Fundamental Principles

Ancient Knowledge Meets Latest Green Technologies

Ancient design, contemporary execution: ideal Garden Cities

Principles of Maharishi Vedic Architecture and City Planning:

  1. Orientation
  2. Site selection
  3. Layout with silent center (Brahmasthan)
  4. Placement
  5. Proportions
  6. Timing
  7. Natural building materials and sustainable systems

These Vedic principles are ancient and time tested, and the effects are known in detail and can be verified by anyone. They have been fully restored in our time by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. This saves us a difficult search for the best approach and protects human life from the unknown effects of less holistic systems.

1. Orientation

Regarding ideal community planning, Maharishi Vastu emphasises the correct orientation to maximize the natural life-supporting influence of the planets and stars.
All roads and buildings are aligned with the cardinal directions (based on true, geographic north) and preferably facing east, the direction of the life-giving sun, the strongest influence of natural law on Earth.

2. Site Selection and Marking the “Vastu”

The site selection for any building, development or city is of utmost importance. It must consider the influence of the site’s slope, the position of bodies of water, mountains, etc. A place for human habitation should be selected that has only positive, life-supporting influences from its environment to maintain life in accordance with natural law.

On the chosen lot, auspiciously proportioned and correctly oriented sites (Vastus, delineated by a fence or wall) with auspicious entrances will be marked for the entire city and each building.

3. Layout with Silent Center – Brahmasthan

The city or community is laid out on the site with auspicious entrances, north-south roads, east-west, low-density housing with adequate fresh air flow and generous green space.

The centre of a structure – in Vedic terminology, the Brahmasthan – is a place of wholeness and silence. In a city, it usually is a beautiful, open public garden.

4. Placement

The sun seemingly traverses the sky from east to west, generating different energies. This influence of the sun on other parts of a structure, as well as particular laws of nature that are more lively in certain areas, is determined in Maharishi Vedic architecture and planning the suitable place for the various functions of a city and community or the different rooms in a building.

5. Vedic Measurements and Proportions

Another unique feature of Maharishi Vedic architecture and planning is that the measurements and proportions of any layout and structure are calculated according to ancient cosmic formulas, thus connecting individual life with Cosmic Life. Every part is connected to the whole to promote the health, wealth, and happiness of every individual and the community at large.

6. Auspicious Timing

“Well begun is half done.” For special moments, such as the first breaking of the ground, laying the first foundation for the village and every building, and final completion and inauguration, auspicious times are calculated according to Maharishi Vedic astrology for maximum beneficial influence for the undertaking.

7. Natural, Non-Toxic Building Materials and Sustainable Systems

Only natural building materials and systems were used in ancient Vedic architecture and planning. This point falls more in the category of “common sense” to not violate one’s health and the health of one’s environment. However, in present days, this awareness of being in tune with oneself and nature is only now starting to be appreciated on a larger scale after the mixed advancements of the industrial age have left their harmful marks on society and the planet.

We support the implementation of pure, natural, non-toxic building materials, energy-efficient construction, and the use of all kinds of sustainable systems, such as solar and other cost-effective, self-sufficient, non-polluting energies, sustainable, and local, organic agriculture for self-sufficiency in food.