What is Vastu Shastra ?

An inquisitive science of architecture encapsulates the forces which act upon a given space through flow of positive energy. Vastu refers to 'abode' or mansion and Shastra or Vidya means science or knowledge, so vastu vidya is the sacred holistic science pertaining to designing and building of houses. The principles of vastu have been derived from Sthapathya Veda- one of the ancient sacred books in Hinduism.

Vaastu considered the interplay of various forces of nature involving the five elements of earth, water, wind, fire and ether and strives to maintain equilibrium as these elements influence, guide and change the living styles of not only human beings but every living being on earth. Thus they influence our deeds, luck, behavior and other basics of life.

Vastushastra is an ancient building science which covers the philosophy and theory of Architectural works to construct any building and as well as living style of people. Vastushastra is based on various natural energies, which are available free cost in atmosphere like:

There are three forces in action to create harmony. Wind, water and fire or, vaayu, jal and Agni. If these forces are kept in their appropriate places, then there will be no disturbance. But if water is put in place of fire and wind in place of water or in any other combination, the forces will start acting accordingly and create disharmony and un-peacefulness.
Q. No. 1. Is Vaastu Shastra applicable to Hindu Religion only ?
Answer - No, the principles of Vaastu as enumerated in old classical texts are universally applicable like sun, air and earth. They influence the lives of all human beings irrespective of place religion, cast and creed.
Q. No. 2. Is Vaastu applicable to rented houses also ?
Answer - The rules of Vaastu Shastra are equally applicable to a self owned or rented premises without bias. For the vaastu deficiencies of a building, both the owner and tenant are likely to suffer. Similarly a Vaastu perfect construction is bound to add to the peace, prosperity and happiness of both parties within few months of construction or occupancy.
Q. No. 3. Are the effects of the plot different for men and women ?
Answer - In the East N-E, North N-E, West N-W and South S-W of the plots male domination is observed. In the East S-E, South, S-E, West S-W and North N-W direction of the plots female domination is observed. For example those buildings with entrance in East, S-E direction or the South, S-E direction is found to have female domination. In the buildings with the entrance in the East or the N-E direction have male domination. In the buildings with West S-W entrance the women are always a failure. The women staying in building with North N-W entrance do not like to stay at home. These women are always going out or to outstations. The men staying in the houses with West N-W entrance have always to go outstations or to foreign countries for work.The men staying in the houses with South S -W entrance have no interest in work. They become cruel and lazy.
Q. No. 4. How does Vaastu Shastra actually act on human beings ?
Answer - The effect of Vaastu Shastra takes place on all the people staying in a building through the following energies. 1. Biological energy of the environment around the building, cosmic energy obtained from the cosmos, solar energy obtained from North and the South pole, gravitational energy obtained from the Earth, water and wind, energy obtained from the nature etc. On the balance of these powers depend the peace of mind and health and progress of a man. If the building is not built as per Vaastu Shastra all these auspicious powers are obstructed leading to the faults in thebuilding.
Q. No. 5. Is there any rule as regards the measurements of rooms ?
Answer - The rooms on the East and North should not be bigger than those on the West and South. These rooms may be smaller than or equal to the rooms on the West and South. In the same way, the verandahs on the West and South should be bigger than those on the East and North or equal to them.
Q. No. 6 . What influences most to the living being? Please clarify in detail?
Answer - The five Elements of nature affect the living beings directly as mentioned below : (i) Earth : If there is no earth, we can not exist. It is only the Earth which makes the country look beautiful with emerald like fields and carpets of green grass; It also emitting oxygen which is so vital for existence. (ii) Air : This is present every where; without air there is no life. The exhale which is emitted from our nostrils is called ‘Swar’ (voice). No sooner the function of the Swar stops, the living beings die. (iii) Water : The most important thing necessary for life is water only. Around 70% of human body consists of water. (iv) Fire : Each and every living being requires fire. For cooking food or for any sacred ceremony including marriage we need fire. Even the final absorption is not possible without fire. (v) Space : This is a place of storage. It causes rain; deciding when, where and how much rainfall is to be given to the various earth segments.
Q. No. 7 . Can the defects of construction be removed by Mantra, Tantra, Worship or machines ?
Answer - The Mantra, Tantra, worship and the sacred machines increase the auspicious energy and benefits the buildings. However this auspicious energy does not last long because it is obstructed by the inauspicious energy produced due to faulty construction.
Q. No. 8 .Do the rules laid down in the “Vaastu Shastra” hold good only in the case of constructing houses or do they apply even to the construction of temples?
Answer - The rules laid down in the “ Vaastu Shastra” apply to all kinds of constructions including temples. It applies to construction of houses, granaries, shops, theatres, factories, cattle -shed, huts, buildings, forts and temples etc. Even for a garden, park or club, the rules laid down in the "VAASTU SHASTRA” should be followed.
Q. No. 9 . Is Vaastu Shastra related to Astrology ?
Answer - It cannot be denied that Vaastu Shastra is related to astrology to some extent. If in the horoscopes of people the stars Saturn, Mars, Harshal and Neptune are prominent and if the entrance of the houses of these people are in the South they get success in their work. When the stars of the head of the family are prominent he does not feel the effects of the faulty construction to that extent. When the stars of the head the of family are under bad influence the dou- bly bad effects of faulty stars and faulty construction are to be borne. But when the entire structure is according to Vaastu Shastra and the stars of the head of the family are under bad influence the bad effects are reduced to a large extent due to auspicious energy.
Q. No. 10. What is the fundamental difference between Indian Vaastu Shastra and the Chinese Feng Shui?
Answer - Indian Vaastu shastra is based on different forces, cosmic rays, natural laws, the five basic elements different energy sources etc. The Chinese science of Feng Shui does not seem to have given much importance to the directions since one school of thought advocates only “Directionless Feng Shui”. Feng Shui is based on shape, colour, water, hill, photos, light arrangements, mirrors etc. As less importance is given to directions in the science of Feng Shui different meanings are attributed to different building shapes. Feng Shui is applicable more to interior decoration/ placement of furniture and works wonders for flats and apartments.

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