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What is a Vedic observatory?
Recently, Maharishi University of Management installed a Maharishi Vedic observatory on its campus as part of its new, campus master plan.
A full sized version of the observatory already exists in Maharishi Vedic City.
But, what exactly is a Vedic observatory? At about the same time he was restoring Vedic architecture, beginning in the mid 1980’s, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi supervised a thorough investigation of traditional celestial observation instruments for measuring the path and position of the sun, and in some cases the stars. As the position of the sun is critical to the orientation of all Maharishi Vastu buildings, the exploration of these ancient instruments for following the sun’s path in the sky was timely. This investigation involved scholarly research as well as travel to sites where ancient instruments had been preserved. The study culminated in the creation of the Maharishi Vedic Observatory, a collection of ten intricately crafted “instruments” built according to the ancient designs, along with a geometric representation of the structure of Rig Veda in the center.
Modern astronomers now use telescopes instead of these ancient instruments, and in our modern culture we no longer use sundials to tell time. But, there is still a profound, evolutionary value to using these instruments. Through the intricacy and precision of the knowledge they embody, they give the observer a clear, direct view and personal experience of the order inherent in the dynamic movement of the celestial bodies. According to Maharishi, just looking at these instruments has the effect of resetting the functioning of the observer’s physiology so it is more closely aligned with the immense order and intelligence of the cosmos.
As an example, here is an image of one of the instruments that displays the hourly movement of the sun and stars in relation to the movement of the earth around the sun.
A video tour introduces the observatory as a whole and then offers a detailed explanation of each of the ten instruments—what it measures, how it measures, and how using it affects the physiology and consciousness of the human observer. You can get a feeling for this, even if you do not have time to watch the entire tour. If you do, you are in for a real treat—it’s fascinating!
So, how does this relate to a Maharishi Vastu home?
A Maharishi Vastu home is built to be as connected to the sun and the cosmos as are the Maharishi Vedic Observatory instruments. Living in such a home similarly affects its inhabitants—resetting their physiology not only through the orientation of the building but also through room placement and function, furniture and fixture placement and other key elements, all of which allow for the dwellers to be more aligned with cosmic order and intelligence. Just by innocently moving through one’s daily activities in such a home, this alignment is constantly being strengthened.
Physiologists have discovered that neurons in the thalamus a key structure within the brain, communicate according to the direction the head is facing. This seems to verify that the direction we are facing influences our brain functioning. Maharishi Vastu homes are designed to make it easy and natural for the inhabitants to face the ideal directions for maximum effectiveness of the activities that the spaces are designed for.
The Sanskrit name for the Vedic observatory is Veda Shala, meaning “House of Knowledge.” This reveals the intimate relationship between the ancient science of the observatory and the ancient science of Maharishi Vedic architecture.
When you have the opportunity to visit Fairfield and Maharishi Vedic City, please be sure to observe and enjoy these very powerful treasures of ancient Vedic astronomy!