Vastu is not a Science but a Vidya that we get from the Vedas. Vastu is a link between God’s creation, Nature and human life activities. Vastu, according to many people is a superstition but that is not true it is completely practical study of Nature and its directions.
Significance of Vastu
Vastu shows individuals how to create manmade spaces so that they honour the law of the universe and establish harmony with self and nature. It is very important to understand the principles of Vastu as it not only provides a positive direction to human’s work but also to human life. Vastu forms a big part of Astrology, learning both together is very fruitful.
Where did Vastu originate from?
The word Vastu has originated from the word “Vasa” meaning habitat. Vastu has originated from Esthapatya Veda which is a part of the Atharva Veda. Vastu is an upveda i.e. a minor Veda. Vastu is one of the oldest writings in India.
Some structures from the past that follow Vastu are :
Iron pillar in Qutub Minar Buddhist Stupas and Viharas Paintings of Ajantha and Ellora Konark Temple Old Fort Jagannatha Temple etc Vastu teaches us that we must maintain a balance and harmony with these five elements of nature. Five Basic elements of Vastu Air Water Earth Fire Space Our body is also made up of these 5 elements.These elements are densely correlated to our Senses of sight, smell, hearing, touch and taste.
Earth-is the third planet in order from the sun that acts as a big magnet with the north and the south pole as the centre of attraction. Humans have natural and emotional affinity with the earth. Due to the earth’s tending force, the gravitational force and laws of magnetism, we can stand erect on earth. Due to the laws of attraction and repulsion, the N pole of earth repels the north pole of the human body i.e. the head and attracts the south of the body i.e. the feet that is why in Vastu, it is advised not to sleep heading towards north. Sleeping towards south is beneficial as it allows us to go with nature and gain maximum positive energy keeping us fit and healthy.
Water- is the second most important element after the earth. It is linked to sense of taste, touch, sight and hearing. It is quantitatively the largest of 5 element as our body is more than 80% water and our earth is more than 75%water. It is a unique element that exists in all 3 states (liquid, solid, gas) and is represented by rain, river and sea. Most of the ancient civilizations came closer to water. Water is made up of Hydrogen and Oxygen in a ratio of 2:1 naturally. In every plant and life form on earth, water exists in a certain proportion. Drinking the purest form of water is the sure way to good health as body is largely made up of water.
Fire- is represented by sun. It is the most vital source of energy and life. It is also represented by light, volcanic and plutonic heat and lightening. Its main characteristics are sound touch and sight.
Air- is represented by atmosphere. It is a mixture of several gas which include Nitrogen (78%), Oxygen (21%), Carbon dioxide, Helium and other gases in smaller amounts. Life on Earth is very much dependent on Air. Its main characteristics are sound and touch. Vastu tells us about the proper placements of doors, windows, ventilators, balconies etc. for empowerment of the element of air.
Space- is given as a fundamental element of Nature only in Vastu. It is an unending region which not only includes solar system but the entire collection of galaxies and beyond. Its characteristic is sound. Its effective forces are light, heat, gravitational waves and forces, magnetic fields etc. The main region of space element is Brahmsthaan i.e. navel region of Vastu Purush. Space element must be considered carefully in terms of Vastu.