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Maharishi Vastu home highlighted in New Zealand Herald article
by Global Good News staff writer
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4 October 2013
An October article in the New Zealand Herald, the most widely read newspaper in New Zealand, highlighted a new home built according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu and to high ecological and energy-efficient standards.
The home features cutting-edge eco design, a modern look, and ancient architectural principles.
The article focused on the uniqueness of the home, from its reliance on recycled timber, its utilization of the sun's path in the sky, and its small size. The reporter also wrote about the importance of Vastu,* or Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, in the house.
'The couple decided to . . . build their dream home according to the principles of Sthapatya Veda . . . a tradition that has been in Joe's family for a long time. A set of architectural and planning principles based on ancient Sanskrit texts, the practice has strict rules governing the orientation, proportions, and green building materials of the building.'
According to Martin Davy, who is the director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in nz.tm.org/ and whose brother built the home, the newspaper approached the homeowners and suggested the idea of the article.
The article describes 'different aspects of the green way they built it and some of the aspects of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda', Mr Davy said.
Indeed, one of the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda is that the building incorporate the sun's path in the sky and seasonal environmental changes. As a result, the homeowners built their house facing perfectly north and thus help heat and cool their house more efficiently.
According to the New Zealand Herald article:
'The flaring north end of the building lets in the maximum quotient of winter sun. At the winter solstice the midday sun reaches exactly to the back of the polished concrete slab, providing maximum passive solar warming. In summer the slab is sun-free, and excess heat in the building escapes.'
The house is an 'intelligent mash-up' of modern eco innovations and ancient design principles, the article said.
* Vastu refers to Vedic architecture—the complete knowledge of design and building in accord with natural law—brought to light from the Vedic literature by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and known as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
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