My experience of Maharishi Vastu Architecture around the world

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On an afternoon in August 2004, I boarded a jumbo jet in Sydney, Australia bound for the United States. After a long and arduous 30 hour journey, I arrived in Maharishi Vedic City – a few miles to the north-west of Fairfield, home to Maharishi University of Management (MUM).

I enjoyed a delicious dinner at the friends house that I was staying and was in bed by about 9pm. I awoke the next morning at 7am feeling great and as if I had always lived in this strange new land. The thing that I found remarkable was that I proceeded to not have any form of jet lag despite my extended journey.

The only explanation I could give for this phenomenon was that my friends’ house was built according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture. This style of architecture follows the guidelines as prescribed in the ancient Vedic texts of India and revived by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The most salient aspects include orientation or direction of the building, proportion, placement of rooms and sustainably built using local and natural materials.

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Since my initial taste of living in Maharishi Vastu Architecture I have traveled all over the world and tasted some of the finest Vastu houses and buildings around.

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^ In 2005 I was lucky to move into a brand new residence hall building on the MUM campus just outside the large meditation hall (dome.)

My experience of Maharishi Vastu Architecture is more or less the same regardless of the location in the world. I am always struck by the deafening Silence that pervade the walls of these buildings. I generally sleep extremely well, like a baby, and always feel expansion of the heart and mind while occupying a Vastu building.

In 2006 I had the opportunity to visit Maharishi European Research University (MERU) in Vlodrop, The Netherlands for about 2 months. This place is the international headquarters of the Transcendental Meditation movement run by Maharishi himself. Then in 2008 after graduating from MUM I moved to MERU to be the assistant to Dr. Harris Kaplan and Dr. Bevan Morris (President of MUM). For the first time I experienced Maharishi’s Vastu house from the inside and was utterly impressed by the galactic Silence permeating the building. The other noticeable quality is bubbling bliss and simply a magical feeling regardless of the day or night.

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^ Maharishi’s house, Vlodrop, The Netherlands

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^ The local newspaper did a story on us at Vlodrop. In the background is Harris and Arlene Kaplan’s beautiful house.

In 2009 I traveled to India with Dr. Morris and experienced a wide array of Maharishi Vastu buildings in different parts of the sub-continent. We were first in Allahabad, then later moved to the Brahmasthan (central point) and then went North to Uttar Kashi in the Himalayas.

I had already been to the Brahmasthan in 2008 for a couple of months after Maharishi’s funeral cremation in Allahabad. It definitely has the strongest quality of dynamism (or sound) in the silence. In fact, one morning I was actually woken by the sound of Vedic chanting but then I realized it was the sound of silence!

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^ Here is the main campus at the Brahmasthan. There are literally hundreds of buildings already built and under construction spread over three campuses.

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During my travels throughout Northern India I went through many towns and noticed buildings that looked like they built according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu and then realized that it was another Maharishi Vidya Mandir School. There are over one hundred of these schools across India with more than one hundred thousand students!

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^ Gajoli ashram, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, India

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^ Kunsi ashram, Uttar Kashi, Himalayas, India

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^ View down to Uttar Kashi “Valley of the Saints” from the Kunsi ashram

After this India trip I returned to Holland and also made some visits to Fairfield, IA and India again. In India I had a very nice and long stay in Bhopal at a fantastic campus built according to the principles of Maharishi Vastu.

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^ Here is one of the buildings at the Bhopal campus where I stayed for three months in ’09 – ’10.

Then just a few months ago I attended a conference in Rendlesham, 2 hours to the Northeast of London in England. I was thoroughly impressed by the countless Vastu homes that have been built in this Village.

After a long, all day drive from Holland, through Belgium, France on a ferry and up to Rendlesham I was welcomed to a nice couples home. Upon entering the house and after meditating I was completely refreshed from the tiring journey. The deep well of silence enclosed within the building as if nourished my soul.

The three day visit to Rendlesham made me think of all the dozens of Vastu buildings I have visited around the world and how they all have this divine quality of subtle light and positive energy. I am truly a believer of the value of Vastu architecture and have realized that if done right it will be the same regardless of the country it is built in. I believe that by building a Maharishi Vastu home you are creating a little oasis of coherence and peace in your life. Maharishi coined the tag line for Maharishi Vastu as “fortune creating” and I think this it is true on every level.

So I guess you’re wondering if I’m living in Vastu now?…

YES! 🙂

In fact, over the past 7 years since I left Australia I have lived in different Maharishi Vastu buildings for about 5.5 of those years. And if I have my way I will never have to spend another day in a building that isn’t following these simple yet deeply profound principles.

Now I have a big goal of creating a Vastu village in Queensland, Australia.

If you have any questions about my specific experiences at any of the photographed places above please feel free to leave it in the comments sections below.

Also for more information about this style of architecture then visit MaharishiVastu.org

Lastly, here is a video slideshow showing many of the Vastu homes in Maharishi Vedic City, USA.

17 Comments on “My experience of Maharishi Vastu Architecture around the world

  1. I am a college & career counselor in a public high school in Maryland. I have a student who is interested in MUM. I’ve read a lot about the spirituality training at MUM, but not a lot about the academics. Will you please tell me what you majored in at MUM and what you think of the academics there? Also, are involved in a career using your major?

    Thank you.

    • Hi Judith,

      In High School I loved all subjects and was the Valedictorian of my school. I wanted to know everything but quickly realized that there were so many books that I could never read and learn everything. Then I found MUM and decided to major in Maharishi Vedic Science which focuses on developing the individual mind and consciousness. This was definitely a good decision because now whatever I am working on I find it easy and excel. I also studied Pre-Med Ayurvedic Healthcare which was great.

      I think MUM has good academics particularly in “Media and Communications” and “Sustainable Living”, “Maharishi Vedic Science” and “Ayurvedic Healthcare”. The faculty are really bright and very different from other schools I’ve been to.

      Because Vedic Science applies to any career then yes I am using it in my career.

      Best wishes,

      Asher.

  2. Nice to catch a glimpse of what is physically out there. That’s a great ambition you have for Queensland. Best of luck with it!

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  12. Thank you Asher – your idea for Vastu living in Queensland will attract so many of us – I’d love to hear of any developments. Jai Guru Dev, Sue

  13. I found your article and photos very interesting. I own a house which I intend using as an office and
    Will learn how to convert this to comply with Vastu

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