How Buildings Create Wellness
Can homes create wellness for their occupants? Not simply from their materials or air quality (though those are important), but through the form of the building itself?
The ancient science of vastu is key to creating buildings for improved health, clearer thinking and enhanced quality of life—as in, a wellness home. Maharishi Vastu design, the Vedic system of architecture and planning that was revived by the renowned Vedic sage Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, integrates the most life-supporting laws of nature into the design of a home.
In Maharishi Vastu design, natural law and architectural principles produce a profound compatibility between the built environment and nature. This enhances our mental and physical health, family relations, work and spirituality.
The Maharishi Vastu system may be incorporated into almost any style, from classical to contemporary. Its key elements are based on the precise impact of the sun and other celestial bodies, and on our relationship to the North Pole, South Pole and equator. These elements align a person’s intelligence with the intelligence of the cosmos.
Maharishi revived the practice to also incorporate contemporary elements that contribute to wellness: natural and non-toxic construction materials, an abundance of fresh air and natural light, views of nature, and greatly reduced electromagnetic radiation. Following are some central components to Maharishi Vastu design:
The human brain is sensitive to orientation, and responds positively to the influence of the rising sun. When one faces east, the brain physiology functions differently than when one is facing north, south, or west. This natural tendency of the brain to function with reference to direction follows the same laws of Maharishi Vedic architecture that guide the structuring dynamics of creation, underlying all individual and cosmic values that sustain order in the universe.
Proper orientation to
due east to receive the
of the rising sun
Maharishi Vastu homes are aligned with the cardinal directions to bring about auspicious influences such as good health, affluence, and fulfillment. Buildings with eastern entrances particularly bring about the most auspicious effects. Improperly oriented houses bring influences of fear, poverty, problems, lack of success, and chronic diseases. Medical and statistical studies validate the effects of orientation on our health and prosperity.
From eight possible directions (the four cardinal and the four diagonal directions), only two directions – east and north – produce wholly auspicious influences. This means that in every existing city on earth, at least 75% of the buildings have an inauspicious orientation, and contribute to ill health and all other problems in society. Such improper planning and construction must be corrected in order to improve our lives.
The Varying Influences of Buildings Due to Their Orientation
Everyone is invited to evaluate their home and workplace according to these
universal effects which are described in the ancient texts of Vedic architecture.
The strongest influence of natural law on earth comes from the sun. As it crosses the sky it generates differing qualities of energy. Homes should be designed so that the different energies of the sun correspond to the specific function and activity in each room, and in this way natural law will support every aspect of our daily activity. There is an ideal place for the living room, the kitchen, the meditation room, the study, etc. in any home.
When these laws of nature are properly applied then, for example, when one enters the study one will feel more alert, in the living room one will feel naturally convivial, and when one enters the meditation room one’s mind will naturally settle inward to enjoy the benefits of meditation.
Maharishi Vedic architecture considers these factors of right placement to ensure that every aspect of daily activity in the home or office building is in harmony with natural law.
The proportions of
Nature are used in the
design of the home
When a house is designed the dimensions of the building are calculated using the ancient mathematical formulas of Vastu Vidya of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture. These Vedic formulas take into consideration, among other factors, the relationship of the house owner with the sun, moon, planets, and stars to ensure a perfect resonance between the cosmic structures and all components of the house.
Use of natural and
Vedic homes are not built near harmful electro-magnetic fields caused by such things as high-tension lines and microwave towers. Special precautions are taken, including shielding of all electrical wiring, in order to ensure that electro-magnetic fields are not propagated within the home. Ideally, all materials and appliances in Maharishi Vastus should be pure and healthy.
Increasing numbers of these homes are being constructed with environmentally friendly, sustainable technologies, which more completely align the buildings with natural law. This includes growing numbers of buildings with small or zero carbon footprints. They use such technologies as solar hot water, photovoltaic electrical power, geothermal, daylighting and rainwater catchment.
5. Maharishi Vastus also take into consideration other important influences, such as:
- Slope of the land
- Shape of the land
- Unobstructed rising sun
- Influences in the environment, including water bodies
- Auspicious timing
Special Elements of Maharishi Vastu BuildingsMaharishi Vastu buildings feature several unique elements. MORE
A nourishing influence
for the entire family
Brahmasthan — Many structures in nature have a silent core of intelligence, and the activity of the structure is arranged around this core. We see this in the structure of galaxies, solar systems, cells, and atoms. This core is called a Brahmasthan, or place where wholeness resides.
As in the structures of nature there is also a Brahmasthan in a Vastu building. This element helps the building to become a holistic structure of natural law.
Cities, towns, and countries designed with Maharishi Vedic architecture also have Brahmasthans so that every citizen is connected with the wholeness of Cosmic life.
Vastu Fence — Since a Maharishi Vastu building is designed to be in harmony with the universe the influence from the building naturally extends into the landscape, providing greater protection and coherence beyond the front door. A Vastu fence or wall marks the extension of this influence. Its proportions and measurements are set according to the ancient formulas of Sthapatya Veda.
Kalash — The Kalash, a Vedic form installed on the roof of a house, is a signature of Maharishi Vedic architecture. Meaning a vessel in Sanskrit, the Kalash enlivens the connection of the house with the cosmos.