The following post was first written on July 19, 2009 by Jeremy who no longer writes for the blog. I found his post buried in the “Pages” section of wordpress and realized that no one has read it since we have no links there. It has a bit of our old flavor from before we became Anglophiles.
One of the topics most discussed in churches today is that of community. In fact, so prevalent is this topic in Christian circles that even the esteemed theophiliacs have broached the subject a time or two. Unfortunately, the topic of community rarely gets past elevated rhetoric or semantical digression. All too often the pragmatics of “real” Christian community get lost in the haze of koom by ya music and all to competative game nights. (or as in the case of theophiliacs disagreements on the etimological, epistomological, and theological understandings of community). So when I came across some people who were living out radical community in a very pragmatic way it caught my attention. So I submit for your scrutiny Maharishi Vedic City in, of all places, Iowa.
This community has embraced modern living while still structuring their city around the most ancient of religious doctrines. For instance they have their own modern hospital, elementary and secondary schools, government institutions, even hotels. Yet they also meditate twice a day as a community, only consume locally grown organic food, and have a local group of devotees who practice yogic flying for sake of cultivating world peace. In every way, both ancient and modern, they have incoporated vedic principles into the very fabric of life. So as someone who belongs to a religious tradition that is currently obsessed with communality, I ask if this is a model that could prove useful for further endeavors into “real” Christian communal living?