Q: What is Vastu Shastra?
A: Vastu Shastra is the science of designing buildings in accordance with the laws of nature. These laws state that the balance of the five elements must be maintained in order for beneficial energy to enhance your environment. This science dates back about 7,000 to 10,000 years when it was written in an ancient texts called the Vedas.
Q: Is Vastu Shastra associated with any religion?
A: Vastu Shastra is a mystical science and comes from the Vedic tradition in India like yoga and meditation. Like these practices, the health enhancing, life-giving benefits of Vastu Shastra stand on their own.
Q: Why practice Vastu?
A: If the five elements are balanced and all obstructions to life-supporting energy are removed you will receive the maximum life enhancing energy and support of nature, which will assist you in unfolding your full potential. You will have more opportunities and your thinking will be clear to act on them in the proper time.
Q: When should we practice Vastu?
A: It is best to practice Vastu when purchasing or renting an office, house, apartment or lot and when designing a home. You can also use Vastu for any existing structure or when you are facing problems at home or work.
Q: What is the difference between Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui?
A: They both aim at removing obstructions so that energy can flow freely, which creates environmental harmony. The primary difference is that part of Feng Shui’s theory is based on a regional concern that sandstorms, blowing from the north, made a northern entrance to the home unacceptable, whereas Vastu favors entrances on the north and east. Vastu is based on science. Feng Shui is based on local geographic considerations and traditions. They both utilize the five elements; however, Vastu uses earth, water, fire, air and space; whereas Feng Shui replaces earth and space with wood and metal. We have found Vastu Shastra to be more effective for our personal use and for the benefit of our clients.
Q: When will I notice the benefits of Vastu?
A: When the elements are balanced in your environment, opportunities will come. It is up to you to utilize these opportunities. You may notice some improvements right away; others may take up to a year.
Q: What are the basic principles of Vastu Shastra?
A: Everything that exists in the universe, including our bodies, is made of five elements. These five elements are earth (geomagnetic energy), water (gravitational energy), fire (solar energy), air (wind energy) and space (cosmic radiation). These forces have a powerful influence on us, as well as the environment. Vastu is the science of arranging our man-made environments so that we are in alignment with these forces of nature. If we are not aligned with solar and geomagnetic forces we may experience illness, misfortune and struggle. It is as if we are attempting to swim against the current of a river.
The east is the source of solar, ultra-violet rays, and the north is the source of magnetic energy. We benefit by keeping our environment open to these life supporting energies. The harmful infrared rays, which come from the south, and the destructive gamma rays, coming from the west, cause disruption within the environment and our bodies. Using the principles of Vastu Shastra, we protect ourselves from these rays.
Each of these elements is associated with a particular direction: water in the northeast, fire in the southeast, earth in the southwest, air in the northwest and space in the center. By balancing these elements in their proper proportions, we will gain the benefits of health, happiness and prosperity.
Q: Are the principles of Vasta applicable in different geographical areas around the world?
A: Even where there is a limited amount of sunshine, the answer is yes. The basic principles of balancing the five elements apply throughout the world. By using the principles of this science, buildings can be designed to harmonize with the different climatic conditions of each region.
Q: Can the ills of society (poverty, crime, sickness) be blamed on an unbalanced environment and surroundings?
A: No doubt. The ills of society are worse in congested cities that lack natural light and fresh air. About 80% of the negative influences in our lives are generated by an imbalanced home and work environments.
Q: Is it possible to achieve perfect balance?
A: It is very difficult to achieve perfect balance; however it is said that if your merits are more than your demerits, you have achieved good Vastu.
Q: Can I benefit from using Vastu Shastra without demolishing my home and starting over?
A: Yes. These are a few very easy adjustments you can make. You can sleep in the southwest area of your house with your head to the south. You can place heavier furniture to the south and west. Keep the center, north and east areas of your home open and free of clutter. You can also place a fountain in the northeast and a light in the southeast. Just using these basic suggestions can have positive benefits in your life.
Q: What is the scientific basis for having a lot slope down to the north and the east?
A: A lower level in the northeast allows the positive magnetic energy coming from the north and the positive solar energy (ultraviolet rays) coming from the east to enter your property and house. This downward slope to the northeast allows water to flow there and absorb the positive energies. Then this positive magnetic energy can flow unobstructed to the southwest where it is deposited. The higher level in the south and west protects you from harmful gamma and infrared rays.