The Big Fish: Consciousness as Structure, Body and Space. (Consciousness, Literature & the Arts S.) ~ Anna Bonshek

While debate continues in the fields of the sciences and humanities as to the nature of consciousness and the location of consciousness in the brain or as a field phenomenon, in the Vedic tradition, consciousness has been understood and continues to be articulated as an infinite field of intelligence at the basis of all forms of existence. This infinite field of intelligence is accessible to human awareness, being the very nature of the mind and the structuring dynamics of the physiology-from the DNA, to the cell, tissues, organs, and to the whole body and its sophisticated functioning.

This two-part volume, The Big Fish: Consciousness as Structure, Body and Space, considers in Part One the Vedic approach to consciousness, specifically referencing Maharishi Vedic Science, and discusses themes pertinent to the arts, including perception and cognition, memory as awareness, history and culture, artistic performance and social responsibility, observatory instruments as spaces and structures to enhance consciousness, and, beyond metaphor, architectural sites as multi-layered enclosures of the brain detailed in the Shrimad Devi Bhagavatam and, as cosmic habitat or Vastu aligned to the celestial bodies.

Presenting some more general consciousness-based readings, Part Two includes essays by various authors on Agnes Martin and her views on art, perfection and the “Classic”, unified field based education and freedom of expression versus censorship in art, prints from the Renaissance to the contemporary era as allegories of consciousness, the work of Australian artist Michael Kane Taylor as beyond a modern /postmodern dichotomy, the photographic series The Ocean of Beauty by Mark Paul Petrick referencing the Vedic text the Saundarya-Lahari, a Deleuzian analysis of the dual-screen multi-arts work Reverie I, and an account of the making of Reverie II, a single-screen video projection inspired by the idea of dynamics of awareness.

This book, therefore, presents a broad range of interests and reading while offering a unique, yet profoundly transformative perspective on consciousness.

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Her biography and previous book on “ Mirror of Consciousness” can be viewed Here

Anita Moorjani – Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview

Published on Jan 1, 2013

Anita was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and doctors told her family she was just hours away from death. It was at this point that she “crossed over” and then returned again into this world with a clearer understanding of her life and purpose on earth. This understanding subsequently led to a total recovery of her health.

Anita was born in Singapore of Indian parents, moved to Hong Kong at the age of two, and has lived in Hong Kong most of her life. Because of her background and British education, she is multi lingual and, from the age of two, grew up speaking English, Cantonese and two Indian dialects simultaneously, and later learned French at school.

She had been working in the corporate field for many years before being diagnosed with cancer in April of 2002. Her fascinating and moving near-death experience in early 2006 has tremendously changed her perspective on life. Her work is now ingrained with the depths and insights she gained while in the other realm. She works on the premise that our inner world (consciousness) is our primary reality, and if our internal state is healthy and strong, then our external world will align itself and fall into place as a result.

She is the embodiment of the truth that we all have the inner power and wisdom to overcome even life’s most adverse situations, as she is the living proof of this possibility.

Interview recorded 12/8/2012

Mirror of Consciousness (Art, Creativity & Veda) by Dr. Anna Bonshek

Mirror of Consciousness ambitiously traverses a wide range of themes pertaining to art creativity Knowledge and theory. Its unique perspective lies in its exposition of Vedic Science as brought to light by His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and in the application of the principle of this science to a preliminary analysis of the Vastusutra Upanishad. No other publication comprehensive vision.

To do justice to the topic of universal value in art and theory, the author has delved into several areas that impact the visual arts – late twentieth- century debates in art theory models of historiography new definitions of culture and tradition in the context of the individual’s own consciousness or simplest form of awareness. Though comprehensive and detailed it will appeal to those who are curious about trends in the visual arts the advent and impact of new technologies and the development of collective consciousness in our time.


