Vaastu Shastra is an voluminous Indian
litrature dating back to the time of Vedas and has
mention of it. It is derived from "VASTOSHPATI".
Vaastu basically is dealing with knowledge of
architecture, ioconography and art realting to
structure and building.
The story of Vaastu Purusha is
mentioned in MATSYA PURANA. Atherva
Veda is an excellent example and proof of
Knowledge of vaastu by vedic people. They knew the
relation between man, house and environment.
Everything in this world is made of five
fundamental elements - Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Sky.
Principles of vaastu are basically dependent on the arrangement of
these five essential elements of the world in their proper order
Vaastu Shastra originated over thousands of
years ago. At that time the principles were based purely on the
effects of sun rays during the different times of the day.
It is used to be purely a technical subject and
it was confinied to architects (Sthapatis) and
handed over to their pupils.Proof of Vaastu Shastra can be found
during the time of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Ancient civilisations like Mohanjodaro and Harappa,
we can find the application of vaastu shastra.
Ancient literature tells us that vaastu was
treated as the science of construction of temple and royal
India is the mother of vaastu as our Saints
formulated principles of vaastu here. Our sages, rishis kept in
mind the effect of energies , sunlight and balance of all the five
elements in a manner so as to have the maximum benefit out of it.
Vastu is holistic in nature and operates at the
basic level of human existence. Since Vastu deals with the micro
level existence of body, mind, and intellect, its tenets, rules
and regulations need comprehensive conceptual perception.
Any divisive analytical efforts to diagnose its
dimensions an only lead to futility and confusion. This
comprehensive intellectual order of natural existence can be
understood only through deep awareness. In ancient India, the
learned and the enlightened Rishis divided knowledge in
Metaphysical and Physical sciences, Jnana was the outcome of the
mind, while Vijnana was the benevolent interface for the
development of mankind. The abstract metaphysical thought was
rendered into tangible scientific and engineering modes. It will
be quite unnecessary to venture to guess at the time that has
elapsed between the first and the third stages, and the changes
that may have been caused by errors in understanding the due to
individual interpretations. The Vastu texts available today are no
"divine scriptures" nor could these be original 'words
of the mouth'! However, these are enough to inform us how much the
Rishis with their 'mind power' were able to relate the effect of
the astral bodies in the universe and more specifically, solar
radiation on the human.
In order to decipher what lies concealed in the
Vedas, a study of certain subjects is considered a prerequisite.
These subjects are called the 'Vedangas' or the body organs of the
Vedas. There are six such Vedangas. They are:
Vastu is a super science and
its multidisciplinary approach is based on basic knowledge of
Yogashastra, Astrology, and Science. Therefore, a Vastu
practitioner's responsibility to gauge the event becomes very
difficult, and it is ridiculous to make tall and high claims while
forecasting. The basic elements of Vastu being five great
elements, eight directions, sun and moon streams, deities in Vastu
Purush Mandal, study of vibrations, waves, sound and light,
permutations and combinations of all these things.
Vastu, Music, Astrology,
Yogashastra and Ayurveda are five great holistic sciences which
are completely interconnected and in totality form a comprehensive
remedial field to convert an individual's journey of pain and
struggle into harmony and rhythm. Vastu is an art of embodying the
bliss and auspicious events from immensity of nature in a tiny
enclave of self.
Vastu has its roots in
Yogashastra and Bharatiya Darshanshastra. Its purpose is peace and
tranquillity to all. The basic principle of Vastu Science is least
hindrance to natural energy streams. Astrology is another
sister-discipline of Vastu where a lot of remedial measures can be
attained through astrological knowledge. Reorienting self in
natural streams enhances one's fortune far beyond expectations. In
case studies it has been revealed that Vastu science plays a great
productive and creative role in industrial structures. Crystals,
water, herbs, plants, stones, pyramids, colours, metals, fish
tanks, light and bells with proper application in Vastu give a
new, lively environment leading Vastu to cosmic envelope.
It should be understood that the basis of the
Vastushastra must be the effect of the physical, climatological
and social influence on the shelter and its occupants. The
science, therefore, provided guidance to the extent it could
foresee reaction. It is obvious that with intervention of modern
technology, man has gained dominance and control over that aspect
As architects we are stunned at the rapidity and
cunningness with which the tribe of the so-called Vastu pundits
has been operating in our domain. The relevancy of Vastushastra
today is more academic than real. The menace of the pseudo-pundits
can be countered only by us becoming more knowledgeable of the
ancient science. Whether we use it for spiritual or professional
reason is another matter. But we must not forget that the strength
of this pseudo-pundits is in the gullibility and blind faith of
his victim, our client.
Vastushastra is a vehicle between mystique and
its understanding. Science has to offer an explanation of the
phenomenon. It must lead to better understanding by both the
intellectual and the common people in society.