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  Press Release Archive - 2005

Maharishi’s Urgent Call to the World Press

Examine the Layout of
All Government Buildings

Improper Layout of a Building Is the
Unseen Cause of Problems and Unrest

Buildings with Proper Entrances to the East
Will Promote Government Success

Builders invited to reconstruct the world to create
permanent world peace:

His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi this week called on the world press to examine the layout of all government buildings in their countries. A proper entrance to the east will bring harmony and success to the government, Maharishi said, but an improper entrance to the south or west will be the unseen cause of a great deal of governmental problems, unrest, and failures.

"People do not know that a greater part of the negative influences in life comes from the wrong layout of the buildings in which they live and work," Maharishi said. "This is because the direction of the entrance of the office building or residence produces an influence of happiness, harmony, and cordiality—or conflict and problems for the people."

For this reason, Maharishi also called on government leaders to abandon all improperly designed buildings—as if an earthquake had hit the buildings. "These buildings should be immediately rebuilt with a proper layout and orientation to the rising sun in the east, according to the principles of the Vedic knowledge of architecture in harmony with Natural Law—Sthapatya Veda or Vastu Vidya," Maharishi said.

Maharishi cited the Indian government parliament buildings in New Delhi as a prime example of the negative influences produced by an improper layout. "I have been telling the Indian government for the past 20–30 years that the basic cause of their constant fighting is the improper, ‘topsy-turvy’ layout of the Parliament buildings, which are not built in accord with Natural Law—according to the time-tested principles of Sthapatya-Veda," Maharishi said.

Maharishi delivered his message to the world press during his August 17 global news conference, which was broadcast live via satellite and Internet webcast from the Capital of the Global Country of World Peace in Meru, Holland. Maharishi will hold his next news conferences on August 24 and 25.

Scientific research documents that the brain fires
more coherently when an individual faces east

In response to a press question, Maharishi said that anyone who lives and works in such buildings can verify the effects of proper or improper layout from their own experiences. Maharishi also cited recent scientific research, which documents that brain neurones fire more coherently when an individual faces east than when he faces south or west. "How coherently a man’s brain functions is the basis of how coherently he thinks and behaves," Maharishi said.

Global Reconstruction Program to save the people
from the negative influences of improper layout

To prevent the negative influences of improper layout, last month Maharishi launched his Global Reconstruction Program and invited builders in every country to begin building in every city Peace Colonies, composed of "fortune-creating" homes, and Peace Palaces, where Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation and other Vedic-science-based programs will be taught to promote enlightenment for the individual and permanent peace for the world. "Now, with this knowledge, builders can stop building ‘unlucky’ buildings that produce problems and difficulties for the people and instead quickly build ‘fortune-creating’ homes, office buildings, schools, hospitals, and factories in harmony with Natural Law," Maharishi said. "In this way, builders can eliminate the unseen basis of so many problems."

Maharishi emphasised that his recommendations are based not on manmade architectural principles but rather on eternal Natural Law—the Constitution of the Universe—which administers the infinite diversity of the universe with perfect order. "What we are saying has absolute authority—that means it is true for all times, in every place, and for everyone," Maharishi said.

"Follow our advice and you will be better off"

Maharishi concluded by saying that his Global Reconstruction Program is a key element in his program to create Heaven on Earth—life in fulfilment for everyone. "Follow our advice and step into the light—and you will be better off. Or don’t follow our advice, remain in the darkness, and suffer as long as you want. But sometime—tomorrow, the next day, or next year—you will come to the light and enjoy," Maharishi said.

Examples of Good and Bad Effects of the Orientation of Buildings

Good: The layout of the building should be aligned north/south, east/west

Good: An entrance facing east is auspicious and produces a positive influence of coherence, affluence, and fulfilment

Bad: A "tilted" layout of the house (for example, southeast or northwest) is always inauspicious

Bad: An entrance facing south produces a destructive influence of problems, mistakes, and suffering

Builders Invited

Builders and developers are invited to contact the International Offices of the Global Reconstruction Program through email at or the Internet at There are offices of the Global Reconstruction Program in New York; Toronto; Washington, D.C.; Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa; Beverly Hills; Auckland; Sydney; Tokyo; Shanghai; Bangkok; Moscow; Johannesburg; Bonn; Amsterdam; Paris; and Sao Paulo.

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