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Volume 9, Issue No. 1

September 2008

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Details of World's Most Advanced 'Sustainable' and 'Fortune-Creating' Building

Complementary Vedic and 'Green' Principles

Sun angles on a house

(5 September 2008) Speaking on a recent Maharishi Global Family Chat, Dr Jon Lipman, Director of Vedic Architecture for the Global Country of World Peace in America, gave details of the plan for the world's most advanced sustainable 'green' and Vedic Vastu building at Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M.) in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Dr Lipman also serves as Deputy Minister of Architecture for the world under the guidance of Dr Eike Hartmann, Minister of Global Reconstruction for the Global Country of World Peace. He said, 'In recent decades there has been a growing appreciation that we have a positive or negative impact on our environment. Most buildings use huge amounts of energy to construct and maintain. Sustainable living means our actions are in harmony with the Laws of Nature and will not deteriorate the earth, air, or water.'

The B.S. in Sustainable Living Program, founded by Dr David Fisher, is one of the most popular fields of study at M.U.M. The cross-disciplinary programme prepares students for careers in architecture, engineering, urban design and development, agriculture, and environmental studies.

'Dr Fisher had the vision that the Center in which the courses are taught should completely reflect the principles of both Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture—the ancient system of Vastu vidya, building in accord with Natural Law—and the best modern methods of sustainable design,' said Dr Lipman. 'Not only is there no conflict between these two understandings of Natural Law based architecture, but they support each other. Still, this is a great challenge, and will achieve something that has never been achieved before.'
 

 

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a Beautiful House applying Vastu PrinciplesSaid Dr Lipman, 'In his first public talk about Vastu and Sthapatya Vedic Architecture, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace, said buildings should be powered by the sun, and the interior should have continuous daylight from multiple directions.' All the principles of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda will be incorporated in this new building, including:

- Vastu orientation and floor plan.
- All rooms will be day lit, with light bounced into the interior from the monitor of windows extending north and south along the roof. No artificial lights will be needed in any room during the day. This will achieve ideal Vedic conditions and reduce the energy load needed to offset artificial lights.
- Thick, 'breathing' walls.
- Photovoltaic panels for 'off the grid' energy production.
- No electromagnetic radiation.
- Constructed without iron or steel.
- Constructed with natural, non-toxic materials.

Dr Bevan Morris, Prime Minister of the Global Country of World Peace, and President of Maharishi University of Management, recalled that 'when Maharishi first came out with his Master Plan to Create Heaven on Earth, solar power was one of the key points. Maharishi, in designing a new world, thought of these principles of organic agriculture, solar power, and all these different elements. So it's very fulfilling that the University is making great efforts to bring together all these ingredients.' Dr Morris continued, 'It think it would be a great fulfilment to Maharishi that this is combined with the ultimate sustainable system, which is Vastu construction, and with Yogic Flyers occupying the building. Not only is it in tune with the local Laws of Nature but also in tune with the cosmic Laws of Nature, so the whole population will receive support for fulfilment of all their desires.'

The Sustainable Living Center will be a great achievement in the world, and as a 'fortune-creating' Vastu building, it will enhance the success of the students and the University, Dr Morris said.
 

The new Sustainable Living Center will be a perfect model of Maharishi Sthapatya Veda, architecture in harmony with Natural Law. Dr Lipman explained that the principles of Vedic architecture, Vastu vidya, more than satisfy the qualifications for 'green' building.

As a model of sustainable building practices, the Center will incorporate these principles:

  • All electricity will be generated on-site, from photovoltaic panels and wind generators. A back-up bio-diesel generator is being constructed by students.
  • Heat will come from a combination of solar and biofuel back-up. Insulation in the thermal mass walls conserves and stores heat. Radiant heat floors utilize solar-heated water.
  • Cooling system will utilize the well-insulated walls to keep heat out. The building will be ventilated at night, and the thermal mass walls store the cooler temperatures.
  • A desiccated system utilizing the constant geothermal temperature will regulate the temperature of the building in all seasons.
  • Rainwater will be collected and purified for drinking. 'Gray' water will be used for certain plumbing and landscaping. A wetland will treat storm water runoff to prevent loss of soil nutrients.
  • Wastewater will be treated by a 'green plant mediated living system'.
  • The plumbing will be highly water efficient.
  • The building will be totally 'off the grid', meaning it will not draw resources from the power company, sewage treatment plant, or local storm water system.
  • Almost all the materials come from local sources.
The Center is designed to qualify for the national certification system called LEED, 'Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design', of which Platinum is the highest category. Said Dr Lipman, 'If there were a higher category, this building would qualify beyond Platinum.' The Center will also satisfy the requirements of 'Building Biology', another system of certification, originated in Germany and which has existed in the US for 22 years.

