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Legal fight over calming technique lacks harmony

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Photo -   FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2004 file photo, students practice transcendental meditation at the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa. A legal dispute between the Iowa-based nonprofit that has taught transcendental meditation in the United States for decades and Thom Knoles, a former associate who left and built his own group of followers, could decide whether the Maharishi Foundation will continue to control teaching or whether rivals can market similar services and benefits without obtaining a license from the Iowa group. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2004 file photo, students practice transcendental meditation at the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa. A legal dispute between the Iowa-based nonprofit that has taught transcendental meditation in the United States for decades and Thom Knoles, a former associate who left and built his own group of followers, could decide whether the Maharishi Foundation will continue to control teaching or whether rivals can market similar services and benefits without obtaining a license from the Iowa group. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — The followers of a meditation practice that has its roots in ancient India are in a dispute over the control of its teaching.

The feud pits the Iowa nonprofit that has taught transcendental meditation in the U.S. for decades against Thom Knoles, a former associate who left and built his own group of followers.

The outcome could decide whether the Maharishi (mah-hah-ree-shee) Foundation will continue to control the teaching of U.S. transcendental meditation — or whether rivals can market similar services and benefits without obtaining a license.

The two sides are fighting for customers and to protect their own reputations. With such stakes, the litigation over a technique that supporters say can reduce stress and blood pressure is getting tense.

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