Preface vii
Introduction 1
Part I: Art As A Language Game: Lamenting The Loss
OF Universal Value 6
1 Modern Art and Theory: Created by a Genius: Art Evokes Universal Aesthetic Emotion 11
2 Indian Theory: Art and Santa 25
3 Postmodern Arts as a pluralist Language Game: Pointing to the Unnamable 31
4 Beyond Postmodernism: Universal Value in Art and a New Sense of self 45
Part ii: Accessing and Enlivening a Universal Field of
Pure Consciousness. 52
5 Pure Consciousness: The Universal Self-Referral Source of
Creation 56
6 Developing Higher States of Consciousness through the Practice
of the Transcendental Meditation Technique the Tm-Sidhi
Program and Yogic Flying 76
7 Scientific Research on Maharishi’s Technologies of Consciousness. 101
Part iii: The Veda And The Vedic Literature: The
Complete Disclosure Of Nature’s Creative
Mechanics 108
8 Self- Referral Consciousness as the Structure of Rk Veda The
Holistic Value of Natural Law at the basis of Creation. 112
9 The Mandala Structure of Rk Veda 139
10 The Forty Aspects of the Veda and the Vedic Literature and their
Qualities of Intelligence: Impulses of Consciousness as the
Structuring Mechanics of Rk. Veda 146
11 The Absolute Value of Each of the Four Vedas Rk, Sama, Yajur,
and Atharva Veda. 154
12 The Vedanga and the Darsana: The Expansion and Submergence
of Self-Referral Consciousness and the Phenomenon of Cognition 163
13 Upa-Veda The Subordinate Veda or third cluster of the Vedic
Literature 176
14 Ayur Veda Brahmana and Pratisakhya: The Final Three Cluster
of Natural Law. 187
Part iv: Natural Law: The Universal Foundation of
History Traditions, Culture, and Language 214
15 The Purpose and Dynamic of History: The Rise and Fall of Natural
Law in the Cyclical Unfoldment of Consciousness 216
16 Tradition: Different Modes of Activity Governed by Dharmas 232
17 Culture as the Expression of Specific Laws of Nature: Governing
Geography, Climate, Mannerism, Language and Accents of
Different Peoples 245
Part v: The Artist as a Universal Human Being Creating
Universal Value in Art and Aesthetics 259
18 The Role of the Artist: Spontaneously Functioning From the Level
of Natural Law 262
19 The Creative Process: Operating From the Level of Nature’s Creative
Mechanics 272
20 Universal Art and its Effects 303
21 Aesthetics Value and Aesthetic Response: Leading the Viewer
Toward bliss and a Unified Self 314
Part vi: Uncovering The Details of The Nature and
Structure of Pure Consciousness in the
Vastusutra Upanisad 326
22 Re- Contextualizing the Vastusutra Upanisad: Uncovering Wholeness 329
23 The First and Last Sutras: Containing the wholeness of the Text
in Seed Form 343
24 The Artist and Creative Process knowing what Consciousness is
and what It is Made of 349
25 Form or Rupa: Unmanifest to Manifest 365
26 Point, Line, Grid, Triangle, Square, Circle, and Number as Values
of Consciousness 376
27 Transformative Futures 396
Notes 405
Appendix 441
Bibliography 462

Dr Anna Bonshek, is a founding director of the Prana World Group, a founding director of Akshara Productions, a collaborative, multi-arts organisation and director of Akkshara (USA). Over ten years Akshara Productions has completed new digital media art works involving dance, music, performance, text and animation, featured at the Visual Arts Gallery, Delhi, India and Novosibirsk State Museum, Kazaksthan. Prior to this Dr Bonshek worked as Director of Web Content at USA Global Link Inc., and was Assistant Professor of Art and Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management (MUM), USA. An artist and writer, she has exhibited her artwork worldwide, including in USA, UK, Australia, Canada, Kazaksthan, and India.

Dr Bonshek was Regional Reviewer and Regional Editor for Chicago-based journal New Art Examiner and among her publications are the books “Mirror of Consciousness: Art, Creativity and Veda” (2001) and “The Big Fish: Consciousness as Structure, Body and Space” (2007). She is a contributing editor to the ground-breaking 30-volume series “Consciousness, Literature and the Arts” and is a principal contributor to the forthcoming publication “Consciousness-Based Education and Art, Volume VII.”

