Vastu Science / Vastu Shastra
Vastu/ Vaastu Shastra is a part of Vedas, which are believed to be four to five thousand years old. The art of Vastu originates in the sthapatya Veda, a part of the Atharva Veda. Sthapatya Veda, dealing with architecture. We can find many references in Vedas, Puranas, and other subsequent literature.
The shelter is one of the basic needs of every living being. We build houses for our living and to live a peaceful, happy and healthy life. A house or any building constructed as per Vastu shastra ensures maximum benefit to the habitant.
A structure built on a piece of land is known as "Vaastu" or "Vastu". It has been derived from the word "Vaas" which means "to live". It's a practice that started with the Vedic period. Our ancient saints have concluded that anything living or non-living in the universe is made up of five basic elements or Panch Mahabhoot. Vaastu/ Vastu is directly related to these five elements which are as follows:-
- Prithvi (Earth)
- Jal (Water)
- Agni (Fire)
- Vayu (Air)
- Aakash (Space)
When these five elements are in harmony in our body, we are healthy and active and when their equilibrium is disturbed one is devitalized or unhealthy. Same is true with our place of living or work. Vastu shastra is the only science which instructs how to maintain best equilibrium of these five elements in a building and make best use of them to energize mental and physical energies of inhabitants to the maximum extent. In other words vastu tells us how to make use of these five elements for the maximum convenience, comfort and security keeping them in perfect harmony in our home or place of work so that one should enjoy health, wealth, prosperity and growth.
Vastu helps us to align the energies of our house with that of the environment. It helps us to live in balance with nature.
Most people consult Vastu shastra only when they are in trouble or things are not going right. This attitude is incorrect.
Vastu shastra is applicable in different geographical areas around the world. Even where there is a limited amount of sunshine, the answer is yes. The basic principles of balancing the five elements apply throughout the world. By using the principles of this science, buildings can be designed to harmonize with the different climatic conditions of each region.