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Vedic City, United States
1 July 2005

On 1 July 2005 AAA Living reported: The July/August edition of 'AAA Living' has spotlighted the State's newest city, Maharishi Vedic City. The city was incorporated in 2001 and is designed according to principles of architecture that promote well-being derived from an ancient body of Vedic knowledge brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 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.

Vedic Architecture was recently brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the founder of Transcendental Meditation. The science behind it involves aligning and orienting structures in proper relation to the sun, moon, and planets, and is said to improve health, success, and relationships.

There will be two tours in August where visitors can get a taste of life in this unique community. During the Festival of Homes, homeowners who have built according to Sthapatya Vedic Architecture will hold open houses. There will also be tours of the organic greenhouses, the Vedic Observatory which showcases sundial-like instruments that track the motion of the cosmos, an arts fair, and an open-air organic food market.

The tours take place on 20-21 August, and 27-28 August. For more information on the Festival of Homes or to schedule a private tour, telephone 641-470-7070, or visit

'What we are creating is an entire city that repels negative influences,' says Jonathan Lipman, a prominent local architect. 'To me it's the most extraordinary experiment happening in the field of urban design.' Lipman recently designed a New York-style condominium on the top floor of a three-story red brick commercial building, which will be part of the tour. His condo features prairie vistas, a variety of unusual wall textures, and colourful Tibetan rugs. From Lipman's living room one can see Mandala One Village, now 40 per cent developed, which has 15 homes in pastel colors with white picket fences and front porches.

Also included on the tour, are two luxurious resorts built according to the Vedic principles; one is the Rukmapura Park Hotel, a 25-room structure in the tradition of European country inns, and the other is the Raj, a highly renowned spa treatment centre which attracts visitors from all over the world to experience the rejuvenating effects of Maharishi's Vedic approach to health.

All the food sold inside the city is organic, because of a city ordinance. Eventually, the city will provide off-the-grid power using wind and solar panels, and has already received $500M in grant monies from state and federal agencies for this purpose. Initially, the wind and solar energy structures will just be built to power the greenhouse. The city has also applied for a grant to expand the Vedic Observatory into a tourist attraction, including a viewing tower and a $1.2 million marble visitor centre.

The city's residents and developers are welcoming visitors to explore their innovative concepts of city planning and are looking forward to an enthusiastic turnout for the Festival of Homes in Maharishi Vedic City this summer.

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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