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Spiritual teachings inspire architectural style

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Architectural style can bring more to a building than meets the eye, say proponents of the Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architectural style. In fact, they claim that properly attuned architecture can promote health, happiness and harmony. The design principles for Sthapatya Veda architecture, also know as Vedic architecture, were adapted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, an elderly guru who now resides in the Netherlands. This style is said to have originated in the philosophies of Vedic religion, an ancient religion of India that predates Hinduism. The proper directional alignment of the home is at the foundation of Sthapatya Veda architecture. A south-facing home will bring only bad things to its inhabitants, while an east-facing home is ideal, according to promoters of this style. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who has led a global movement in transcendental meditation and promotes natural law as the key to peaceful living, has a major following in the area of Fairfield, Iowa, which is home to Maharis...