Sanskrit word Vastu generally means 'dwelling' or a building used for residential purposes. The first mention of Vaastu is found in the Yajurveda, the ancient text of Hindus believed to be over 4000 years old. They cover a wide variety of buildings like places of worship, marriage houses, party houses, palaces and chariots and dwellings. The first book on this subject is believed to have been written about 3000 years back by saint Vishwakarma. Vaastu is a science that is complete in it and can bring happiness to the whole world.
Vastu is a complete understanding of direction, geography, topography, environment and physics. It is a study that dictates the form size and orientation of a building, in relation to the plot, soil, surroundings and the personality of the owner / dweller. There is no room for rituals and superstitions.
Vaastu orientates, places and dictates the proportions of every detail as in building lines, skylines, elongations, levels, slopes, water tanks (underground and overhead), kitchen, bedrooms, toilets, staircase, heights of ceilings and roofs, entrances and loci of doors and windows, compound walls and so on.
Architectural science and equipment have undergone a sea change over the years. However, the principles of Vastu, although modified to suit the modern times, still remain applicable.
Impulsive planning and unorganised architectural methods, have led to the primary malady mankind faces today -- DISHARMONY. Today more and more architects are turning to Vastu shastra, to undo this. In short, an ecoimbalance is prevented by synchronising all the Vaastu elements.
There is no reason to tip the balance if your fortunes, peace of mind, health and your business are doing fine and are in perfect harmony. Your place already has a good Vaastu. If not, browse on....
You are at an occupational age. You are qualified. You are resourceful and brilliant. Yet, nothing is going fine. You opt for an equally qualified business partner. Nothing seems to be wrong on paper, but you find yourself squabbling because nothing seems to be working and your contemporaries, though of lesser caliber, leave you far behind. It is highly likely that the Vastu of your office / factory is all-wrong.
Check this - you plithe your troth. You start fighting with your spouse, say for no reason at all. The offspring you love very much are more troublesome, you find. Your children behaving rather antisocially due to reasons beyond your understanding. Your parent come 'visiting'. Previously such a joy, now they appear to be burdensome.
The food you eat tastes lousy with missing salutiferous values. Your fortunes start slipping away and you enter a corridor of eternal uncertainty. Before you label yourself a failure, hold on.....
Chances are, you are just going about it the wrong way. The Vastu of your dwelling could be all wrong. Correct it. Don't expect miracles to happen, but you will definitely reap the benefits, by and by.
There is nothing metaphysical about Vaastu. It is just that the hidden harmony of Nature and the environs around have been defied. Er. R. Prasad in his practice, does not attempt to compare the incomparable or even try to explain it on the basis of magnetic waves, ultra-violet rays, cosmic rays and so forth, as these are but the tips of unknown, unexplored icebergs.
The truth is that it works and probably the lowest common denominator of any such venture is its repetitive success, as many conglomerates and inhabitants of Vaastu-designed premises will vouch for. May be somewhere, sometime in the future, there will be an explanation for the mechanics of Vaastu, but to dissect it today is a futile exercise.
The following are some of the Vastu-logically correct principles of house making and design. Please note that like most of the ancient sciences, some of the knowledge that is contained in these principles may not be any more relevant at present times. However, the very basic of Vaastu principles will always continue to be beneficial to the mankind in one form or the other.
The basic principles are:
As you cannot become a doctor by reading books, browsing through these or other similar websites, referring self learning books is not going to make you a Vaastu shastri. Should you decide to try it personally, it may be hazardous for you.
Vaastu has a peculiarity - it follows what Er. R. Prasad calls the "Fingerprint Syndrome". No two sites are the same, as compared to others. Minute differences do creep up, and should you try to use the 'rule-of-thumb' technique, you may start losing and rather badly, too. Get hold of a Vaastu consultant and take his advice. This is imperative.
Architects may complain of claustrophobia while working within the confines of Vaastu, but in truth, it actually releases them, and ultimately induces them to design more user friendly and aesthetic structures.
Let the phoenix rise from the ashes and spread its glorious wings of harmony. Welcome to Vaastu International.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)