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Veni, Vidi, Vedic
by William Kissel

Robb Report    Translate This Article
15 December 2004

On 15 December 2004 Robb Report reported: The ancient architectural principles of Sthapatya Veda are alive and well in the rural communities of Maharishi Vedic City and Fairfield, Iowa. Home owners report improved health and the communities have experienced an extraordinary level of financial success. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of culture.

In the colourful four-page article, Robb reporter William Kissel interviewed Len Oppenheim, a Wall Street trader who now lives in a Sthapatya Veda designed home outside of Maharishi Vedic City, and Johathan Lipman, chief architect for Maharishi Global Construction (MGC) on the benefits and principles of the ancient approach to building and city planning. He also toured and photographed many beautiful Sthapatya Veda designed homes.

Lipman told Kissel that Sthapatya Veda acknowledges the relationship between inner harmony and the 'spatial orientation and material elements' of your home. He emphasized that the principles upon which a home is constructed can provide a positive—or negative—impact on good health and good fortune.

In the article, the author gave a brief history of the origin of Sthapatya Veda, explaining that Sthapatya Veda is one of 40 aspects of Vedic Literature, by ancient Indian seers who cognized different Laws of Nature. He explained how, over the last 2500 years, Vedic Knowledge had become mixed with outside influences, and how this loss of knowledge had prompted Maharishi Mahesh Yogi to take on as his mission the re-establishment of pure Vedic Knowledge. The author described Maharishi Vedic City as a 'prototypical development...that would put this ancient architectural knowledge to the test'.

The article went on to list the accomplishments of Maharishi Vedic City and its neighbouring meditating community of Fairfield. Dubbed 'Silicorn Valley' by Wired magazine, the two towns have handled over $8 billion in managed funds in the last year alone.

The article described the basic placement principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. The author learned that having the living room in the central west portion promoted more conviviality, that kitchens in the southeast corner help promote good digestion, and that the master bedroom in the southwest corner is supportive of deep rest. He also noted the importance of the central courtyard or Brahmasthan, which he translated as 'place where wholeness is established'. He quoted architect Lipman, emphasizing the importance of this quiet area. 'Everything in nature, from large to small, has a central core, and all the activities move around it,' Lipman said. 'This is the way nature maintains coherence. And when we use those principles in architecture, we experience greater coherence in our houses.

Although little research exists to back Sthapatya Vedic claims, the author observed that there was a growing body of preliminary studies that 'suggest the Vedic orientation hypothesis might be on target'. In one test, conducted by the University of Milan's School of Medicine and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, bipolar, depressed patients were placed in rooms with either east-facing or west-facing windows. Those with the east-facing rooms were released four days earlier than the others. Another study, by Dr Veronica Butler and published in the Journal of Social Behavior, showed that patients who slept in north-facing beds experienced more depression and anxiety than patients who slept facing another direction. The author also noted that non-scientific studies cite fewer burglaries in homes facing east.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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