What is Vastu Shastra?
The Vaastu is an ancient Indian science of buildings
which helps in making a congenial setting or a place
to live and work in a most scientific way taking
advantage of the benefits bestowed by nature, its
elements and energy fields for enhanced wealth,
health, prosperity, joy and happiness.
Vastu Shastra defines the science, art, astronomy and
astrology, it can also be said as an ancient mystic
science for designing and building. Vastu Shastra
helps us to make our lives better and will secure
from things going bad.
Vaastu is the science of direction that combines all
the five rules of nature and balance them with the
man and the material. Vaastu Shastra is creating a
congenial settings or a place to live or work, in
most scientific way taking advantages of the
benefits bestowed by the five rules called "Paanchbhootas"
of the nature thereby paving the way for enhanced
health, wealth, prosperity and happiness in an
Our role is we know how to use the secrets of
using all the five elements of this universe and
their special characteristics and influences such as
the magnetic field, gravitational effect etc. of
Earth, the galaxy in the sky, the directions and
velocity of the winds, light and heat of the SUN
including the effects of its Ultra-Violet and
Infra-Red rays, the volume and intensity of rainfall
etc. for the advantage of the mankind in suitably
planning and constructing buildings for dwelling,
prayer, entertainment , education , working ,
production and other purposes .
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. Through art of
design, he alters and moulds the elements of natural
environment. The world comprises of five basic
elements Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. Out of
the nine planets, our planet has life because of the
presence of these five elements. Earth and Water
have limited and localized availability for the
human habitat and growth. They form apparent and
fundamental choice makers in the location and the
physical form of architecture and habitat. Sun, Air
and Space are universally available and can be
developed to human needs by the act of design.
(1) EARTH (Dharti): - Earth, the third planet
in order from the sun, is a big magnet with North
and South poles as centers of attractions. Its
magnetic field and gravitational force has telling
effects on everything on the Earth, living and
non-living. It is tilted by about 23 ½ degrees at
the meridian. It comprises of the land structure,
landform, landscape. It also establishes
availability of local construction materials and
their workability. In India, we worship our Bhumi
and give her a place of our mother.
(2) WATER (Jal / Paani): - It forms part
of every plant and animal. Our blood is nothing but
water with hemoglobin and oxygen. The habitat and
physical life are where water is present. This is
true for all life forms and eco-cultures. The type,
form and pattern of life also greatly depend on
relationship of earth and water. If we see our
history, all the cultures had developed on the bank
of any water bodies, so this shows the influence of
the water on our life, since ages.
(3) AIR (Vaayu): - As a life-supporting
element, air is very powerful life source. Pure air
with oxygen is good for brain and blood. Atmosphere
of earth which is about 400 kms. In this
aspect, air deals with the entire body surface
through skin, blood system - through respiration.
Air also represents the movement.
(4) FIRE (Sun): - It represents light and heat
without which the life will extinct. All the days
and nights, seasons, energy, enthusiasm, passion,
vigour is because of light and heat only. Sun is a
source of mental energy too. Best minds evolve in a
natural process where the sun was temperate. Not
very hot, not very cold, just the right temperature
of 24 degrees.
(5) SPACE (Aakash): - All the above elements
are skillfully engineers towards the creation of
physically comfortable, emotionally pleasant,
intellectually determinant, totally vibrant and
blissfully satisfying spaces for human shelter and
habitat. It is unending regions remote from the
earth, in which not only our solar system but the
entire galaxy exists. Its effective forces are
light, heat, gravitational force and waves, magnetic
field and others.
Thus, the man can improve his conditions by properly
designing his buildings by understanding the
effectiveness of these five natural forces.