Vastu Is An Art
Vastu Vidhya is one of the most valuable treasures of ancient Indian knowledge. The word Vastu means to dwell and Vidya mean science, so Vastu Vidya is the sacred science related to designing and building houses. The classical literature on Vastu is vast and scattered. Vishwakarma Vastu Shastra, Mandana Sutradhar, Samarangana Sutradhar, Mayamatam, Brihat Samhita, several of the Puranas and Agamic Work, deal with the subject in great detail. Vastu principles, if carefully followed, bring not only just prosperity into the household but also love and peace. Vastu Shastra is directed at harmonizing external space with the internal space within man. Vastu aims to restore the balance between the home that is the microcosm and the cosmos that is, the macrocosm bringing health, wealth and happiness.
According to Vastu, the external and the internal are interchangeable, because the underlying energies that govern the elements, such as wind or fire, are the same as those that control the organs of the human body. Vastu states that when building and forms echo the underlying cosmic principles, they become a part of the basic structure of the universe and vibrate in harmony with it. These positive vibrations have a direct effect on the inhabitants. Our ancient sages saw the influence of cosmic energies on living beings. They found that various energies that run around us in a particular pattern could be harnessed such that they resonated positively with the individual being or the people residing in the building to make their lives meaningful and harmonious.
Vastu contains the hidden key to realigning the home with cosmic principles such as solar energy, the movement of the celestial spheres, the magnetic field of earth, gravity and the influence of the moon and sun. It offers a holistic approach to the design and layout of houses. Although the art of Vastu is ancient, it is unconditioned by time and remain as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. It has universal application and is not confined to a particular country, climate or hemisphere.