vastu newWhat is Vastu?

Vastu or ‘Vastu Shastra’ is the ancient Indian science of architecture and buildings with high significance of eight directions and five elements and the way they complement human life. This being a more technical description of the science, lets now understand in simpler terms what it is and how does it pay an important role in our lives and becomes a remedy for our life problems.

Vastu is the scientific way of architectural designing and how any building should be designed and in what direction so as to invite most positive energy in the structure and thus bringing in positive wellbeing into our lives. The main focus of Vastu is on placement of rooms and objects in certain directions which over the years have proven to be most favorable for auspicious outcomes, not missing the spiritual value of such application at the same time. Significant use of Vastu Shastra started with the construction of Hindu temples in various parts of India and following the learning’s and advises shared by learned Vastu guru’s people started constructing their residential houses, office buildings in accordance to this science. Not only this they also follow Vastu while placing decorative like paintings, furniture etc.

Here it is important to learn that Vastu Shastra is based on eight directions which were defined centuries ago by Rishi’s and Guru’s of Indian decent. These eight directions namely North, South, East, West, North-West, North-East, South-East and South-West are then complemented with five elements which are significant to Vastu Shastra. The entire solar system is made up of these five elements namely Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space.

Why is Vastu Shastra important?

Over the years, people have learnt in detail the significance of Vastu Shastra by following it the way it is designed and thus deriving favorable benefits from its application. It is also very important that in India it is followed greatly as it was planned and designed for Indian soil and that it favors Indian culture, tradition, geographical and climatic conditions deeply. It is also a great amalgamation of science, art, astronomy and Indian astrology.

Rightful adaptation of Vastu helps stimulate various energies in our surroundings and rewards us with great peace and prosperity, money and pleasure. Vastu is designed for application in every house, each room, all the temples, any kind of shop, industries, civil infrastructure, cities and even for entire earth system. Vastu can be employed in a small or a large scale depending upon a person’s need and interest.

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Directions in Vastu Shastra:

According to Vastu any building’s design and placement should be such as that retains positive energy and negate the entrance of negative energy. This would reward the people living in it with more positive energy, great health, wealth and prosperity.

Like in any other directional reference, the directions of any house or building are defined with the placement of North direction. In total there are eight directions considered in Vastu, out of which North, South, East, and West are called cardinal directions and their intersections form inter-cardinal directions. These are North-East, North-West, South-East and South-West.

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When we construct a house it is important for us to follow placement of rooms and objects as directed in Vastu. Let us now learn what all qualities and benefits each of these directions possess:

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  1. East (Poorva Disha): East direction signifies sunrise. It is the direction of prosperity and new beginnings. This direction is governed by lord Indra – the king of Gods who bestows wealth and worldly pleasures.

This is the ideal direction for windows, entrance to main doors and puja room. Bathroom cannot be in this direction.

  1. West (Paschima Disha): West is the direction where the sun sets. This direction is not ideal for new beginnings. This direction is governed by Lord Varun – the lord of rains who bestows prosperity and well being.

West is the best direction for children’s’ bedrooms, study room, bathrooms, toilets and placement of plants and trees.

  1. North (Uttara Disha): North is an auspicious direction and proves prosperous for home and business. It is believed that UV rays from the Sun have least influence in North region hence creating space for positive environment. This direction is governed by Kuber – the God of wealth who rewards wealth and prosperity.

This direction is the ideal direction for Living room, balcony, garden and open spaces.

  1. South (Dakshina Disha): This direction is known for good and average results. This direction is governed by Yama – the god of death and is a source of wealth, crops and pleasure. This direction when wisely optimized helps in manifestation of dharma, embracing the good and keeping at bay from evil forces.

This direction is suitable for office, children’s bedroom and store room.

  1. North-East (Ishaan Kon): North-east is defined as the most auspicious direction in Vastu and is significant to devta’s and dev pujan (worship of God). This direction is governed by lord Ishaan – the lord of knowledge and wisdom who is the source of wealth, health and prevents us from all miseries and mishaps.

This direction is ideal for open space, water source and puja room/meditation room.

  1. North-West (Vaayavya Kon): North-West direction signifies interpersonal relationships i.e., it defines our good or bad relation with the people around us especially our family and closed peers. This direction is governed by Vayu – the lord of good health and long life. This direction when optimized appropriately helps in business, friendships and avoiding enmity.

This direction is suitable for dining room, children bedroom, toilet and garage.

