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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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I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Rhoda Orme-Johnson for my book, A Symphony of Silence. I knew of her pioneering work as one of the founders of Maharishi International University (Now MUM), and her loving partnership with her spouse, Dr. David Orme-Johnson. But until I did the interview, I did not realize her level of competency in so many areas, such as, educator, scientist, mathematician, business leader, and writer. She is a renaissance woman.
Rhoda paints a picture, and opens a window for the readers to view a magical time Inside Maharishi’s Ashram, which as she demonstrates in her unique voice, was not confined to a building, place, time, or space. Rhoda’s reflections describe a precious life experience with precision, humor, and love; her writing is descriptive and creates images for the reader.
In my opinion, this is one of the best books written not only about TM, and Maharishi, but is a human story that we can all relate too; it is a reflection on the magical moments that shape our hearts and minds. Rhoda’s style of writing has the fragrance of a novel highlighting the life of a seeker of knowledge and truth. Rhoda’s journey takes us on a roller coaster ride from the magic of sitting with a world teacher, to her practical accomplishments in business without ever losing the poetry beneath the surface waiting to emerge. Enjoy the ride it is the synthesis of heart and mind.
Her very personal history within and separate from direct ties to the TM movement is a perspective that I thoroughly enjoyed. I especially enjoyed the narrative covering their years raising two kids and serving Maharishi in Europe; also regarding her years as a professor at MIU/MUM in Fairfield, Iowa. I marveled at the call to serve in the former Soviet Union by teaching TM in Moscow and Armenia. I also enjoyed her observations on being a part of the Invincible America Course, both in Bethesda, Maryland and Fairfield, Iowa. Throughout the book, service to Guru, family and indeed humanity are constant.
Two battles with breast cancer and being swept aside for new leadership along the way and starting over in west Florida are a testimony to innate and cultured resolve and resiliency. Both Rhoda and her husband David come over as truly kind people, scholars, devotees and confidants of Maharishi, as well as a loving couple and accomplished artists (pottery and poetry – Rhoda and art and metal-sculpture – David).
David's oil painting of Maharishi on the cover is exceptional. His pencil drawing of Maharishi’s Guru Dev is so skillfully rendered. Indeed, the cover artwork of Maharishi is so good that it looks like a photograph. The author's mentioning that her husband's forthcoming book, recounting his experiences and perspective along the same journey, but covering travels to many more countries (50 + as I recall) provides something to really look forward to.
A big thank you to Rhoda for gifting the world with your story and unique set of insights into the journey you have taken thus far. The book is a very welcome narrative on the evolution of some exceptional individuals and so much more. Rhoda, I feel like I know you after reading your book and wish the very best to you and all of your loved ones…
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Wonderful story telling about Maharishi, marriage, and child rearing.