Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian science which deals with harmonizing the energy field of nature with that of the human. It focusses on techniques of harnessing the positive energy (which is present around us) and eliminating the negative ones, resulting in an enriched and a fulfilling life.
Vastu Shastra literally means the science or the Shastra of architecture. This is a Hindu system of architecture which was mostly developed during the Vedic times to deal with the intricacies and principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement, and spatial geometry.
The term Vastu is derived from Sanskrit which means “Bhu” or the Earth and is the underlying stratum of existence.
According to Vedas “Vastu Reva Vastu”, all material forms of the Universe are the forms of energies. This science states that every energy has life and nothing in the universe is left out without any vibration.
Everything in this entire Universe has some energy which may be positive or negative. The main aim of Vastu Shastra is to maximize the accumulation of positive energy around us and eliminate negative energy to the maximum extent.
Vastu science is based on the theory that the world is composed of five basic elements or Pancha Maha Bhoothas. These are earth, water, air, fire, and space. These energies can be bought together and balanced harmoniously to produce the desired positive results. And that’s what Vastu science does.
The term Vastu represents the power of the natural environment which is alive with powerful hidden forces. The man needed shelter from the time eternal. He observed nature and used her secrets for personal enrichment since the beginning of time.
Vastu energy is the life force which circulates through everything natural and manmade including our home and office. We are part of the natures wholeness. This energy holds the cycles of the earth and our personal energy together.
Vastu Shastra Significance: How Does the Vastu of a Building Affect Us?
Have you ever experienced a feeling of positivity and unexplainable calm when you are at certain specific locations or places? Why is it some places make us really happy while others make us sad and depressed, without any obvious reasons?
The answer lies in Vastu Shastra.
According to vastu, the main reason behind this feeling is the unbalanced energy fields in the places people live and work.
This is a simple calculation. If you can somehow surround yourself with positive energy fields and vibrations, you can be happier and successful.
If its the other way round, and if you have been surrounded by negative energy fields or vibrations, it may only bring failure and sorrows into your life.
Most of us, humans, like to spend the majority of our times inside the buildings of one or the other kind.
These buildings, like all the other animate and inanimate objects in this universe, have vibrations. And if we can find a way to turn these vibrations into positive ones, we have found a formula for success. And that’s where Vastu Shastra comes into the picture.
Our mother earth is an energy field which is comprised of a body of a complex network of lines which allows life energy to flow into the system. These concepts of energy were known to people from time immortal and ancient civilizations around the world built sacred structures and residential buildings based on this principle of energy.
These sites for construction were always selected on an energetic field which was coinciding with the earth’s energy lines.
Similarly, in today’s world, it is important to do the selection of plot correctly and plan the orientation of the building in such a way to ensure unobstructed flow of energy resulting in harmony between nature and its inhabitants.
The human body also has an energy field or Aura which absorbs nature’s energy resulting in prosperity and happiness in life.
But when the flow of positive energy is obstructed, the negative effects in our lives will appear earlier or later, depending on the severity of defects and levels of obstruction to the energy.
That is why it is very important to understand how the vasthu energy works.
Important & Popular Vastu Shastra Tips
Here are a few of the chosen vastu tips that are most commonly implicated during the construction of a new house or a building, especially in India.
- Doors facing the south direction, especially the entrance of the house or building, is prohibited.
- Always avoid constructing a toilet or bathroom in the northeast corner of your house. It is believed to bring bad luck and ill health.
- Always use lighter colors for your bedroom walls. And also refrain from using darker colors for your bedroom accessories.
- The northeast corner of your house should preferably be used for a pooja room or the prayer room.
- The entrance of your house should preferably be in the north or the east direction.
- The owner’s (owner of the house) bedroom or the master bedroom should preferably in the southwest corner of the house.
- The main idea is to keep the northern and the eastern parts of the house/building lighter, meaning, you should preferably avoid storing heavy objects or furniture in these places. Similarly, the southern and the western parts of your house are best suited for storing heavy objects. These corners shouldn’t be empty especially the south and the southwest.
- Don’t build an overhead tank in the northeast corner of your house or plot. The best place for building an overhead tank would be the southwest.
- Similarly, choose a plot which is open on the northern and eastern side, for building a house. Avoid plots that are blocked on these two sides and are open on the southern and the western sides.
Vastu Shastra Books and Literature
Here are some of the prominent works and titles that are known to us, about Vastu Shastra.
- Manushyalaya Chandrika
- Samarangana Sutradhara
- Brihat-samhita by Varāhamihira
- Thakkar Pheru’s literature on Vastu
- Silpa Prakasa by Ramachandra Bhattaraka Kaulachara
- Pancaratra Prasada Prasadhana compiled by Daniel Smith
- Silpa Ratnakara by Narmada Sankara
- Prasadamandana by Sutradhara Mandana
- Manasara shilpa and Mayamata
- Isanasivagurudeva Paddhati
- Vastu Nirnaya
- Vastu Purusha Lakshana
- Manushyalaya Lakshana
- Vastu Manjari
- Vastu Mandana
- Vastu Lakshana
- Vastu Vichara
- Vastu Vidya
- Vastu Vidhi
- Vastu Samgraha
- Vastu Sarvasva