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Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan asked Guru Dev [Sri Brahmananda Saraswati] to inform him about the truth.

He was told that common sadhanas could not bring the light of God (Brahman). "That light is spontaneous . . . spontaneously radiant," said Guru Dev, adding that the atma (spirit of man) "is spontaneously the form of light and the witness of all."

"With how much simplicity did Maharaj [Guru Dev] solve this difficult problem," Radhakrishnan suddenly said. (Mason 2009a:239-4, passim)

With some practice, samadhi goes into the natural condition of the free soul, the jivanmukta, says Guru Dev. (Mason 2009b, 100)

To meditate deeply as learnt from a certified TM teacher, may be the most likable tip I can give. First getting informed about it is fit as well (see for example Forem 2012). [◦Research findings]

The decisive part of Buddha's Gentle Middle Way - the general way to get a lot out of a life in a wider perspective - is meditation as well, by comparison.

Vastu mentions

Vastu is Sanskrit for homestead, house, building. It encompasses a philosophy of architecture that has elements akin to feng shui.

After you once have started on your journey through life, you might set yourself higher goals than just serving seemingly big guys or corporations to get a mansion of your own.

Get properly instructed, then practice. This holds good in many fields of life. The alternatives may turn very painful.

Vastu architecture in brief
Beware beforehand of the increasingly cramped, urban condition and maintain space enough to thrive.

Vastu is a traditional way of calculating "what is best for wealth and health" by a series of compass alignments. It is much like feng shui in some aspects, but with a fundamental difference or two. There is basic theory with specifications fit for house accommodations. That holds true for Maharishi Vastu Architecture. [◦Examples] (see Bramble 2003; Wikipedia, "Maharishi Vastu Architecture")

Here is what a committed sceptic, Dr Robert Carroll (2011) writes - even though the assembled, verbatim and unshuffled Carroll-fragments carry quite other spins than he might have intended because of what has been left out by "an offhand art of quoting":

Smirky Vastu shastra goes by several names . . . But vastu shastra has one goal: to create buildings in harmony with Nature . . . in order to have harmony in rooms like the kitchen. If things are done properly, "the meals get cooked" . . . If your house is not aligned properly, you could get sick. . . .

One cannot deny that a poorly designed workspace, kitchen, bathroom or bedroom can cause a lot of stress . . .

The people who gave America Transcendental Meditation and Ayurvedic medicine are also responsible for giving us vastu [that should] produce beautiful and comfortable living quarters.

Examples of Maharishi Vastu architecture:

Maharishi Vastu Architecture


Vitality is radiated from exceptional art and architecture. - Arthur Erickson

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization . . . - Frank Lloyd Wright


Vastu and TM, Literature  

Babu, B. Niranjan. Handbook of Vastu. 2nd ed. New Delhi: UBS, 2000.

Bramble, Cate. Architect's Guide to Feng Shui: Exploding the Myth. Oxford: Architectural Press, 2003.

Carroll, Robert T. The Skeptic's Dictionary. 1994-2015. Online.

Chakrabarti, Vibhuti. Indian Architectural Theory: Contemporary Uses of Vastu Vidya. Richmond, Surrey: Curzon Press, 1998.

Forem, Jack. Transcendental Meditation: The Essential Teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Rev. ed. London: Hay House, 2012.

Mason, Paul. The Biography of Guru Dev: The Life and Teachings of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (1941-53). Vol 2. Penzance, Cornwall: Premanand, 2009.

Mason, Paul. Guru Dev as presented by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: The Life and Teachings of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (1941-53). Vol 3. Penzance, Cornwall: Premanand, 2009.

MVA-Press. Vastu City Planning. 4th ed. Roerdalen, The Netherlands: Maharishi University of Management/Institute of City Planning, 2013.

Svoboda, Robert E. Vastu: Breathing Life into Space. New York: Namarupa, 2013.

Symbols, brackets, signs and text icons explained: (1) Text markers(2) Digesting.

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