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It began with a photo album, looking at pictures of the past brought it all back, the thoughts, the feelings, the perspective of that time,
“The book just flowed out of me from there.” Rhoda Orme-Johnson speaks with Monica about her new book Inside Maharishi’s Ashram. A memoir about the early days of the TM movement and her time with her guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Filled with personal stories and anecdotes of how it felt to be a part of the”intense but silent whirlwind that was life around Maharishi “. It chronicles how she came to meditation because of the change her husband saw in a friend and then the change she saw in him, ‘he was more relaxed in a public place than he had ever been,…., in the moment. I thought, “Whatever that is I want it.”‘The second part of the book she shares her insights and memories of her time at Maharishi International University (MIU).

“We had left the intense but silent whirlwind that was life around Maharishi and had landed softly in the quiet middle of nowhere”.

Rhoda Orme-Johnson

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

Mark Twain


Monica Hadley is co-founder, host and producer of Writers' Voices on KRUU 100.1 fm in Fairfield, Iowa, a community low power radio station, and webmaster at

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