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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."

Ramakrishnan said: "With how much simplicity did Maharaj [Guru Dev] solve this difficult problem," he 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.

The rest of this article belongs to lower rungs on the ladder.

Fit practice may solve a lot

After you once have started on your journey through life, go for making it a successful journey too, as the spirit within stirs you, if you are able to discern between it and whims, for example. And set yourself higher goals than just serving seemingly big guys.

If fond of your home and often in need of using your head - first listen, then talk - that is, first get instructed, then practice afterwards. The alternatives can be even very painful.

We may learn to expand on what is valuable in a life as well. A carefully balanced, gentle and OK path through life is variously called the Gentle Middle Path, Gentle Middle Way and the Noble Eightfold Path in Buddhism.

Vastu, initial mentions

Vastu is a very old way of calculating "what is best for wealth and health" - by lots of alignments. It is not unlike feng shui in some aspects: There is basic theory with specifications along with it, and accommodations. That holds true for Maharishi Vastu Architecture too. [◦Examples] (see Bramble 2003; Wikipedia, "Maharishi Vastu Architecture")

Basic Vastu contains many principles. It may be very helpful.

For the fun of it, 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 "the offhand art of quoting":

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.

What about enriching and ennobling your mind and observe tactfully throughout life?


Vastu, TM, Gentle Buddhism, 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.

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