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New book on Maharishi Vastu architecture published

Transcendental Meditation News - UK    Translate This Article
24 February 2013

''Cities, and the buildings of which they are composed, should be structures that nourish and sustain every aspect of human life. Is this the case today? If not, how might this be done? This book answers these critical questions and shows how a city may be built as a holistic structure of Natural Law.''

So begins the introduction to a fascinating new book, Vastu City Planning: Sustainable Cities in Harmony with Natural Law. It offers an introduction to Maharishi Vedic Architecture that is of interest both to the layman and to those working in the field of architecture and building, including planners, government officials, and academics involved in town planning. It offers a vision of why this technology is timely, how it integrates with current trends and thinking in the field of architecture and planning, and why it is the logical direction for the trend towards sustainable building.

For the benefit of readers new to the subject, the book explains that the terms Maharishi Vedic Architecture, Maharishi Sthapatya Veda and Maharishi Vastu are essentially synonymous: Sthapatya Veda is the Sanskrit name given to the knowledge of building in harmony with Natural Law that originates in the Vedic tradition, while Vastu (also a Sanskrit term) refers more to the technology—the actual application of this knowledge to the design of buildings and towns. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi revived the full value of this ancient knowledge and so his name is added to indicate its completeness.

The book begins by outlining some of the problems associated with the far from perfect layout of towns at the present time. It discusses the key elements of Vedic town planning, including site selection, right orientation incorporating a grid layout, proper placement of rooms, and the Brahmasthan—a space that represents wholeness and silence at the centre of both individual buildings and entire towns. Interesting examples from ancient cultures of cities and buildings that reflect some of these elements are discussed. Many of the ancient cultures of both East and West planned their cities to represent the cosmic order or harmony of heaven.

An interesting aspect of Vedic Architecture is the emphasis on low density developments—the Vedic Garden City—that can provide a stress-free environment and a high quality of life to residents. The book outlines schemes for the redevelopment of existing cities. It also covers the subject of sustainable building: the use of natural materials and the application of green technologies such as rainwater harvesting, solar and geothermal energy, and natural heating and cooling systems.

Vastu City Planning: Sustainable Cities in Harmony with Natural Law, MVU Press, is available from

Source: Transcendental Meditation News - UK

Global Good News will continue to feature this review of the new book, Vastu City Planning.

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