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Vastu Shastra is the traditional Indian science of architecture. It can also be called a vibrant system, devised on the principles of design, measurements, layouts and space arrangements.
Vastu Shastra can be said as the harmonious blend of the essence of spirituality and science and is believed to be capable of filling the atmosphere with auspiciousness and positivity.
‘Vastu’ is a Sanskrit word and has an interesting origin. ‘Vaas’ can mean ‘to live’ and also ‘to reside.’ This gave rise to the term ‘Vasu,’ from which was born ‘Va(a)stu,’ meaning ‘for living’ or ‘for residing.’ Thus, ‘Vastu’ denotes the place of stay of a person. Shastras are ancient scriptures or sacred texts. Vastu Shastra is thus the work that defines the essentials of structures or built spaces. Therefore, this system elaborates on, not only the living places but also the work spots.
Vastu Shastra is a very ancient system, which has come down from the four sacred Vedas themselves. The first reference to it is said to be in the earliest of them, the Rig Veda. Then, the Puranas were found to be providing more elaborate details on this system, and these include the well-known scriptures like Skanda Purana, Matsya Purana, Vayu Purana, and Bhavishya Purana, etc. Epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, Chanakya’s Arthashastra, and many Buddhists and Jain texts too provide valuable information about this structural system. However, it is the 11th-century work of Samarangan Sutradhar that lays down the concepts of Vastu Shastra in great detail.
While the Vastu principles were in active practice right from the Vedic times to even beyond 12th century AD, it began to take on the label of superstition subsequently and started falling into disuse and fading into oblivion. Lack of patronage from rulers like the Moghuls and the British can be cited as the main reason for this.
However, in the recent times, this invaluable science has found a fresh lease of life and has come to be put to practical use with all seriousness. People have started viewing this as a propitious art, which, when practiced diligently can bestow people with immense benefits like health, prosperity, and peace.
There exist five fundamental elements, which constitute everything in the world, from the human body to the entire universe. These Pancha Bhootas are – the Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Sky or Space. Vastu Shastra, too, is framed only on the principles of these basic elements. It is said that the word ‘Vastu’ itself denotes these elements, with ‘Va’ being Vayu, the air; ‘Aa’ Agni, the fire; ‘Sa’ Srishti, the earth; ‘Ta’ Akash, the sky or space, and ‘Au’ being Jal, the water.
These elements are energy bodies that are believed to be present everywhere, and the places include the human body and any building or structure. Wherever they are, these energies need to be in balance, and the lack of it can cause many disturbances. While the energy imbalance in the physique can cause illnesses and restlessness, the lack of balance in a residential or office building can cause many related difficulties. Also, these energies present in any structure keep impacting the magnetic forces present in the human body.
Vastu Shastra plays a vital role in balancing these energies that exist in a building and also in ensuring that their influence on the human beings living or working there always remains positive. This is nothing but living in tune with nature. A structure constructed following the Vastu principles can ensure a fulfilled life - physically, materially, psychologically and spiritually.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.