Providing Instruction in the Transcendental Stress Management® Program
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Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria, M.A.
TSMO Director and Principal Instructor



About Your Instructor

Transcendental Meditation Instructor, Trinidad and Tobago 1978-1998

Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria was trained by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a teacher of his Transcendental Meditation (TM) program in 1978. She had the joy of meeting Maharishi personally many times from 1985, and getting his personal guidance. She taught "full-time" in the TM movement in Trinidad and Tobago and co-chaired the organization there from 1985 to 1997. Ruffina was, at the same time, Executive Secretary to the Ambassador of Japan at the Embassy of Japan in Port of Spain (1979-1998). When Maharishi realized that Ruffina spent all of her waking hours fully committed to his movement, he told her to always consider herself "full-time" with the movement and part-time with the Embassy. She taught hundreds of people to meditate, including one of the First Ladies of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, and the Mother Superior of the Carmelite nuns at St Jude's School for Girls in Trinidad. She represented her country at many international forums as co-leader of the national TM organization. She was part of the project that brought meditation to several thousand people in The Philippines at the invitation of the Government there.

Migrated to the United States, 1999

In 1999, Ruffina migrated to the United States to join her late husband, Farrokh K. Anklesaria, Esq., in St Louis, Missouri. Farrokh was a barrister-at-law, a British-trained attorney, who practiced family law in England. After learning TM in England, he became a complete devotee of Maharishi's and devoted himself to his service. He lived at Maharishi's ashram in India for many years and was specially trained by him to be the world's leading expert in introducing TM to the judiciary, and in implementing consciousness-based rehabilitation programs in penal institutions and in criminal settings. He traveled the world as Maharishi's representative and met with nine Heads of State on his behalf. He directed a very successful program for offender rehabilitation in the West African State of Senegal, where 12,000 prisoners were instructed in meditation at the invitation of the government there. This project was made into a documentary and a book was written on it. Farrokh instructed over 4,000 persons in meditation and implemented projects around the world for the instruction of over 35,000 inmates, offenders, probation and parole officers and staff members at correctional facilities around the world.



Ruffina, at far right, front; her late husband, Farrokh, third from left, back.


Project Manager/Director, The Enlightened Sentencing Project, 2000-2013

Farrokh also founded The Enlightened Sentencing Project in 1997, a nonprofit organization, in St Louis, Missouri, to teach meditation to offenders. Offenders were sentenced by the courts in St Louis, and in Jerseyville, Illinois, to practice the Transcendental Stress Management program. Ruffina became the TESP's Project Manager and worked side by side with Farrokh to fulfill the specific goal given to Farrokh by his spiritual Master, Maharishi, in the field of rehabilitation.


Ruffina at left; Washington University in St Louis, MO


Academic Background

Ruffina graduated with an Advanced Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Washington University in St Louis, MO, in 2002, to provide the administrative support for her husband's work with The Enlightened Sentencing Project. She followed this with her Master's in International Affairs at the same university, in 2005. She was also certified in United Nations Protocol in December 2013.




Founded Transcendental Stress Management Organization, LLC, in 2006

In 2006, the Anklesarias trademarked the name "Transcendental Stress Management" and taught meditation under this name. Together, Farrokh and Ruffina taught the TSM program and Advanced TSM Techniques, not only to offenders, but to members of the public. Ruffina continues her teaching activities with members of the public and TSM meditators.


TSM Course for Probation and Parole Officers

Ruffina teaches a specialized course in the Transcendental Stress Management program for probation and parole officers. She and her late husband instructed 55 federal probation and parole officers in St Louis in the TSM program.



Corporate Wellness Training for Staff

Ruffina participates in corporate staff training programs, delivering lectures on "Wellness: Taking Care of the Whole Person."

Shaktipat - Sharing the Light

Around 1991, Ruffina had a life-changing spiritual event when her third eye was opened in a burst of light. It altered her perception of the world, giving her the ability see the world as if it were a celestial box of resplendent jewels. She is able to perceive objects and people down to the light value. This has given her remarkable capabilities, including the ability to transmit the experience to others. This she does at her Shaktipat Retreats. It has opened up a whole new world of love and light for her; love for her fellowman, and light pouring out of her, visible at Shaktipat Retreats.

Poet, Author and Publisher

Ruffina is also a poet, author and publisher. Her first book of poetry, "Kavita  - Poems of Light and Communion" is available on

Her second book (not poetry), "Points of Light - A Memoir of Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences," will soon be released.




Peace Activist

Following the death of Mike Brown on 8 9 14, Ruffina became a peace activist and spokesperson for Ferguson. She was interviewed on local, national and international media and was a city volunteer. She now writes for the local newspaper, the "Ferguson Times". Her column is called "The Best of Ferguson."





Ruffina is a proud patriot and became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in 2005. She also loves her native land, Trinidad and Tobago.





She is mother of two daughters, Julee Devina and Anahita.


















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Transcendental Stress Management® is the registered trademark of Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria. The Transcendental Stress Management Organization, LLC, is not affiliated with the national Transcendental Meditation® organization. Copyright 2013.  Revised 01 16