9 March 2011
Over the last three years, many people have enjoyed building very small Maharishi Vastu (Vedic architecture) homes and special-use structures. These are often built for a specific purpose—such as meditation, work, or sleep—near the owners' non-Vastu homes, so that residents can enjoy the benefits of Vastu for a significant portion of their day.
'The effect of Vastu is to align individual intelligence with cosmic intelligence, individual life with cosmic life. This happens when the environment that we are inhabiting is organized according to Natural Law,' said Jon Lipman, describing Vastu principles brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
There is a growing trend to live modestly, compactly, and one enjoys the same influence of Natural Law in a tiny Vastu structure as one does in a large home, said Jon Lipman, AIA, US Director of Maharishi Vedic Architecture.
About 50 small structures have been built according to Vedic architecture around the world, of which about 30 are in the United States.
In Belgium, a man living in a 35 square metre house (about 380 square feet) says: 'Living in Vastu big or small, for me is like living in another world. My house, as small as it is, nonetheless gives me the effect.'
The homeowner experiences the benefits of Vastu all the time, Dr Lipman said, summarizing his description. The effects are sometimes subtle, sometimes very clear—and the effect is especially evident during his practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme. (read more)