Shastra is an ancient building science which lays down
simple guidelines for the construction of buildings
and for the lifestyle of people. Vaastu aims to realign
the house with cosmic principles. Though it is
ancient, its guidelines are still applicable today.
Vaastu Shastra takes into account the
various natural energies which are available free of
cost around us on Earth like Solar Energy from Sun,
Lunar Energy from Moon, Earth Energy, Sky Energy,
Electric Energy, Magnetic Energy, Thermal Energy, Wind
Energy, Light Energy and Cosmic Energy.
According to Vaastu Shastra, energy lines run
like a large grid across the Earth, from North to South and from
East to West. The electromagnetic field thus generated, affects
the human body at the cellular level and controls the organs of
the human body. It is believed that when a structure is placed
on Earth, the equilibrium is affected because it breaks the electromagnetic
field grid. Hence this needs to be restored so
that the energy flows harmoniously. The goal of Vaastu is to
restore balance between the building structure and the cosmos
because when buildings echo the underlying cosmic principles,
they vibrate in harmony with the universe. These vibrations also
affect the inmates of these buildings in a positive way creating
peace, prosperity and money in our lives.
According to Vaastu, the movement of energy through a 4-sided
building is similar to the flow of energy across the Earth. In
Vaastu Shastra, it is believed that 'prana' or positive
energy flows into the house early in the morning from the
North-East direction and meanders towards the South-East and
North-West corners before heading out through the South-West
corner at night.
The main aim of Vaastu Shastra is that humans
should strive to absorb positive energy or 'prana' throughout
the day as it is beneficial to our bodies and our health. So in
Vaastu, the layout plan of a house is based on the position of
prana during the day and the functions of each room. Thus,
the rooms that are mostly used in the morning like the Pooja
room, Bathrooms etc are placed in the North-East and the
Bedrooms to which we retire at night are placed in the
Vaastu Shastra prescribes the following layout for a house,
based on the usual human activities from morning till night.
3 A.M. to 6 A.M: Early in the morning -
sunrise is called the Brahma Muhurta and the Sun is in the
North-East. Hence this is the right location for a
Meditation room/Pooja room.
6 A.M. to 9 A.M: the Sun is in the East. This is
the right time for bathing and so the East is logically the
best position for the Bathroom.
9 A.M. to 12 noon: the Sun is in the South-East and
this is a good time to prepare and eat food. Hence a Kitchen
is best located in the South-east.
Noon to 3 P.M: the Sun is in the South and since
this is the right time for resting, it makes sense to have
the Bedrooms in the South.
3 P.M. to 6 P.M: the Sun is in the South-West and
this is the right time for studying and so the South-West is
a good position for a Study.
6 P.M. to 9 P.M in the evening: is the right time
for having dinner. The Sun is in the West at this time,
though it may not be visible. Hence the West is a good time
place for a Dining Room.
9 P.M at night to 3 A.M. in the morning: the Sun is
in the North and this is the right time for rest and