Inside Maharishi's Ashram

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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.

Inside Maharishi's Ashram

A Personal Story

Authored by Rhoda Orme-Johnson

Inside Maharishi's Ashram is a personal account of one woman's spiritual journey, her experiences of being close to and working with the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, with the Transcendental Meditation organization and movement, including her twenty years as a faculty member at Maharishi International University (MIU). In a lively, down-to-earth, often humorous voice the author tells the story of her interactions with Maharishi, his guidance and influence in her life, and all in the context of family, friends, and global affairs. She begins with her skeptical entry into the world of meditation in El Paso, Texas, and details her growth of consciousness from there to becoming a TM teacher in Fiuggi Fonte, Italy, her four years in France and Switzerland in the movement headquarters, and her trips to South Africa, Armenia, and India on behalf of the TM movement. She includes her firsthand account of Apartheid, the devastating consequences of the earthquake in Armenia in 1990, and her various stays in India learning about Ayurveda, Vedic Science, the Indian science of jyotish (Indian astrology), and other Vedic programs and techniques. Rhoda's story offers an inside view of the biggest spiritual movement of the twentieth century, and an inside look at how one of the greatest figures of the modern age worked to influence the trends of time while he simultaneously directed the evolution of his closest disciples.

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1540493695 / 9781540493699
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Body, Mind & Spirit / Mindfulness & Meditation

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