The Sanskrit word vastu means "any
really existing or abiding substance or essence, thing, object,
article", and also "goods, wealth, property".
The vrddhi, vastu takes the meaning of "the site or foundation
of a house, site, ground, building or dwelling-place, habitation,
homestead, house". The underlying root is vas "to
dwell, live, stay, abide".
There are many principles in Vaastu Shastra. To mention a
few which involve certain mathematical calculations, Maana
is used for proportional relationships in a building and Aayaadi
specifies conditions for maximum wellbeing and benefits for
the residents of a building. Below are some of the basic theories
in vaastu sastra.
According to vaastu sastra, the world comprises five basic
elements known as the pancha maha bhoota. Out of the nine
planets, ours has life because of the presence and balance
of these five elements. The five elements are as follows.
EARTH (Bhumi) -
Earth, the third planet in
order from the sun, is a big magnet with North and South poles
as centers of attractions. Its magnetic field and gravitational
force has considerable effects on everything on the Earth,
living and non-living.
WATER (Jala) -
This is represented by rain,
river, sea and is in the form of liquid, solid (ice) and gas
(steam, cloud). It forms part of every plant and animal. Our
blood is nothing but water with haemoglobin and oxygen.
AIR (Vayu) -
As a life supporting element,
air is a very powerful life source. Human physical comfort
values are directly and sensitively dependent on correct humidity,
air flow, temperature of air, air pressure, air composition
and its content.
FIRE (Agni) -
Represents light and heat which
account for day, night, the seasons, energy, enthusiasm, passion
SPACE (Akasha) -
The akasha provides shelter
to all the above elements. It is also considered the primary
conductor of all energy sources within the universal context
- physical energies such as sound and light, social energies
such as psychological and emotional, and cognitive energies
such as intellect and intuition.
These days, we often hear people talking about Vaasthu kala.
But none of us have an exact idea as to what is this Vastu
shastra all about. Indian vaastu shastra is the science of
direction that combines all the five elements of nature, namely
earth, water, air, fire and space and uses them to the benefit
of mankind. It is an art of using these five elements also
known as Paanchbhootas, for the prosperity of humans.
Vaastu shastra is an art that enables us to lead a peaceful
life, by creating congenial living conditions. It is an ancient
Indian art that harnesses the energy of natural elements like
the heat and light of sun, gravitational force of earth, direction
of winds, the intensity of rainfall etc and uses them to balance
with the surroundings of mankind. Thus, Vastu vidya is the
art of molding the natural environment so as to suit the needs
of human beings. more...