A lesser known but even more rigorous assessment in the US is the 'Living Building Challenge' designed by the Cascadia Region Green Building Council. Said Dr Lipman, 'Not one building to date has met all the criteria, but we believe M.U.M.'s Sustainable Living Center will be the first.'

As a learning centre, the building itself will teach the principles of sustainable living. Students will observe the functions of the systems, monitor the humidity and energy storage, and conduct agricultural research. Students will be able to remove and erect walls as learning projects every year. The building will include a classroom, workshop, greenhouse, as well as Dr Fisher's research laboratory.

Already the Center is attracting the interest of media and sustainability organizations:

Charlotte Business Journal
AASHA Bulletin
Associated Press

Related article on Global Good News:
Maharishi University of Management celebrates groundbreaking for new Sustainable Living Center

Principle of Building in Accord with Natural Law

Aligning any Building with
The Evolutionary Power of Natural Law

The principle of building in accord with Natural Law—aligning any building with the evolutionary power of Natural Law—comes from the ancient Vedic Literature. This is the Science and Technology of Consciousness—the supreme structuring dynamics of creation—which maintains every particle of matter, everything in creation, in perfect harmony with everything else, and thereby maintains eternal order in the ever-expanding, ever-evolving universe.

This is because the inner intelligence of everything is Cosmic in such a way that it sustains every individual structure; at the same time, permeating everything in creation, it sustains the holistic value of the universe.

This omnipresent, all-pervading intelligence—the Unified Field of all the Laws of Nature—renders every single structure in the nature of itself, which is both individual and Cosmic. The reality is: the individual is Cosmic.

Individual intelligence and its connectedness with the Cosmic Intelligence of the galactic universe is the most precious feature of life. This makes it clear that on the level of intelligence, everything is well connected with everything else in the whole universe.

Sthapatya Veda is one of the forty areas of the Vedic Literature. It details the laws of structuring, or laws of building, any structure so that structurally and functionally man's creation is naturally in harmony with Nature's creation—the creation of Natural Law.

This Vedic Science of Structuring, or Vedic Science of Building, which is Nature's own system of structuring, or building, can be seen as the system of harmonizing individual life with Cosmic Life. Every humanly designed, man-made structure should conform to the Natural Laws of structuring if that structure is to be in harmony with the structure of the universe—the expression of Cosmic Intelligence.

Such a structure has that quiet influence of order and harmony in its environment which harmonizes individual life with Cosmic Life.

 

If there is some knowledge which can be helpful to harmonize human creation (man-made structures) with Nature's creation, it is wise to make use of this knowledge so that individual life may enjoy that supreme level of order and harmony of Natural Law which belongs to the universe, and to the essential nature of every individual.

Now is the time, in this scientific age, to reconstruct the world and free mankind from problems and suffering that have been continuing for a long time. The principles and programmes of Sthapatya Veda will eradicate the basis of the age-old suffering caused by the violation of Natural Law.

Sthapatya Veda will remove the obstacles to perfection in life by providing housing according to Natural Law, and by offering the knowledge and programmes through which every individual can always gain the full support of Natural Law for success and fulfilment in daily life:

  • People need homes built in accord with Natural Law to gain the support of Natural Law and promote harmonious family life;

  • Parents need schools, colleges, and universities built in accord with Natural Law to bring the support of Natural Law to their children;

  • Patients need hospitals built in accord with Natural Law to gain the support of Natural Law for fast and complete recovery;

  • Executives and employees need office buildings and factories built in accord with Natural Law to gain the support of Natural Law for unrestricted, fulfilling success (both for employers and employees);

  • (The effect of routine work is restrictive to the blossoming of creativity. But when life is lived in accord with Natural Law, under the influence of auspicious Vastu, the irresistible power of evolution neutralizes the negative effect of routine work, and individuals enjoy the theme of evolution—increasing health, happiness, and prosperity—all the time.)

  • Mayors need garden cities and communities built in accord with Natural Law (free from crime, congestion, pollution, and stress) to bring the support of Natural Law to the whole population;

  • Administrators need administrative buildings built in accord with Natural Law to bring the support of Natural Law to government—for conflict-free politics;

  • Heads of State, governors, and national leaders need to redesign and rebuild the whole country in accord with Natural Law, to bring the support of Natural Law—health, wealth, and happiness—to the whole nation, generation after generation.

 

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