Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian practice of warding off negative “Prana” energy, and attracting positive “Prana” energy, which is believed to help people alter the course of their lives, and project positively. Vastu reveals the connection between the humans and the dwellings they inhabit, ensuring harmony with the nature and universal flow of energy.
The words ‘Vastu’ and ‘Shastra’ stand for ‘house’ and ‘science’ respectively. Although the percepts in Vastu also cover domains like poetry, dance, sculpture etc., the practice is often employed in architecture and construction of human dwellings and work places. It is used by thousands, in homes and offices, to take advantage of the benefits bestowed by nature, and its energy elements.
The basic principle on which Vastu works is that every living and non-living entity, right from plants, colors to mirrors has a deep impact on our lives, and in order to establish harmony between body, mind and universe, we need to create living spaces that are similarly attuned with the cosmic balance.
Furthermore, the five elements of nature i.e., the earth, water, space, air and fire have a direct bearing on our lives and by altering the way energies are channelized by these elements around us, we can greatly influence various aspects of our lives. Vastu combines all these five elements and balance them with man and material, paving a way for enhanced health, wealth, prosperity and harmony in human life.
There are various tools and methods employed in Vastu to recognize which natural forces are supportive and which are repressive, thereby it guides us the way to control our life.
The origin of Vastu dates back to the Vedic times. Although there is a reference of Vastu in several ancient books, like Mayamata and Manasara, the modern historians believe that the doctrine developed during the period of 6000 BC and 3000 BC. The excavations at Harappa and Mohenjodaro, which unearthed the most ancient civilizations on the bank of Indus River also shows an extensive use of Vastu in the ancient architecture tactics.
How it Works
Though Vastu Shastra is a complete science in itself, with principles and methods that take several years to master, it can be easily incorporated into our day to day life with a basic idea of how it works.
Vastu Shastra works on three principles of design that cover the entire premise. The first one is Bhogadya, which deals with the adaptability of premise design. It says that the design should lend itself to easy application. The second principle is Sukha Darsha, which says that the design must be aesthetically pleasant. The material, colors, ornaments and size used in the construction of windows, doors, and rhythms of projections and depressions should be in accordance with the element linked to the direction of your recognition. Then there is the third principle called Ramya. It ensures that the designed premise evokes a feeling of well-being in the dwellers.
Even though the right time to implement Vastu is while you are planning to build a house or office, with modern Vastu tools, effectual outcomes can be produced without making any structural changes in your house/workplace.
What do the different directions in Vastu signify?
North East: It represents water. This direction is best suited for prayer rooms, water storage tanks, boring, lawns, drawing rooms and water supply connections.
East: This zone is appropriate for the Main entrance, living room, bathroom, kitchen, guestroom, balcony etc.
South East: It represents the nature element Fire. This location is perfect for the office, toilet, plants, basement, stairs and wardrobe.
South: It is the right direction for the bedroom and rooms to store heavy machines.
South West: It represents the Earth element. This direction is best suited for arms and ammunition, to store raw material, sleeping rooms or rooms for elders.
West: The west zone is appropriate for the dining room, stairs, living room or drawing room.
North West: The North West region of a premise represents the Air element. This particular direction is appropriate for keeping Cattle and animals, storage purpose, kitchen and medium sized trees.
North: It’s the right area for treasury, reception room, children room, recreation, entertainment, swimming pool etc.
Central Zone: It represents Space. It’s often kept empty.
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