Vastu - General Guidelines
Today, people are becoming aware of the importance of Vastu Sastra and its enormous contribution to current lifestyle. This great science of Indian architecture relates to the Vedas or the knowledge books of ancient India. Vastu Sastra can also be defined as the science of energy that creates a rhythm and balance in the building to ensure a better quality of life.
This article aims at balancing the primary elements and energies in a house by proper placement and re-location of key objects.
Distribution of Elements
The five primary elements are identified as follows:
||Electrical and Electro-magnetic energies
Based on this understanding, certain Vastu imbalances can be easily taken care of.
The main door allows the proper flow of the cosmic energies into the house. The mahadwara or the main door is similar to our nasal passage, which takes in the vital breath. Placement of the door in all the four cardinal directions is recommended. The main door should never be placed in the centre of the structure. For an improperly placed door, a screen placed a few feet away from the door helps to block the negative energies. The screen should be the same height as the door.
Masters of the Home
They can have their rooms in the South or South-West region of the structure. Senior citizens can occupy/sleep in North-East rooms. While lying on the bed, the head should be to the South. The South-West corners of the living premises can have heavy furniture or some heavy indoor plants.
North, North-West and West rooms are good for girls. South, South-East and East rooms are recommended for boys. They can sleep with their heads to the east. Computers and electronic equipment can be placed in the South-East of their rooms. Their knowledge area, which is the North-East, can be activated by the use of mirrors. Cleanliness should be their hallmark.
Pictures of gods, goddesses, saints, sages, landscapes, waterfalls, rivers, seas etc., can all adorn the Eastern and Northern walls. Photos of departed near and dear ones can be hung on the Southern walls. Avoid pictures depicting violence, disease, death and negative aspects of life. South and West walls can have pictures depicting strength - huge trees, mountains, rock gardens etc.
Have light indoor plants in the North, East and North-East areas. The South, West and South-West can have heavy indoor plants. Avoid cactus, rose plants and other thorny flora in the North and East. Placing them in the South-East not only improves the ambience but also keeps the energies sober..
Keep all the windows open to allow good ventilation into the rooms. Cooler air always comes through the South and warm uncomfortable air through the West. Regulate the openings accordingly. Openings on the North and East that relate to the wealth and health are recommended. Strategic use of curtains can regulate the flow of warm or cool air into the room.
Imbalance due to having the staircase right before entrance can be offset by clever camouflaging of the front of the staircase with indoor plants (light or heavy, depending on the zone - South, East or West - they are in). Staircases facilitate energy movements. They should turn clockwise as we ascend.
In a later article, we will cover aspects of lighting and creating spaciousness, balancing sound energy, kitchen, swimming pools and ponds, beams, mirrors, furniture, etc.
Summing up, the environment needs to be studied carefully. The primary senses of sight and hearing play an important role. Listening to the sounds (harsh and soft), looking at the doors and windows, studying the placement of furniture and plants, observing the beams and columns, noting the sleeping and sitting positions are important. Vastu is one of the tools provided by our sages and seers that may help an individual to achieve some level of health and happiness. Let the science of Vastu re-define your life and help contribute peace and prosperity.