Frequently Asked Questions

How do I visit this community?

Manisha Koirala

The best way to visit Vedic City, Fairfield, Maharishi School, and the University is to come to a Maharishi University of Management Visitors Weekend. Spend two or three days on the University campus. Meet the students, faculty, and staff. Tour the campus. Attend cultural events. For more information on Visitors Weekend, go to

Are all the educational institutions accredited?


  • Maharishi University of Management is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the oldest and largest accrediting organization in the United States. It is also a member of the Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
  • Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment is fully accredited for preschool through 12th grade by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and by the Iowa Department of Education. College Preparatory status is granted by the Iowa Department of Education for grades 7 through 12. Maharishi School is one of only four schools in the state of Iowa to have this status, which is granted on the basis of the number of graduates accepted to accredited four-year colleges.
  • Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment’s Preschool is licensed to operate as a preschool and child care facility by the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Can I board my children at Maharishi School?

Yes. Maharishi School in Fairfield is now accepting applications for Boarding School for grades 9– 12. For admission information, contact Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment at:

Business Office
804 Dr. Robert Keith Wallace Drive
Fairfield, Iowa 52556

Tel: (641) 472-9400
Fax: (641) 472-1211

Or visit the school website at:

Are there camps for children?

Yes. Maharishi School offers a variety of camp activities throughout the year, for children ages 2 through 17. Activities include:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Canoeing
  • Celebrations
  • Drama and theater
  • Field trips
  • Games
  • Maharishi Vedic Science
  • Music and Maharishi Gandharva Veda music lessons
  • Poetry and writing workshops
  • Special outings
  • Sports — basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and more
  • Storytelling
  • Swimming lessons
  • Watergames
  • More…

For more information on Maharishi School camps:
Phone: 641-472-9400 #5100

How can I receive regular news about the community?

Check the Maharishi Vedic City and Fairfield websites for community news. You may also subscribe to a free e-zine for news of Maharishi University of Management or get holistic health-care information from The Raj Ayurveda Health Spa.

Who is His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi?

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of the Transcendental Meditation program, has opened the gateway of enlightenment to millions of people. He is the world’s foremost scientist of consciousness.

Maharishi, through the blessings of his master, His Divinity Brahmananda Saraswati, Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Jyoitr Math in the Himalayas, attained the supreme state of enlightenment — Brahmi Chetana — unity consciousness — even in his youth.

From the platform of his supremely enlightened awareness, he has been able to restore the scattered Vedic Literature for its total practical significance, and has organized it in the form of a complete science and technology of consciousness — a complete science of life capable of creating a global civilization enjoying heaven on earth.

Maharishi’s Vedic Science and Technology awakens the infinite organizing power of Natural Law available in the Atma or Self of everyone as the basis for bringing perfection to all areas of life.

The simple and natural technique of Transcendental Meditation is immediately effective, and is the most widely practiced and extensively researched program for development of higher states of consciousness in the world.

Maharishi is now establishing Maharishi University of World Peace in 3,000 Peace Palaces throughout the world to offer mastery over Natural Law to every individual and to perpetuate life in accordance with Natural Law — perfection in every profession — and create Natural Law-based problem-free government in every country — governments with the ability to prevent problems.

For more information, visit the Transcendental Meditation website at

What do we mean by Vedic ?

Vedic relates to Veda, which means “knowledge.” Veda and Vedic Literature are the total knowledge of Natural Law — the intelligence of nature which administers the universe with perfect order.

In recent years, Maharishi has cleared away centuries of confusion about Veda and Vedic Literature, revealing that it is Nitya and Apaurusheya — eternal and unmanifest — and available as the reverberations within the Atma, or self-referral consciousness, of everyone.

Maharishi has now given everyone the chance to directly experience the infinite organizing power of total Natural Law within their Self, and engage it to work for them, to fulfill desires and create a better world.

What is Transcendental Meditation?

The Maharishi Transcendental Meditation technique is a simple, natural, effortless procedure that allows an individual to experience quieter levels of the thinking process and the source of thought — Transcendental Consciousness — the full creative potential of the mind. As the mind settles down during the Transcendental Meditation technique, the body also settles down and gains a unique state of deep rest, releasing accumulated stress and revitalizing the entire nervous system.

This natural technique develops the total potential of the brain. It promotes the growth of creativity, intelligence, and learning ability, while at the same time reducing stress, improving health, and fostering fulfilling relationships. It’s many benefits have been documented by 600 scientific research studies conducted at 200 universities and research institutes in 34 countries, and published in 100 leading scientific and scholarly journals. It has been applied with unprecedented benefits in education, business, health care, criminal rehabilitation, and substance abuse rehabilitation.

The Transcendental Meditation technique has been learned by more than 6 million people worldwide, including 1,500,000 people in the United States — people of all ages, religious denominations, races and nationalities.

For more information, visit the Transcendental Meditation website at:

What is the TM-Sidhi® program?

The Maharishi Transcendental Meditation-Sidhi program is an advanced program of Transcendental Meditation which accelerates your growth toward the state of enlightenment. It may be learned after two months of regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique.

The Transcendental Meditation technique opens the awareness to Transcendental Consciousness, the Unified Field of Natural Law, which is the basis of everyone’s awareness. The TM-Sidhi program cultures the ability to think and act from this level. By learning to function from this self-referral state of pure consciousness, which is the total potential of Natural Law, your mind gains increasing support of Nature for the fulfillment of desires.

With the TM-Sidhi program, your thought and action spontaneously become more in accord with the evolutionary power of Natural Law. This results in greater skill in action — the ability to fulfill your desires naturally while effortlessly promoting the evolution of everyone and everything.

For more information, please visit the following website:

What are the scientifically proven benefits of the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs?

More than 600 scientific research studies on the Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced practice, the TM-Sidhi program, conducted at over 200 universities and research institutes in 34 countries and published in more than 100 scientific and scholarly journals, validate the holistic benefits of this technology for the development of all aspects of individual life and society as a whole.

Benefits of regular and continued practice include the following:

  • Increased intelligence (IQ)
  • Increased creativity
  • Broader comprehension
  • Improved perception
  • Increased learning ability
  • Improved memory
  • Greater alertness
  • Increased moral reasoning ability
  • Deep rest
  • Decreased stress
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved health
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced medical care
  • Reversal of aging

  • Increased self actualization (development of personality)
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved relations at work
  • Decreased drug abuse
  • Increased self-concept and self-esteem
  • Increased relaxation

  • Environment
  • Decreased crime
  • Reduced conflict
  • Decreased violent fatalities
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased progress toward peace