Vastu Shastra is the ancient Indian science of architecture and environment that teaches how to live in harmony with nature and how to influence nature for our benefit. It is derived from the Vedas, the detailed scriptures that form the backbone of Indian philosophy and spirituality.
The Rig Veda emphasizes the importance of establishing one’s home in alignment with cosmic and terrestrial energies. In the Atharva Veda, there are hymns dedicated to Vastu, which emphasize peace and harmony in one's dwelling. These texts contain hymns that were chanted during the construction of a house, highlighting the spiritual dimension of Vastu.
Fundamental Concepts of Vedic Vastu
The Panchabhootas, or the five elements of nature, are the foundation of Vastu Shastra. Each element corresponds to a particular direction: earth (southwest), water (northeast), fire (southeast), air (northwest), and space (center). Vedic wisdom suggests that aligning our homes with these elements promotes balance and harmony.
The Vastu Purusha Mandala is a mystical diagram that represents the cosmic man and underlies the design of every Vastu-compliant structure. The Mandala is divided into parts that correspond to different aspects of life, each governed by a particular deity. Proper orientation of the Vastu Purusha Mandala ensures that the house is in harmony with cosmic energies.
Applying Vedic Vastu Principles to Residential Spaces
According to Vedic Vastu, the main entrance should face north, east, or northeast to attract positive energies. Rooms are aligned according to their function and the ruling element: the kitchen in the southeast for fire, the master bedroom in the southwest for earth, and so forth.
Vastu and Modern Living
Modern living demands adaptation of these principles, which can be done without compromising on the aesthetics or the functionality of a space. For example, the use of certain colors or materials can enhance the Vastu of a room even when structural changes are not possible.
Common Vastu Remedies for Residential Vastu Dosh
When a home is not Vastu-compliant, remedies like the placement of mirrors and plants can help redirect energies and correct flaws without the need for structural changes.
Vedic astrology (Jyotish) can further personalize Vastu principles. The individual's horoscope can influence the layout and design of their living space to ensure it is in harmony with their personal energies.
Vedic Quotations and Interpretations
The Vedas state, "May we dwell in a house that brings health, wealth, and bliss." This ancient wish encapsulates the essence of Vastu Shastra: to create spaces that are not only structurally sound but also spiritually aligned.