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Inside Maharishi's Ashram: A Personal Story Paperback – January 25, 2017
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About the Author
Rhoda Orme-Johnson grew up in a Jewish community in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Vassar College as a scholarship student where she majored in mathematics and minored in philosophy. In 1963 she married her husband David Orme-Johnson. When he completed his BA in Psychology from Columbia University, they moved to Takoma Park, Maryland, where Rhoda programmed abort trajectories for the Apollo project, and later got her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland. After four years of living in Switzerland and France at the international headquarters of the TM organization, she became one of the founding faculty, professor and chair of the department of literature and languages at Maharishi International University (now Maharishi University of Management). Over the years she has published scholarly papers connecting Maharishi’s Vedic Science to literature, both ancient and modern, and collected his talks on literature and language into a volume called The Flow of Consciousness. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on Literature and Language (MUM Press, 2010). Rhoda divides her time between her home in Florida and her summer place in Fairfield, IA.
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The title has a hidden meaning because Maharishi's ashram was not just one building in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the Ganges river. His ashram was wherever he was, including Switzerland, Holland and Spain and Italy for the Majorca and Fuiggi TM teacher training courses.
Even though this volume is rather large - 530 pages - it reads like a good novel. There is always something new, something exciting and many deep philosophical teachings of Maharishi.
There is a 3rd layer to this story: the history and development of Maharishi International University, which began in Southern California but then relocated to Fairfield, Iowa (where it still is, although now it is called Maharishi University of Management).
Personally, I love memoirs and autobiographies, particularly of people who have done something interesting with their lives - saints, generals, artists, writers, explorers, founder of big companies.
Well, I guess this is a story of saints - Maharishi, of course - but also Rhoda Orme-Johnson and her husband David Orme-Johnson, who contributed greatly to creating and collecting scientific research on the TM program.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who just wants a good, uplifting read and, of course, to all true seekers of Truth.
An insider's look at the TM organization from someone who was present for a great number of important events in the history of history of the organization. While unabashedly told from a True Believer's perspective, one gets the feel for the humanLY fallible side of Maharishi:
"Maharishi heard about the wording of the pamphlet and called David on the phone. He wasn't happy about the word levitation when he saw the pamphlet. Why did you put that there? he questioned. It might have gotten us into trouble. You dictated that title, David replied. Oh, he said. We aren't going to use that term any more. Somehow it had slipped by."
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Wonderful story telling about Maharishi, marriage, and child rearing.