THE earth’s magnetic fields, the solar energy, cosmic rays and the vibration of all matter are the basic forces that form the foundation of Vasthu Sastra.
It focuses on the placement of weights on the floor of a property and it is important in which area this is done to ensure balance and harmony with the enclosed surrounding.
If there are Vasthu defects in a house, it will affect the relationship of the occupant with others within the enclosed space and also with people outside.
In physics, the earth is said to be a gigantic magnet and the north-south axis is suspended freely.
Rotation of the earth (the huge magnet) produces electromagnetic forces and it is vital that people living on it move in relationship with the forces.
In ancient India, cities, towns, villages and all man-made structures were constructed to harness the power of these forces.
This is why people of those days had personal bio-energy systems which were conducive for a high level of inner harmony and greater physical, emotional, spiritual and mental well-being.
Vasthu Sastra focuses on five fundamental principals and they are:
The Doctrine of Orientation:
It gives importance and relevance to the eight cardinal directions. They are North, South, East, West, Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.
The sun rises in the East and its rays are a rich source of vitamin D which is vital for the sustenance of life on earth. The early morning rays, which emit less heat, are the best.
Doors and windows in the East would allow the sun’s ultraviolet rays to bestow light upon the occupants of the house.
For this reasons East is given the most prominent place in Vasthu Sastra.
This is followed by North, the direction of wealth, fame and prosperity.
Rays from the West are infrared which are said to be detrimental to health. This is why fewer doors and windows are recommended in the West and Southwest.
After fixing the North and East points for the construction of a building, the rest of the building can be mapped out.
The house is compared to the human body; since man is nothing but a mass of vibrating energy, so is the building.
The various parts of the human body perform different functions and when superimposed on the drawing of the house, it gives full importance to the doctrine of orientation.
In other words, the diagram shows where the entrance, hall, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, etc, should be located.
Just as our legs should be strong enough to carry the weight of the whole body, so should the Southwest corner of the building be built in such a way as to be able to bear the weight of the whole structure of the building.
This area receives more heat and therefore Vasthu suggests that the walls in this area be made thicker.
The eyes, mouth ears, the nose, together with the brain, should be in the Northeast. Therefore this area should not be burdened with heavy structures.
Vasthu measurement of one foot for construction of houses should not be done with the scale of 12 inches; rather a foot in Vasthu means the length of the dweller’s foot.
The Six Main Components of a Building :
These are the base (foundation), column, entablature, wings, roof and dome.
Aesthetics of the building:
Having constructed the building according to Vasthu, the beauty of the structure is attended to. Here importance is given to the proper arrangement of parts of the building to give a balanced appearance.
Before you embark on checking the Vasthu of your house, it is imperative that you understand and distinguish between direction and quadrant.
The direction that you or any object face or point towards is the North indicated by a compass needle.
The quadrant, on the other hand, is the section of the building or plot where you are.
If you divide the building or plot into nine squares each square is a quadrant.
Having understood the difference between direction and quadrant, you should get a compass to do a self-evaluation for your office or home. Make sure you get a good one that would give correct readings because electromagnetic disturbances can shift or deviate the the needle.
A compass is a very sensitive instrument and you should avoid using it near materials containing iron, electrical appliances or even in a car.
Stand inside your office or house facing the main door, with the compass in your hand.
Take three readings of the compass direction and establish the direction the main door is facing.
First reading is taken one step away from the door, second reading is three steps away from the door. For the third reading, stand six steps outside the door, with the door now facing your back.
The average of the three readings will now give you the direction your house is facing. In most cases, all three readings will be the same.
The next step is to draw a square or rectangle on a piece of paper and divide it into nine equal sections as shown in the graphic and place the appropriate rooms in the designated quadrants according to the directions given.
Please note that the placement of the rooms recommended in the graphic are for residential properties having a North entrance.
In my subsequent columns I will show other directions and how you can observe Vasthu without demolishing or renovating your house.
Watch our space next Thursday to Understand Vasthu and Feng Shui
Those who tend not to believe in these things must know that if following Vasthu does not benefit them, neither does it cause harm.
Dr T. Selva is the author of the bestseller book Vasthu Sastra Guide. To get a copy contact Devi at 0412623017. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .