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How to create beauty in Vastu architecture - on a low budget
by Global Good News staff writer
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20 June 2011
Expert Maharishi Vastu architect Christian Schweizer recently explained principles of creating beauty in Vedic architecture buildings—an important aspect of Vastu* which can be achieved without great expense through incorporating simple design elements.
Mr Schweizer is Director for Central Europe and Africa of the Institute of Vedic City Planning of Maharishi University of Management.** He discussed four main principles of beauty in relation to Vastu design:
Symmetry is fundamental to nature and the basis of evolution, Mr Schweizer explained. Symmetry is a timeless, everlasting principle: the residence of every ruler in every country, in every century, has been built symmetrically, because it is a symbol of power, of divinity, of beauty.
He gave several examples of symmetry as it is found at every level of the universe—from atoms to galaxies—and its importance in biological systems and in health. EEG research has shown that during the practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes, including Yogic Flying, the brainwaves display greater coherence between the two brain hemispheres: the higher the consciousness, the more symmetrically the brain works, Mr Schweizer commented.
Mr Schweizer discussed a principle brought out by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: Sthapatya Veda* (Vedic architecture) is creating order in nature. Maharishi's commentary on Rk Veda explains how the wholeness of natural law gives rise to the sequential, orderly unfoldment of specific laws of nature. Life can develop only from order; orderliness is the basis for the human body and governs its functioning. The house in which one lives should also be designed in an orderly way.
'What you see, you become.' Maharishi greatly encouraged ornamentation, because when one looks at beautiful structures and images every day, one's consciousness becomes more cultured.
4. Smriti (memory)
Smirti is the memory quality of consciousness, which includes the memory of wholeness, of one's own cosmic Self, Atma. Smriti also refers to the memory of ancient knowledge—the wisdom of ancient, sophisticated, and highly developed cultures that are expressed in beautiful architecture. Mr Schweizer showed examples of many similarities in the architecture of these ancient cultures. When one uses these classical architectural elements to build Vastu houses today, he said, one's consciousness is drawn back to ancient, more holistic knowledge, and this uplifts and enriches the consciousness of the homeowner.
It need not be expensive to take maximum advantage of these principles of beauty, Mr Schweizer said. 'A house can be a simple box'—but with small, economical tasteful features added (such as a balcony), it can become a home to enrich one's life every day. Designs incorporating all of these aspects of beauty and economy are available in a portfolio at www.maharishivastu.org.
Global Good News will continue featuring highlights of the recent presentation by Christian Schweizer on beauty in Maharishi Vastu architecture.
* Vastu refers to Vastu vidya, Vedic architecture—the knowledge of design and building in accord with Natural Law—brought to light in its completeness from the Vedic literature by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
** Mr Schweizer is also Deputy Minister of Architecture of the Global Country of World Peace.
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