INTRODUCTION TO VASTU SHASTRA
Vastu is an ancient Indian science of architecture and buildings which helps in making a congenial setting or a place to live and work in a most scientific way taking advantage of the benefits bestowed by nature, its elements and energy fields for enhanced wealth, health, prosperity and happiness.
Vastu Shastra unifies the science, art, astronomy and astrology; it can also be said as an ancient mystic science for designing and building. Vastu Shastra helps us to make our lives better and will secure from things going wrong. Our ancient Gurus & 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.
The Vastu Shastra considers the astrological placement of the Sun, Earth, and other planets during the actual construction. Out of the nine planets, our planet has life due to the presence of the five main elements- Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space known as the “Paanchbhootas”. 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 moulded as per human needs by the act of design. In Vastusworld to understand the act of design with these five elements, Dr. Anoop Agarwal takes each one separately to appreciate their meaning, role, and workability in architecture. It also considers where the building site is located, the site’s shape, the proposed building’s shape, the direction the building will face, and the location of gates, entry doors, room doors, windows, and the building’s general design. North and east are considered important directions—east because it is the direction from where the sun rises.
5 ELEMENTS OF VASTU SHASTRA
Earth is the first and foremost element of Vastu. Earth or Prithvi influence human lives as it have gravitational and magnetic qualities. Site selection for a house is the most important thing in Vastu. It is necessary to check each and every detail of the site before construction, which includes inspection of plot’s soil, area and direction of site which will further help us to stay healthy and fit.
Water or Jal is considered as second most important element of Vastu after Earth. However, water is one of the largest elements of nature as over 80 percent of our body and two-third of earth’s surface is filled with water. In Vastu there is one proper direction for the placement of water sources. To get maximum benefits, water sources should be kept in the north-east direction of a house. North-East direction for water exerts positivity and so aquarium, swimming pool, water tank, wells and boring need to be placed in this above mentioned directions only.
After Earth and Water, Fire or Agni is the most important element of Vastu. Fire is connected with the Sun which is known for its vitality and strength. Sun is the source of natural light and an important source of energy. Vastu provides proper directions for the placement of fire sources, which is south-east direction. The fire sources like kitchen fire and electrical gadgets should be placed in south-east direction to get positive energy as well as benefits. In a house, proper ventilation for sunlight is necessary as it is one natural source of light for human beings.
Space or Akash has no limits. This element is related to our sense of hearing. Quantitatively, space is filled with galaxies, stars, Sun, moon, constellations and all the nine planets. Space influences human lives and Vastu provides proper guidelines for Space and according to it, the house construction should be in such a way that light enters the central area of the house. This Space should be kept vacant in a house and any disturbance in the space can prove to be harmful.
Air or Vayu is an important element of nature, without which all life will come to an end. The element of air is related to our senses of touch and sound. This element has a proper direction in Vastu, which is north-west direction. Air comprises various gases on earth which are essential for human life, such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Vastu provides proper guidelines for the placements of doors, windows, balconies, ventilation, height of your home structure and placements of trees and plants. According to Vastu the air should enter the house from north-east direction.
God created cardinal directions to describe location of different objects in this universe. He creates10 cardinals direction. Among them there are four main directions i.e. North (Uttar), East (Purva), West (Paschim) and South (Dakshin) and four sub directions North-East (lshaanya), South-East (Aagneya), North-West (wayavya) and South-West (Nairutya) remaining two are Hell and Heaven. This is of course a mythological reference; it does, not have any connection to any religion. These 10 directions are providing perfect direction to the mankind in locating each everything in these universals.
The name of the direction itself suggests the nature of the direction. For example, East (Purva) means just grade, West (Paschim) means after i.e. coming afterwards; North (Uttara) means where there is
an answer to everything. South (Dakshin) means slowly weakening, North-East (Ishaanya) ‘ means God, place for water element. South-East (Aagneya) means the place for fire element and North-West (Wayavya) means the place for Air element, and South-West (Nairutya) means the Nairuti (Demon) region of negative energies.
This direction is governed by lord Indra and he is known to be the king of Gods. He bestows wealth and pleasures of life
This direction is governed by lord of fire- Agni. He gives us good personality and all good things of life. Fire is a source of health as it is related to fire, cooking and food.
This direction is of Yama, the god of death. He is manifestation of dharma, and eradicates evil forces and bestows good things. It is a source of wealth, crops and pleasure.
This direction is directed by Niruti, the god who protects us from evil foes. It is a source of character, demeanor, case of longevity and death.
This direction is directed by Lord Varun, the lord of rains. He bestows his blessings in the form of natural water-rain, brings prosperity and pleasures of life.
This place is directed by lord Vayu and he brings on us good health, strength and long life. It is a source of change in course of business, friendship and enmity.
This direction is governed by Kuber, the god of wealth.
This place is a supervised by lord Eeshaan, and is a source of wealth, health and success. He brings us wisdom, knowledge and relieves us from all miseries and mishaps.
Centre is ruled by lord/creator of the universe the ‘BRAHMA’.‘Brahmasthan’ should never be depressed. Heavy objects, wells, lifts, stairs and restrooms/toilets are totally prohibited in the ‘Brahmasthan’. If it is depressed it may lead to health problems for the house owner and affect the prosperity.
If you are planning to build your house or any other building based on VastuShastra, first you should have knowledge of your plot’s direction. Then you should decide in which direction you ought to keep your main gate. You may if necessary, take the help of a compass to know the directions. Always ‘remember that the direction you face while exiting the place is the correct direction of your house or building.Richness or penury of a person can be known from the location of his house. In which direction is his house located? Which direction does the entrance of his house face? How is the interior decoration? These and other related things reveal the economic condition of a person. Similarly, changes that must be made in order to bring prosperity and to prevent imminent danger or crisis can also be known with the help of VASTU SHASTRA.
BENEFITS OF VASTU
In Totality Vastu Shastra is the Key to Success in matters of Health, Wealth and Prosperity. Those who live or work in Vastu Compliant Places are generally happy with their surroundings and get maximum benefits from the Panch Maha Bhoot’s which is abundance in nature by gravitational force , solar energy , lunar energy , spiritual energy and cosmic forces. 100% Vastu Compliant building if not possible one should always try and make the interior arrangements accordingly and the habitant will benefit physically as well as mentally leading into a successful life. The Positive Energies of NATURE helps the inhabitants to establish themselves in this world and its usage minimizes the negativity surrounded upon the habitants and/or even the visitors.
The following list is just some benefits that you can enjoy in a house with high Vastu potential.
- Enhances your health and vitality
- Promotes financial prosperity
- Creates a stress-free and supporting environment
- Improves your relationships and dealings with other people
- Gives you inspiration and maximises your effectiveness
- Provides you with a refreshing, good nights sleep
- Creates a harmonious and tranquil atmosphere in your home
- Promotes general fortune and well being
- Improves the efficiency of your employees
- Creates expansion in business and profit
- Enhance your creativity and intelligence
- Creates a stress free and supporting environment
In Vastusworld our Vastu expert Dr. Anoop Agarwal and his team make your surroundings a better place to live in by prevailing you all the tips or remedies for Vastu.