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Importance of the sun's first light in Maharishi Vastu architecture

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2 July 2013

Many people have asked over the years about the significance of sunrise on a Maharishi Vastu* building, especially those who are thinking to build in a mountainous area. Let's take a look at what the ancient texts of Maharishi Vedic architecture as well as current scientific thinking can tell us on this point.

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.

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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 proverb ''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 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.

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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 many people are familiar with the current research on the brain and spatial orientation.

This is also why the texts of Vedic architecture say it is the different energies of the sun as it moves in its path across the house that determine the specific function and activity of each room.

Global Good News will feature more from this article about the beneficial influence of the rising sun in Maharishi Vastu architecture.

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This post appears in the July 2013 issue of At Home in Maharishi Vastu®—The Newsletter of Maharishi Vedic Architecture. Click here to subscribe to eNews.

* Vastu refers to 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 and known as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.

** From obstructions (for example mountains) preventing the first rays of the rising sun from falling on the front entrance to the building.

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