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Dr Eike Hartmann presents Master Plan for World Capital of Global Raam Raj in Brahma-Sthan (centre) of India - Part III
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2 April 2008
On a recent Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast live daily via satellite and over the Internet on Channel 3 of the Maharishi Channel, Dr Eike Hartmann, Minister of Architecture of the Global Country of World Peace, gave an inspiring and very complete, detailed presentation of the master plan for the World Capital of Global Raam Raj in the Brahma-Sthan (geographical centre) of India.
Please also see Part I and Part II of this article.
Dr Hartmann continued his presentation on the master plan, describing the central area of the Brahma-Sthan:
The central area is 'a beautiful garden square' with an eastern entrance, he said. The whole area is like a platform, where 'the ground is raised about three or four feet, and the slopes are like a mountain of flowers, surrounded by a forest buffer' of trees.
One noteworthy element Dr Hartmann described will be a road extending all around this central area, 'for Parigrama, for pilgrims and visitors to come' and go around. Visitors won't be disturbing the Vedic Pandits, he said, as they will not enter beyond the mountain of flowers. They will be diverted in a clockwise direction, to go around this huge square. There will be three possibilities for Parigrama, on three levels. Visitors may: (1) walk; (2) drive around in an electric chariot; or (3) take the garden Monorail, which will be moving very slowly and silently, and as they pass different areas they can hear on earphones the sounds of the Vedic Pandits' performances (the electric chariots will also have this feature).
The walkway is raised a little, about halfway up the slope, so visitors can see 'the whole great field of Mandaps everywhere—the totality of reverberations of Veda at the same time', Dr Hartmann said.
Dr Hartmann also showed and described the design of the Jyotir Linga temples (referred to in Part II). Each of the 12 is a beautifully carved white marble temple with flags flying, for 121 Pandits. Like the Mandaps* described in Part II, each temple will be fully air-conditioned, with glass windows. From the front, one sees two levels of plinths: a base, and another level above it—so that 'when one walks by, no one is looking down on the Shiva Linga. Maharishi has said, ''No one should look down on Shiva,'' ' Dr Hartmann explained.
Actually, he noted, the only people walking by the temples will be Pandits, who will have entered from the east and are continuing on these walkways in between, to reach whatever Mandap they are performing in. They may also come via the Monorail.
Dr Hartmann described the plans for the Pandits' residences, two-storey buildings with six suites on each floor. Each suite has two rooms: a study or sitting room and a bedroom, and a complete bath.
The fully-grown Pandits are Acharyas (teachers), Dr Hartmann said—'Maharishi said that the Acharyas should live like Rajas.' For Pandits still in training, two may share a suite; for the very young boys, two may share each room, four to a suite. Future Global Family Chats will feature photos of the construction of Pandit residences in progress.
Explaining the various phases of construction at the Brahma-Sthan, Dr Hartmann described clusters of buildings which are part of Phase I. Showing photos of one area, he said, 'These are existing buildings, which many of us know and have been staying in', including the large hall from which Maharishi Channel broadcasts originate, and where the Rajas visited in 2006. Each cluster has one main central building, a Yagya Shala (hall for the Pandits' Vedic performances) for 121 Pandits, who in this area would be young boys.
Phase I involves building 121 clusters, which also include two side buildings—simple buildings, Dr Hartmann explained, residences and classrooms for the Pandit boys. Phase II includes constructing small buildings with suites, and Mandaps in front. 'So this is the setup of the 121, in a kind of big Vastu,' Dr Hartmann said.
Next he described how the Pandits would be living in 'what we call the Anushthan villages'. Again there is a central axis, with a perpendicular north-south road. 'Along that road will be Mandaps, Mandaps, Mandaps—in a long row, with the Pandits' residences behind.' For each Pandit residential building there are two Mandaps; one cluster comprises nine residential buildings, with 18 Mandaps in front.
* Buildings for the Vedic performances of the Pandits.
Global Good News will feature Part IV, the conclusion of this article, on 3 April 2008.
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