Vastu is the oldest and the most systematic of the world’s architectural systems. The information on Vastu architecture comes from Manasara and the Maya Mata and other ancient Sanskrit texts that describe the knowledge (Veda) of establishing form (Sthapatya). These texts apply to all created structures, natural and man made, and their primary application is in the area of architecture and community design.
Much of the knowledge of Vastu had been fragmented or lost until recent times. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the world-wide Transcendental Meditation program, worked with the foremost experts of Sthapatya Veda in India to open this timeless knowledge to the world.
By systematically reviewing and evaluating all the pieces, Maharishi unified and restored Vastu architecture to its wholeness.
The system as he has restored it is referred to as Maharishi Sthapatya Veda architecture, Maharishi Vedic architecture or Maharishi Vastu architecture. The preface of Maharishi is used to give respectful credit to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who revived the oldest system of knowledge, the forty limbs of the Veda and Vedic literature, and restored them to completeness.