What is Vastu Shastra?
Vastu stands for balance and a harmonious environment within a structure. This involves balance in all the ten directions of the universe. These directions provide subtle energies that can be sensed, like gravitational energy, solar magnetic energy, airflow, etc. When we build a structure, the flow and availability of all the energies have to be taken care of. If these energies are not harmonious in the structure, Vastu defects are created and our life becomes difficult. If there is harmony in all energies, we say there is a positive environment and if there is disharmony, we say it has a negative environment.
In simple terms, Vastu can be called the Science of Architecture. Vastu Shastra is an ancient art and science with well-defined principles and practices of constructing buildings that ensure a happy balance between man and nature, thereby bringing all-around happiness, health, wealth, and prosperity. The break-up of the word “Vaastu” as “Vaas-tu” has a very clear and distinctive meaning: ”Vaas” means residence and ”Tu” means God, or “the place where God can live”; we can take it one step further, by defining it as ”good land for living”.
There are several ancient scriptures that speak about Vastu, but of these, the most important ones are Raj Vallabh, Somarangam Sutradhar, Aprajita Parichcha, Maya Mattam, Manasara, and Kautilya Shastra. All types of buildings, cities, forts, industries, etc, wherever humans live or work is called Vastu.
Vastu involves the orientation of the house to the direction, the dimensions of the structure, space, rooms, allocated floors, bathrooms, kitchens, dining area, the design of the main gate, building a gate, building elements — depending upon the family, the cost involved, and one’s own lifestyle. The science of Vastu Shastra helps one to enjoy the natural benefits offered by the five basic elements of the universe: Sky (Akash), Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), Fire (Agni), and Wind (Vayu). Vastu Shastra can be applied by harnessing and harmonizing these five basic elements of nature.
Vastu may not seem to be very important, but when it comes to considering its need to assure healthier and better life they are of utmost significance while constructing your house. Vastu is a well-observed and proven science that is helpful in manipulating the forces in nature and making them work as per your will.
Vastu as simple and understandable words is a smart science that combines all the five elements working in nature and creates a balance between material and man. It is a perfect way of assuring harmony and activating energies around you.
It is very important to know that Vastu is very rational, as it is completely based on scientific studies and does not come out of unusual assumptions. It also implies permanency, as it considers the directions that will remain static. The five elements in nature including Sun, Moon, Wind, gravity, and fire come together through this science and balance the life of the person while giving him a happy and prosperous lifestyle.
When the elements that constitute earth are not in perfect balance they lead to sorrow, agitation, failure, and poverty and bring in other negatives to the life of a person, making it difficult to push through difficult times in life and leading a life in depression. Vastu Shastra is the perfect solution to all such problems as it introduces the person to the ways that may help him to live in agreement with the elements in nature and have a peaceful and healthy life while working efficiently and progressing in every aspect of life. It is highly recommendable to go through an advisory session with the Vastu expert before you choose to buy or construct your dream.