An Ancient Science Reveals How to Build in Harmony with Natural Law

An Ancient Science Reveals How to Build in Harmony with Natural

by Carol de Giere and Megan Robinson

November, 1996

The construction boom in Fairfield is, of course,
being powered by the booming economy–but in many cases the
motivation to build is simply to create an environment that makes the
occupants healthier, happier, and more successful. How could a
building do that?

Imagine an architectural discipline responsible
for building homes, businesses, and schools which increase the
clarity and contentment of the people who use them. Imagine your home
as a work of art, designed to be a refuge and a place of renewal.
This is the sort of environment created by Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
Brought here from India by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, this ancient
science includes architecture, city planning, gardening, and
sculpture–all in accord with Natural Law. The main goal of Maharishi
Sthapatya Veda is no less than to create an ideal world.

The idea that we are affected by our environment
is not a new one. Just about everyone has experienced buildings that
are a joy to visit–or buildings that are a relief to leave.
Sthapatya Vedic structures are built precisely to uplift and energize
the people who live in them. Ask anyone who operates in a Sthapatya
Vedic environment, and most likely you’ll hear, “It makes such a

This spring Jane Hopson moved into her new home on
the campus of Maharishi University of Management where she is the
Director of Development. “I definitely expected to notice a good
effect when I moved in,” she says, “but it has been much greater than
I had imagined. The whole atmosphere is truly bathed in silence. It’s
something quite tangible and real and very, very comfortable.”

How does it work? The basis of Maharishi Sthapatya
Veda is the ancient formulas of Vastu Vidya–the science of
intelligence within everything, every object, every grain of
creation, the whole universe, says Dr. Eike Hartmann, Department Head
of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda for Maharishi Vedic University in
Vlodrop, Holland.

“In practical terms,” Dr. Hartmann explains,
“Vastu is used to denote the aspect of order and intelligence of the
dwelling site.” Before constructing any building or town, the Vastu
has to be established as a square or rectangle, perfectly levelled
and aligned to east/west and north/south directions. He says that it
should be marked by a wall or fence and that it have only one very
auspicious entrance–from the east.

“From this we can understand that the most basic
principle in Maharishi Sthapatya Veda is right orientation,” Dr.
Hartmann says. “When the Vastu is oriented properly, the houses will
also be perfectly aligned, and the activity of the inhabitants is
always in tune with Natural Law. Even the word ‘orientation’ means
directed towards the orient–the direction of the rising sun. Once we
are oriented properly towards the east, all activities become
supported by Natural Law.”

Very interesting. It is, after all, quite a strong
statement to say that the orientation of a dwelling can influence the
inhabitants. One might naturally wonder if there is a scientific
basis. According to Dr. Hartmann, there is. He cites recent research
by Dr. Tony Nader, who has discovered that “the structure and
function of the human brain and of the whole physiology replicates
the structure and function of pure consciousness or cosmic

According to this research, the firing patterns of
the neurons in the thalamus are altered by the direction the brain is
oriented. When you face east, the brain functions differently from
when you face north, south, or west. In addition, there are certain
“place neurons” in the hippocampus–a part of the brain involved in
memory–which signal the place or orientation of the body within a
room or given environment. Dr. Hartmann explains that “This natural
tendency of the brain function to align with the cosmos is held to
account for the tradition of making buildings face east to gain the
full support of the rising sun, which is the strongest influence of
Natural Law on earth, and to allocate all the rooms within a building
according to their function with reference to the different energies
of the sun. During its move from east to west, the sun generates
different kinds of energy, which should correspond to the specific
activities performed within the different rooms of a home or
building, so that Natural Law sympathizes with every aspect of our
daily activity.”

What happens if a building is not in alignment?
“When a building is facing the wrong direction, and when the
environmental parameters are distorted, then the brain becomes
confused, the firing patterns of the neurons are reset in the wrong
way, resulting in anxiety, ill-health, suffering, lack of creativity,
poverty, or even criminal tendencies.” We wouldn’t want that.

Unfortunately, many modern cities have grown up
sporadically, with very little planning or attention to a city’s
relationship with the environment. This has resulted in traffic
congestion, air pollution, and stress. “Modern modes of thinking are
fragmented,” says architect Tony Lawlor. There’s fragmentation of the
mind/body and between people. If we want to have true wholeness we
want all levels mind, body, and environment to embody it, or it is
not complete. In the same way as we’ve forgotten the knowledge of
caring for the mind/body in a holistic way, we lost the knowledge for
buildings. Now we can restore that knowledge.”

Mr. Lawlor was the architect for the Katie RAM
building and the new Amy RAM building, the first office buildings
constructed according to the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
Rick Blake moved into the Katie Ram building when it opened almost
two years ago, as General Manager for Unified Division of Utilicorp
United. Mr. Blake feels the Sthapatya Vedic environment has benefited
his company. “The Katie Ram Building has been good for me and our
company,” he says. “We’re well perceived in our industry and we’re
having our best year financially.”

One of the features of the Katie RAM Building is
the central fountain. This is the Brahm-sthan, an essential element
for all Maharishi Sthapatya Veda structures. As musicians build
compositions around the silence between notes, so the Sthapati
designs a building around the silent center of a Brahm-sthan.

“We instinctively are enchanted by light-filled
courtyards, and traditionally the citizens of small towns have
congregated in and treasured their town squares,” says architect
Jonathan Lipman. According to Mr. Lipman, a few features of Sthapatya
Veda, such as the Brahm-sthan may have filtered their way into
Western architectural traditions.

“Some of the most basic, moving, and ubiquitous
elements of our traditional architecture and urban planning seem to
derive from the ancient Vedic system of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda,” he
says. “The town square has an architectural pedigree that traces back
to ancient Rome. Architectural historians speculate that when
Alexander the Great went to Macedonia, he picked up influences from
India that were then passed along in Greek and Roman designs. The
town square is our civilization’s restatement of the Sthapatya Vedic
concept of the Brahm-sthan. The courtyard houses of Mexico, Spain,
and Italy likewise have their roots in Roman courtyard houses that
may well have been influenced by Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.”

The central Brahm-sthan is one of Dee Johnson’s
favorite parts of her new home. Chris and Dee Johnson developed the
Chalets by the Lake at the Mandala project before settling into their
own home designed through the Maharishi Sthapatya Veda consultancy
service. “It’s an amazing experience to walk through the center of
your home and feel yourself becoming reestablished,” Ms. Johnson

Those interested in building their own Maharishi
Sthapatya Vedic house can contact the Maharishi Sthapatya Vedic
Review Service. Be prepared to pay $1.50 per square foot of finished
floor space to have your floor plan evaluated.

(photo next)The Katie RAM Building was the first
Sthapatya Vedic office building in North America.

Jim Huffsmith passes along his advice to
prospective users of the Maharishi Sthapatya Vedic consultancy
service. “What I’d recommend is not to worry too much about what
Sthapatya Veda might recommend, but to think what you would like and
then submit that drawing to the service. Then have an open mind and
heart, realizing that there may be changes. But if you don’t put
through what you want, you won’t get it.”

For more information on constructing and
rectifying houses and Vastus, contact Maharishi Vedic University,
International Consultation Service on Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, NL
6300 AG Valkenburg, Postbus 272, Netherlands, or fax 011 31 4360 132