Before I begin telling my experience, I would like to say that I am now 100% sure that this is where I want to be for the next 4+ years of my life. I will be majoring in Vedic Science and here is an overview on it: http://www.mum.edu/mvsba/welcome.html
Sorry if this post is too long, there is just so much stuff to fit in and I don't want to make anyone bored.
I am doing this primarily because of the lifestyle I will have when I am there and the environment is perfect. This University is where my heart is set currently and I did not feel anything that would oppose my current opinion. My rational mind did question if this was a good community for me due to the fear of joining a cult, but this community is unlike no other place. It really seems like a legitimate place to be for spiritual development. You get a sense of peace and harmony when you walk in the University. The buildings are all set up in a special Feng-Shui style except it's an Indian style which I forgot the name of but all the buildings are suppose to be facing the direction that the Sun rises. I will have a lot of freedom although I will miss my parents for sure. The people there are very unique. Everyone there is so like-minded and I don't feel like i'm the only one who is into esoteric topics. The students and faculty know that we far more than our temporal circumstances. It seems to be the perfect "hippie" college and I could feel the energy especially in the Golden Domes where everyone meets up to do the Transcendental Meditation to create the Maharishi Effect which changes the field to create Peace. Most are into becoming One with Nature and engaging the Managing Intelligence of Natural Law is what Maharishi Mahesh Yogi would teach. I visited the bookstore and there were so many natural products like Vegan Toothpaste that has no fluoride and I got to purchase the Hemp Soap and the alternative toothpaste. The students are encouraged to be at bed by 10:00 and to keep the environment right, there are no drugs or alcohol allowed.
I will now write on what I felt and experienced this weekend. I left Friday Morning, it was a very long trip. I had to take 2 planes and then the shuttle from Des Moines to Fairfield so the whole trip lasted about 12 hours.
The night started with a welcome Dinner and I met many of the counselors and some of the students. The meals in the cafeteria are all vegetarian. I really enjoyed the food Everything is Organic over there and the majority of the people are vegetarian with an exception to some students who have meat cookouts every week in the computer science building. There is a great variety of recipes and one of the Health systems they follow over there is Ayurveda. One of the students told me that the Ayurvedic view on Milk is that it should be drank after boiled, but never Raw. This seems to contradict the idea that milk should be drinked Raw instead and for the Vegan lifestyle, it should not be consumed at all. I wonder why the Ayurveda system includes milk as something healthy to drink.
I was part of a group of about 30 people who were visitors and I was one of the youngest ones as the other ages range from 20 to 50. Many visitors were thinking about transferring and go for their Master's Degree while I was one of the few undergraduates. My primary reason for wanting to attend this University is because I will be able to live a spiritual lifestyle being around like-minded people and the spiritual practices such as Transcendental Meditation. Getting a degree is secondary and not as important as my spiritual development. By the time I graduate, I will have an idea of how I will make a living. I have not decided yet if I will go beyond my Bachelor's.
On Saturday Morning, I went on a campus tour and went to the Men's Dormitories and got to see the room I will be resting in. I also went to the Sustainable Living Department and the head of Sustainable Living also using Vegetable/Cooking Oil to fuel his car just like Adrian.
I have no heard this school mention Free Energy Technology by Tesla, though. I always hear about Solar and Wind Energy. The University is all about 100% Inner and Outer Sustainability. During the winter the weather in Fairfield has been Sub Zero and I am not sure how well I will handle that unless I learn those visualization techniques I read in one of Adrian's earliest newsletters to get my mind used to the cold temperature. I am used to florida weather and to me, 50 degrees farenheit is cold.
After the Campus Tour, I had lunch with the faculty and I had the opportunity to speak with my future professor, Tom Egenes. He told me I would be having a class on Physics with John Hagelin since I will be majoring in Vedic Science. I guess the reason they call it a Science is because they relate the Vedic scriptures with Quantum Physics. I had an interesting discussion with the professor and I told him that I am not religious, but really spiritual-oriented. I was complimented alot by people who said I was really young to be interested in such profound courses.
After lunch, I went to a brief overview of Financial Aid and the Transcendental Meditation Technique.
I will need to take out some Federal Loans and I think it is worth it because I shouldn't have any trouble paying it back after I graduate. Being part of a low-income household, I was able to receive a lot of financial aid from the University and the Gov't.
I had some free time to explore the town and the campus and Fairfield is very quiet, almost like a ghost town. That's only after walking for 30 minutes.
At night, there was a Gourmet Pizza Party and I got to listen to the music of some of the students and speak with the Dean of Admissions - he was very friendly and he got to meet my family.
The highlight of Sunday was going inside the Golden Dome and there were mats all over for the Transcendental Meditation. I heard that the more people that meditate together, there is an exponential effect that creates peace, although I am not sure if this is true. During the group meditations, everyone's energy seems to merge together which creates a change in the overall consciousness during the sessions.
On Monday morning, I got to visit classes of my choice and the first class I went to was a Graduate class for Maharishi Vedic Science. The topic was on Enlightenment, the Brain, and EEG. After they discussed what Vedic Science was, they started to listen to these Sanskrit chants and then they started reading Sanskrit for a couple of minutes which I did not understand at all. The class was lead by Dr. Fred Travis. Could Enlightenment not only have spiritual effects but also physiological results?
I want this college to be an experience that will help me get started on my spiritual practices and a Catalyst that will help me seek the truth that is within.
If you have gotten this far, I thank you for taking the time to read my story!