  1. South-East (Agni Kon): South-East direction signifies logic and reasoning. This direction is governed by Agni – the lord of fire which is a source of health and is synonymous to cooking and good food. When we optimize this direction we are rewarded with good things and personality.

It is very beneficial to have the kitchen in this direction. Also any electrical instruments, like TVs, motors, batteries, inverters, home theatre, etc. can be placed in South-East side of the room.

  1. South-West (Nairitya Kon):This direction is considered ideal for master of the house and hence ideal for master bedroom. This direction is symbolic of Pitra – the ancestors who help as a guide and in leading a blessed life.

It is an ideal direction for master bedroom and locker. West wall of this room can have wardrobe and library.

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The five elements of Vastu Shastra – ‘Panchbhootas’

We all know that the entire universe is made up of five basic elements. In similar terms it is also noted that the human body is also made up of these five basic elements of nature also known as the ‘Panchbhootas’ namely Earth (Prithvi), Fire (Agni), Water (Jal), Sky (Aakash) and Space (Antariksha). These ‘Panchbhootas’ relate to the five senses of our body namely smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Thus we can conclude if there is an imbalance in our external or internal body, it has a correlation to Vastu in some manner.

Vastu is an ancient science of architecture in which directions and five cosmic elements are combined in order to create balance between human and material objects. Out of these five elements the three prime forces which are Wind, Water and Fire or Vaayu, Jal and Agni. when appropriately used according to Vastu provide great harmony and prevent ‘Vastu Dosh’ or disturbances. A disturbance occurs when any of these elements is placed in some other elements place. For example, water is placed in zone of fire or wind is placed in zone of water or in any other misplaced combination. In such situations, these forces will act in reverse action and cause disharmony and hindrances.

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Importance of five elements:

Vastu Shastra defines that the entire solar system is formulation of various elements and concurrent energies. To keep the system running, great harmony is required in balancing the five elements and the energy generated by the rotation of earth in the solar system. Earth, as we know is third amongst the nine planets which revolve around the Sun. Earth is also the only planet where life exists which is only possible due to presence of five important elements which complement each other. The ‘Panchbhootas’ as we call these five elements when complemented rightly in our home and office space create favorable balanced energies.

Let us now learn about these five elements in detail:

Earth (Prithvi): Earth is the first and foremost significant element of nature as it exerts maximum energy. We as humans have a special affinity towards Earth. The earth with its natural magnetic energy keeps us grounded with gravitational pull. Selection of land for constructing house or building is very important in Vastu Shastra. In this process the directions, soil quality, area, shape, all are significant factors which define the energy flow and other concurrent factors defined in Vastu.

Water (Jal): Water or Jal is considered as second most important element of Vastu after Earth. It is present on earth in form of rain, ocean, sea and rivers and nearly two-third of earth’s surface is covered with water. Our human body is filled over 80 percent with water. Human senses like taste, touch, sight and hearing are directly linked and influenced by water and its concurrent energies.

In Vastu, North-East direction is considered most appropriate for the placement of water source in a house. Apart from home swimming pools, water tanks, wells and boring are also proved appropriate in this direction. Water, quantifying to be the largest element also holds a history of providing for human dwelling and civilization in its nearby areas.

Fire (Agni): The third element in Vastu is Fire and it is seen in form of light and heat. This element is complemented in South-East direction. It is believed that Sun is the main source of light and heat in the universe and thus the South-East direction of the house should be kept well ventilated with entry and barrier to natural sunlight in ones house. To invite positive energy, sun rays should be allowed to enter from East and North-East direction in morning hours, whereas the entry of negative energy is blocked through tall trees and solid walls in South direction of a house during evening-sunset hours.

Air (Vayu): Air is the fourth element in Vastu. For the well being of human kind a healthy balance of negative and positive energy flow is a predominant factor. Air not only plays an important role in balancing the atmospheric pressure, various gasses and humidity level but also is a provider of oxygen for us to breathe. North-East direction is best complemented with Air element as this being the direction of God pulls in the positive energy and prosperity into a household.

Space (Antariksha): The fifth element in Vastu is Sky. Housing infinite number of galaxies and constellations the space has a place for all. Similarly, in Vastu a space for every object is defined. Since ancient times Indian houses have possessed an open space in the centre of the house. This open space balances the energies exchanged from various directions. In current times, such placement is difficult due to various reasons. Hence, it is further more important to select and place rooms and objects in accordance to what Vastu Shastra guides us for.

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