Understanding Vaastu Shastra in Layman's Terms [in English Language] by Dr. Smita
What is Vastu? (In Hindi)
Vaastu Shastra for common man [in Hindi Language] by Dr. Smita
Introduction to Vastu Shastra
Vaastu is an ancient Indian science of architecture and buildings which helps in making a congenial setting or a place to live and
work in a most scientific way taking advantage of the benefits bestowed by nature, its elements and energy fields for enhanced wealth, health,
prosperity and happiness.
Vastu Shastra unifies the science, art, astronomy and astrology, it can
also be said as an ancient mystic science for designing and building. Vastu
Shastra helps us to make our lives better and will secure from things going
Vaastu is the science of directions that combines all the five elements of
nature and balance them with the man and the material. Vaastu Shastra is
creating a congenial settings or a place to live or work, in most scientific
way taking advantages of the benefits bestowed by the five elements called "Paanchbhootas"
of the nature thereby paving the way for enhanced health, wealth, prosperity
and happiness in an enlightened environment.
Our sages and seers have knew the secrets of using all the five elements of
this universe and their special characteristics and influences such as the
magnetic field, gravitational effect etc. of Earth, the galaxy in the sky,
the directions and velocity of the winds, light and heat of the SUN
including the effects of its Ultra-Violet and Infra-Red rays, the volume and
intensity of rainfall etc. for the advantage of the mankind in suitably
planning and constructing buildings for dwelling, prayer, entertainment ,
education , working , production and other purposes . They evolved
scientific methods and systems and confined them over the years as 'VAASTU
SHASTRA'. Our sages SEARCHED it; we are only RESEARCHING it and building the
Man is the subject, object and the cause of architecture. He perceives and
conceives architecture in relation to his experience of himself with the
surrounding world. Through art of design, he alters and moulds the elements
of natural environment. The world comprises of five basic elements, also
known as the Paanchbhootas. They are Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. Out
of the nine planets, our planet has life because of the presence of these
five elements. Earth and Water have limited and localized availability for
the human habitat and growth. They form apparent and fundamental choice
makers in the location and the physical form of architecture and habitat.
Sun, Air and Space are universally available and can be moulded to human
needs by the act of design. In order to understand the act of design with
these five elements, we shall have to take each one separately to appreciate
their meaning, role, and workability in architecture.