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Dwelling In Yoga
© 2009 – present Dr. Jessie Mercay, PhD, PhDmst

Most people think of yoga as being a Hindu system of exercises involving body postures
that purify and strengthen the body, bring peace to the soul, and create connection with
the Divine. While this is true, there are other forms of yoga aside from body postures.
For example, there is the yoga of breath (pranayama), mantra yoga (meditation and/or
chanting), yogic medicine (Siddha Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine), and the yoga of
architecture (Vaastu Shastras and Sthapatya Veda). What all of these sciences have in
common is the goal to create Union with the Divine while living in the material world.

For some, yoga is a lifestyle that includes many of these components. When one takes
this lifestyle seriously they become a yogi or yogini. Many cultures around the world
have historically had members of their society who strived for spiritual perfection –
union with the Divine – even if it wasn’t called yoga per se. These people sometimes
lived as hermits in the forest and in caves while others were householders with families.
They became shamans, medicine people, yogis, and yoginis, both within society and
away from society.

One thing many of these yogis had in common is that most of them recognized that
there was a special place that they preferred to do their practice. Often that place was
in a cave or temple. Those householders who were fortunate lived in homes that were
specifically constructed to have a special feeling or frequency that supported their goal
for Union. Ramana Maharishi, the great Indian sage, became awakened from
meditation in a temple (Thiruvanamalli, India). The great sage Patanjali who wrote the
Yoga Sutras had his awakening in the temple Rameswara, Tamilnadu, South India. He
also spent long periods of time at the temple of Chidambaram in South India, as did
Thirumular, the great exponent of the seminal spiritual text, Thirumaintiram. Nearly all
of the famous 18 Siddhars (enlightened sages of whom Pantangali and Thirumular were
numbered) gained their awakening at Vaastu Temples in Southern India. It is widely
known that the sages of India made extensive pilgrimages to various temples to
strengthen their spiritual life. Those temples were not just buildings to house deities.
They were special forms constructed under strict guidelines of Vaastu Shastras and

What most people don’t know is that it was not necessarily the deity of the temple that
they sought to strengthen their spiritual life. Rather it was the building itself that held
the frequency that uplifted their consciousness. “The image of God, rendered in
accordance with Shastric measures, shines forth with vibrancy, of its own accord”. (P.
16 Makutagama Agamic Shastra). In other words, if a form is rendered (sculpture, deity,

house, temple, dance, music) using proper Shastric rules and measure, it becomes a
living vibrating form on its own.

As strange as it may seem, properly constructed temples (and other buildings including
houses) designed and built using the specialized mathematics and building codes – from
the ground up – designated by the Vaastu Shastras become sacred spaces that vibrate
with specific energies, which resonate with individual Atman (jivatman) and elevate the
individual to spiritual bliss – Union or Yoga. This has been a little known ancient secret –
held in confidence by none other than the architects of these buildings. The knowledge
of how to build a building that will vibrate in such a way as to elevate the very soul of a
person has been kept secret for thousands of years.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, there is a story of the architect who built King
Solomon’s temple - Hiram. Hiram was a Phoenician King. He was part of the ancient
tradition of temple and house builders (Sthapati’s) who were sworn to keep silent about
their specialty. His workers approached him and asked him to tell them the secret of
building a building that vibrated with God essence. He refused and was subsequently
killed for his refusal. This knowledge was so sacred and secret because it could be used
for good or evil. That is, the architects could build a Godly building that uplifted
humanity or they could build a building that would vibrate in such a way that it
destroyed a community.

One of the first considerations for building this type of building is the building site. The
ancients (Sthapatis or Architects) knew how to select a site that already contained
specific qualities that would vibrate in a positive way. Highly evolved Yogis and Sages
knew how to select these sites and did throughout the world. They were taught how to
select a cave or natural setting that contained the energy that would support their
growth in connection with the Divine. Some, like Buddha, instinctively knew how to
select such a site.

In that same way, these special builders were taught how to select a site that would
support spiritual growth if built space was constructed on that site using specific
building codes from the Vaastu Shastras (textbooks). In southern India alone there are
over 35,000 of these buildings in the form of specially constructed temples. What most
people don’t know is that there are also thousands of homes in Southern India built
using the same principles applied to temples. Those villages that were constructed
using these special building codes also had a village temple that was a pure and
unadulterated form (no interior walls etc), which vibrates with immense power.

People through the ages and especially in modern times have attempted to assess the
qualities of these houses and temples in order to replicate them. The problem with that
is that they only saw the general physical properties of the building (room placement).
They failed to see or comprehend the non - physical properties and the specific physical
properties that caused the vibration. Without that knowledge, the principles that they

observed were misunderstood and misapplied causing random results and sometimes
damage. In fact, in modern times we have adulterated versions of this deep and
profound science.

About twenty years ago, a traditional Indian architect who came from an unbroken
lineage of more than two thousand years of architects and builders who knew these
ancient secrets began to reveal this knowledge publically in an effort to find students to
reawaken this incredible science in its pure form. Very few of these architects (known
as Sthapatis) live today as most families from the clan that preserved this knowledge
were forced to seek other means of livelihood due to alien rule. This Sthapati is Dr. V.
Ganapati Sthapati of Chennai, India. He is the single most respected Sthapati in the
world today. He is highly decorated as an artisan and builder. He is known far and wide
for his expertise and artistry and is referred to as Vaastu Vyasa.

Dr. Sthapati brought this knowledge to the west through a small University he co-
founded with Dr. Jessie Mercay called The American University of Mayonic Science and
Technology www.aumscience.com. This University offers classes that reveal these
ancient secrets to individuals who are willing and motivated to gain the knowledge
needed to properly apply these sacred building codes.