Dr Bonshek has expertise, in the areas of creative endeavour, the visual arts, design and digital media, higher education, and personal development and has worked and lectured in the USA, England, India, Cambodia and Australia. She has received awards from the Royal Society of Arts, the Science Policy Foundation (UK), the InterSociety for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), the National Endowment for the Arts and the Iowa Arts Council (USA), and has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tasmania, Jane Franklin Hall.

Dr Bonshek has a long-standing interest in Vedic knowledge, individual and social development and the principles of Vedic architecture (Vastu) and design. She is a certified Vastu Coordinator and brings a unique aesthetic to her work and creative pursuits.

Scientific basis of Vastu Shastra & Ancient Indian Customs – A talk by Sri Sri Ravi

Vastu Shastra and other ancient Indian customs and their Scientific basis.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is humanitarian leader, spiritual teacher and ambassador of peace. His vision of a stress-free, violence-free society has united millions of people the world over through service projects and the courses of The Art of Living.
In 1982, Sri Sri entered a ten-day period of silence in Shimoga located in the Indian state of Karnataka. The Sudarshan Kriya, a powerful breathing technique, was born. With time, the Sudarshan Kriya became the center-piece of the Art of Living courses.

Basic Principles of Maharishi Vedic Astrology and Maharishi Yagya The Science and Technology to Know Past, Present and Future

Question: If all knowledge is contained in the starting point and the starting point contains complete knowledge of all future developments, does it mean that everything is predetermined and that there is no free will?

Answer: Maharishi says that there is 100% determination and 100% free will. Determination is related to the past, free will is related to the present. Our actions in the past have created the situation in which we find ourselves in the present. These past actions have reduced our choices to those available at the present time. To this extent our actions are determined.

In the present we can exercise our free will and choose among the available choices of action. If, for example, we are on a journey and have reached London, our journey to London has limited our choices for further transportation to those available in London. However, from the transportation in London we can choose freely, exercising our free will. Knowledge of the future only helps us to make the right choices and manage our life more perfectly.

The relationship between determination, free will, and knowledge of the future can also be seen from a different perspective. Maharishi said that everything in the universe is fixed right from beginning to end. At the moment the universe was born, all knowledge of what would happen within its lifespan was already present. Prediction of the future with the help of the mathematics of Vedic Astrology is possible only because everything is fixed from beginning to end. Evolution flows in a predetermined direction.

The individual can use his free will to be in tune with the evolutionary flow, to act in tune with all the Laws of Nature, but he can also choose to oppose evolution. An individual who has reached the state of enlightenment will naturally use his free will to act in accord with all the Laws of Nature. A religious person would say, ‘Let Thy will be done’. Unenlightened individuals will only act in accord with the Laws of Nature in relationship to their level of consciousness.

The Vedic texts discuss the question as to what is more important, the actions in the past that have determined our life and created the current situation, or the actions in the present that are meant to change the current situation. They very much praise the efforts made in the present, because it is in the present that we can overcome any negativity from the past, whereas the past is no longer accessible. An individual should always try to overcome the negativity from the past; whether he succeeds or not, it is a praiseworthy effort.

The most efficient way to improve the situation in which we find ourselves is the performance of Maharishi Yagyas. The performance of Maharishi Yagyas directly enlivens the Devas, the Laws of Nature, thereby bringing nourishment to our life and overcoming any negativity created in the past.

Altars of Power and Grace ~ Create the Life You Desire By Michael & Robin Mastro

Altars of Power and Grace ~ Create the Life You Desire

Nominated for NINE national literary awards and winner of Spirituality Book of the Year (USA Book News) and Self-Help Book of the Year (Coalition of Visionary Resources – COVR), Altars of Power and Grace brings you the power and beauty of altars using the sacred science of Vastu Shastra, India’s Feng Shui. Enlightening and informative, this book is treasured by thousands around the world. With easy and concise instructions readers learn to maximize potential and attract Universal Support to enliven their surroundings while transforming their lives.

