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Read an
address by
Hon. Judge
E. Autrey

to US Probation
and Parole Officers


See our
Power Point slide
presentation on


The Endorsements page
 includes remarks
 Senator the Hon. Rita Days
of the Missouri Senate,
 and from four judges on the TESP program. 


We trained
US Probation
and Parole Officers

in the
Transcendental Stress Management



TESP - an Alternative Sentencing Program
that Utilized the Transcendental Stress Management
 Program for Offender Rehabilitation



The late Farrokh K. Anklesaria, Esq.
Founder of The Enlightened Sentencing Project


Ruffina F. Anklesaria, M.A.
Former TESP Director and Project Manager


Dear Visitors:

Welcome to the homepage of The Enlightened Sentencing Project (TESP). This website is maintained as a resource for others and as a reference for work done in the field of consciousness-based rehabilitation, pioneered by the late Farrokh K. Anklesaria, Esq., and his wife, Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria, M.A.

TESP offered a consciousness-based approach to criminal rehabilitation.  We used  the Transcendental Stress Management program and proven programs for stress reduction, including neuro-muscular integration exercises (yoga) and neuro-respiratory techniques. If you are interested in learning the Transcendental Stress Management program for your own benefit, and are not an offender sent by the courts, click here.

We hope that our website will serve as a resource for those of you in search of an alternative sentencing program that is highly effective.  Several judges in St Louis, Missouri, and one in Illinois, sentenced probationers and parolees to the Transcendental Stress Management program as a condition of their probation.

The graduates from our program reported a remarkable transformation in their lives, and their stories can be read under Experiences.  They are moving and inspiring.  Anecdotal evidence was complemented by  research on participants in the TESP program.  Psychological tests were administered pre and post-participation.  You can view a slide presentation on TESP Research.

Our website provides Endorsements of the Transcendental Stress Management  program from Senator the Hon. Rita Heard Days of the Missouri Legislature, several judges, probation and parole officers and from the probationers themselves.  You are invited to watch a 10-minute videotape of Hon. Judge David C. Mason addressing TESP graduates on 12 9 09, here:





Other topics featured on our website are:

  • A Bulletin Board.

  • Newsletters.

  • Acknowledgements of those who contributed to the success of the TESP.

  • Information on how to contact us.



Certified by Experience and Results

The late Farrokh K. Anklesaria, Esq., and his wife Ruffina, were both trained by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as teachers of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program. Farrokh was specially trained by Maharishi to introduce the program to the judiciary and to implement it in correctional settings. Together, Farrokh and Ruffina  had over 50 years of full-time teaching experience and instructed thousands of people in stress management meditation.



Non-profit status

The Enlightened Sentencing Project was a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization.



It should not be a function of psychology to remind a man that his past was miserable, or that his surroundings and circumstances were unfavorable, or that his associations were depressing and discouraging, or that there was a lack of love and harmony with those near to him.  To remind anyone of such things will only result in lowering his consciousness.  It should be considered criminal to tell anyone that his individual life is based on the inefficient and degenerate influence of his past environment.  The psychological influence of such depressing information is demoralizing, and the inner core of the heart becomes twisted by it.

-Science of Being, and Art of Living, Pg. 264


Quote corroborated by Probationer Keith M.

"When you sit around talking about drugs all day, you keep talking about you did this and you did that, when you was [sic] on drugs, you're bringing yourself down, you ain't picking yourself up.  And you keep on talking about it and you keep on playing with it in your mind.  It ain't gonna be long before you go out and use it again!  We know what the drugs do to us.  Give us something in place of the drugs.

...I'm trying to get OFF drugs!  It didn't make no (sic) sense"









Missouri Lawyers
of Feb 1, 10


Over 25 articles were
carried in newspapers and online on the TESP,
from 12 9 09 - 1 31 10.

See the Links
to read about our work in the
St Louis Post Dispatch
The Washington Post ,
The American Bar Association Journal ,
National Corrections Oversight Organization,
African News Journal,
India Times,
Sentencing Law and Policy,
and many others.


TESP gained

TESP was recognized
 by the
Missouri Sentencing
Advisory Commission


It was one of only
four alternative
sentencing programs
recommended on the MOSAC website.

You can view
a saved copy of that
web page here.


TESP was listed under
the National Institute
of Corrections

in its Corrections
Library online.

You can view
a saved copy of that
web page here.

USA.gov > U.S. Dept. of Justice > Bureau of Prisons > National Institute of Corrections >


We held
meetings once every six weeks
for offenders sentenced
by the courts in
in St Louis.


We accepted
clients referred to us
by their Probation and
Parole Officers








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Revised Aug 2013
The Enlightened Sentencing Project was a 501 (c) 3 organization
and was not affiliated with the national Transcendental Meditation organization.