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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Fairfield, Iowa

On the road between our houses in Wisconsin and Missouri lies Fairfield, Iowa. By all appearances, Fairfield is a quintessential small Midwestern town. Surrounded by cornfields. A central square. An Old Threshers Reunion in the summer.

But Fairfield isn’t typical at all. There are two large golden domes, one for men and one for women, to practice Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying. The town is chock full of artists, musicians, writers, and photographers.

It all started when Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (the Maharishi that the Beatles followed for a very short time) bought the Parsons College campus in 1974 to start what is now called the Maharishi University of Management. The university attracts people from all over the world, and The Raj, the super-spa located on the edge of town, is near an airstrip so people who can afford it can fly in and out in private planes.

Several years ago the Maharishi decided to introduce vedic architecture. In a flurry, businesses with south-facing entrances on the square moved, as south was a bad direction for an entrance. The best direction for the entrance is east. “East,” he said, “promotes health, happiness and good fortune.” There is now an entire Vedic City outside of town in which all the entrances face east.

Fairfield has an unusual number of organic vegetarian restaurants. And multiple Indian restaurants on the square. In a way, it’s a bit of a wonderland. Where local farmers in overalls mix with Yogic flyers at the grocery store. Where there’s a good Indian buffet in a rural area where you’d be hard pressed to find one. And where starry-eyed TM students believe that their meditation will fuel their success and bring world peace.


Blogger QT said...

O.M.G. - I had heard "rumors" about this town, but I always thought the farmers were making it up to tease me! I must go there - I love this little worlds you can find here out amongst the corn fields.

9:15 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Ah, Fairfield. Thank you, Lucia. My people are from Fairfield. I had the best time the last time I was there. And it was the last time I saw my Godmother alive. Thank you.

And yes, QT, it _is_ that strange and wonderful.



and here:


9:29 PM  
Blogger meno said...

I want to start my comment with O.M.G. too. Years...and years ago i went to a lecture by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at college.

But i never flew.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Johnny Profane said...

Many critics label Transcendental Meditation a cult led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. For a critical look at the TM movement, readers may be interested in TM-Free Blog.


8:00 AM  
Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

I wish you could put me in your pocket and let me peek out.... Enjoy and please report back, with photos if you can!

8:51 AM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

That sounds like an interesting place to visit! Not sure about the TM part but I always enjoy a place filled with artists and free spirits. (I found that in Sedona and nearly stayed... )



9:11 AM  
Blogger karmic said...

You post reminded me of the one class I took in India on TM. I am not sure it worked for me, I drifted off during meditation, maybe that is what it is supposed to do.
Who would have thunk you had this little world bang in the middle of the "heartland". Your posts are always so interesting. :)

9:58 AM  
Blogger St. Dickeybird said...

Hm. Fairfield was the name of the house i lived in, in England...
No Maharishis around, though.

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That really sounds like the best of the mixes of odd, different, beautiful and fun. Iowa: land of wonder. . .

1:53 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

You're all invited. Yes, Fairfield is a wonderful, strange little universe. Very normal, but not quite.

4:37 PM  

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