Learn how to create specific altars that fulfill your individual desires

* Love, Relationships, and Marriage
* Abundance and Financial Prosperity
* Health and Well-Being
* Career Success and Recognition
* Creativity and Spirituality


SECTION ONE: The Knowledge of Sacred Empowerment
Chapter 1 – Altars of Power and Grace: The Evolution
Chapter 2 – Vastu Shastra: The Science and History
Chapter 3 – Our Desires, Aspirations and Dreams: Introduction to Creating Altars
Chapter 4 – Representing The Five Elements: Items to Use and Their Placement
Chapter 5 – The Process of Manifesting Your Dreams and Desires

SECTION TWO: The Altars of Power and Grace
Chapter 6 – Altars that Invite Abundance and Prosperity
Chapter 7 – Altars to Support or Draw Relationships and Marriage
Chapter 8 – Altars for Enhancing Career and Recognition
Chapter 9 – Altars to Improve Health and Well-Being
Chapter 10 – Altars that Heighten Spirituality
Chapter 11 – Altars that Assist Life Changes and Transformation
Chapter 12 – Altars to Increase Creativity and Knowledge
Chapter 13 – Altars to Attract Helpful People and Universal Support
Chapter 14 – Altars for Special Occasions
Chapter 15 -The Global Peace Altar

Appendix i Glossary of Terms
Appendix ii Gods, Goddesses, and Religious Deities
Appendix iii Yantras and Mantras
Appendix iv Additional References

Michael & Robin Mastro: Leading Vastu Shastra Expert by Anjula

Michael and Robin Mastro are the leaders in the field of Vastu Shastra. Through their vast experience, they have created a unique system that offers life-enhancing yet simple principles. This exciting technique is presented in their groundbreaking award-winning books, Altars of Power and Grace and The Way of Vastu. By following these dynamic tools anyone can transform their life and make their dreams a reality.

Robin Mastro instructs people worldwide to enhance living and working environments through Vastu Shastra . Her work in this inspiring field took her to Egypt and India, where she studied ancient concepts of sacred space and Vastu Shastra. In 1998 she received her masters in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University, combining systems theory and creative design to develop transformative tools for environmental harmony and personal growth. Robin is dedicated to adapting the wisdom of ancient systems to enhance the reality of modern life. She is the creator of AltarWear, a jewelry and clothing line based on Vedic teachings. We recently had the distinct honor and privilege to speak with Robin about the life enhancing work she and her husband have been doing in the area of Vastu.

LM: Over the past several years Vastu Shastra has become a very popular phrase, yet only a few have a true understanding of the meaning and philosophy behind it. Can you explain what the basic principles of Vastu Shastra are?

RM: By aligning our homes and workspaces with universal energy that is alive and ever-present we experience nature’s support. The basic principles of Vastu Shastra, the science of building, are the solar energy coming from the east and the magnetic energy coming from the north. These two forces influence every aspect of our lives, no matter where we are on the planet.Vastu also balances the five elements of earth, water, fire, air and space.

: How did you first get introduced to Vastu Shastra?

RM: Michael was introduced to Vastu in the late 60′s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Beatles guru. As a young architect, he designed spiritual centers worldwide for Transcendental Meditation. It was through working closely with this enlightened man who is a part of the Vedic lineage that Vastu comes from that he learned the basic use of the science.Over the past 50 years, Michael has studied with many celebrated Vastu architects and has studied the complex texts of Vastu written about thousands of years ago and is considered one the foremost scholars of Vastu in North America, if not the world. For many years,I studied Vastu with Michael, then received my masters degree in Whole Systems Design focused on how to make the science more accessible to the west

LM: How/when did you decide to make this a lifelong pursuit?

RM: Our business is a natural extension of our spiritual work as teachers of Vedic knowledge – meditation, Vedic breathing and yoga. Over the years, we saw many people struggling and suffering in their lives and we have developed an elegant system to balance any home or office no matter how compromised the structure may be.

LM: Why is Vastu called the science of time and space? What is the philosophy behind it? Why Should One Follow Vastu?

RM: The philosophy of Vastu is to reestablish man’s relationship to nature and the cosmos so nature will support mankind in all his endeavors, which goes beyond the time/space/karmic continuum. An analogy would be flowing with a stream instead of struggling against it.

