Vastu: Transcendental Home Design in Harmony with Nature

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The notion of designing and respecting sacred space has been around for centuries, recognized in such current culture trends as Feng Shui, Wabi Sabi, and even the push to make homes greener. Vastu-India's ancient science of architecture and design for buildings and gardens-is the origin of traditions like Feng Shui, and finally gets a proper introduction in Vastu: Transcendental Home Design In Harmony with Nature ($29.95; Hardcover; Gibbs Smith, Publisher, October 2007) by Vastu sacred space design consultant Sherri Silverman.

Vastu is a beautifully illustrated and detailed guide to harnessing the tremendous power of this ancient tradition to create tranquil, attractive living spaces that bring the home-and everyone in it-back to center by enhancing inner peace, joy, prosperity, and relationships through attention to the structure and design of living and work areas. Vastu actually enables one to not just leave a light footprint on the earth, but to also improve the environment while living in a home that supports, nourishes, and protects health, happiness, and fulfillment.

Vastu covers all rooms in the home, as well as directions (north, south, east, west, northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, center), the five elements (earth, water, fire, air, and space), the importance of beauty and natural materials, clearing of clutter, and air quality. Vastu also provides tips that teach how to use the power of meditation, love, grace and gratitude, sacred archetypal energies, mantras, and yantras to bless a house, and much more.

With five sections explaining the fundamentals of this ancient Vedic system, Vastu clearly and simply tells homeowners and apartment dwellers how to apply its principles to create a truly tranquil home, whether building new, or improving an existing space. Learn what Vastu is, and how it creates home as sanctuary. Discover the detailed components one should consider when creating a Vastu home to gain greater support for relationships, health, finance, and career. Walk through the house and yard for tips on the arrangement and décor of each area, and discover related, complementary techniques that can be applied to bless and energize the house. Finally, Vastu offers resources for further study, a detailed glossary, bibliography, and index.

Sherri Silverman, PhD has taught meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, and sacred text courses from the Vedic tradition since 1974. She holds a PhD in Creativity, the Arts, and the Sacred Application of Asian Concepts. Through her firm, Transcendence Design, she works with clients nationally and internationally, sharing the principles of Vastu for home, businesses, and community buildings. She lives in Santa Fe.

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Vastu has the power to create tranquil, beautiful living spaces that bring us back to center. This ancient system of architecture, design, and sacred space from India enhances inner peace, joy, prosperity, and relationships through attention to the structure and design of living and work areas. Vastu attunes buildings and gardens to the subtle laws of nature; it honors the environment by aligning placement with the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. If you pursue a conscious natural lifestyle or are interested in sustainability, this scientifically and spiritually based approach to the home is for you. Vastu enables you to not just leave a light footprint on the earth but also actually improve the environment while living in a home that supports, nourishes, and protects your health, happiness, and fulfillment.
VASTU: TRANSCENDENTAL HOME DESIGN IN HARMONY WITH NATURE explains the fundamentals of this ancient Vedic tradition. It clearly and simply tells homeowners and apartment dwellers how to apply Vastu principles to create a truly tranquil home, whether building a new structure or improving an existing space. It also introduces the technique of Ayadi calculations, which are used by Vastu experts to match the home vibrationally to its occupants. Included are practical suggestions from Vastu, such as the importance of beauty and the "spine of light," which energizes the home, as well as related tips to create a transcendental living space. This book is the key to creating a home as sanctuary, a home that brings us back to center, connects us to nature, and nourishes our soul.
Sherri Silverman, Ph.D., is an artist, writer, and Vastu sacred space design consultant. Sherri taught meditation, yoga, healing breath techniques, and sacred text courses from the Vedic tradition for more than thirty years and studied directly with spiritual teachers Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. She was adjunct professor of art history, creativity, and interdisciplinary studies at several colleges, including Naropa University.
As a visual artist, Sherri has shown in galleries and museums since 1980; her spiritual artwork is in numerous public and private collections, including the New Mexico Capitol Art Collection. Sherri works with Vastu clients nationally and internation-ally through her consulting business, Transcendence Design.
Read more about Sherri's artwork, Vastu consulting, and conscious natural lifestyle products at www.transcendencedesign.com.
Author photo © 2007 Kimberly Wright Front and back cover photos © 2007 Erika Blumenfeld Jacket design by Black Eye Design, Inc.

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SHERRI SILVERMAN, PhD, has taught meditation, yoga and the sacred Vedic texts since 1974. Through her firm Transcendence Design, she shares Vastu principles with clients on home, office and garden design.

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