Vastu shastra: Science of architecture

Indian culture consists of a huge collection of scriptures and other written material. These writings speak on knowledge of almost everything. From basic mathematics to complexity of astrology, ancient India seems to have mastery on all. Vastu Shastra is one such achievement.

Vastu Shastra is a Sanskrit word which nearly translates to the science of dwelling. Vastu Shastra is actually the science of architecture. In general, It is concerned with the design, ground preparation, flow of air and spatial geometry of buildings. It comprises of texts in Hindi and some of them in Sanskrit. Vastu Shastra is a part of a wide subject called Vastu Vidya. Vastu Vidya literally translates to knowledge of dwelling. It relies on the effective working of the five basic elements of nature:

  1. Earth
  2. Water
  3. Air
  4. Fire
  5. Space

All these elements carry their own energy. The knowledge of Vastu Shastra helps the energy from these to flow in the direction of positivity. So, Vastu Shastra can also be thought of as the mechanism that makes architecture and nature work together for harmony and peace. Many big cities of India have been constructed following Vastu Shastra. Jaipur and Chandigarh fall under this category.

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In the modern era, people may or may not believe the teachings of Vastu Shastra. But the knowledge gets transferred generation by generation among the people who believe. Vastu Shastra is not only concerned with the construction of houses or buildings. It concerned with the construction of strong positivity around and in you. Following are some basic tips of Vastu Shastra that may show the idea of what it is and how it works.

Vastu Shastra: Tips and Facts

#1 The house should consist of a lot of open space for the free flow of wind. Larger open space in the east direction is recommended. It ensures fresh air and constant sunlight in the morning. The open space at the north-west and south-east should be equal.

#2 Buying old houses is not prohibited in Vastu Shastra. It recommends the first thing to be done with old houses is to get them painted.

#3 People believe that house should not be constructed under the shadow of a tree. Vastu Shastra says nothing about the shadow of trees. One is free to plant them wherever they feel like. Trees encourage the flow of fresh air around the house.

#4 Artificial plants should not be used to decorate the house. Doorbells with pleasant rings bring positivity.

#5 Plants like cactus and other shrubs are not recommended inside the house.

#6 It is a constraint of Vastu Pooja whenever inaugurating the new house. But, yet there Vastu Shastra encourages no concept of pooja. Since it is the science of architecture and works on pure logic of flow of positivity.

#7 The corners of the house should be kept clean and bright. Every part of the house encourages the flow of air. People often seem to care about the parts that are clearly visible and forget about the corners. So, Vastu Shastra makes it a point to keep them clean and bright.

#8 Soothing colors and furnishings that are soft should be there in the bedroom. Happy pictures of the couple should be hung on the walls.

#9 Mirror just in front or side of the bed is not recommended. Reflection of the people in bed brings bad dreams. One should not keep the television in the bedroom.

#10 The main hall of the house should consist of happy family photos. There should not be sharp or edgy furniture in the hall. The main door of the house should be uniquely decorated to attract wealth.

#11 The doors of toilets and bathrooms should be kept closed most of the time. Washroom should not be facing the main door to hall. It should also not be present at the entrance of the house. This type of arrangement of washroom drains positive energy before entering the house. So, it is not recommended.

#12 Kitchen must not consist of mirror and mops or brooms. The house dining should not be facing the entrance of the house. Sink and taps should be kept away from the gas stove.

#13 Vastu Shastra recommends office along with the back wall. Offices are not recommended to be attached to bedrooms.

#14 Office and main entrance must not be in immediate contact with each other. In fact, people with high business positions are found to have offices away from the entrance.

#15 Sitting crossed-legged at work is not considered progressive. Chairs with high back and arm-rest are recommended. Vastu Shastra recommends sitting straight.

#16 The tables at work or in the office should have round corners. Sharp or edgy corners should be avoided. In the conference-hall, make sure to sit away from the entrance. It helps in keeping away from disturbances.

#17 Fresh flowers should be kept on the office desk. Flowers with buds bring more positivity since they describe beginnings. Green plants can also be kept in the office. Greenery is believed to bring energy.

#18 Office should be well lit. Wires of various appliances and gadgets should not be visible.

#19 Cash locker or safe should face mirror directly in such a way that the mirror reflects cash container. This is believed to help in increasing wealth.

#20 The doors of the office should be free of any obstacles near or front of it. Vastu encourages to keep the central part as open space or free of any furniture.

Feng shui

This is a literature on architecture coming from the land of China. Feng shui translates to wind-water in English. It works on the flow of positivity around everyone through the environment. It relies on the composition of the universe, earth, and human. Feng shui focuses on the arrangement of objects around you in a way that these ensure flow on positive energy. This helps in mental as well as physical growth. Feng-shui is not about superstitions. It is not about keeping fancy stuff around to make your house a status symbol. It consists of simple theories that enhance the relationship between human and environment around.

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Difference between Vastu Shastra and Feng shui

Both Vastu shastra and Feng shui focus on harmony and flow of positive energy. But, yet Vastu shastra is an older concept than Feng shui. Vastu shastra works on scientific logistics. Whereas Feng shui works on geographical and traditional considerations. Vastu Shastra considers the house to be a living source or object. Feng shui works on the placement of objects in the house.

Vastu Shastra works on the following three principles:

Bhogadhyam– Easy application of things
Sukha Darsham– The arrangement should be such that it brings pleasure and happiness.
Ramya– Feeling of one’s well being.

Feng shui works on the following three principles:
Earth luck– Focuses on energy flow considering time and space.
Man luck– Focuses on the performance, actions and free will of the person.
Heaven luck– Considered to be attached with one’s fate and destiny.

Believers of both, Vastu Shastra and Feng shui are seen to have experienced the flow of positive energy around them. Everything falls under only one consideration that if you are happy with you dwellings, then only can these scriptures work for your growth and well being.

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