These shlokas in Sanskrit mean that it is due to the science of art and sculpture, Vaastu, the positive cosmic energies prevailing in the universe, confer health, delight, harmony, prosperity, and success upon the human beings. All those who respect the laws of Vaastu Shastra and abide by them, acquire not only the materialistic comforts, but experience the heavenly bliss as well.
The Shastra also believes that the earth or the soil is a living organism, which begets all the other living organisms and organic forms. The human beings do not inhabit this earth alone; they dwell in the space or Aakaasham as well. This further implies that the human beings are thus bond with their individual energies to the forms of energy. They are a part of the cycle of life of death, which is known as 'Kaala Chakra'. The cosmic energies in accordance with the Panchmahabhutas, the nine planets, the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, act either in favour or against each other, and generate harmony and disharmony, respectively. This signifies they immensely influence our dwellings. Vaastu Shastra claims that our places of work and residence should therefore be designed in such a manner that the positive energies supersede the negative energies. Consequently, all round happiness and prosperity would dwell with us. But in case the negative energies are dominant over the positive energies, there would be in and out disharmony, disappointment, ill health and distress that would prevail.
An architecture that is Vaastu complaint, would promote an environment for a contented and healthy life.
The nine planets, the Panchmahabhutas, the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth consistently govern the eight directions, namely East, North, South, West, Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest. The Table 1-1 lists the Vaastu chart, representing the eight directions that are ruled by the different Gods and planets:
|Directions||God||Planets||Symbolizing||Section of Architecture|
|East||Indra||Ravi (Sun)||Lord of Lords||Entrance (omen of good luck)|
|North||Kuber||Buddha (Mercury)||Lord of Wealth||Vault (money never finished)|
|North-East||Dharma||Guru (Jupiter)||Morality||Puja rooms (for worship and meditation)|
|South||Yama||Angaraka (Mars)||Lord of Death||Ghastly masks(to repel evils)|
|South-East||Agni||Shukra (Venus)||Lord of Fire||Kitchen (joyous housewife)|
|West||Varun||Shani (Saturn)||Lord of Water||Bathroom|
|North-West||Vayu||Chandra (Moon)||Lord of Wind||Bedroom (nobility and tranquility)|
|South-West||Niruti||Rahu (Dragon's Dead)||Lord of Demons||Assets (avoids being stolen)|
Consequently, the giant began to threaten and wolf down people, and spread terror and agitation. Seeing this, the deities crushed him on the earth and defeated him. They surrounded him from all the directions and sat on him.
The Purusha then prayed to Lord Brahma, who gave him a boon that whoever will respect Vaastu Purusha and offer him puja before starting construction of any kind, will enjoy the materialistic comforts and be joyous and contented in that architecture. But those who disrespect Vaastu Purusha or do not offer him puja would be at his mercy and he may bother them in anyway he wanted.
This figure depicts the Vaastu Purusha Mandala, wherein the Vaastu Purusha lays on the ground with hi head facing the ground. He is surrounded by the deities from the directions and in the center is Lord Brahma.Whether this legend is absolutely true, or partially, the laws of Vaastu Shastra are not mythological stories. They are in fact authentic and reliable experiences of people and have stood the test of time for thousands of years now.
Shastra is not a magic wand that would change things for you overnight.
It is essentially a discipline that does effect your life, but in a
phase of time, gradually. Vaastu bestows consolation in the times of
trouble, tranquility at the times of misfortune, and gratification in
the midst of anguish. What this knowledge serves as is the means of
conveying peace, strength, comfort, and a sense of satisfaction, when an
individual is undergoing tough times in life. It functions as the
healing lotion to the wounds, agony, and imbalance caused by the world
outside. This Shastra definitely manipulates the time and manner in
which the events happen, but an individual's actions and destiny also
play a major part in what that individual acquires, and eventually
develops into. Therefore, Vaastu Shastra can be said to have some
The effect of Vaastu Shastra fluctuates from one location to another. Besides, an individual at one location would achieve something different from another individual at the same location. This implies that effect of Vaastu Shastra is also different for different people. The positioning however matters for one and all. It is based on the numbers, ratios, and customs that enjoy harmony with the nature. Architectures that are designed considering the principles of Vaastu and the numerical calculations of 'Ayadi' (receiving more and spending less energy), influence an individual in three ways:
Physical: pays attention to the space offered, required height, proper ventilation, colour, shapes, and good circulation. These things offer luxury to the inhabitants of that architecture.
Psychological: sorts out the conflict, eases the pain, creates a feeling of delight and contentment, and also enhances the relationships of the inhabitants.
Spiritual: stimulates awareness towards the meaning of life and death, insists the individual on moving on a path of dharma or righteousness and helps in establishing an undeviating connection between the individual and the Supreme Power.
The architecture that is built while taking into consideration the principles of Vaastu Shastra, makes the inhabitants' state of mind focused, keeps them healthier and happier even when they are actually passing through challenging phases of their lives. The inhabitants would always be full of energy and have a refresh mind that would come up with innovative ideas. They would be able to solve not only their own problems, but would also offer a helping hand to others around them.
Realizing these facts, ancient sages of India laid down certain principles, following which, the human race could enhance its way of living. If followed correctly and religiously, these principles indisputably bear out benefits and peace in our lives. The sages became aware that the only way the human race could benefit from Nature and the Cosmic energy is, to be in accordance with it. Hence was born Vaastu Shastra, an ancient science that was derived from the laws of nature.
The word 'Vaastu' in Sanskrit is derived from "Vas" means a place of residence,