Vaastu Shastra Based on Indian Architecture
¤ Vaastu Shastra--a Precise
There are various elements pushing and pulling things in opposite
directions, and we cannot see this amazing phenomenon because were
mere mortals. We can make our lives better and can control things from
going wrong if we follow the paths laid down by ancient Vaastu makers.
¤ Vaastu Shastra Refers To Vedic Architecture
All that is very well, but there seems to be an ancient philosophy
behind it all.
According to the Vedas, man is just a miniscule speck in the universe
with an intelligence so tiny that it doesnt figure in the Makers
books. Man cant understand how the world functions, and his only
purpose in this world is to figure out why has he been born and go
back to his earlier incarnations to find out what he originally was.
and as long as he continues to work against the forces of nature, he
will remain a tiny speck and will never progress towards his ultimate
Vaastu shastra refers to Vedic architecture of making structures
which help this tiny speck in his quest for enlightenment, for mental
peace and, apparently least importantly, a house to live in.
¤ Vaastu Shilpa Shastra
It is formally known is the ancient mystic science of designing and
building. This art originates in the Stapatya Veda, a part of the
Atharva Veda, one of the four Vedas. From the time of the Aryans,
Hindus have been building, and when they wrote Vaastu shastra, theyd
already had a lot of experience. In the Ramayana is mentioned the
existence of eight-storied buildings. The Mahabharata tells us about
Indraprastha, that grand city which floored whoever was fortunate
enough to see it.
¤ Vaastu Architecture Based on Five Elements
Vaastu is based on five basic and essential elements known as
Panchabhutas, namely Vaayu (air), Agni (fire) Jal, (water), Bhumi
(earth) and Aakasha (space). Everything on earth is built from these
elements; without them life would be kaput and nothing would exist.
Houses and buildings can be constructed, but nature (prakriti) can
never be controlled, and hence Vaastu comes into play.
Aakaasha : is the unending
(anantha) area away from earth within which not just the solar system
but the entire universe exists. Aakaasha is operated by light, heat,
gravitational force, magnetic fields and other forces. Its chief
characteristic is Shabda (sound).
Vaayu : or in a broader perspective the earths
atmosphere, stretches upto 400kms in height from the surface of the
Lives of humans, animals, plants, fish and even fire is controlled by
Praana Vaayu, whose main features are Shabda (sound) and Sparsha
Agni :represents heat and light, days and nights, passion and
vigour, enthusiasm and ardor, and its main characteristics are Shabda,
Sparsha and Roopa (form).
Jal : is represented by rain, river, sea and is the form of
liquid, solid (ice) and gas (steam and cloud). Perfectly neutral in
reaction, it exists in every living form of life. Its main
characteristics are Shabda, Sparsha, Roopa and Rasa (taste).
Bhumi : makes earth the third planet from the sun. The earth
is a huge magnet with north and south poles forming centres of
attractions, and its magnetic field holds everything within its
grasp. Three fourths of earth is water, and the rest is land.
Characteristics? Shabda, Sparsha, Roopa, Rasa and Guna (quality).
The principles of Vaastu Shilpa shastra are explained in the
Samarangana Sutradhar, whose translation reads thus: "Correctly
designed houses will bring good health, wealth, intelligence,
children, peace, happiness and will redeem the exerciser from debt of
obligation. Negligence or failure to adhere to canons of architecture
will result in unnecessary travel, bad name, loss of fame, sorrows and
disappointments. The character of the house built disregarding
prescribed codes cannot be determined. All houses, villages, towns and
cities should be built according to Vaastu shastra. Therefore Vaastu
shastra is brought into light in favor of, to the satisfaction of, and
for the betterment and overall welfare of the Universe.
¤ Ancient Indian Architecture
In ancient India, the use of stone was restricted and was only used
for temples. Civil architecture was chiefly of wood, but as time moved
on, palaces and important buildings began to be built of stone. It is
because of this that nothing of houses from the ancient period have
survived, although traces of temples can still be found dating back to
centuries ago. However, from whatever little that has been discovered
of the `wooden age, it is apparent that a similar design was
followed while building houses.
The role of planets was important, and the auspicious moment for
commencing work of a new construction was governed by their position.
Even the wood was to be brought from forests at a certain time,
ensuring that whichever spirits cast their eyes on the construction
were nice ones. These buildings were divided into shaalas or rooms and
avoided incorrect orientation and misplacement of any of the component
parts, providing the greatest comfort in tandem with mystic ideas of
orientation. Bathrooms were meant to be in the east, kitchen in the
southeast, bedrooms in the south, dressing rooms in the southwest,
dining halls in the west, treasury in the north and prayer room in the
northeast. If this rule was not followed, one could expect all hell to
break loose, although that rarely ever happened.
Ancient Indians presented everything with a religious sanctity, and
hence their lifestyles were governed by it. Eating, sleeping, bathing,
drinking, conducting business transactions, building homes or
religious structures, all were formulated according to Vaastu. Also,
quality was important, and only the best available material was used.
Even the stones sex was first determined by striking it with a
tool and listening to the sound it made.
There were motifs and symbols which held their own significance, in
right and in wrong. The wounded, the scarred, battles between gods and
demons, forest fires, barren trees, vultures, owls, dwarfs were
studiously avoided. Peacocks, parrots, doves, dancing ladies, gardens
and other pleasing designs were liberally scattered on walls,
entrances, gateways, and also formed the relief work on pillars.
Vaastu shastra includes an amazing array of technical rules of
proportion, mathematical calculations of the stars, planets and the
very ground itself. Be it temples, houses, public buildings,
transactions, religious ceremonies, weddings, Hindus still firmly
believe in the forces of nature acting for and against them. Vaastu is
practiced throughout India with fervor, and a god fearing Hindu shall
never embark on a new task without consulting the planets, the earth,
water, sun and the moon.