Assistant Professor of Performing Arts Kent Sugg recently received a grant from the Iowa Arts Council to participate in the International Michael Chekhov Conference and Workshop in Wallingford, Connecticut, from June 17 to 25.

Constantine Stanislavsky, who developed the first comprehensive system of acting, considered Michael Chekhov to be his most brilliant student. Chekhov went on to formulate his own acting method, which is used by many of today's greatest actors, including Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, and Anthony Hopkins.

According to Mr. Sugg, this international conference brings together top experts in Chekhov's approach to acting who perform workshops in teaching methods, directing, mime, clown, movement, and acting.

In addition to participating in the workshops, Mr. Sugg will be sharing with the conference organizers and participants the understanding of how Maharishi Vedic Science raises these areas of theater to their highest fulfillment.

"Chekhov's acting techniques are the most holistic and nourishing available in the entertainment industry today," Mr. Sugg said. "By applying Maharishi's knowledge to this approach, we are succeeding in raising a great system of acting to its supreme level. This is true because the knowledge and experience of transcendence, sorely missing in acting today, gives the actor the ability to transform into any unique character while maintaining experience of one's unbounded nature or what Chekhov called the Higher Ego."

Mr. Sugg said he is grateful to the Iowa Arts Council for its generous support and is looking forward to sharing with his students and the community at large the knowledge that he gains at this conference.


Library Adds E-books, Receives Journal Donation

The University Library has recently acquired and cataloged 2,146 e-books and has also recently received a donation of about 400 volumes of recent academic journals.

The topics of the e-books, published mostly from 1998-2001, include agriculture, business, computer science, computing (including how-to software books), ecology & environment, education, hiking (Iowa & mountain states), history (Iowa & mountain states), information, Iowa, literature, medicine, physics, politics, psychology, reference, wireless technologies, and more.

These e-books are directly accessible from the Library's online catalog at (click on "CATALOG"). They are only available to users on the campus network.

To retrieve only e-books when searching the catalog, change the "Subject" field to "Anywhere" and type "netlibrary" as a search term. This search term can then be combined with other search terms using the "And" selection to find e-books on your topic of interest.

E-books can also be accessed at, where you can create an account if you want to "check out" e-books for three days. No account is needed if you only want to browse the books for 15-20 minutes.

This brings the Library's total number of cataloged e-books to more than 4,500.

The recently donated academic journals are in the fields of biology, biophysics, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics, and molecular biology.

The journals are valued at some $75,000, and most cover the past two to five years. Titles include Biophysical Journal, Journal of Cell Biology, Nature Biotechnology, and Nucleic Acid Research.

According to Library Director Craig Shaw, the journals were donated by the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa, which needed to free space in the departmental library and had online access to these same journals.

"Many thanks to Dr. Earle Stellwagen at the University of Iowa, and to our staff who brought the valuable gifts here," Mr. Shaw said.


School Student Named National Merit Scholar

Devi Mays of Maharishi School was recently named a National Merit Scholar--one of 2,500 in the U.S.

The award carries a scholarship of $2,500 in addition to the honor of being recognized as one of the nation's top students. However, since Ms. Mays has chosen to attend college outside the U.S., she will not receive the scholarship and instead has been named an Honorary Merit Scholar.

Ms. Mays will be attending the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She plans to study Near Eastern languages and civilization. This entails the study of Hebrew, Arabic, Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, as well as the literature, history, and modern conflicts of the region.

Ms. Mays said that her practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique helped her do well on the qualifying test for becoming a National Merit Scholar. And she also gives credit to her excellent teachers.

Her current goal is to eventually receive her doctoral degree and to teach at a university.

Grace Armstrong from Maharishi School also was recognized by the National Merit Scholar competition and was named a finalist.


Maharishi School Athletes Recruited by Colleges

All-state basketballer Zach Silverman and state tennis champs Naren Clark and Michelle Punj were all recruited by colleges eager to take advantage of their high level of athletic skill.

Mr. Silverman was pursued by several colleges in the region and ultimately chose basketball powerhouse Indian Hills Community College--a move he hopes could lead to spot on a Division One team a couple of years down the road.

Indian Hills has won national championships in recent years and has become a stepping stone for players to move up to the highest levels of competition.

Mr. Silverman was in the starting lineup in all four of his years with the Maharishi School Pioneers, which had a record of 40 and 9 the last two seasons. The team won the district championship in 2001.

Mr. Silverman is the career scoring leader at Maharishi School, with 1,657 points. He averaged 24.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3 steals per game as a senior and was named first team All-State.

Mr. Clark, who twice won the state singles championship and the doubles once, was recruited by a number of Big 10 Conference and Division One schools. He turned down their offers in favor of playing his college tennis at Colorado College in Colorado Springs.

Ms. Punj twice received third place in the state tournament and finally took the championship her senior year, compiling a record of 19-0 during the year. Although some schools actively recruited her, she has decided to focus on academics during her college years.


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