Education: Meditation U.

Rural, placid Fairfield (pop. 8,715), Iowa, is an unlikely home for a university that preaches the virtues of transcendental meditation (TM) and the science of creative intelligence (SCI). Yet in the year since the followers of tiny, beflowered Maharishi Mahesh Yogi started the Maharishi International University on the campus of now defunct Parsons College, the townspeople, at first wary about the newcomers, have not only learned to like them but have even begun to join them.

"The M.I.U. students are almost too good to be true," says Real Estate Man Paul Madden. "There are...

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