Vastu Shastra

Everything you need to know about Vastu Shastra

We human beings are always surrounded by vibrations of energy around us.

Considering this fact, most of us spend our time in a building, which we refer to as a home, workplace, etc. Hence, these vibrations constantly hover around us at all times. However, these could be both positive as well as negative energies. Here, Vast comes into the picture, which banishes negative energies and amplifies the positive energies present at a respective place. This is done to bring prosperity, growth and wellbeing to one’s life. Then whether it is for a family, person, business, etc.

What is exactly Vastu Shastra?

The word Vast has been derived from the Sanskrit word Vastu, which means dwelling/to exist, where the god and man reside. A Vastu (with a short “a”) is a material reality, a really existing thing, the matter from which other things are created. On the other hand Vastu, (with the long “a”), means a building site/an abode/dwelling place or a home. This means it comprises of inhabits/bhumi, buildings on the earth/harmya, and moveable artifacts present in one’s lifel paryanka, furniture/sayana and transport/yana, which act as the “temporary dwellings” when it is used by an individual.

It is the science of architecture, which lays down the principles of design, layout, measurement, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry. This can be done for any built-up structure while incorporating traditional Hindu religious beliefs. The theory of Vast brings forth ideas and concepts for building a living space harmonious with nature. In simple words, as per Vast Shastra, a house is a living soul and therefore it alms at balancing the five elements i.e. earth, fire, water, space, and air existent in it. In order to attain the maximum level of positive energy.

There are infinite ways to arrange a space, while some specific considerations can make the whole difference.

Origin and Science behind Vastu Shastra

Vastu Shastra roots back itself from 1000 years ago. Where the scientific principles laid down then, were purely based on the effect of sun rays during different times of the day. The corrections and observations were duly noted and were concluded only after thorough screening. It has been even described in epics viz. Mataysya Purana, Skanda Purana, Garuda Purana, Agni Purana and Vishnu Purana. It follows the science of direction, which combines the

five elements ie. “Panchbhootas” of nature in a holi manner and balances them with human beings and materials. It is based on certain rules, formulas and patterns, where Vast calculates rainfall, sunrise and sunset to figure out the ideal way to construct a building/house/structure. It is trusted, that after adopting this science, it brings harmony and focuses on drawing positive cosmic energy into human beings lives.

Vastu, The Yoga of Space

One of the definitions of yoga contained in the Bhagavad-Gita is “skill in action” (yoga karmasu kausalam). The word kausalam implies easy grace, natural proficiency, the attainment of flow with minimal effort; performed by panache, yoga is that which unknots kinked prana and further prana’s circulation. We can call Vastu

“yoga of space”, for it is the study of how to skillfully align ourselves with our surrounding spaces/space in general. Where, most of the varieties of yoga focus on cultivating and channeling prana by focusing attention on the inner spaces of body and mind, while Vast focuses instead on the eternal spaces that the body-mind occupies. Vastu, Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotisa use differing means toward the same end: to align individuals more perfectly with their own prana and the prana of their environment. Vastu, Ayurveda, Jyotisa, Hatha Yoga, and related alignment practices are traditions, which have evolved via the expression of vidyas through human awareness. A vidya is, a subtle all-powerful energetic intelligence, a dynamically active consciousness, which is known in Sanskrit as sakti. When, by dint of persistent veneration, an individual succeeds at developing a personal relationship with a vidya, that impersonal vidya is then transformed into a personalized deity, a goddess who, expresses herself through that devotee, can promote concord.A vidya is, fundamentally, an extension of the natural human talent for feeling the rightness and wrongness of things. The basic principles of Vast are, like the basic principles of healing or any other vidya, expressions of fundamental powers inherent in our world’s configuration. Where there is disease/illness, nature creates a remedy; where space swerves from cooperation into imbalance, an antidote spontaneously arises that, when well applied, guides us instinctively towards harmony. Every human being enjoys an intuitive feel for the balance or imbalance of arrangements in space.

The Vastu Purusha and Three Gunas

There are 4 cardinal directions as per Vast shastra i.e. tamas (West), sattva (East), rajas (North) and rajas (South). The dynamic tension generated between the issue i.e. tamas and the potential, which is sattva, is known as rajas (North). Where the influence of directionality induces these 3 Guns to predominate in distinct portions of our mandala. The chart is thus subdivided, our spatial grid becomes a space-time diagram that correlates, within the confines of our stable square, the natural tendencies of the directions with the natural predispositions of time. Energies move within a structure as never-ending as Earth rotates on its axis and circles its sun.

The sun’s daily influence manifests, with its ascent, in the east. That influence then flows towards the south. Graha and grha, the Sanskrit word for house, are derived from the same root. A house is thus a space that influences your life by gripping you firmly (for better or worse). As we have seen, directionality is one of the most important routes via which a house can grip you. 

Though 5 chief styles of Jyotisa (Parasari, Jaimini, Nadi, Tantrika, Tajika) offer more than one system correlating to the 9 Grahas with directions, the following is the scheme that Vast employes most often:

1) South: Presided over by Mars.

2)West: Presided over b Saturn.

3) East: Presided over by the Sun.

4) North: Presided over by Mercury.

5) South-east: Presided over by Venus.

6) North-east: Presided over by Jupiter.

7) North-west: Presided over by the Moon.

8) South-west: Presided over by Rahu and Ketu, the moon’s nodes.


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