Vastu- Science of Harmony
Vastushastra unifies the science, art, astronomy and astrology;
it can also be said as an ancient mystic science for designing and building. Vastushastra
helps us to make our lives better and will secure from things going wrong. Vastu
is the science of direction that combines all the five elements of nature and balances
them with the man and the material. Man is the subject, object and the cause of
architecture. He perceives and conceives architecture in relation to his experience
of himself with the surrounding world. Vastu is the science of harmony that brings
harmony among the five elements in existence in the universe.
It guides us to live
with the law of nature for health, wealth and over all prosperity. The five elements
are related to human beings. The first element EARTH is present in the form of minerals
and bones in the body. Earth constitutes 73% of water and the content of water in
the body is almost 73%. Fire is required in the digestive system of the body to
break down the food to get required energy. Air in terms of oxygen circulates the
blood in the body. Space is required for the existence as soon as we are born. Thus
the five elements in the earth are correlated with our body. The principle of Vastu
is based upon the situation of Sun, the property and the position of the matter.
Directions and its elements play an important role. There are four main directions
- North, East, South and West and four-cardina directions – North East, South East,
North West and South West. The center is called the Brahmasthan.
bestows different energies and is ruled by different lords, which have direct impact
on our lives. Earth's magnetic force flows from North Pole to South Pole. The planet
Mercury rules North direction and deity is Kuber. The element is water, color is
green. This direction gives health, balance and stability. Northeast direction is
ruled by the planet of abundance Jupiter and is called Ishaan Kona. Deity is lord
Shiva, the color is yellow it gives wealth and wisdom. It is the most auspicious
and sensitive direction. The East direction is ruled by the king of planets Sun,
Deity is lord Indra and color is orange. This direction is the victory door and
bestows name, fame and success in life. The Southeast direction is ruled by the
planet of love and luxuries and is Agneya Kona. The lord is Venus and deity is fire.
This direction gives new beginnings and the blessings of Goddess Laxmi. The South
direction is ruled by the martial planet Mars and deity is Yam. The color is red
and it gives stability in life. The shadowy planets Rahu-Ketu rule the Southwest
direction. The element is earth and deity is Pitra. The colour is mixed colour and
it reveals firmness in life. The planet of karma Saturn rules the West direction
and deity is Varun. This direction gives motivation and new lessons in life. The
fastest moving Moon rules the Northwest direction and deity is Vayu. The element
is air and colour is white. This direction brings changes in life. The most important
is Brahmasthan, which is the beginning and end of each direction and centre of the
area. This is sensitive part of the area; it should remain open and clean. Thus
each direction fills the different shades of life and enables us to achieve balance
and prosperity in our life. The basic points should be taken under consideration
while constructing the house or building according to Vastu.
It is very essential
that there should not be any religious place, cremation ground, open slitting water
lane etc near by surroundings of the plot. The plot should be North / Northeast
and east facing are the best preferable directions. The shape of the plot should
be square or rectangle (Maximum ratio allowed in case of rectangular plot is 1:3).
The slope of the plot should be towards Northeast. The directions North, Northeast,
East, Brahmasthan should be kept light, clean and open. South, Southwest, West should
be kept heavy. There should not be any reduction or extension in the plot except
North, Northeast and East. More even numbers of balcony, verandahs and windows should
be in North / Northeast / East direction. Pillars should be in even numbers and
should not come on the sensitive points of Brahmasthan. Main gate should be bigger
than the other doors. Doors should be made leaving South / Southwest / West direction.
Rooms like drawing room in North / East direction. Prayer room should be in the
North / Northeast / East direction. Study room in North / Northeast / East, Guest
room in Northwest, Bedroom for head of the family in Southwest / South direction,
Kitchen in the Southeast / Southeast-East / Northwest direction, bathroom in Northwest
direction and bath cum toilets in Northwest / West-Northwest, South / Southwest
direction. Dining hall should be in West / East-Southeast direction. Store room
should be in Southwest / South direction. Under ground water tanks should be in
North / Northeast / East direction. Overhead water tanks should be in South / Southwest
/ South direction, Septic tank in Northwest / East - Southeast (more towards South
direction.), Stairs in South / Southwest / West direction in clockwise direction
in odd number. Basement should be made under the whole building or partially in
North / Northeast / East direction. Only garden should be in North / Northeast /
East direction and small flowery or herbal plants should be planted. Guard room
in the right hand side of the main gate.
In the modern times it is very difficult
to leave Brahmasthan open, so lobby/drawing/dining hall should be constructed there.
In staircase the steps should be in odd number in clockwise direction and elevation
of it should be from east to west or north to south. It should not be in reverse
direction in any case. Vaastu Shanti Tips for Offices / Businesses In the office,
the temple should not be placed at the back of the owner’s seat. The owner seat
must be facing east or north. West is also permissible but it must not face south.
There must always be a solid wall behind the owner’s seat. The owner’s desk must
always be rectangle. The central point of a factory, house and office should be
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