Institute for Vedic Architecture
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Institute for Vedic Architecture was founded in 2000 to identify, scientifically evaluate, and offer education in strategies that may be found in the Vedic literature to enhance health and wellness through the design and construction of buildings and communities.
As seen in recent articles in JAMA, BMJ, and The Lancet, there is growing recognition that building design plays a key role in solving humanity’s health challenges. This has spurred public health and preventive medicine experts to explore potential solutions in collaboration with architects.
The ancient Vedic literature contains architectural strategies to promote physical and mental health, family harmony, success, and the growth to enlightenment. These strategies do so in a profound way by aligning individual intelligence with cosmic intelligence. Taken together, these strategies appear to be the most ancient and complete system of wellness architecture, one which nourishes the complete individual.
In this generation, when for the first time the effects of the built environment upon neurophysiology are being studied extensively, it is imperative that the ancient Vedic system of architecture and city planning for health be scientifically evaluated, and the benefits discovered be disseminated. The Institute endeavors to do so through its three key missions:
- To encourage and collaborate in peer-reviewed research into the effects and mechanism of Vedic architecture.
- To disseminate helpful findings through lectures and publications.
- To independently inspect and, where appropriate, certify completed buildings that meet the key criteria of Vedic architecture, and maintain a permanent registry of all certified buildings so that it may be reliably known what buildings have been built using this technology.
Lipman, J., Schneider, R., Fergusson, L., and Bonshek, A., “A Review of Managing the Built Environment for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention via Maharishi Vastu Architecture,” Global Advances in Health and Medicine, Volume 11: 1–21 Original Article, Summary of Findings, News Release
Maheshwari, A., Wurd, M.R., Travis, F., Rainforth, M., Lipman, J., “Workplace Well-being: An experimental investigation into benefits of Consciousness-based architecture,” Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 2022;19(1).
Travis, F., Lipman, J., Parim, N., Hodak, P., Leete J., Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition, Maharishi International University, “EEG Patterns and Performance When Facing the Cardinal Directions,” International Journal of Psychological Studies, April 21, 2021
Travis, F., Butler, V., Rainforth, M., Alexander, C.N., Khare, R., Lipman, J. “Can a Building’s Orientation Affect the Quality of Life of the People Within? Testing Principles of Maharishi Sthāpatya Veda,’’ Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 553-564, 2005
Origin of Vedic architecture
Vedic architecture is derived from Sthapatya Veda, the science of nature described in the ancient texts of Vedic literature. It was revived and methodically reconstructed under the leadership of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and is practiced worldwide as Maharishi Vastu® architecture and planning. More about the principles of Maharishi Vastu Architecture
Certification of buildings
The Institute has certified over 100 structures as authentic, properly executed Maharishi Vastu homes, classroom buildings, or office buildings.