What is Vastu Shastra?
Vastu Shastra is an ancient Indian science of harmony and prosperous living by eliminating negative and enhancing positive energies around us.
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 24×7. 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. In simple terms, we can say that Vastu aims to make harmonious buildings at places in tune with mother-nature, so that the human inhabiting the building, lives a well balanced and happy life.
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/constructing a home, office, shop, etc.
How Did Vastu Shastra Originate?
In ancient India, people believed house as a living organism and treated constructing a house as a sacred ceremony. Also, they named the spirit dwelling in the house as Vastu Purusha. Why? It’s because of an ancient Indian story of Vastu Purusha.
As per Vastu Shastra, different directions belong to different Gods that supervise respective sectors of the house. For example, God supervises Eshan or North-East direction and hence is best suitable for a prayer room; Agni (Fire element) supervises South-East direction and hence is best suitable for Kitchen. This means that if various sections and activities related to each section of a house, office, shop, etc. stick to principles of Vastu Shastra then, we start to draw the power of nature effortlessly and achieving goals is easy, spontaneous and effortless.
Many rules of Vastu Shastra are simply common sense as they relate to ventilation, amount and quality of sunlight a building receives, etc. But some principles of Vastu Shastra relate to an energy field of earth and subtle energy fields in natural and constructed environments. Also, people living/working in such buildings have appreciated and verified the effects of these fields.
Vastu Shastra and Link to The Universe
As we all know that Sun is the most important celestial body which radiates light and heat and is the reason for the existence of life on earth; that’s why Sun is known as the “Soul of Universe” in ancient Indian texts. The principles of Vastu Shastra allow humans to use the limitless energy of the Sun in the best possible way.
The earth, which is our planetary home, is like a mother and is a treasure-house for all comforts and happiness which a human cannot find anywhere else. Guidelines of Vastu Shastra enables human to draw on the all-embracing role of mother earth for best results.
Benefits of Vastu Shastra
Many factors govern the life of a human being; his fate, karma, and Vastu of the place where he lives and work. Apart from the karma of a person, fate and Vastu affects life’s quality. If the Vastu is poor but the fate of a person is good then results obtained can range from poor to mediocre; whereas if the Vastu is good and fate is unfavorable then the ill effects are minuscule.