Oprah Winfrey visited Maharishi University in Fairfield (Iowa) on October, Wed. 19th. This is the report by John Garlock on Heartlandconnection.com

One of the biggest media moguls in the world spent several hours in southeast Iowa Wednesday. Oprah Winfrey was in Fairfield all afternoon. Robert Lyons, the manager of Fairfield Municipal Airport, told KTVO Winfrey’s private jet touched down around 11:15 a.m.

Rik Merchant reported on the Yahoo! Contributor Network: Oprah Winfrey Meditated in Fairfield Iowa Tonight with Other Transcendental Meditation Meditators.

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 admitted by the checkers with a gleeful, “We know who you are.” Oprah then entered the large dome–lit by blue and gold lights for the occasion, stocked with her film crew and cameras, and filled with nearly five hundred ladies seated in deep silence. Group meditation began.

Ms. Winfrey arrived this morning in her private Global Express jet. Her staff arrived a week earlier to begin work on an hour-long show on Fairfield’s meditation community for Oprah’s Lifeclass, to be seen on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). 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’.


Oprah Winfrey learned Transcendental Meditation this past summer and paid for her entire company staff to also learn TM. As a new TM celebrity, she 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 could surmise that Ms. Winfrey’s innate influence will draw many millions more people to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique and so further raise world consciousness.

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