Mayan – The Progenitor of Vastu

Mayan the architect and town planner of India and the progenitor of Vaastu Shastra lived in the southern part of the Indian sub-­continent, known as Kumari Mandalam (Lumerian Continent), some ten to fifteen thousand years ago. He is the author of Mayamata Vastu Shastra and Surya Siddhanta, the two great works, which are still alive, being used by scholars and practitioners, all over India. They have revolutionized the erstwhile material culture of India into a spiritual one and today they are known worldwide and admired for the rich scientific material, they contain.

~ Dr V. Ganapati Sthapati

The Bells of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the root of all the methods that tame the mind. First it focuses the mind. Then it eases the mind. Finally it is the luminous nature, beyond thoughts. ~ Paul Rinpoche


What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is the art of staying in the moment. Accepting what is. Because it is already here. Regaining focus, bringing peace and centeredness. The practice of mindfulness through meditation defuse our negativity, aggression, and turbulent emotions. The following method The Bells of Mindfulness is a simple method of mindfulness you can do anywhere at any time, and perfect for us with busy lifestyles..

“The bell of mindfulness is the voice of the Buddha calling us back to ourselves. We have to respect each sound of the bell, stop our thinking and talking, and get in touch with ourselves, breathing and smiling. This is not a Buddha from the outside. It is our own Buddha calling us home.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Bells of Mindfulness In Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist tradition they use temple bells to remind them to come back to the present moment. Every time they hear the bell, they stop talking, stop their thinking, and return to themselves, breathing in and out, and smiling. Whatever they are doing, they pause for a moment and just enjoy breathing. Sometimes they also recite this verse “Listen, listen. This wonderful sound brings me back to my true self.” If you have a bell at home, you can practice breathing and smiling with its lovely sound. This is a simple practice to find peace, calm and bring your mind back to the present moment… ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Meaning of the Luminaries in Padas

By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

Last weekend we saw that proper door placement and room placement is important in a home – especially a Vaastu home within which the energy is highly activated. In some cases, specific activities are connected with specific Padadevatas. As an example of the potency of the Padadevatas, I would like to offer information on one specific Padadevata.

One of the most important and influential Padadevatas is the one located in the pada where the cook stove goes in the kitchen. It is called Anta Riksha: Meaning: Antaricksha literally means middle region – between Dyava and Prithivi. Region of the trees or vanaspatis.

Location: 2nd pada from SE on East wall.
Affects: Affects in a positive way, the nervous system, helps stimulate righteousness and freedom from committing sin especially from atmospheric influences or influences from the environment.

The cook stove is placed in this pada in a house. The effect is to stimulate righteousness. That is, when food is cooked in this pada, it is imbued with righteousness. Then, the person who eats the food becomes more righteous. Furthermore, the cook herself or himself becomes more righteous due to the influence of this Padadevata. The cook must be righteous because the food they prepare takes on an influence by the cook. A righteous cook would never poison the family or use spoiled food in the meals. If the family has a cook, then the woman or mother of the family should go to the stove every morning and prepare tea. She should stand over the stove and absorb the qualities of the Padadevata for her health and the family. The Bhagavad-Gita speaks of the role of the woman in upholding Dharma in the family and society (chapter 1 vs. 40 & 41).

On destruction of families,
Their rites of dharma then die out,
From the destruction of dharma,
Adharma overwhelms them all. (40)

Overpowered by adharma
The family’s women then are Corrupted,
and from corruption
The confusion of castes arise. (41)

The influence of righteousness from this luminary helps maintain the Dharma of the mother and the entire family.

The Rig Veda itself indicates the importance of the Padadevatas or Riks in the hymn Richo akshare parame vyoman – the Riks abide in the immutable supreme Space (parame vyoman) where are seated all the Devas or luminaries. Rig Veda 1.164.39.


Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, For any questions please visit

The Front Door – Part 1

By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

The correct front entrance placement is vital to the general effect that Vastureva Vaastu has on a home or structure. The placement of the front door determines which cosmic forces are stimulated at the entrance and what the effects are based upon that cosmic force. For example, a main entrance in the east-northeast zone (placed in a very specific, mathematically determined position) is very supportive to health, family relationships, and relationships in general.

The front entrance placed in the very center of the south – facing in a house wall creates a harmful effect on the occupants. Moving that door to the module east or west of south center using specific mathematical equations will do the opposite and actually enhance the lives of the occupants. The front door located in the central east promotes egotistical behavior and the demise of children. Whereas if the front door is located one pada to the north of central east it promotes fame and well-being.

The front door can be located in any of the four directions but only in the correct module as directed by the Shastras. This effect is due, in part, to the cosmic energy (Vastu) that pours down onto the house from Unbounded Space as the earth’s Vaastu attracts it to the building. That energy showers the building up to about ten feet around the building (hence the need to ensure that the plot is flat at least ten feet around the building). When the front door is opened, this energy pours in through the door. This is not energy from the stars, planets, sun etc. (all material energy) but rather direct Vastu energy (spiritual energy).

People with limited knowledge of authentic Vaastu Shastras do not know that the front door may go on any side of the house if placed in a correct position for that direction. Because they are unaware of this Shastric declaration, out of fear they place the front door only in the East or North. Again, because they are unaware of the Shastric rules for placing front doors, they place the front door in the central east location. This location for most homes is prohibited as it gives rise to egotistical behavior and demise of children either through death or departure from the home in unhappy circumstances.

Another interesting front door phenomenon executed by improperly educated designers and builders is that they read or heard that the front of the house should be deflected 1.5 degrees to improve material well-being. They interpret that to mean that the front door should be moved 1.5 to 2 inches to the right of center (center of the 101 pada). This in fact creates a disturbance in the Vaastu of the house and can result in disharmony for the inhabitants, as the center of the door should be centered on the pada per Shastric rule. Another common error of improperly trained Vaastu consultants and Sthapatya Veda Consultants is that they rely solely on a text called the Manasara. The text used is a literary translation by a Classical Sanskrit translator who was unfamiliar with technical Sanskrit. This fact produced a text that is only about sixty percent accurate.

It is only through proper training directly under the auspices of a Shilpi Guru that one can learn the nuances of ancient and authentic Shastric rules. The only existing organizations that provide that training are Vaastu Vedic Research Foundation ( Chennai, and The American University of Mayonic Science and Technology, USA (


Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, For any questions please visit

Highest calling…

“A woman’s highest calling is to lead a man to his soul, so as to unite him with the source; her lowest calling is to seduce, separating man from his soul and leave him aimlessly wandering.

A man’s highest calling is to protect woman, so she is free to walk the earth unharmed. Man’s lowest calling is to ambush and force his way into the life of a woman.”

– Native American Cherokee Proverb

Even though I take issue with the stereotypical gender distinctions (After all, men can lead women to their souls and to the source, and so can men seduce and women force themselves into men’s lives.), I still see some compassionate truth behind a lot of this and think this is beautiful.

So, I share with you here. 🙂