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Maharishi store in town among dozens in nation

May 25, 2006

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The giant "World Capital of Peace" that the guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi plans to build in Smith Center isn't the only sign of his group's growing presence in Kansas.

Earlier this year, his nonprofit corporation set up a storefront "Maharishi Enlightenment Center" in Lawrence where customers can buy special herbs and organic cotton clothing, learn about transcendental meditation and undergo a stress-relieving treatment that involves having sesame oil poured on the forehead.

"It's kind of like a franchise," said Allen Reminick, manager of the store at 2121 Kasold Drive. "It's all under the venue of an international corporate structure that ultimately is here to promote very high quality products for the benefit of people's health and longevity and well-being."

The group opened a similar store last year on Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park, and it's negotiating to buy land near the Kansas Speedway to house an ornate "Peace Palace" that would serve as a larger, more-permanent location than the storefront shops.

In the past year, similar stores have opened in roughly 30 cities nationwide.

Reminick said eventually a "Peace Palace" could be built in Lawrence, but that no definite plans have been made. Advertisements for the Lawrence store's opening proclaim the "grand offer of the Global Country of World Peace."


As followers of the Maharishi prepare to build their "World Capital of Peace" in Smith Center, the "Maharishi Enlightenment Center" has opened in Lawrence. Above, employee April Chamberlin receives a stress-relieving treatment that involves having sesame oil poured on her forehead.

As followers of the Maharishi prepare to build their "World Capital of Peace" in Smith Center, the "Maharishi Enlightenment Center" has opened in Lawrence. Above, employee April Chamberlin receives a stress-relieving treatment that involves having sesame oil poured on her forehead.

The Maharishi, who lives in the Netherlands, is perhaps best known as the founder of the transcendental meditation movement and a guru for celebrities including the Beatles and Mike Love of the Beach Boys.

He's been in the headlines recently for his organization's plans to build a $14 million, 480-acre complex in Smith Center intended to be a haven for meditation and organic farming. It also will be home to the Maharishi-affiliated U.S. Peace Government, led by John Hagelin, a quantum physicist and a fringe U.S. presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000.

Some people in Smith Center have expressed concern they might be landing a cult, but Laure Edwards Reminick, director of the Lawrence and Overland Park stores and Reminick's wife, said she's not out to convert anyone. She practices and teaches transcendental meditation, she said, because it works to relieve stress and help her fulfill her human potential.

She likened it to a tool such as a can opener.

"You don't have to believe in the can opener. It works," she said. "I am not a proselytizer."

So far, business has been somewhat slow at the Lawrence shop, Allen Reminick said. The store has hired a male and female massage therapist and offers roughly 53 products based on ayurvedic healing techniques, including a calming spice mix, rose petal spray, and an antioxidant paste made of ingredients such as gooseberry, gallnut, butterfly pea and white sandalwood.

"It's all geared toward a lifestyle," said Jesse Blevins, 28, a massage therapist at the Lawrence store.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 10 months ago

finally

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

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ljreader 7 years, 10 months ago

I heard from someone who applied to work there (when they were recently running an ad in the paper) that they require all employees to learn TM- at the employees expense- to the tune of $2400. What a scam.

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lunacydetector 7 years, 10 months ago

i wonder if george harrison is somehow involved? i wonder what it's like to be a fly on the wall of that place? maybe the fly is george.

didn't madonna pour hot oil on willem defoe in a movie, or am i thinking about the hunchback of notre dame pouring hot oil on the crowd?....guess i'm confusing myself in the early morning. oh, it was wax and tar. BIG difference.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

Mooseamoose:

"The Simpson's" reference joke.

IT'S A JOKE, STUPID!

You need to be strapped into a chair with your eyes blocked open like the guy in "Clockwork Orange", expcept that instead of Beethoven, you would be given about 24 hours of Carlos Mencia!

BEsides, have you ever heard the Maharishi speak?

He is a strereotype all by himself!

Thanks.

Marion.

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MerryPresent 7 years, 10 months ago

Transcendental Meditation is the best thing. It brought me peace...we all need 20 minutes of stillness twice a day, at least...

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 10 months ago

So now they call it "sesame oil"? I guess the term "snake oil" has fallen out of favor for some reason.

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Centrist 7 years, 10 months ago

I have the perfect meditation .... go lay down in a dark room, put yer headphones on, and crank up the "Wish You Were Here" album.

Guarantee you'll be relaxed and happy ..

P.S. Yes, I am a Floyd Nut ..

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consumer1 7 years, 10 months ago

Aspirin, yep taste like pine cones.

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consumer1 7 years, 10 months ago

I guess one could get an oil treatment, then linger under the giant cones and wait for inspiration to picket the building of the traffic way. Wow!! What a day for the average, above average hippie in Larryville. Don't get no bettern iss...

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compmd 7 years, 10 months ago

for those who think that natural remedies are for suckers, you have to yell "I'm a hypocrite!" every time you take an aspirin.

Enjoy your tree bark extract.

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holygrailale 7 years, 10 months ago

Agnostik is correct.

The "annointing with oil" schtick has been around in the evangelical christian movement for a very long time.

Doesn't make the practice any less silly, no matter who performs it, but it's not isolated to the TMers.

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LogicMan 7 years, 10 months ago

Is the lady who's on public access CATV (silver hair, talks very slowly and for a long time but never really says anything ...) from this group?

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Confrontation 7 years, 10 months ago

I bet the local dermatologists are super excited about this! Just imagine how much extra acne business they will receive once people start dumping oil on their heads.

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 10 months ago

YES! Do they even understand why it's called a "speedway"? Or, do they suppose that some bow hunter on his way to Cabela's is going to stop to buy some incense and get an oil treatment? That will be a major marketing blunder.

Race fans = eastern philosophies?

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pundit 7 years, 10 months ago

Is it just me, or does the thought of the Speedway fan demographic shopping at such a store seem a little bizzare.

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mooseamoose 7 years, 10 months ago

so Marion yer sayin

"We don't take kindly to your kind around here." , right? Thank God that Larryville still has rednecks.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 10 months ago

The is some validity to herbal treatment, I'm sure the stores bussiness will pick up.

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one_more_bob 7 years, 10 months ago

I see the stereotyping is in full swing today.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

Will Apu work in the store?

Thanks.

Marion.

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KSChick1 7 years, 10 months ago

that would have to be a vegetarian happy meal in that drive thru! :P

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 10 months ago

McReligion?

Remember the "I coulda had a V-8" ads? Right now the Rev. Moon is saying "I coulda sold franchises".

Do they have a drive-thru? "I'll have the oily head treatment, super-sized... and a Happy Meal."

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macon47 7 years, 10 months ago

You cannot cheat an honest man, BUT never give a sucker an even break OR smarten up a chump

I BET THE CHUMPS ARE LINED UP AT THE DOOR WITH THEIR CREDIT CARDS IN HAND

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consumer1 7 years, 10 months ago

Unbelieveable, Okay all you fragile people get your wallets out. Help (ha ha) is here for you. Go get your mantra on! Suckers...

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