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Expert discusses scientific studies on Vedic Architecture
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16 April 2007
Dr Jonathan Lipman, AIA, Past President of the Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, Director of the Institute of Maharishi Vedic Architecture, and Chief Architect for Maharishi Vedic City, USA, reviewed the scientific research on Maharishi Sthapatya Veda—Vedic Architecture that brings the support of Natural Law to the inhabitants of its buildings—at a conference on Vedic Architecture last week.
The conference—'Beyond Green Building Design and City Planning: Reconstructing the World through ''Fortune-Creating Architecture'' to Promote Peace and Prosperity in Every Country'—was the second in the current series of five Global Conferences being held at the Global Financial Capital of New York and broadcast live on the Maharishi Channel via satellite and over the Internet.
In one study, Dr Lipman noted, animals that slept with their heads toward the east, proper Vedic orientation, showed reduced levels of stress hormones in their blood as well as peaceful social interactions in activity. In contrast, those that slept with their heads to the north, the most inauspicious orientation, showed measurably elevated levels of stress hormones, and non-social behavior, fighting, in activity.
Studies on human beings show that it is not only our individual orientation that influences us. The orientation of the buildings and cities in which we live and work affects the very working of our brains. Dr Veronica Butler's study on the quality of life, published in the Journal of Social Behavioral and Personality, showed that her patients living in houses facing east and north, the most life-supporting directions according to Vedic Architecture, scored significantly higher on mental health tests than those who lived in south-facing houses—the most life-damaging orientation.
Dr Lipman discussed another study that resulted in statistically significant validation of the impact of house orientation on cardiovascular health. When a California cardiologist evaluated the house orientation of his most recent 100 patients (all people with heart problems), he found that over half of them live in south-facing houses—those with the worst effect on human health and quality of life, according to Vedic Architecture.
Fifteen years ago, the Journal of Affective Disorders published an Italian study that compared the impact of orientation on hospital patient recovery. All the patients in this study lived in rooms with identical furnishings, and they received the same care, food, and treatment. The only difference was that half of them lived in rooms that received sunlight from the east in the mornings; and the other half lived in rooms with only western sunlight. Dr. Lipman reported that patients in rooms with eastern light were released from the hospital an average of four days earlier than the others, demonstrating the Vedic Architecture principle that the light from the rising sun in our homes has an especially nourishing impact on people.
Lastly, Dr Lipman summarized a current, ongoing study that is testing the effects of Vedic Architecture—the Architecture of Nature—on corporate quality of life and financial success. Christian Olivar, a statistician in Denmark, randomly selected 100 companies whose profits are based on work done solely within their buildings. He sent photographs and drawings of each building to Carmen Quinton, a Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architect, who is comparing each building according to five predictors of Vedic Architecture: building shape, orientation, where gates to fences are, the building's relationship to bodies of water, and its relationship to hills. Using these parameters, she then predicts the dollar amount of profit earned in that building per employee. Of the 30 analyses completed so far, 27 predictions have been correct, a stunning 90 per cent success rate.
With such research on the impact of building orientation and other Vedic Architecture principles on the physiology and prosperity of their inhabitants, Dr Lipman concluded that for improved health and prosperity, people must demolish buildings that do not provide such support to the people of the world, and reconstruct the world using this architecture that provides its users with the support of Natural Law.
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