The Introduction and Necessity of Vastu Shastra
Vaastu -Shastra is a Vast and ancient science of living. The word Vaastu is derived from the root .Vas. which means .to reside.. Dr. Havell have suggested that Vastu Shastra developed between 6000 BCE and 3000 BCE. It is not an equivalent of the word architecture. Vaastu is architecture and much more. While architecture is the science, art or profession of designing and constructing buildings etc., the definition of Vaastu extend into the realm of occultism. The use of Vastu shastra in the modern era has been controversial. Some architects, particularly during India’s colonial era, considered it arcane and superstitious. Vaastu Shastra, the edifice science of Bhawan Sthapatya Kala, being the applied aspects of ATHARVAVEDA,is an ancient science and one of the eminent features of our heritage.Vaastu means dwelling of Humans and Gods in the original Sanskrit literature.Many factors govern the life of a human being ; his fate, Karma and surroundings. BUT VAASTU CAN MAKE SWEET THINGS SWEETER AND BITTER LESS BITTER.Like many of our traditions, Vaastu too got neglected over the centuries for want of patronage; hence the present society could not very much appreciate and utilise this science in their construction of house, shops, office or industrial complexes. If construction is not according to the principles of .VAASTU. then thinking and action of the people dwelling or working in these places is not harmonious and evolutionary; leading to disorder & illness.This is one of the main reason of discontent and sufferings of the society at present. On the contrary, if the laws of nature which are elaborated and incorporated in the science of Vaastu are followed, then all the Divine powers support the thinking and action of the people associated with such concerns.
Building a house in ancient India was not only a house-craft but also a sacred ceremony and the house was considered a living organism. The spirit of the house was called the Vaastu Purusha and different cardinal directions and sectors were assigned to different Gods like Brahma,Ishwara, Agni, Varun, Wind, Yam and Demon, since the waves flowing in a particular direction have a specific influence. Eeshan or north east is presided over by God and is therefore suitable for a prayer room. The southeast belongs to Agni. The central space is Brahma.s and should be left open to the heavens. The head and limbs of the Vaastu
Purusha are to be left alone too.If the various activities in a house, shop, office or industry are directionally channelised as per principles of Vaastu, we begin to draw power from nature in a natural way. “ONCE THIS IMMENSE FORCE OF ALMIGHTY BEGINS TO SUPPORT US, ALL OUR OBJECTIVES ARE FULFILLED IN EASY, SPONTANEOUS AND EFFORTLESS MANNER”.The Shastra is being gradually applied not only in Houses but also in Commercial buildings and industries, where the clients stakes are high. For example, Vaastu assigns the kitchens, chimneys, Furnace, boiler etc. to a certain corner
on the basis of wind directions to prevent the smoke and cooking fumes from flowing into the living/working area and affecting the health of the residents/ workers. Thus there is a great need for the architects and Vaastu Engineers to coordinate; since an architect can build a posh house but can.t assure happy life to the people living in that house, whereas Vaastu -science assures peace, prosperity and progress to the owner as also the inmates. This happy admixture of ancient heritage and modern science can go a long way in reviving this edifice science. Gradually this science is spreading fast from Kerala,Tamilnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,Rajasthan to Delhi. In nutshell . Vaastu. lays down principles for construction of the houses, commercial buildings and industries etc. Which harmonies with the neighborhood,nature and the entire universe.Many rules are common sense as they relate to ventilationand sunlight But some like the subtle energy in natural and built environments that affect humans have also been verified and appreciated by those who did not believe in them initially.Sun is the major cosmic entity which radiates light & heat in entire universe. It is called soul of the universe .SURYA ATMA JAGATAS TASTHU KHASHCHA.. The principles of Vaastu allows human beings & society with inexhaustiblesource of energy and thus make them to live in fully satisfied manner.We live on earth, which nourishes all beings like a mother and is treasure of all comforts & pleasure. The all embarrassing motherly role of earth is best tapped by use of principles of .Vaastu..Along with construction, the internal decoration in the house,shop or factory is equally important. IF SETTING OF THINGS ARE ACCORDING TO PRINCIPLES OF VAASTU, THE THOUGHTS, SPEECH & ACTION ARE SUPPORTED BY NATURE AND LEAD TO HEALTH WEALTH AND HAPPINESS.
Vaastu.s current revival may be confined to human dwellings,but the scope of the shastra, also known as Sthapatya-Veda extends to temple-design, iconometry, town planning & civil engineering as well.Most well known temples in South India like Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirupathi, Meenakshi Temple at Madurai etc. are Vaastu -perfect. It terms of entire city Jaipur was founded in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in accordance with Vaastu Shastra.In addition to Karmas in this life, two things fate and Vaastu affect the life of a person; each responsible for 50% happiness in life. If Vaastu is poor the result as compared to
efforts will be half even if the stars are exalted & the fate is very strong. As against this if .Vaastu. is right and the planetary position is unfavorable than also the ill effects will not be so bad, as to that when both are poor. This means that if a house or industry is constructed according to Vaastu