Vastu - Vastu Shastra
What is Vastu ?
Vastu : The ancient poetic art & science of crafting a home with soul, it is the Yoga of Space
Vastu is the poetic art of crafting an energetically balanced home for & of the soul. A *home that supports our own souls true destiny, highest potential and life purpose. A home that encourages & illuminates and connects us to the health & true wealth of the body, mind and spirit, in comfort and ease. A home that naturally connects us to nature & great source and the very elements that create and hold the universe. Vastu Shastra is the more formal name of Vastu and is often translated meaning “The Science of Building” but perhaps it is more correctly translated as “Knowledge of the Spirit of Land & building”, as Vastu Purusha literally means the “indwelling spirit” (of the land & building on it.)
* I use the word home here as a generalization as it can apply to any building occupied by people.
Vastu Purusha Mandala : The Purusha is the actual indwelling spirit of the home, shown contained within the space, a perfect archytpal sqaure, the square representing earth, lying on the ground face down, with his hands in prayer and his head to the NorthEast and feet in the SouthWest.
Vastu : the Yoga of Space
Yoga is defined as meaning Union, union of body and soul with the divine forces of the universe
Vastu can be defined as the Yoga of space, meaning the union of our own organic system (our body mind spirit) with the organic ecosystem that is our home, with the organic system that is Nature and then union with the greater universe and ultimately the great self for realization.
With Vastu we want to invite in as much positive energy into the home, hold that energy within the space & by encouraging the North and East and NorthEast energy (therefore light as well as subtle energy ) and minimise the West and Southern energy, whilst holding energy toward th South and SouthWest.
Part of this principle is that we want to invite Sattvic or pure energy in, but also need to hold the energy and minimise or balance Rajasic (harsh fast movement) and Tamasic (slow stuck) energy.
This is important for the entire home and site as a whole, as well as essential rooms like the main bedroom. We endeavor to maximise the East, the North and NorthEast exposure and minimise the south and west. Gateways of positive energy such as the NorthEast need to energised and less favorable directions minimised or balanced. Much of the corrections can be made via the application of the balance of the 4 great elements of Earth, Air Fire & Water as well as Space or ether .
Vastu is used in the planning and design of individual rooms, homes, residential complexes, commercial and industrial premises, health Spas and health resorts and major public projects.
The square-grid Vastu mandala should be viewed as a model , a model of a living organic system, it is a map, and the map is not to be mistaken for what it represents, the terrain, a living system and organism. The map helps to describe the territory but is not the territory itself. It describes the organization & effects of energy within spaces. It is not intended to be used as a literal floor plan but as a guide to knowing the truths of how energy works in environments. Once we have constructed 4 walls and a roof we have created a miniature universe where all the elements of the larger universe are at play. Vastu shows us how these energies effect the occupants and how they can be manipulated for our betterment. It does not intend to mandate a set compulsory architectural rules.
Each and every very piece of a land or a building has a soul of its own and that soul is known as Vastu Purusha, which is the very spirit of that land and that building. Vastu means land & buiding and Purusha means spirit, so it the spirit of the land and builidng. Vastu concerns itself with how our own soul and body may interact with that indwelling spirit.
Buildings which are not built according to Vastu can be re-harmonised by means of various Vastu rectification tools according to what needs to be brought back into balanced & harmony .
Vastu design integrates architecture with nature & with the nature of people and the relative functions of various parts of the structure, in accord to the cardinal directions the sun ahte moon and surrounding landscape or urban landscape and the energies of the 4 elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water & Akasha (space) and as demonstated by the geometric pattern of the Vastu Purusha Mandala.
Vastu Shastras — Ancient Sanskrit treatises on divine architecture
Of the numerous Sanskrit treatises mentioned in ancient Indian literature, some have been translated in English. Many Agamas, Puranas and Hindu scriptures include chapters on architecture of temples, homes, villages, towns, fortifications, streets, shop layout, public wells, public bathing, public halls, gardens, river fronts among other things. In some cases, the manuscripts are partially lost, some are available only in Tibetan, Nepalese or South Indian languages, while in others original Sanskrit manuscripts are available in different parts of India. Some treatises, or books with chapters on Vastu Shastra include:
- Brhat samhita
- Anka sastra
- Aparajita Vastu Sastra
- Maha-agamas (28 books, each with 12 to 75 chapters)
- Ayadi Lakshana
- Aramadi Pratishtha Paddhati (includes garden design)
- Kupadi Jala Sthana Lakshana
- Kshetra Nirmana Vidhi (preparation of land and foundation of buildings including temples)
- Gargya samhita (pillars, doors, windows, wall design and architecture)
- Griha Pithika (types of houses and their construction)
- Ghattotsarga Suchanika (riverfront and steps architecture)
- Chakra sastra
- Jnana ratna kosha
- Vastu sarani (measurement, ratio and design layouts of objects, particularly buildings)
- Devalaya Lakshana (treatise on construction of temples)
- Dhruvadi shodasa gehani (guidelines for arrangement of buildings with respect to each other for harmony)
- Nava sastra (36 books, most lost)
- Agni Purana (Chapters 42 through 55, and 106 - Nagaradi Vastu)
- Matsya Purana (Chapters 252 through 270)
- Maya samgraha
- Prasada kirtana
- Prasada Lakshana
- Tachchu sastra (primarily home design for families)
- Manushyalaya Lakshana (primarily human dwelings)
- Mantra dipika
- Mana kathana (measurement principles)
- Manava vastu lakshana
- Manasollasa (chapters on house layout, mostly ancient cooking recipes)
- Raja griha nirmana (architecture and construction principles for royal palaces)
- Rupa mandana
- Vastu chakra
- Vastu tattva
- Vastu nirnaya
- Vastu purusha lakshana
- Vastu prakasa
- Vastu pradipa
- Vastu manjari
- Vastu mandana
- Vastu lakshana
- Vastu vichara
- Vastu vidya
- Vastu vidhi
- Vastu samgraha
- Vastu sarvasva
- Vimana lakshana (tower design)
- Visvakarma prakasa (home, roads, water tanks and public works architecture)
- Sastra jaladhi ratna
- Sipla prakasa
- Silpakala Dipika
- Silpartha sastra
- Sanatkumara vastu sastra
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