|What is Vastu Sastra?
It’s the science which deals with the construction of houses, places, temples and town. It reads the characteristics of houses and explains the effect f the same to the inmate of houses.
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Vastu sastra is based on precepts laid down thousands of years ago in the Indian classics like Puranas and Vedas. It concerns the order – the harmony of heaven and earth and ways in which we as humans can balance of humans intact.
Importance of Vastu Sastra…
A proper house to live in is the prime necessity for every living being. Habitat is related to the very birth of the creature, whether it is a marine animal or birds or a land animal. Everybody, rich or poor me and even the Gods if descend on the earth, require a house to live in.
So Vishwakarma had first of all given the methods of construction and decoration of buildings. It is known as “Vaastu Shastra” or the “Architecture”. References to these methods and art are found in the sources of ancient Indian Culture such as the Vedas, Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and other Sanskrit epics. In astrology also the ancient scholars have given the auspicious times (muhurt) for procuring a plot or land or starting the construction work of a house or first entry in the newly built house etc.
The intention of these methods of construction propounded by the ancient saints, seers and scholars, and transmitted through the generations, has been that human beings in this world may build a house which will bring health, happiness and all round prosperity for the inmates; a house which helps in achieving the best in the four groups (Chaturvarg:) Dharm, Arth, Kaam and Moksha and attaining divinity. A place, natural or built by the living beings which protect them from heat, cold, rains, storms and adverse conditions of natures is known by different name in different cases like house, nest, den, burrow, etc.
How does Vaastu Shastra help us?
Nature consists of five basic elements. Your own body is made up of these elements:
- earth and most importantly
- Cosmic energy.
When we synchronize our place of business and residence with nature's energies, our personal location becomes a dynamic location, in order for nature to release positive energy to benefit us. The science of Vaastu Shastra helps us to do so by its understanding of directions & energies controlling those directions.
It is best to refer to Vaastu for improvement or enhancement of quality of life, rather than referring to Vaastu as a problem solver. A man should realize the potential that he has within him to putting the best of his efforts with balanced mind. Only when he has completed the best of his ability taking records to a higher help is logical.
History of Vaastu Shastra
The science of Vaastu is considered an integral part of the Indian home. According to modern historians Ferguson, Havell and Cunningham, this science developed during the period of 6000 BC and 3000 BC. As it is purely a technical subject, it was confined only to the architects (Sthapathis) and handed over by word of mouth or hand-written monographs. The principles of construction, architecture and sculpture, as enunciated in the treatises on temple architecture, have been incorporated in the science of Vaastu.
From ancient literature, we gather that Vaastu was treated as the science of construction of temples and royal palaces. In Amarakosa, a Sanskrit dictionary written by Amara Simha and epics like Skanda Purana, Agni Purana, Garuda Purana and Vishnu Purana, the principles pertaining to the science of Vaastu had been enunciated. Apart from these works, epics like the Bruhatsamhita, Vishnu Dharmottara Purana, Viswakarma Vaastu Sastra, Samarangana Sutra Dharana and Aparajita Prutchcha, have been responsible for Vaastu taking shape as a science.
In the Matsya Purana, seventeen preceptors of Vaastu have been mentioned. They are Bhrugu, Atri, Vasista, Viswakarma, Maya, Narada, Nagnajit, Visalaksha, Purandara, Brahma, Kumaraswamy, Nandisa, Sounaka, Bhargava, Vasudeva, Anirudha, Sukra and Bruhaspathi.
The first official treatise on Vaastu, the Kasyapa Silpa, has been attributed to Sage Kasyapa.
In the treatise Agama Sastra, which explains the science of temples, Vaastu is considered as the basis for any type of construction. Excavations at Harappa and Mohenjodaro also indicate the influence of Vaastu on the Indus Valley Civilization.
People in ancient India evolved various codes and systems for a living, which is contained in ancient scriptures like Vedas, Upanishads etc., to ensure peace, harmony and prosperity among people. With all their wisdom, they put forth this science of Vaastu Shastra, which has constantly been evolved since then, but without any difference in the basic philosophy or fundamentals. Vastu shastra has clear-cut definitions- Vastu means abode or a house & Shastra means science or technology, i.e. it is the scientific method of house construction. Vastu shastra considers a house to be a living soul, having prana. And therefore, this science in a way defines the relationship between man and the cosmos. Indian civilization is considered as one of the oldest in the world & hence Vaastu Shastra, Astrology etc. are also equally old sciences.
As astrology remains a speculative science than result oriented subject, the Vaastu Shastra is definitely a result oriented science if laid down as per its norm would definitely give positive result.
Vaastu believes that there are essentially two types of forces, which are equal and opposite in nature. The interaction of these two forces is cosmic ordained and produces a third type of force, which is called ‘bioforce’ or ‘PRANA’, needed for life to exist. One type of force is subtle and fine. The other is dark and dense. We can , for sake of understanding this subject, call the first one as 'positive' and the other as 'negative'. 'prana' is liberated by the interaction of these forces. Over the surface of the globe these forces continuously interact releasing bio-energy. When a structure is built over the surface of the earth it comes in the way of a natural interaction. Both the forces enter the structure where the interaction continues. However, the intensity of forces that enter the structure need not be the same. Depending on various factors like levels, water bodies, door placement etc., either the positive or the negative can have stronger presence.
If the structure is so designed that the positive forces override the negative forces then there is a beneficial release of bio-energy, which helps all the inmates to be healthy. Even after such reaction with the negative forces a positive cosmic surplus is always present in such a structure, which is the Supreme Being Himself. In such an atmosphere life is smooth and happy with every thing in life coming your way without any great struggle. It is a happy and healthy life for all the inhabitants.
If on the other hand the structure is built in such a manner that the negative forces override the positive then you have a weak bio-energy field which manifests as diseases in the occupants. The over bearing negative field makes your actions, efforts, thinking negative so that ultimately the whole life is ruined.
The science of Vaastu guides you about the rules you have to follow so that the structure has a positive atmosphere.