Fairfield is not your average small town in Iowa. Not your typical small town in the Midwest. Without putting too fine a point on it, it is one of the more unusual towns in the world.

Life has not been the same here since the followers of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (and practioners of TM — Transcendental Meditation) bought the old Parsons College in 1974 and started on the long road of fostering world peace, enlightenment, and the resurgence of "Vedic civilzation" amidst incredulous farmers, rolling corn fields, and an unbounded sky. My wife and I have been part of this adventure, in one way or another, since December, 1983, when we joined 8,000 meditators who descended on this rural town of 9,000, in minus 25 degree weather, to meet with Maharishi for what proved to be his last visit to the U.S.  Over 2000 stayed permanently. In recent years a new town, Maharishi Vedic City, has been incorporated just north of Fairfield.

Most of the essays in this section deal with subjects that may not be broadly familiar. I will add brief introductory notes where they may help. I make no attempt to describe in any general way what life is like in Fairfield; instead, these are simply occasional essays on topical concerns.

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- photo from the Maharishi University of Management web site -