Vedic architecture is the science and art of establishing structures in which every part is in tune with the whole. It is in harmony with the solar, lunar and planetary influences on the earth. On its path from east to west, the sun generates different qualities of energy. Buildings can be designed so the different energies of the sun correspond to the specific activities of each room. The highest ideal of architecture is to design homes, schools, and communities that create good fortune, homes in harmony with the architecture of nature.
Students learn the main principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture, which are:
Maharishi says: “Because the individual is cosmic, everything about individual life should be in full harmony with Cosmic Life. Maharishi Sthapatya Veda gives dimensions, formulas, and orientations to the buildings that will provide Cosmic Harmony and Support to the individual for his peace, prosperity, and good health – daily life in accord with Natural Law, daily life in the evolutionary direction.”
The most important principle of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda is right direction and orientation. With reference to a building it is the main entrance, that determines the direction in which a building faces, in which direction it is oriented.
Out of eight possible directions, only two – east and north – produce auspicious influences. This means that in an average city with roads in all directions producing all possible orientations of buildings, at least 75% of all buildings have inauspicious orientation, contributing to ill health and other problems in society.
‘People do not generally know that the orientation of residential and office buildings contributes a great deal to success and progress in professional life; and health, happiness, and fortune on the individual level.’
NOTE: There are many considerations that ultimately determine auspicious and inauspicious influences: the orientation of buildings, placement of rooms, proportions and Vedic measurements, shape and slope of the land, location of any body of water, unobstructed view of the rising sun, influence of the environment, etc.
In addition to all commonly found facilities, there is one very special place in every Maharishi Sthapatya Veda structure. This is the Brahmasthan, the open central point – the seat of wholeness. Every home should have a Brahmasthan, where the totality of Natural Law is established. Then the home becomes a holistic structure of Natural Law. And every town, city, and country should have a Brahmasthan, so that every citizen is always connected with the wholeness of Cosmic Life.
Another important aspect of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda is building with natural, non-toxic materials suitable to the local climatic conditions. This includes materials like naturally treated and painted wood, bricks, rammed earth and adobe, straw bale, etc. as well as natural finishes such as clay stucco, marble and tiles, natural fibers for carpets, curtains and furniture, and healthy, natural, non-toxic paints, glues and wallpaper.
Also any harmful electro-magnetic fields, high-tension lines, microwave towers and ovens etc. should be carefully avoided. Ideally all materials and appliances in Maharishi Sthapatya Veda buildings should be pure and healthy.
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