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'Estate of Mind': The UK's Meditating Village

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24 August 2011

Spirit and Destiny magazine explores the ''fortune-creating homes'' of Maharishi Garden Village in Suffolk.

September 2011 issue

''Transcendental Meditation's appeal is unsurprising, as it claims to offer a more fulfilled life and higher level of well-being for individuals—and society as a whole,'' writes Spirit and Destiny magazine.

''But it still comes as something of a surprise to find that there is a purpose-built Transcendental Meditation estate near Rendlesham in Suffolk. . . . It looks like an upmarket development of executive homes. Yet behind the manicured gardens and picketed fences, this Suffolk estate is home to a thriving spiritual community.''

The houses in Maharishi Garden Village are laid out to ancient Vedic Architecture

The residents of Maharishi Garden Village are all practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique, and all fifty houses and apartments have been built to an ancient Vedic system of architecture, Sthapatya Veda, which was redeveloped in the 1980s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who also brought Transcendental Meditation to the West.

''The Maharishi believed that since we as individuals are cosmic, we should live in harmony with the natural laws of the cosmos, and that building design can support us in doing this'', the magazine reports.

The estate is situated on a strip of a former American airbase near Woodbridge. The houses and small apartment blocks are all built around a central square and each faces east [one of the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, also known as Maharishi Vastu]. Inside, the rooms are laid out according to the ancient specifications to promote calm, creativity, expanded awareness, prosperity, good sleep and digestion, etc.

An East-facing entrance In Maharishi Garden Village

Every house in Maharishi Garden Village faces east

Research in the Journal of Social Behaviour and Personality looked into the benefits of living in Maharishi Sthapatya Veda homes and found that homes with east-facing entrances experienced fewer burglaries than those facing south. Mental health levels and financial stability were also found to be significantly better in houses with an eastern entrance

Spirit and Destiny meets residents of the seven-year-old ''village'', to find out how living there has changed their lives, and explores their unique homes.

Source: 'Estate of Mind': The UK's Meditating Village on, the official website for the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the United Kingdom.

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