Maharishi Vastu Architecture for better health

Natural Law based design and constructionNatural Law Based Design and Construction

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Because the individual is cosmic, everything about individual life should be in full harmony with cosmic life. Maharishi Vedic architecture 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
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


The full potential of the homeThe full potential of the home

A home can be so much more than is generally experienced today it can be a special space that creates an influence of good health, happiness, family harmony and enlightenment.


People who live and work in Maharishi Sthapatya Veda buildings (buildings designed according to the principles of Vedic architecture) report that they think more clearly, make better decisions, feel happier and healthier, feel more alert and refreshed throughout the day, enjoy more restful and refreshing sleep, have more energy and less fatigue and experience less stress and greater peace of mind.


Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture reliably gives our homes these influences by using laws of nature that connect individual intelligence with cosmic intelligence. You can have these nourishing and health-promoting influences in your home, your work place, your school or your entire community.


A modern design science of ancient origin

Maharishi Vedic architecture is also sometimes referred to as Vastu Vidya ,or Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design. The Sanskrit word Sthapan means to establish. The Sanskrit word Veda means knowledge of Natural Law. The system of Vedic architecture derives its principles from the ancient texts of Sthapatya Veda, the eternal system of architecture and city planning that that has been recently restored to its completeness by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Ancient cultures understood the importance of building in accord with the environment. They aligned their homes, temples and meeting halls with the compass points and the rays of the sun. In Vedic India, architects used the sophisticated science of Sthapatya Veda design to bring human life into accord with nature. Today, innovative new technologies make it possible to create ultra-energy-efficient buildings, making maximum use of wind, sunlight, rainwater and heat from the earth.


Examples of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda buildings

Examples of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda Buildings

Examples of houses and office buildings can be seen at Maharishi Vastu Architecture 

Influences due to the orientation of buildingsInfluences due to the orientation of buildings

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.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


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% will have inauspicious orientation and will be contributing to ill health and other problems in society.


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.


Modern neuroscience and benefits of Vedic architectureModern neuroscience and benefits of Vedic architecture

Scientists can now measure very accurately how well the brain is functioning under different conditions. Because of these measurable benefits for the brain, Vedic architecture, Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, is being applied in educational institutions, places of work and Government buildings in several countries.




Effect of orientation on brain functioning

Recent neuroscience research has confirmed that our brain is highly sensitive to orientation, position, and direction in space. The research shows that the brain functions differently when facing North, South, East or West, and in a most orderly manner when facing East.


Journal references:

  • Progress in Neurobiology 13 (1979): 419 - 439
  • Journal of Neuroscience 15(9) (1995): 6260 - 6270
  • Brain Research Bulletin 40(5-6) (1996): 477 - 484


A conclusion is that ones inherent sense of direction (orientation), and order gets confused in daily life when one lives in a building with wrong orientation and not built according to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, resulting in many kinds of physiological, psychological, and behavioural imbalance.


Effect of orientation on healthEffect of orientation on health

Ayurvedic doctors have found that patients living in homes with South entrances had significantly poorer health and more financial problems than patients with North or East entrances. This confirms the ancient principle of Vedic Architecture that only East and North entrances are beneficial for good health and prosperity.


Also, those who slept in North-facing beds suffered from significantly more depression and anxiety than those who slept in beds without this orientation. This confirms the ancient principle of Vedic Architecture of orienting beds (head end of bed) toward East or South and never towards North.



Problems associated with incorrect building

According to the tradition of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design, houses and offices not built in accord with Natural Law can create problems including:


  • anxiety, depression
  • illness, chronic disease
  • blocks to creativity
  • nbsp;bad luck, financial loss
  • obstacles to progress and success
  • in relationships, breakdown of family
  • anti-social behaviour and even criminal tendency


Negative effect of incorrectly designed buildings is sometimes referred to as sick building syndrome, and in office buildings has been noticed as contributing to low productivity and high absenteeism among the workforce.


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Planning ideal communities

Maharishi Sthapatya Veda considers the following values in the planning and design of ideal communities in order to uphold healthy, happy life through the full support of Natural Law:


  • Auspicious site environment (slope of the land, bodies of water, unobstructed sunrise, etc.)
    that maintains life in accord with Natural Law
  • Layout of entrance with direct orientation to the east
  • All roads aligned north/south, east/west
  • An open central square with gardens
  • Proper location and proportions of all buildings and amenities
  • Low-density housing
  • Natural building materials and energy-efficient construction
  • Adequate flow of fresh air
  • Generous green space
  • Solar, wind and other cost-effective, self-sufficient, non-polluting energies
  • Sustainable Vedic organic agriculture for self-sufficiency in growing healthy and wholesome food
  • Maharishis Vedic Science and Technology of Consciousness for ideal education, prevention-oriented health care,
  • and promotion of a problem-fee society characterized by economic self-sufficiency
Planning ideal communities

Features of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design

Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture involves a number of special features in the design:


The Brahmasthan - a silent, essentially empty, space in the centre of the building where the totality of Natural Law nourishes and upholds the entire structure, connecting individual life with cosmic life, individual intelligence with cosmic intelligence. Examples include a central garden square in a town, or a central court or atrium in a house or office building.


A Vastu Fence - around the exterior of the building allowing entrance to the building only from the most auspicious direction.
A Kalash a Vedic roof ornament that traditionally connects heaven and earth.


A Plinth - a raised foundation between the ground level of the building and the first floor with specified proportions and a decorative appearance.


Enlightenment and architecture in accord with Natural LawEnlightenment and architecture in accord with Natural Law

Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design is the knowledge that establishes everything in the most orderly way so that everything is nourished by everything else. Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design takes advantage of the most fundamental laws of Nature that promote perfect health, happiness and prosperity. It uses precise mathematical formulas, equations, and proportions to design homes and offices in perfect Harmony with Natural Law. Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design is the only design and construction science that has the precise knowledge and time-tested formulas used for site selection, proper orientation, positioning, and placement of rooms according to their purpose. According to Maharishi Sthapatya Veda design, health and good fortune, as well as the development of higher states of consciousness, are profoundly influenced by the Vastu (characteristics of the site and building), which includes the orientation of the building, the position on the building site, the slope of the land, the direction of entrances, placement of rooms, and the orientation of the approaching and surrounding roads.


Sthapatyaveda Vastu Architecture Course: Vedic Green from Maharishi University of Management

This Vastu course will give you the knowledge necessary to plan and undertake community projects along with a wealth of extremely useful information to help you build a Maharishi Vastu home. This is a unique opportunity for everyone interested in Maharishi Vastu knowledge to gain, in compact sessions, some of the applied knowledge of Maharishi Vedic® architecture.


Find out more information at Maharishi's Knowledge Available Via Distance Education Courses:

DE110: Vedic Green: Building your Maharishi Vastu® Home & Community



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