In our tradition, a home is called a ‘Manushyalaya’ meaning human temple. It is not merely a place to reside, eat and sleep. It possesses an element of sanctity and needs to be designed with utmost care in order to ensure peace and prosperity. Vaastu is not merely a belief; rather it is a science that it rational and utilitarian.
Vaastu Shastra is the art as well as the science related to the construction and structure of any building for a flow of positive energy in our surroundings. Vaastu Shastra incorporates traditional Hindu and, at times, Buddhist beliefs. The designs utilise perfect geometric patterns, symmetry and directional alignments to enhance the health, wealth, prosperity and happiness of those living under that roof. Through Vaastu, we try to achieve harmony and resonance between the universe and the inhabitants. This Vedic Science has stood the test of time and continues to be an important part of our lives even in the modern era.
Vaastu is an amalgamation of science, astronomy and astrology. The foundation of the principles of Vaastu Shastra has been laid keeping in mind the cosmic influence of the Sun, its light, head and energy, the position of the moon, the direction of the wind, earth’s magnetic field and the influence of cosmos on our planet.
THE PANCHBHOOTAS AND THE DIRECTIONS
The 5 elements (Earth, Water, Wind, Fire and Space) and the 4 directions (East, West, North and South) are the basis for the Vaastu Vidya. If a structure is not built in accordance with these five elements or is not aligned with the four directions, it may have adverse effects on the inhabitants.
Earth: Magnetic field of the earth
Water: Gravitational attraction of the Earth
Fire: Solar radiation
Air: Wind energy
Space: Cosmic radiation
Our home and workplace are the two places where the majority of our time is spent. If the construction of such important places isn’t in accordance with the principles of Vaastu, it may prove to be harmful for the health, wealth, prosperity and happiness of the residents. Vaastu ensures the creation of a congenial living and working environment, thereby facilitating spiritual well-being and paving the way for a better and peaceful life.
The five elements
In our solar system, Earth is the only planet has life because of the presence of these five elements. The world comprises of five basic elements, also known as the Panchbhootas. They are Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. Earth and Water have limited and localised availability for the human habitat and growth.
According to scientific approach Vaastu comprises five natural elements, Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Each of the elements corresponds to a natural force that effects our lives. Our ascendants were great scientists and they understood the effect of the natural forces on the lives of human beings.
The effect of the Vaastu is permanent, because the Earth has been revolving round the Sun, in geo-stationary orbit for over 400 crores years creating the magnetic effect caused by the rotation.
The importance of orientation of a building is not only for saving energy but also to have a better and a healthy house design, which not only gives comfortable living but also gives good health, prosperity and wealth to the house owners/occupants and their families. There lies a co-relation between the rotational scenario of the planets and the house design and their different directions with respect of NORTH. The building of any type and its construction meets the purpose if proper orientation has been given using suitable local building material. It increases not only its life span but also improves the condition of occupants. There are instances where buildings were not planned according to required local orientation and were lost or deteriorated much faster than the buildings having built with proper studies of orientation.
The proper orientation means the proper knowledge of all the eight directions. It is a common knowledge that the direction from where the Sun arises is known as East (Poorva) and where it sets as West (Paschim) and when one faces the East direction, towards one's left is North (Uttara) and towards one's right is South (Dakshina). The corner where two directions meet obviously is more significant since it combines the forces emanating from both the directions. According to Shastras, if we worship, revere and respect the Lords of these eight directions, they will shower on us their blessings and benefits. Let us examine their importance according to scriptures.
Benefits of Vastu Shastra
Leading a life of gaiety and finery is what makes up our vision for life.
Does this make us delusional or is it really possible?
The answer lies in the renowned and substantial science of Vaastu.
Let us see how it can prove to be a significant asset and transcend your life.
You are bound to find the tranquil state of mind needed to console and feel relief from the numerous tormenting experiences that we go through by the science of Vaastu. Despair, loss and pain can be overcome in a better manner and replaced with peace and calm using this ancient art form.
To achieve the piousness and self-realization, our outer space has to be free from all the scrap. Getting rid of all unnecessary things is essential to achieve inner calm and peace.
Vaastu is an art form that influences things that are built. It can be used influence structures that are sturdy and long-lasting. It is a spiritual lesson that can teach people a lot about strength and how to enhance the same. In order to learn more about the inner space and the inner utopia, one needs to create an outer space that is conducive to achieving inner realisation.
One of the greatest benefits of Vaastu is that it talks about structures and how ensure that they provide us with exactly what we need to lead a happy and successful life. In case something fails, it also comforts us. Vaastu is certainly all about the strength of the physical as well as the mental world.
Ease of use & Best use of space
The constructions that are designed according to Vaastu Shastra are almost in their structure for they allow for maximum flow of positive spirits within the structure. This is one of the primary uses of Vaastu Shastra for a better life. This has been designed to make sure that the person dwelling in it does not have a tough time. Since the Vaastu Shastra is a concept of architecture, it can help people the best use of the available space. The positions of the rooms will be at the right place and it allows the occupants to get the most out of the nature and the elements.
Greater mental peace and skill
Vaastu, by evoking the five elements and providing a living that is clean and clutter free, can also enhance your mental skills to a large extent. A house that is clutter free and bright is a sign of an enlightened mind. It can promote happiness and healthiness of the mind. It can also increase awareness of the mind and ensure that people feel alert throughout the day. Proper implementation of Vaastu in the building keeps the dwellers energetic the whole day.
A good house is one that is constructed according to the needs of the who is going to live there. It is also a house that has good ventilation, provides for a lot of air, natural light, etc. as well. Vaastu pays utmost importance towards these details.
Good Vaastu can really help a person take advantage of their inner and enhance their personality. It can help people build their personality. In fact, Vaastu can really enhance a person's relationship with themselves and their inner self.
Enriches relationship with other people
Vaastu can be used to improve relationships with people around. Vaastu promotes internal peace and calm and it can also promote cooperative relationship among the dwellers that live inside the structure. When a person is at peace with himself, his relationship with others is also improved.
Deepens spiritual knowledge
Vaastu Shastra can enhance people's knowledge and interest spirituality as well. It can help people realise the quest for something deeper within them, life and death. These are the three pillars that one has to rely on while trying to find out what their inner self should be.