When one teaches or expounds upon any sacred teaching, there must be a statement of authority. Here, we will illuminate some of the authorities from which we derive and teach this knowledge. While we have the unquestionable authority of the late Shilpi Guru Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, Vaastu Vyasa, Padma Bushan, there are a number of texts including Vaastu Shastras, Agamas, Surya Siddhanta, the Rig Veda, Arthava Veda, Thirumaintiram, etc., and a number of Upanishads that provide authority and support for the teachings involving the why and how of traditional Indian architecture. It is said that there are no less than twelve million stanzas consisting of thirty - two letters in Anushtup rhyme on this subject (Architectonics, p34, Ayer).
The first and formost of the foundational texts are Mayan’s Aintiram and Pranava Veda both of which are quoted throughout the AUM S&T curriculum. Mayan’s Pranava Veda contains more than fifty-thousand verses beyond those mentioned above. Mayan’s Aintiaram contains eight hundred and ninety two versus and a final commentary in addition to those twelve million mentioned above. These two sources are the ultimate authority for this work as they illuminate in great depth and breadth the Luminous Path and science of microabode as Mayan refers to it in his ending remarks in the Aintiram.
The Shilpis and Sthapatis of recent history have had the technical knowledge available through the Vaastu Shastras and Agamas but the scientific and spiritual basis for this body of knowledge was not available or studied. Those who knew the scientific and spiritual basis of this did not reveal that knowledge outside of their own families. Researchers who attempted to understand the principles behind the great art and architecture of India and the rest of the world did not think to ask those who created the work what their underlying knowledge base was. This led to incomplete knowledge and the perversion of the subject matter even as it is perverted with superstition and misinformation today.
Those texts that describe the scientific and spiritual aspects of this body of knowledge were often set aside and attention was only given to technical shastras. This alone is a contributing factor to the downfall of the great respect and dignity that shilpis, sthapatis and all members of the Vishwakarma clan at one time held. Even today, individuals want to forgo the in-depth study of the scientific and spiritual basis of this knowledge. Once given a few nuts and bolts in a short class, individuals want to simply go out and build. This leads to misunderstanding and misuse of the practical knowledge. This leads to taking shortcuts and otherwise creating buildings that are powerfully harmful to the inmates and the environment. In the same vein, researchers fail to gain the practical experience put forth in the Shastras. They want to write about and teach certain principles but have never applied them over time in building or other art forms. Both sides of the coin must be explored before the value of the coin can be known.
Because of the loss of the profound scientific and spiritual aspects of the knowledge, shilpis and other vishwakarmans were reduced to the status of mere laborers. The fact is they are the greatest scientists in all history. Their body of knowledge contains insights that scientists today are only beginning to explore. That body of knowledge contains principles of modern physics including string theory, spin theory, chaos theory, quantum theory, nano theory (knowledge of infinitely small particles), theory of waveforms, understanding of movement of planets, mathematics, design, and numerous other scientific and artistic principles. All of these were revealed by the great scientist, artist Brahmarishi Mayan over ten thousand years ago.
The following are several of the many authoritative scriptures comprising this body of work. There are more than 32 text written by Mayan and many more written as commentaries by his students.
Vaastu Shastra of Agastya
Shilpa Vidya Rahasyopanishad
Rig Vediya Vastoshpatisuktaha
Texts Written By Mayan
The Surya Siddhanta
The most ancient treatise on Astronomy is a treatise authored by Mayan. It is called The Surya Siddhanta. Included in this treatise are the following chapter topics following the Introduction:
I.The Motions of the Planets
II.The Places of the Planets
III.Direction, Place and Time
IV.The Moon and Eclipses
V.The Sun and Eclipses
VI.The Projection of Eclipses
VIIIOf the Stars
IX.Risings and Settings
X.The Moon’s Risings and Settings
XI.Certain Malignant Aspects of the Sun and Moon
XII.Cosmogony, Geography, and Dimensions of the Creation
XIV.The Movement of the Heavens and Human Activity
Mayan is the author and Mayan’s name occurs in the text itself as Mayasura. Scholars have ignored his authorship and profound scholarship and attributed it to a later day astronomer. Mayan was dismissed as an asura with the definition of asura misrepresented as meaning demon. Unknown to those scholars and present day scholars, the term “asura” means one who is spiritually and intellectually strong and supreme in ability above others. In actuality, the great Vedic Gods Indra and Varuna are classified as asuras. (Dr. V.G. Sthapati, p. 79, Building Architecture of Stapatya Ved, Second edition, September 2005)
Medical Treatise on the Siddha System
Because it is known from the ancient texts that Mayan wrote Treatise on Herbology, it is not surprising that he is also the author of the medical treatises on Siddha system. Dr. S.P Sabharathnam, secretary, International Society for Investigation of Ancient Civilization, Chennai, India who is currently researching the Siddha literature, refers to Mayan as a Siddha – a self realized person of great spiritual power and ability.
The following are technical works written by Mayan and represent the 12 vowels of the Tamil language:
1. Ovia Chennool -Treatise on Drafting and Painting
2. Sirpama Chenool-Treatise on Iconometry
3. Kattida Chennool-Treatise on Architecture
4. Nilamanai Chennool-Treatise on House Building based on quality of land
5. Manainila Chennool-Treatise on Land based on the nature of house building
6. Baniyal Chenool-Treatise on Astro Physics
7. Perunata Chenool-Treatise on Divine dance
8. Muligai Chenool -Treatise on Herbs
9. Ganitama Chenool-Treatise on Mathematics
10. Arakkala Chenool-Treatise on Ship Building
11. Vinkala Chennool -Treatise on Space Ship
12. Elisai Chennool-Treatise on Science of Music
It is quite interesting to note that the Treatise on Drafting and Painting and the Treatise on Iconometry exist in Sanskrit texts, but they are mutilated and mis-translated and are unintelligible when read. Those aspects of Vastu Science (the science of Energy, Matter, Time and Space, and Space and Spatial Forms) missing from the Sanskrit texts exist in their entirety and completeness in the Tamil Vaastu Shilpa texts and in Mayan’s Aintiram in sutra form. The Aintiram is held as the Brahma Sutra of the science of visual and aural forms. This term, Brahma sutra, is a technical and scientific term originating in Aintiram and now found in the Vaastu Shastra today. (Dr. V. G. Sthapati, Building Architecture of Stapatya Ved, Second edition, September 2005)