LM: Can we see the influence of the ancient Indian science of Vastu in other cultures? (i.e., its Chinese counterpart, Feng-Shui)

RM: Vastu Shastra is between 7,000-10,000 years old. About 3,000 years ago, monks took the knowledge of Vastu across Tibet into China where it was adapted to local cultural and climatic concerns and became known as Feng Shui. Both Vastu and Feng Shui aim at balancing the elements and raising the life-force energy (“prana” in Sanskrit -India’s ancient language – or “chi” in Chinese).

LM: Why is the positioning of the main entrance door considered so vital in the building design process?

RM: When one has the opportunity to build from scratch it is optimal to face the door north or east to receive the positive magnetic energy from the north or the positive solar energy from the east. These energies enhance every aspect of our lives.

LM: Could you give us a few Vastu suggestions for selection of sites. (i.e., What direction the sun is in–in relation to the house)?

RM: Basically, the lot should be north or east facing with a north or east slope, water bodies to the north or east. Rivers or streams should flow south to north or west to east. There is a great deal of specific information that is then figured out based on the actual location.

LM: Could you give us an example of a Vastu-perfect house with regard to the configuration of the living spaces. ( we use only Vastu in our work, not Vaastu…so I’m correcting as I go along) (It would be great if you could talk about your current work on the process of building an eco-green home per Vastu almost 100% off the grid in Seattle).

RM: Vastu houses are designed in a rectangular fashion with more windows and doors on the north and east sides. Fire elements,like kitchens would go in the southeast or northwest, toilets would go in the northwest, sleeping areas would be in the south, west, or southwest. An open, sky-lighted area in the center (known as theBrahmasthana in Sanskrit – which translates into the “center of awareness.”) No furniture is allowed in this area. It is where universal energy enters the home as a blessing. The home we are in the process of building right now includes specifics mentioned above and it also utilizes geo-thermal, solar, passive solar, natural ventilating techniques that conserve energy. This house will be LEEDS Platinum Certified, which has the highest residential green rating.

LM: What is your advice for city dwellers who may not be able to follow Vaastu principles in their entirety because of specific space constraints? Do you recommend structural changes if the plot is already constructed?

RM: We almost never recommend structural changes as they can be more stressful than living with the Vastu imbalances. We have developed the technology to correct any imbalance without demolition or remodeling. People from all over the world fax or email us their floor plans with specific information added which helps us identify the environmental problems that people are dealing with. We Email a report with our suggestions for products that will correct the imbalances. The products are then sent with instructions. It’s very easy. We have done this for thousands of people all over the world. People can learn more about this by going to our website at

LM: What would you say is the relevance of Vaastu Shastra in today’s world?

RM: Vastu is the science that will help re-establish our intrinsic connection to nature and reduce the stress that we all experience daily in our lives.

LM: According to the tenants of Vastu, when we integrate the laws of nature into our lives, we find balance and harmony. When these natural laws are ignored, we experience stress and disease. Can you recall any examples of past experiences where Vastu Shastra alleviated some of these stresses?

Robin: We have many clients where they have experienced remarkable results in all aspects of their lives, whether it is balancing the body, eliminating stress in the mind, supporting relationships, enhancing careers, abundance, what have you. Once stress is removed and balance can be restored, nature can flow freely and support us. You could see it as an energetic chiropractic adjustment for the home.

LM: Nowadays we hear a lot about the importance of ecology, saving the environment, protecting Mother Nature, can you provide some essential tips that instill the basics of Vastu?

RM: Aligning yourself with the forces of the sun, wind and celestial energies are just some of the ways that Vastu is ecologically based. For example, passive solar energy and natural ventilation are combined in a solar chimney used for natural cooling and heating and is a receptor for celestial energies in the Brahmasthana, or central area, in many Vastu buildings we design.

Vastu is the science of living in harmony with nature that predates feng shui by 3000 years.
This vastu presentation gives you scientific tips to improve relationships, health, career and finances
without remodeling.

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