Issue #1:  April, 2004

Welcome to our First Issue

Welcome to our first Issue
The Power of Vastu: a Fantastic Story
Proper Orientation — The First Principle of Maharishi Vedic Architecture

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Welcome to our first issue of At Home in Maharishi Vastu.

Each issue will give you not only a good insight into the mechanics of Vedic architecture but also a colorful picture of the experience of living and working in Maharishi Vastu homes and buildings.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term “vastu”, let’s begin with its basis. Maharishi Sthapatya Ved is the most ancient and complete system of architecture and planning according to the solar, lunar and planetary influences on the earth and with reference to north and south poles and the equator.

From the perspective of the individual, it connects individual life and intelligence to Cosmic Life and Intelligence. We use the phrase “Maharishi Vedic” architecture to distinguish the architectural principles of this knowledge applied to the design and construction of buildings. Maharishi Vastu is an auspicious dwelling place designed and built according to those principles. In all three terms, the preface of Maharishi is used to give respectful credit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who revived the oldest system of knowledge, the Veda, and its 40 disciplines and restored them to completeness. Building according to Maharishi Vedic architecture in harmony with Natural Law will give you and your family the lasting influence of health, happiness and good fortune! So please enjoy this first issue and its stories and share it with your friends and family.

The Power of Vastu: a Fantastic Story

Paul Worland knew that his new home lay directly in the path of the worst Southern California fire in many years.

In the fall of 2003 a tragic series of forest fires destroyed thousands of homes in Southern California. In October, what would become the worst of all, the Cedar Falls fire, began to sweep from an unpopulated forest towards the city of Ramona and the Maharishi Vastu home of Paul and Jeanette Worland. That evening Paul watched the orange glow turning into a large approaching fire, and he began to hose down the new home he had designed and built according to the principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture. By midnight the flames were close and leaping high. Paul told his family to gather important articles and flee the house. Fire fighters protecting the house trained their hoses on the wall of flame but the fire’s heat evaporated the high-pressure water streams.

Then, as the fire roared up to the home from the National Forest only 50 feet away, the 40 to 60 mph winds made a sudden 90 degree shift and instantly the fire passed directly outside of the house's Vastu fence. This sudden sift allowed the Worlands to evacuate in safety and, the house and everything in or near the Vastu to be saved. After shifting the blaze away from the house, ten minutes later the wind shifted back to its original direction and consumed the acreage directly behind the home. The fire went on to destroy 3500 homes, and hundreds of thousands of acres of land. But its first would-be victim was spared by a remarkable last minute shift in the wind.

The astonishing jog of the fire around the house was confirmed the next day by two fire fighters who noted with amazement that the fire lacked the “desire” to destroy this house.

The five other Maharishi Sthapatya Ved houses that were located within the fire’s range were similarly spared with only smoke damage. In fact, one of the five was the only house among several in a cul-de-sac not to burn. A far larger survey will be needed to demonstrate with certainty whether Vastu protects any home from fire but this incident is in keeping with previous studies that have correlated a building’s orientation with mental health, hospital recovery rates, prosperity, and even burglary rates! We will look at these studies in future issues of this newletter, and explore how it is that the power of Vastu creates security by aligning the individual to Cosmic Intelligence.

Since the time of the fire, and moving back into their Maharishi Vastu home, Jeanette and her family have felt a “really good influence there”. They feel more stability, more happiness and the family as a whole is more unified, spontaneously doing things together. Over all, they feel a deeper support on every level of their lives which they attribute to their Vastu.  

Proper Orientation — The First Principle of Maharishi Vedic Architecture

It is very real. It is as real as when the sun rises and the darkness disappears — or when the sun sets and everything is dark. —Maharishi

These are some of Maharishi’s emphatic remarks on the power of Vastu that he made last month. In the March press conference he defined Vedic architecture — Sthapatya Veda — as a great science of life, and he explained that the orientation of a building has a profound influence on both the thinking and behavior of its occupants. Maharishi said there are simple rules of Vedic architecture that must be followed to ensure happy, healthy life.

Proper orientation of a building is one of the three principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture. Proper orientation means the entrance faces either due east or due north. Only these two directions bring positive influences to the inhabitants — health, happiness and fulfillment on many levels. Improperly placed entrances may contribute to anger, aggression, fear, lack of financial success and vitality, general misfortune and even chronic illness.

Maharishi also explained how the orientation of some buildings could affect many people: The architect who designed a capital building in a country may be renowned, but if the orientation — Vastu — is crooked, it will produce problems for the government.

This means that in every city in the world, at least 75% of all buildings have inauspicious orientation and therefore contribute to ill health, lack of happiness, harmony and success.

Join us for the Veda House Tour, June 5th & 6th in Maharishi Vedic City, IA. Experience these unique and beautiful homes designed and built according to Maharishi Vedic architecture. We have two tour options as well as several informative and interesting seminars. Meetings and meals will be at The Raj, where accommodations are also available. A schedule and tour highlights will be detailed in our May newsletter. For more details and reservations, e-mail us at reception@mgc-vastu.com.