A Brief Introduction to Vedic Vastu Shastra by PavitraJyotish
Vastu Shastra: An Introduction
Since the ancient times, the earth is called as “Vasudha” meaning the inhabitation of creatures. Not only but various creatures and organisms strive towards making a place suitable for their living. In this field, human consciousness and wisdom have evolved gradually with the help of experiences. Because of this, man has been successful in making his residence more comfortable with his intellectual skills. Though food, clothing, and house are the most important needs of humans without which it is not possible to sustain his life. As per a mythological story, a process of leveling the earth was adopted to make earth more suitable for living by a king named Prithu. It is almost impossible to enjoy the household comforts under an open sky. To fulfill the residential needs, Vastu shastra came into existence. Among the Vedic scriptures, Rigveda, is one of its kind which has the description about religious and residential buildings. Although Vastu has been utilized in the ancient times for making the altar for fire rituals and in the construction of Yagnashala (fire lab), it was also utilized for making idols, temples, and residential places lately. However, the exact order of development of Vastu shastra is mostly unavailable. In vedic texts, Vastu is related to buildings and lands which show that it is directly related to residing and residential place. The Upaveda of the Atharva Veda, Sthapatya later became famous as Vastu and Shilpa Shastra.
The great and most respected masters of Indian Vastu shastra were Vishwakarma and Maya Danava. Due to this we see a mixture of both the methods in today’s Vastu scriptures. Although, Vastu and its mention is found in many scriptures like Vedas, Puranas, Upanishada, Ramayana, Mahabharata etc in relation with various buildings. These buildings are Yagnashala, cowshed, hostel, royal palace/fort, temples etc. The emergence of Vastu Purusha is believed to be from the eternal Lord Sada Shiva himself. As per the mythology it is believed that Vastu Purush emerged from the sweat of Lord Shiva during his furious battle with demon Andhakasura. We can also call this the first sequence of the growth of the world.
Importance of Vastu Shastra
When compared to the olden days, the importance of Vastu in the present era if manifold. Today many wise men and Vastu masters give more emphasis towards buildings with specific purposes by applying the principles of Vastu shastra. However, the real knowledge of most of the Vastu practitioners today is not adequate when compared the past. Presently, most of the so-called Vastu experts are trying their best to mislead the people by making them believe that Vastu is highly limited to four directions (disha). Such self-proclaimed Vastu Shastris who try to get famous by newspapers or TV shows actually possess very shallow knowledge of the core principles of Vastu shastra. Because of this reason the common public is not able to derive maximum benefits from this divine science of Vaastu. But there are still people who are wise and well versed in the key aspects of Vastu. They are using the principles of Vastu in the highest possible way for the construction of residential and commercial establishments. Due to this people get progress in the personal as well as in the professional front. Hence Vastu Shastra is not just limited to residential buildings but the rules of Vastu are also applied for the construction of various types of buildings like schools, colleges, offices, factories, temples etc. Vastu shastra is useful in making towns and states peaceful and prosperous. It is also useful in making the buildings comfortable, beautiful, enjoyable, and also towards achieving the desired goals. Every person should try to make the best use of the principles of Vastu which are available today. Vastu shastra is not limited to building construction and making it comfortable but it also has great power to balance the five major elements. This enables one to use the positive energy in an effective manner and removing the negative energy from the surroundings. No matter how good and durable the building might be, but if the positive energy is not properly transmitted in the building, it would not take much time for the residents to start experiencing the problems. Hence Vastu is an extremely useful science.
Link between Vastu Shastra and Astrology
Vastu shastra is considered as a part of Jyotish shastra which is also called as “Vedanga”. Jyoti is synonymous to eyes in the Vedas as the eyes have a higher flow of energy. This enables us to know about various objects. Our ancient Indian seers have propagated and dispersed the Vedic knowledge for fulfilling the desires and also for escaping from the undesired incidents. With the help of astrology, we can know about the forthcoming events. Similarly, with the help of Vastu shastra, we can make the building more durable, attractive, and useful. This also helps in enhancing the happiness and prosperity of the family. This will help an individual to achieve his desired goals with the help of principles of the Vastu shastra. Both Vastu and astrology are dedicated towards the betterment of humanity. Hence the relationship between Vastu shastra and astrology is well established even in the present times.
Vastu Shastra: A Science
Vastu shastra is a science. Science is nothing but pure knowledge. Hence it gives us concise principles for making a building. Apart from this, it also has the capacity to alter the effects of five major elements. Vastu shastra can effectively help us control the heat of the sun, coolness of water and flow of wind in a very scientific way. Considering the significance of ether (sky) element, brahma sthana is kept open and rules have been laid down regarding the heights of windows, balconies etc which is directly related to the energies inside the house. Likewise, we can find numerous scientific facts in the Vastu shastra. These would be discussed elaborately in the upcoming articles for all our readers.
Usefulness of Vastu Shastra
Principles of Indian Vastu shastra can be readily applied in various types of buildings. It can be applied in huts, raw houses or well-built houses. Vastu can be applied both in the rural and urban settings in a compact manner. Indian Vastu shastra is not only limited to houses but it can be verily implemented towards religious places, temples, rest houses, residential, commercial establishments, and all kinds of constructions including traditional and concrete houses. The usefulness of Indian Vastu system is still the same. Vastu shastra is very important in the construction of the houses, shops, hotels, cinemas, offices, schools, universities, business places, industries, multi-storey buildings, reservoirs, wells and also in the making of royal palaces. In the present materialistic era, Vastu is of prime importance as human life is greatly affected by diseases, stress, frustration, discontent, family negligence, and other vices which are ever increasing in the present times.
Indian Vastu Shastra is useful and beneficial for everybody who lives in individual houses or in the apartments. This provides them a secure life and also enhances comforts in their life. Vastu Shastra Expert helps in making life more contented, prosperous and also saves them from the natural calamities like storms, floods, heavy rains, scorching heat etc. Apart from this, Vastu is also useful in protecting people from disease, stress, depression, dissatisfaction etc. If the house is compatible with Vastu principles, then one can lead the life in a comfortable manner. If there are Vastu defects in the residence then one may have to face some problems throughout his life. You can also lead a happy life by rectifying the issues related to Vastu shastra in your house.
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