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Can our homes determine our health and wealth?
by Jeff Turrentine

Deccan Herald    Translate This Article
19 August 2005

On 19 August 2005 Deccan Herald reported: Proponents of Vedic Architecture say that building according to the ancient Indian science can improve health and increase wealth and success. The Indian newspaper, Deccan Herald, reprinted Jeff Turrentine's original article from The Washington Post which extensively quoted Architect Jonathan Lipman, chief architect of the Iowa-based Maharishi Global Construction. 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.

The article noted that while principles such as having buildings face East have raised eyebrows among traditional builders, adherents are 'convinced of Vedic Architecture's benefits to mankind'. And, the article added, the number of believers is growing rapidly.

'The most powerful influence of natural law on the earth is the sun,' Lipman told a sold-out conference on the architectural trend. 'In Vedic (theory), the influence of the sun right around the time of sunrise has a whole set of specific nourishing influences. A building acts as a kind of intermediary between us and the sun, and early-morning light is most available to us if that building faces in that direction.'

Lipman backs his statements with studies, such as one published in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggesting that rats are sensitive to having their heads placed in different directions.

Writer Jeff Turrentine brought the issue to Esther Sternberg, a board member of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, a self-described 'coalition of architects and brain scientists who have come together to try and address how modern principles of neuroscience can inform questions of how the elements of physical space effect creativity, cognition, and mood.'

She agreed that it seems like an issue tailor-made for their academy. And while she and her colleague, architect John Eberhard, stopped short of lending their academic support to Vedic Architecture, they did say that natural light, architectural balance, or the presence of clutter can obviously affect one's mood. And mood, they say, can affect one's health.

The article ended with a quote from Lipman regarding the importance of research to support the ancient principles. 'The initial question always has to be, simply: Is there a real, natural phenomenon occurring? And if there is, then people will start floating models that can be tested. Eventually we'll have a good theory as to why.'

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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