Vastu is a science of directions that combines the five elements of nature and cosmos, ultimately balancing with man and the material.
This mysterious science unifying the five elements called 'Panchbhootas'- Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth paving a way for enlightenment, happiness and prosperity.
In order to enjoy the maximum benefits of Vastu Shastra, a dweller must ensure that his or her five senses are in harmony with the five elements.
This is an important exercise, though many people do not understand the relevance of space/ether, air, fire, water and earth to human body.
Space is the first and foremost element of Vastu as well as nature. Space or Akash has no limits. This element is related to our sense of hearing. Quantitatively, space is filled with galaxies, stars, Sun, moon, constellations and all the nine planets. Space influences human lives and Vastu provides proper guidelines for Space and according to it, the house construction should be in such a way that light enters the central area of the house. This Space should be kept vacant in a house and any disturbance in the space can prove to be harmful.
To be in balance with space/ether, which is related to hearing, one should play soothing music when one wakes up in the morning. Devotional songs and instrumental tunes are recommended. Creaky doors and playing loud music are discourages, as they would disturb the peace.
Air or Vayu is considered as second most important element of Vastu after Space. Air or Vayu is an important element of nature, without which all life will come to an end. The element of air is related to our senses of touch and sound. This element has a proper direction in Vastu, which is north-west direction. Air comprises various gases on earth which are essential for human life, such as oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Vastu provides proper guidelines for the placements of doors, windows, balconies, ventilation, height of your home structure and placements of trees and plants. According to Vastu the air should enter the house from north-west direction.
To enjoy the freshness of the air, which is related to touch, burning incense or uplifting scents to purify the air during sunrise and sunset is recommended.
After Space and Air, Fire or Agni is the most important element of Vastu. Fire is connected with the Sun which is known for its vitality and strength. Sun is the source of natural light and an important source of energy. Vastu provides proper directions for the placement of fire sources, which is south-east direction. The fire sources like kitchen fire and electrical gadgets should be placed in south-east direction to get positive energy as well as benefits. In a house, proper ventilation for sunlight is necessary as it is one natural source of light for human beings.
Watching the sunrise and allowing the morning sun's rays to enter a property enhances the environmental harmony between fire and sight. Gazing at a candle flame also has a therapeutic effect on the dweller.
Water is one of the largest elements of nature as over 80 percent of our body and two-third of earth's surface is filled with water. In Vastu there is one proper direction for the placement of water sources. To get maximum benefits, water sources should be kept in the north-east direction of a house. North-East direction for water exerts positivity and so aquarium, swimming pool, water tank, wells and boring need to be placed in this above mentioned directions only. For the flow of domestic water, north-east is the proper direction to drain out.
To be in harmony with water, which is related to taste, drink adequate amount of water and place a bowl of water in the northeast sector of the property.
Earth or Prithvi influence human lives as it have gravitational and magnetic qualities. Site selection for a house is the most important thing in Vastu. It is necessary to check each and every detail of the site before construction, which includes inspection of plot's soil, area and direction of site. This element exerts positive energy in our lives which will further help us to stay healthy and fit.
Earth is related to smell and many people do not have direct connection with earth for instance, when did you last walk barefooted on the ground? Allowing your feet to touch the soil, walk on a grassy patch or the beach, helps to discharge and recharge your body with positive earth energies. Breathing the freshness of sunrise is recommended to get the element connected with our sense organ.
With the help of Janm Rashi (zodiac sign) and Janm Nakshatra you can identify about your element of dominance. Apart from this, even the nakshatras are affiliated with elements. Rashi (Zodiac sign), Nakshatras, their owners, their related elements are shown in the table below.
With the help of this information you can come to know how to behave with whom. You can also improve your relation with your friends, relatives, business partners etc.
Earth element gives consciousness, energy and strength to body. On the mental level it gives original ideas and solutions for questions. The nature of Earth element person is jolly. Body is generally strong, grown and have let go attitude.
Negative Effects: panting, laziness, cough, astringent taste in mouth, vomiting or nausea, hoarse voice. Eye related diseases. Diseases related to anus or genitals. Problem of indigestion and blisters. All the time they feel like sitting, lying down.
Water element has more will power and ambition. It motivates person to go ahead and grow, it also give them strong will power to achieve success. Generally people with Water element are friendly, straight forward and jolly by nature. They achieve greatness in the field they select in life. These people are sweet, compassionate or motherly hearted people. They always inspire to do sympathetic work like social work, donation. They have characteristics like love, cultured, benevolent etc.
Negative Effects: Heart ache, dry mouth, gastric problems, stammering, shiver, tremors, skin diseases, diseases related to bladder, kidneys and ears. These people become soft and helpless and continuously feel like running in their mind.
People of fire element give special attention towards morality- immorality, modesty. They have strong mental power. Their activities are generally fast. Encountering or retaliating these people is difficult. They have strength, intelligence, courage and brightness. They achieve success immediately in any work they intent to. They do not get pressurized by anyone. They always forgive any mistakes of the people they are friends with.
Negative Effects: People with this element keep moving all the time and walk very fast. They face heart diseases, muscle pain, stress. They get provoked in small small things. They feel insulted in small small things. They get into fight for petty issues no matter real or imagined. While doing what is decided by them, they can become dirty or baseless. They tend to get animosity.
People with air element have more strength and power. They have excellent vitality and possess good health. They are energetic. They always have dilemma between true and false, and they have habit of doing only that what they have decided.
Negative Effects: They face diseases related to nose, lungs, large intestine, chest problems, gas, and gastric problems. They are upstage.They are impatient and easily get provoked and they can murder someone in that moment of heat as they can’t control it. They can’t maintain relationship with anyone. They dream about flying in the sky. They rarely find solution or decision for anything. They achieve very less wealth.
Note: In Indian astrology Zodiac signs and Nakshatra are distributed in four elements only, Earth, Water, Fire and Air. There is no discussion about Sky element. In Chinese astrology they have discussed about all five elements.
With the help of this information you can find out who can be helpful for your growth and who is a hindrance and accordingly you can give momentum to your life.
Imagine that someone has taken birth in 1986, so last digit is 6 which is represented by Fire element in the table. Wood element is helpful to Fire and Water can extinct it.
(Note: Dates mentioned above are exact starting dates of Chinese Years.)
Only when dweller is in harmony with these natural forces, occupant will enjoy health, wealth, happiness and peace of mind. Failure to do so can bring misery and misfortune.
According to the theory of the five elements, they are present in every atom of the universe and they need to be present in abundance with the home to make it vibrant and filled with positive energy. A details study of fundamental Indian science states that the elements have an interactive influence on all dwellers of a house or building.
Our body comprises the same five elements in the form of the five senses. According to Vastu Shastra, if a property is built according to the five elements, the internal energy currents in the bodies of those living there will be in tune with the universal energy, thus resulting in good health, wealth and happiness for those occupants.
Vastu Shastra is the equivalent of architecture plus a result-oriented science to ensure harmony. An individual observing it is assured of wellbeing and positive energy flow.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)