Spirit and Destiny magazine explores the "fortune-creating homes" of Maharishi Garden Village in Suffolk, September 2011 issue
"Transcendental Meditation’s appeal is unsurprising, as it claims to offer a more fulfilled life and higher level of well-being for individuals – and society as a whole," writes Spirit and Destiny magazine.
"But it still comes as something of a surprise to find that there is a purpose-built Transcendental Meditation estate near Rendlesham in Suffolk… It looks like an upmarket development of executive homes. Yet behind the manicured gardens and picketed fences, this Suffolk estate is home to a thriving spiritual community."
The residents of Maharishi Garden Village are all practitioners of the Transcendental Meditation technique, and all fifty houses and apartments have been built to an ancient Vedic system of architecture, Sthapatya Veda, which was redeveloped in the 1980s by the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who also brought Transcendental Meditation to the West.
"The Maharishi believed that since we as individuals are cosmic, we should live in harmony with the natural laws of the cosmos, and that building design can support us in doing this”, the magazine reports.
The estate is situated on a strip of a former American airbase near Woodbridge. The houses and small apartment blocks are all built around a central square and each faces east. Inside, the rooms are laid out according to the ancient specifications to promote calm, creativity, expanded awareness, prosperity, good sleep and digestion, etc.
Research in the Journal of Social Behaviour and Personality looked into the benefits of living in Maharishi Sthapatya Veda homes and found that homes with east-facing entrances experienced fewer burglaries than those facing south. Mental health levels and financial stability were also found to be significantly better in houses with an eastern entrance
Spirit and Destiny meets residents of the seven-year-old "village", to find out how it’s changed their lives, and explores their unique homes.
Read more in the September issue (not available online).