Why was this seen as such an important thing to do? The science behind this
knowledge and the Rishi who cognized it reveals that an individual can gain Union or
enlightenment by dwelling in a building built using these special ancient codes. Saints
and yogis have known this for thousands of years. When a person lives in one of these
buildings they are literally dwelling in yoga for the entire time they are in the building.
The effects are cumulative and the person becomes fully integrated over time.

A little known fact is that in India today and throughout history people go to buildings
built with these codes for healing and rejuvenation. It is known as a special technique
called temple sleep. While the large homes built using these special codes are too
expensive for a poor person, the community temple is always available for rejuvenation.
And, smaller homes may be built using these building codes.

This body of knowledge is called Mayonic Science and Technology (at the request of the
former President of India). The yogic Rishi who cognized this science, Siddha
Brahmarishi Mayan, called it the Luminous Path. He is mentioned throughout Vedic
literature (Mahabarata, Bagavatam, and elsewhere) and is known as the cognizer of the
first Veda – the Pranava Veda.

His fundamental achievement was to observe within his own nature, the process that
Consciousness or the Divine undergoes in its transformation of energy (Itself) into
matter – the material world. Mayan was able to use the elements of that process
(which is mathematically based) to replicate that process and manifest specific
frequencies or qualities of consciousness in various art forms. He applied this

knowledge to music, dance, poetry, sculpture and architecture. He declared that
architecture was the highest form because it had the greatest influence over an
individual dwelling in specifically designed built space.

The science of this body of knowledge is found in the Pranava Veda and the Aintiram –
both written by Mayan (he authored more than 32 texts). The technology that follows
this science is found in various treatises on sculpture, dance, music, drawing and
painting, poetry and grammar, and architecture (Vaastu Shastras and Agamas).

This knowledge of living or meditating in vibrant buildings is missing from the

understanding of what it takes to become an awakened yogi. The general frequencies
or vibrations of today’s world and today’s houses are overwhelmingly abrasive to the
growth of Union. In this science, Union is concerned with resonance with the Divine.
One’s own Atman must become resonant with the Divine Cosmic Atman in order to
experience enlightenment. It is almost impossible for that to happen fully today with all
of the events happening in the world around us that produce numerous discordant
frequencies. These special houses and temples (large and small) provide a barrier to the
damaging environment. They offer a frequency that offsets environmental influences.
In addition, if they are built properly, they elevate the inhabitant to spiritual bliss and

The mechanics of this are straightforward. A special mathematical order (mathematical

formulas) and special building codes that mirror the principles of Consciousness
manifesting itself as the material world are applied to building architecture. The
building then becomes vibrant with specific qualities designated by the architect or
consultant based upon specific mathematical formulas. The building vibrates or
becomes alive with these qualities (among which is Spiritual Bliss). The vibration of the
building then affects the vibration (at the level of jivatman) of the individual. Over time,
the individual jivatman vibration raises to the level of the building that is considered a
divine form. This is called resonance or Bhakti.

Simply stated, because the building was designed and built to vibrate with specific
qualities of the Divine, the inhabitant then becomes in Union with the Divine.

These building codes include factors such as site selection, slope of land, vibrancy of
land based upon special tests and analysis, existing water bodies, placement of out
building, trees and other vegetation, perimeter and elevation of the building, special
roof slopes, numerous interior considerations such as room placement, flow of incoming
and outgoing water, placement and flow of electricity, plumbing, placement of
bathrooms, orientation of building on plot, primary and secondary door placement, and
numerous other considerations.

The actual building must be accomplished under the supervision of a trained Vaastu
consultant who has been certified by a Shilpi Guru (at present there is only one living

Shilpi Guru – Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati) or his representative. The building process is very
specific and must be done to 1/16th of an inch. While that may seem impossible, it is
routinely done under proper supervision. A properly trained consultant knows how to
make sure that happens.

An important point to bring up before closing is that in modern times, there are many
people attempting to “rectify” existing homes using gadgets, yantras, and other such
gimmicks. They have reduced the ancient knowledge found in the Vaastu Shastras to
something akin to Feng Shui – a very different practice.

Some people even say that putting up special mirrors or burning special incense will do
the trick. This science is much more than smoke and mirrors. It is only meant to be
practiced in building from the ground up. No manner of device will correct the
frequency of an already existing building. It is the orientation of the building and the
mathematics of the main wall and elevation that create the frequency. And all of the
above mentioned codes and assessments that contribute to and maintain the
frequency. No gadget can alter that. The fact is that not one of these people has
actually read the Vaastu Shastras directly nor have they studied at length with an
authentic traditional Indian architect who comes from the ancient tradition. Currently
there are only about thirteen certified authentic Vaastu consultants and architects in
the western world.

A home can be built using these codes or a small (about 10x10) mathematically perfect
temple cottage built with specific building codes taken into consideration for your back
yard. Like the ancient yogis of the past we must find a way to individually or collectively
obtain a living vibrant structure so that we too can dwell in yoga. Some communities in
the US already have properly built structures. (Not all temples are properly built in the
US). Here are some places where there are properly built structures (built by Dr. V.
Ganapati Sthapati) in the US: Hindu temple in Omaha, NE; Shiva Vishnu Temple in
Washington, DC; Chicago Hindu Temple; Miami; St. Louis, and Hindu Temple on Kauai,

You can find out more information about how to build such a structure for your self or
your village by contacting aumcourses@aumscience.com You will need the help of a
trained consultant who is recognized by a traditional Shilpi Guru. You can also purchase
a book that describes these concepts more thoroughly by ordering Fabric of the
Universe, by Dr. Jessie Mercay from jmercay@vastu2vaastu.com You will never be the
same after living in, meditating or doing yoga in one of these forms. In fact, over time,
you will be a complete yogi living in Union.