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2 December 2011

Many people have asked over the years about the importance of sunrise on a Maharishi Vastu* site, especially those who are thinking to build in a mountainous area. Ancient texts of Maharishi Vedic architecture as well as current scientific thinking shed light on this topic, illustrated by two examples of beautiful new homes in the mountains of the eastern and western USA.

Maharishi Vastu house

The strongest influence of natural law comes from the sun. On its daily path from east to west the sun generates different types or qualities of energy. When the sun is rising in the east the influence of the rising sun dispels the darkness of the night and brings a fresh wave of nourishing light as it falls on the front entrance to a Maharishi Vastu house. Then, as we use that entrance throughout the day, we enjoy those qualities of nourishment, awakening consciousness and vitality. The phrase 'well begun is half done' is very appropriate to this principle.

Conversely, if a house is facing west, then the energy that comes when the sun finally reaches the front of the house is the energy of the sinking sun. This causes the problems associated with a western entrance—poverty, narrow thinking, dullness of mind . . . all of which come from the lack of vitality from the sun as it is sinking.

Maharishi Vastu house

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi placed great emphasis on this principle of Vedic architecture, and re-established parameters for the acceptable delay in sunrise at any location in determining the auspiciousness of a site for Maharishi Vastu construction. Even modern science is beginning to realize the extremely deleterious effect of constructing buildings without the application of Natural Law. Improper orientation, improper proportion, toxic building materials—all these lead to disease and ill health of the inhabitants of the building . . . not to mention disorientation, worry, dullness of awareness.

Science is even beginning to recognize the different qualities of light generated by the sun at various times of the day, and we are all familiar with the current research on the brain and spatial orientation (see

This is also why the ancient texts of Vedic architecture say that the different energies of the sun as it moves in its path across the house determine the specific function and activity of each room. The next issue of At Home in Maharishi Vastu will examine this principle.

Global Good News will continue to feature the importance of the first rays of the rising sun in Maharishi Vastu architecture—including examples of two beautiful homes, one in the western mountains of the USA and the other in the eastern mountains—along with more news from the December newsletter.

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This post appeared in the December 2011 issue of At Home in Maharishi Vastu®—The Newsletter of Maharishi Vedic Architecture.

* Vastu refers to Vastu vidya, Vedic architecture—the complete knowledge of design and building in accord with Natural Law—brought to light from the Vedic literature by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.

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