Oprah Jets into Fairfield and Meditates
October 19, 2011. Oprah Winfrey surprised the ladies of Fairfield, Iowa who practice Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation (TM) and TM-Sidhis programmes when she meditated with them this Wednesday evening for twenty minutes in Bagambhrini Golden Dome–the twin to the Patanjali Golden Dome for men. Exempt from showing the mandatory badge, she was instead admitted by the checkers with a gleeful, “We know who you are.”
After the group meditation, Ms. Winfrey left the dome, leaving the other ladies to continue with the Sidhis portion of the programme, which includes yogic flying. At the programme’s end, the ladies bubbled with excitement about their ‘powerful meditation experience with Oprah’. Meanwhile, Oprah was spotted at a local hot spot–the café and bookstore Revelations.
Ms. Winfrey arrived this morning in her private Global Express jet. Her staff–whose TM lessons were paid for by her–arrived a week ago to begin work on an hour-long show on Fairfield’s meditation community. Fairfield was largely a small farming town with a modest collegiate population of Parsons College until 1973 when Parsons closed and Maharishi re-opened the campus as Maharishi International University (now Maharishi University of Management), bringing in droves of meditators.
A segment of the show will be on the Maharishi School (MS), which encompasses Kindergarten through Grade 12. Ms. Winfrey was overheard saying at MS earlier today that these children are changing the world. She also said (paraphrased) ‘Fairfield was a best-kept secret but will not be now that she’s been here’. She told at least one MS class that ‘some people are working toward raising consciousness but the MS students are living raising consciousness’.
In life, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi attracted many celebrated allies to his cherished desire for world peace–The Beatles, film director David Lynch, singer-songwriter Moby are just a few. Since his passing on February 5, 2008 at age 97, his TM Movement and its proponents have continued to attract new meditators. Six-million-plus TM meditators around the world–both the unsung and the celebrated–enjoy the benefits of Maharishi’s TM: health and wealth; dynamic creativity and increased energy; inner peace and happiness–ingredients for world peace.
As a newish TM-er celebrity, Oprah Winfrey likely has the most clout. Touted as an American businesswoman, talk-show host, actress-producer, the richest African American of the 20th century, she is also touted as the greatest black philanthropist in American history and she is considered the most influential woman in the world. It might even be said unarguably that Oprah Winfrey is the greatest philanthropist of any sex, race, or creed in the 20th century–running into the 21st–and is the most influential person in the world. One can surmise that Ms. Winfrey’s innate influence will draw many millions more people to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique and so raise world consciousness.