Source: Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly
On July 8, 2005 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly ran a feature article on the Transcendental Meditation Community of Fairfield, Iowa. Lucky Severson reports, "It was 1974 when Maharishi Mahesh Yogi founded what is now the Maharishi University of Management in a bankrupt Presbyterian campus in Fairfield, Iowa. That was after he had gained fame as the guru to the Beatles. Now, twice each day, the university's twin 25,000-square-foot domes are filled with the silence of hundreds of Transcendental Meditators, or 'TM'ers,' attempting to achieve a state of inner calm that transcends the hustle and bustle of everyday life... Fairfield has a population of about 10,000, with approximately one third claiming to be meditators."