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US: Newest Maharishi Vastu peace community forms in Fairfield, Iowa
by Global Good News staff writer
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21 August 2012
The newest Maharishi Vastu peace community* in the United States is called Prairie Lakes. It is located just east of Fairfield, Iowa in an area that has recently been incorporated into the city.
Jon Lipman, architect and director of Fortune-Creating Buildings, described this new Vastu architecture project, highlighting the unique aspects of the land which make it especially suitable for Vastu construction.
Prairie Lakes has 24 lots, he said, all of which have a large body of water directly to their east and smaller water body to their north. The lots have a slight gentle slope down to the east or northeast and there is no sunrise delay.
These qualities are all important according to Vastu principles, which emphasize the relationship between the individual and the cosmos, between the building and its environment. To this end, Vastu design takes both the immediate surroundings, like water location, and the distant surroundings, like sun location, into account.
The Prairie Lakes community is well underway. So far, there are two complete houses, two houses under construction, and another two slated to begin construction this autumn. Of the original 24 lots, currently only 13 are still available.
Mr Lipman said the setting of the community is 'sublime', with clusters of trees, two water bodies, and pristine fields.
'They have aspirations to grow tall grass prairie on the extensive land that [the developers] own surrounding the community. This community's land has never been ploughed. It has been cattle grazing land for many years and we know that when cattle graze on land it is very auspicious.'
Mr Lipman concluded, 'This is a fabulous Maharishi Vastu setting for a community. The Vastu qualities of it are really quite wonderful.'
* Maharishi Peace colony or community: A community founded to help create invincible peace and harmony for a nation, based on practical applications of Maharishi Vedic Science—featuring homes, businesses, and buildings for group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes—all built according to Maharishi Vastu architecture.
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