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VEDIC ARCHITECTURE-STHAPATYA VEDA

Architecture in Harmony with Natural Law
"Sthapatya Veda is that aspect of the Cosmic Knowledge of Natural Law which maintains the buildings in which the individual lives and works, and the environment in which he moves, well set in cosmic harmony."
—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


Sthapatya Veda is one of the precious disciplines of Maharishi's Vedic Science and Technology. Sthapatya Veda comes from the Sanskrit, 'Sthapana', which means 'to establish', and 'Veda', which mean 'knowledge'. Maharishi has restored Sthapatya Veda as the knowledge of how to establish oneself so that one always has the full support of the total evolutionary power of Natural Law in daily life and thereby always enjoys perfect health, happiness, and success in one's living and working environment.

Sthapatya Veda is the most ancient and supreme system of country, town, and home planning in accord with Natural Law, connecting individual life with Cosmic Intelligence, and creating ideal living conditions on earth where everyone will feel, 'I am living in heaven.' Sthapatya Veda is the knowledge that establishes everything in the most orderly way so that everything is nourished by everything else. Sthapatya Veda takes advantage of the most fundamental Laws of Nature that promote perfect health, happiness, and prosperity. It uses precise mathematical formulas, equations, and proportions to design homes and offices in perfect harmony with Natural Law. Sthapatya Veda is the only science that has the precise knowledge and time-tested formulas for site selection, proper orientation, positioning, and placement of rooms according to their purpose.

The orientation of a building has a dramatic impact upon the quality of life of its owners and occupants. The sun's energy is most nourishing when it is rising. East facing houses or buildings brings the greatest benefits to the health and success of their occupants. The human brain is sensitive to orientation, and responds positively to the influence of the rising sun. When one faces East, the brain physiology functions differently than when one is facing North, South, or West. Homes or buildings should properly align with the cardinal directions to bring auspicious influences such as good health, affluence, and fulfillment. Buildings having eastern entrances particularly bring the most auspicious effects. Houses facing other directions bring influences of fear, poverty, problems, lack of success, and chronic diseases.

The sun has differing qualities of energy as it moves across the sky. Homes should be designed in a way so that the differing activities that we perform within the various rooms of a home are aligned with the appropriate quality of the sun. The strongest influence of Natural Law on earth comes from the sun. As it crosses the sky it generates differing qualities of energy. Homes should be designed so that the different energies of the sun correspond to the specific function and activity in each room, and in this way natural law will support every aspect of our daily activity. Buildings should be sustainable with natural, non-toxic materials suitable to the local climatic conditions. This includes using materials such as wood, brick, as well as natural finishes such as clay, marble, ceramic tile, natural fiber for carpets, curtains and furniture, and healthy, natural, non-toxic paints and glues.

"A considerable amount of ill health, misfortune, and suffering can be eliminated by living and working in properly oriented homes and offices. 'Sthapatya Veda promotes construction according to Natural Law, which takes into account the orientation of buildings in view of direction-north, south, east, and west."
—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


There are several other important considerations for constructing a house or building i.e. location of land, slope and shape of land, entrance to land, obstruction to rising sun, water bodies around, auspicious approach to land, proper entrance, auspicious timing to build etc.

It is very important have proper design of home or building. A qualified and trained Sthapati (Vedic Architect) should design Vastu home or building. The means to realize Vedic Architecture is to develop the Vedic Consciousness of the architect and builder, and to utilize the measurements and formulas contained in Sthapatya Veda, which provides the procedures and programmes of architecture according to Natural Law-according to which the eternal structure of the universe has been laid out.

Vedic Architecture follows the principle of fullness emerging from fullness, which is exemplified in the procedures of Sthapatya Veda, where the first step is to establish the Brahma-Sthan, the central point of the structure or building-the seat of Wholeness, Totality-and with reference to this central point, expand the layout: from the central point of the structure, the expression of fullness-Totality-expands.

If the construction of houses, villages, and towns is not based on the Vedic System of Architecture, Sthapatya Veda, the non-nourishing influence of the architecture will be the cause of many wrong and negative values in life. Vedic Architecture is the Natural Law-based system of building-that perfect system of building which spontaneously maintains the building and the people in it in perfect harmony with everything in the universe. The principle of Sthapatya Veda is to establish any building, any village, any city, any country in full alignment with the structuring dynamics of the whole universe, which maintains the connectedness of everything with everything else.

Buildings that are constructed according to Sthapatya Veda are very soothing, uplifting, and evolutionary to everyone because every individual is essentially Cosmic in nature-the structures and functions of the individual physiology are an exact replica of the Cosmic Physiology, the physiology of the universe, because Natural Law is the common basis of both-Anoranyan and Mahato-Mahiydn. The intelligence of every grain of creation is in tune with the whole cosmos, and that is how structurally the infinite diversity of the ever-expanding universe is upheld by one unified wholeness of intelligence.

Sthapatya Ved

The truth is that the individual is Cosmic on both levels-on the level of intelligence, or consciousness, and also on the level of his body, which is the expression of his consciousness, or intelligence. Because of this cosmic status of the individual, in order for the individual to be in peace and harmony within himself, everything about him should be in harmony with the universe; it is necessary that everything with which he is concerned, or anything that is in his environment, is in full alliance and harmony with the Cosmic Structure and its basis in Cosmic Intelligence.

Sthapatya Veda is that aspect of the cosmic knowledge of Natural Law, which maintains the buildings in which the individual lives and works, and the environment in which he moves, well set in cosmic harmony.

The formulas of Sthapatya Veda are such that they conform to the forty values of the Vedic Literature, the forty structuring dynamics of the Laws of Nature, and this is how the structures, or buildings, built according to Sthapatya Veda, being in tune with the structuring dynamics of the ever-expanding universe, create the effect of harmony and stability in the life of the individual and society.

It is necessary that everything concerning the individual, and everything in his environment, breathes cosmic harmony, and that means everything should be according to Sthapatya Veda-every structure should be built according to Natural Law-everything should be Vedic.

The Indianisation of India-the reconstruction of homes and cities according to Vastu-is a very important feature of Vedic Life that contributes a great deal to preventing problems, sickness, and suffering, thereby saving the national financial resources that are generally used in solving problems.

A large amount of national financial resources are used to eliminate social problems caused by the inauspicious Vastu of existing cities and buildings.

It is suggested that the Government of India, should quickly make new laws to rebuild India through Vedic Architecture, and directly receive support of Natural Law to eliminate the very basis of problems in this generation and for all future generations.

Vedic Science More Advance

It should be noted that the knowledge contained in the Vedic Literature including Sthapatya Veda is far more advance, complete, scientific, authentic, and reliable than modern scientific experiments. Modern scientific experiments, through their objective approach, can only account for physical, material values, which do not and can not directly measure the more fundamental performance of intelligence on its own level-the level of Natural Law-the level where the holistic value of Natural Law and the specific value of Natural Law function in unison.