The ancient predictions for the effects upon us of living in buildings designed according to the guidelines of Vedic architecture or Sthapatya Veda are quite remarkable. The ancient texts propose in detail how influences may be designed into a building to promote such qualities as prosperity, happiness, health and enlightenment. Just as importantly, the text delineate negative influences of improper building design and construction that promote anger, fear and chronic disease, influences that may be diminished through correct design.
The Science and technology of Vaastu Shastra - re-defined re-interpreted and its relevance and all - time universal applicabililty re - established. Archetypal building forms illustrated and punctuated with apt quotations. The textual matter enriched. The book is both a scholarly exposition of the philosophical principles of Sthapatya Veda and a practical presentation of the rhythm and creation of rhythm bound forms which give rise to a variety of structures. A complete compendium on the science of Sthapatya Veda, popularly known as Vaastu Veda, with special reference to principles and practices of Vaastu based building architecture. Apart from the valuable textual matter, the book is also enriched with illustrations on the design process and aesthetic elevation treatment for buildings based Vaastu. For any serious student of Vaastu Shastra this book is an essential bible. It is the culmination of the life work of Dr.Sthapathi, India's foremost temple builder, architect and Vaastu house builder. Dr. Sthapathi's words, like his buildings, are alive with consciousness and spirit.
"Every inch of the earth," architect Bakshi notes, "is in perfect harmony with cosmic order. When we disrupt a part of the earth, we disturb this order. From this perspective we have no right to disturb the earth by putting a building on it." Yet, modern man needs shelter to live and work. How can we achieve that without disturbing the harmony of the cosmos? India's traditional science of architecture has an answer. Sthapatya Veda shows how to incorporate the naturally occuring cosmic order into the design of a building and re-establish the inherent order that was disrupted by raising the building. It structures the home as a vessel for cosmic consciousness in which your life and being will naturally expand, according to modern-day Sthapatya Veda architect, Mr. Deepak Bakshi. Not only in up-scale India, but in middle-America this ancient system of design and construction is being used to engineer some of the most high-tech and harmonious homes.
PO Box 294, Merimbula, NSW 2548 Tel/Fax 02 6495 9122Architecture@InvincibleAustralia.org www.vedicarchitecture.com.auFortune-Creating Maharishi School, AustraliaThe Maharishi School in Melbourne was established in 1997 and has been operating in its currentlocation in Reservoir for 8 years. The first school building designed and built according to VedicArchitecture was inaugurated in 2006 and consists of 2 large classrooms, an office, a Brahmastanexhibition room, an entry foyer and covered porch,.Inaugurated in 2006There have been many successes in this building including well attended and productive parentmeetings, seminars, workshops and conferences. It has provided a helpful location for teachingTM and the numbers have consistently been on the increase.RadiantHappy StudentsThe success of the school is seen in the happiness of the students and in their outstandingperformances in academics, sport and extra-curricular competitions such as The AustralianMathematics Competition and The Victorian Science Talent Search Competition.
In Kansas City, as I was ushered into meet Sthapati I noticed that the Indian workers that were building the temple treated the man with utmost respect. Our interview lasted about one hour. I showed him my house designs and he chuckled as he critiqued them. He said that architecture was frozen music and that a building could be an expression of pleasant and powerful harmonies. He made sketches on my drawings, mentioning something called a "Vastu Purusha Mandala". He spoke of the possibility of a building being a coherence generator, tuning the occupants to the laws of the universe and increasing health, wealth and spiritual well being. He said that a building was a living organism, like the human nervous system, and could be designed in "harmonic resonance" with the basic underlying energy structure of the universe. But more than his words, his presence, his confidence, his enthusiasm and love of his art, told me that he was a man who lived his Truth. At the end of our meeting I asked him if I could come to India and study with him, he seemed a bit surprised actually, but he welcomed me to come. Historic Context Ganapati Sthapati holds that the historical figure, Mayan, an architect and town planner of ancient India was the source of "Vastu Science". He was the author of Mayamata Vastu Shastra (a treatise on building and architecture) and also Surya Siddhanta (a treatise on Astronomy). These works are still alive and being used by scholars and practitioners all over India. Sthapati told me that Mayan was adored as "Viswakarma" by Veda Vyasa in his Mahabharata (one of India¹s most renowned scriptures), implying thereby that Mayan was aware of the dynamics of SPACE and was able to apply the space-mechanics to his own creations and transform them into little universes on the Earth. Whatever he was able to create in visual terms, be it a sculpture, building or a town or city layout, they behaved like living organisms and pulsated with life. He was a great scientist of India who identified and quantified the vibrancy of the space enveloping the Earth and the heavenly bodies and also dwelling in each of the objects of nature. Vastu Purusha Mandala The plan of the layout of a temple or a residential building is technically called Vastu Purusha Mandala with a grid of 8 x 8 = 64 spaces or 9 x 9 = 81 spaces of equal dimensions. In modern architectural terminology this can be addressed as an energy grid. These layouts are squares, two dimensionally, and cubes, tri-dimensionally. Those two layouts are the geometrical formulae for the shilpi (sculptor or architect) to replicate the subtle substance of the universe into visual material form. This is the formula handled by God Viswarkarma, the creator of the universe, to turn his own thoughts into material forms. This formula is couched in a simplistic saying: (Vastu reva Vaastu) meaning it is the Subtle Universal Energy that turns into gross universe. In Sthapati's words:
Site Slope The general slope the site is very important. Sloping down to the east, northeast, north or northwest is considered to be beneficial with the opposite having negative effects for the occupants of the structure. Also, the position of water on the site or in relationship to the site is considered: Northeast being the best location for a body of water. Fencing a plot with acceptable proportions is also important. It is because when vast land is limited by boundary lines it takes a form. That is, formless takes a form. Energy Grid Of utmost importance is the orientation of the structure with respect to the cardinal points of the compass. According to Vastu Science, a network of energy lines covers the globe of the Earth: an energy grid. These lines are very similar to what we know as the longitude and latitude lines. The lines are conduits by which the energy concentrated at the center of the vital Earth flows out and spreads over the Earth. They are also lines of absorption of solar, lunar and stellar energies. The Earth pulsates with life and radiates its energy through this grid system. Vastu Science holds that all planets are suspended or soaked in the ocean of space, which is the source of energy that sustains all embodied energies including man and other animate beings that live on the Earth. The concept of the energy grid has been the ruling element of Vastu science in the domain of traditional designs pertaining to Indian architecture. The building plan is laid out with respect to an energy grid called the "Vastu Purusha Mandala". One typical grid is 9 x 9, but there are many other traditional grid forms. This grid can be made of squares or rectangles of prescribed proportions. When the grid plan of the structure is oriented to the cardinal points of the compass it is said to be in resonance with the earthly energy grid. Once the designer establishes the grid, he can lay out the walls and pillars of the building on this pattern. Sthapati says,
The Brahmastan provides the occupants of the house with beneficial spiritual energy. When there is a roof over the Brahmastan then there should be a natural light source, a skylight or cupola with windows, at the roof. Room location in the building is an important factor in Vaastu architecture The location of a particular room defined by function is determined by respecting the particular element, earth, air, fire, water or space, that rules that area of the building.Practical Design Protocol All these principles (and more) taken together give the architect a design protocol for creating buildings that live and vibrate harmoniously with universal energies. I am convinced that this information is worth study and application by anyone interested in understanding the significance and full potential of sheltering the human nervous system. 2b1af7f3a8