Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian science of harmony and prosperous living by eliminating negative and enhancing positive energies around us. Vastu is the science of directions that combines all the five elements of nature and balance them with the man and the material. Anyone will agree to the fact that we, humans, spend most of their time inside a building be it our home, office or anything else.
" It's also a fact that all things in the universe have a level of energy associated with them. Hence it's apt to say that all buildings and even the land on which a building is erected has vibrations of energy associated with it."
Deducing from above, it's easy to visualize that we are constantly bombarded with energies 24X7. Some energies are positive (with pleasing effects) while others are negative (having terrible effects) on us. Vastu aims to eliminate negative and enhance positive energy present at a place or location so that a person, family or even business inhabiting a building become prosperous and progressive.
Vastu Shastra creates a congenial settings or a place to live or work, in most scientific way taking advantages of the benefits bestowed by the five elements called "Paanch Bhootas" of the nature thereby paving the way for enhanced health, wealth, prosperity and happiness in an enlightened environment.
Ancient Gurus and Rishis have known the secrets of using all the five elements of this universe and their special characteristics to enhance lives since several millennia. Several factors were considered when laying down the principles of this ancient science namely, magnetic field, gravitational field etc. of Earth, the galaxy in the sky, the directions and velocity of the winds, light and heat of the SUN including the effects of its Ultra-Violet and Infra-Red rays, the volume and intensity of rainfall etc.
In simple terms we can say that, Vastu Shastra aims to make harmonious buildings at places in tune with mother-nature, so that the human inhabiting the building, lives well balanced and happy life.
Man is the subject, object and the cause of architecture. He conceives and perceives architecture in relation to his experience of himself with the surrounding world. Through art of design, he alters and moulds the elements of natural environment. Those elements being known as the "Pancha Bhootas". They are Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Ether. Out of the nine planets, our planet has life due to the presence of these five elements.
Earth and Water have limited and localized availability for the human habitat and growth. They act as the fundamental choice makers in the location and the physical form of architecture and habitat. Sun, Air and Space are universally available and can be molded as per human needs by the act of design. In order to understand the act of design with these five elements, we shall have to take each one separately to appreciate their meaning, role, and workability in architecture
Like many of India's ancient science and knowledge, Vastu Shastra also got neglected and received very less attention over centuries, hence today's fast paced society has very limited or no knowledge of Vastu and find it difficult to appreciate and use the benefits of Vastu while purchasing or constructing a home, office, shop etc.
There is no reason to tip the balance if your fortunes, peace of mind, health and your business are doing fine and are in perfect harmony. Your place already has a good Vaastu. If not, browse on....
You are at an occupational age. You are qualified. You are resourceful and brilliant. Yet, nothing is going fine. You opt for an equally qualified business partner. Nothing seems to be wrong on paper, but you find yourself squabbling because nothing seems to be working and your contemporaries, though of lesser caliber, leave you far behind. It is highly likely that the Vastu of your office / factory is all-wrong.
Check this - you plithe your troth. You start fighting with your spouse, say for no reason at all. The offspring you love very much are more troublesome, you find. Your children behaving rather antisocially due to reasons beyond your understanding. Your parent come 'visiting'. Previously such a joy, now they appear to be burdensome.
The food you eat tastes lousy with missing salutiferous values. Your fortunes start slipping away and you enter a corridor of eternal uncertainty. Before you label yourself a failure, hold on.....
Chances are, you are just going about it the wrong way. The Vastu of your dwelling could be all wrong. Correct it. Don't expect miracles to happen, but you will definitely reap the benefits.
There is nothing metaphysical about Vaastu. It is just that the hidden harmony of Nature and the environs around have been defied. Er. R. Prasad in his practice, does not attempt to compare the incomparable or even try to explain it on the basis of magnetic waves, ultra-violet rays, cosmic rays and so forth, as these are but the tips of unknown, unexplored icebergs.
The truth is that it works and probably the lowest common denominator of any such venture is its repetitive success, as many conglomerates and inhabitants of Vaastu-designed premises will vouch for. May be somewhere, sometime in the future, there will be an explanation for the mechanics of Vaastu, but to dissect it today is a futile exercise.
If you are in the process of buying a plot or site, please remember that plots/sites in South West, South & West directions are more advantageous than others.
According to Vastu, the most beneficial entrances in the house are those in North East, East or North direction.
Living Room or the dining room is best looked in East, North & Northeast directions.
The bedroom according to Vaastu should be in southwest/south or west direction.
The children's bedroom should ideally be in NorthWest. It could be in Southeast & North as well but never in southwest or south.
If you are fortunate enough in present times to have the luxury of having a separate room for the guests, make the guestroom in Northwest or Northeast direction.
The kitchen of the house is ideally located in Southeast followed by NorthWest & East.
Bathrooms & Toilets should be in Northwest of the house or in West or South direction.
While purchasing a plot or a site, it is advisable to go in for a rectangular or square shape. As far as possible, the site should be slopping towards North & East or Northeast.
While making the building or the house, it is advisable to have equal open space on all four sides. The levels of open spaces should be higher in South & West side and lower in North & East side. Outlets of rainwater should be in Northeast or North zones.
The living room of the central zone (Brahma sthan) should be free from any kind of obstructions. By obstructions, we mean any kind of beam, pillar, fixture, toilet, staircase or even a wall or lift.
The direction in which you sleep is also very important. One should never sleep with head in the north. Sleeping with head towards south ensures long life. While on a journey, it is advisable to sleep with head towards west.
In your study room, have your seat so as to face east or north. Do not have a toilet in the study room, though you can have a bathroom.
Do not use a dark colour in the study room. Use yellow or white or pink. Put the book shelf in east or north.
If you construct more than a floor, prepare the first floor on Southwest. The height of first floor shall not exceed that of ground floor. Do not build a storeroom on first floor.
It is said that a storeroom in the Northwest corner leads to abundant supply of essential commodities. Keep a holy picture on one eastern wall. Light colours should not be used on the storeroom. Use dark colours or blue or green. Never sleep in the storeroom at night. Also refrain from taking out grains from the storeroom in night.
The bathroom/bathrooms can be either inside or outside the house. In case it is inside, it should be located on the eastern or northern side. (If attached to a bedroom, then to eastern or northern side of the bedroom). When located outside, then it should be in Northeast corner, but away from the main building. The lavatories are forbidden in Northeast, Center, Southwest and West directions of the house.
Vaastu Shastra also guides us about what type of plants and trees should be planted around a dwelling unit so as to enjoy their positive properties the most.
Vastu does not prescribe having a Mango, Banana or a Jamun tree very near your house. However Peepal at some distance from the house in West direction is considered auspicious as is Imli in South West of the house.
It is also auspicious to have an Anaar, Ashoka, Chandan, Champa, Chameli,Gulaab , Nariyal & Keshar tree around a house.
On the size & shape of the door, Vastu advises that width of the door should be half of the height of the door. Square doors as also automatic doors should be avoided.
The Paintings / Statues in
the house are also important. One should not have pictures depicting
war scenes (even if they belong to the Epic Mahabharata or Ramayan
battles). Similiarly scenes depicting negativities of life like
sorrow, struggle, violence (including that of wild beasts), tragedy
and of calamities.
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