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Canada: Two Maharishi Vastu communities make great strides
by Global Good News staff writer
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13 July 2012
Almost a continent apart, two Maharishi Vastu architecture communities in Canada have been making great progress.
Salt Spring Island, off the west coast of Vancouver in British Columbia, is the largest collection of Maharishi Vastu homes in Canada. The idea of building a Vastu* community on the island was born over 50 years ago, in 1961, when Maharishi first visited Canada and admired the spectacular views of the surrounding mountainous islands.
Several pieces of land on Salt Spring Island, all of which have a proper orientation according to Maharishi Vastu principles, have been purchased. On one parcel a group of five Vastu homes have been built, ranging in size from a modest 800 square feet (74 square metres) to a grand estate home of 11,000 square feet (1,022 square metres). All the homes were built in the 'West Coast' design using wood and stone found naturally in the local environment. The woods used are maple and cedar, including the most rare of the cedars, called clear cedar.
Mr John Cowhig, who lives in one of the Vastu homes, commented, ''There is a feeling when I am in the house of precision, the kind of precision that you feel . . . when you look at a very refined mechanical instrument . . . like a ship's sextant or an old engineer's slide rule.''
There is an overall improvement in everything in life, he said, and it is an improvement that doesn't wear off.
Another property, which is about to be developed, is a large parcel upon which two Vastu guesthouses will be built. The guesthouses will be situated so that the view is not compromised and will be built using, again, the classic West Coast design to create structures that are in harmony with the environment.
Each of the three-storey guesthouses will encompass about 12,000 square feet (1,115 square metres) and will feature 10-11 well-appointed bedrooms. The architectural drawings are done and soon the work will begin.
In Vastu Estates, a new subdivision of ten 5-acre (2-hectare) lots on Salt Spring Island, most of the lots are already sold.
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A second Maharishi Vastu community for Canada, called Maharishi Vedic Village, will be constructed near Canadian Niagara Falls. Set on an expansive 90-acre (36-hectare) riverfront parcel, the architectural drawings for the community feature a number of living options, all constructed according to Vastu principles. Included will be something for everyone: single-family homes, apartments, and condominiums.
When the large-scale community is completed it will serve as a centre for peace and harmony in the nation. It will feature state of the art facilities for group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques. In addition there will be a campus for coherence-creating groups of Maharishi Vedic Pandits.
Engineers, developers, and architects (including experts in Maharishi Vastu architecture), met in late summer this year and have put the final touches on the master plan for the project. Groundbreaking is projected to take place within the year. Very soon a prospectus with all the details will be available.
* 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 as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda.
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