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5 April 2004
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 shift 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 Veda 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. Overall, they feel a deeper support on every level of their lives which they attribute to their Vastu.
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