Wednesday, 19 March 2014


Vaastu Shastra is an integral part of Vedas which are believed to be five to seven thousand years old. The art of Vaastu originates in Sithapatya Veda which is a part of Atharvana Veda dealing with architecture. Many references of Vaastu can be found in Hindu Vedas, Puranas and other ancient literature. The term Vaastu has been derived from the word Vaas meaning to live. Vaastu shastra is an ancient doctrine which consists of precepts born out of a traditional view on how the laws of nature affect human dwellings. The designs are based on directional alignments. It used to be applied in Hindu Arctitecture, especially for Hindu Temples, and also covers other domains, including vehicles, vessels, furniture, sculpture, paintings etc. 

The knowledge of Vaastu Shastra, which not very long ago had been little known except in India, is now being popularised throughout the world. It clearly exhibits how to create harmony and balance in our living and working environments. It exemplifies by making use of many ancient traditions as to how to respect our surroundings and derive maximum advantages offered by nature. The doctrine offers many vastu remedies as well as different ways of clearly understanding who and what we are in the purest form and how we are interconnected with the Universe. Vaastu also teaches us that everything in the universe is made of energy and is interconnected. Therefore the energies of our house should be properly and completely aligned with that of the environment. This will enable us to live in balance with nature. Vastu Dosh Nivaran of the dwelling units which are not vastu compliant need to be done to bring the same in balance with nature. 

Our environment is made up of five elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. Incidentally we are also made up of the same five elements which are also known as panch-mahabhootas. These panch-mahabhootas are interconnected to our five senses i.e. smell, taste, hearing, touch and sight. Vaastu helps people to live with stability, love and peace with the panch mahabhootas. To take this reasoning further, let us understand that our world and we are influenced by the same Laws of Nature that affect our planet. When the above stated five elements are imbalanced because of any reason Mother Nature has many ways to restore equilibrium. We all in one way or the other suffer the consequences whenever any part of the earth is destroyed or damaged. 

Now-a-days we are so head-over-heels and spellbound by technological growth that we have literally turned a blind eye to our rich heritage bestowed by our antecedents. It is the need-of-the-hour to wake up, delve our heads to understand our relationship with Nature and to do all that is required to enable us to live in harmony with it. 

Each one of us on this earth has a basic need of a home. This home should be able to give peace, happiness and healthy life to every inhabitant. Every home or dwelling unit need to be built as per basic laws of nature i.e. Vaastu which ensures maximum benefits to the living beings. One should make use of Vastu Shastra Tips while undertaking construction of human dwellings.

We should always remember that our ancestor’s gift has to be very carefully taken care of which would help us in living a peaceful, happy and satisfied life.