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Orientation, site selection, layout: Vedic architecture principles support ideal homes, cities    Translate This Article
26 May 2011

Several fundamental principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture—also known as Maharishi Vastu—and Vedic city planning support ideal homes, communities, and cities. These principles include orientation, site selection, and layout.

The website explains that 'these Vedic principles are ancient and time tested, and the effects are known in detail and can be verified by anyone. They have been fully restored in our time by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This saves us a difficult search for the best approach, and saves human life from the unknown effects of less holistic systems.

1. Orientation
'In the consideration of ideal community planning, Maharishi Vastu places importance on right orientation to maximize the natural life-supporting influence of the planets and stars. All roads and buildings are aligned with the cardinal directions (based on true, geographic north) and preferably facing east, the direction of the life-giving sun, the strongest influence of natural law on earth.

2. Site selection and marking the Vastu
'The site selection for any building, development or city is of utmost importance, and must consider the influence of the slope of the site, position of bodies of water, mountains, etc. A site for human habitation should be selected that has only positive, life supporting influences from its environment to maintain life in accord with natural law.

'On the chosen lot, auspiciously proportioned, and properly oriented, sites (that is, Vastus, delineated by a fence or wall) with auspicious entrances will be marked for the entire city and for each individual building. On the site, the city or community is laid out with auspicious entrance, roads running north-south and east-west, low-density housing with adequate flow of fresh air, and generous green space.

3. Layout with silent centre—Brahmasthan
'The center of a structure—in Vedic terminology the Brahmasthan—is a place of wholeness and silence. In a city it usually is a beautiful, open, public garden.'

In the coming days Global Good News will continue to feature the fundamental principles of Maharishi Vedic architecture and Vedic city planning.

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