Q1. What Is Vastu Shastra?
A. Vastu is one of the profound Vedic sciences, having stood the test of time with its undeniable value and effectiveness. Vastu Shastra, from the Sthapatya Veda, literally translates to “the science of architecture”, and it is indeed the ancient Indian system of architecture which describes principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry.
Vastu Shastra is based on the 8 cardinal and ordinal directions and the 5 fundamental elements of nature – namely, Earth, Fire, Water, Wind and the Sky.
The primary intention of Vastu Shastra is to integrate architecture with nature with flexible design guidelines for space, sunlight, flow and function.
Q2. Is Vastu Shastra a religion / associated with any religion?
A. Vastu Shastra is not a religion, nor is it a philosophy. It is a natural science which studies the alignment of universal energies to maximize peace, happiness and prosperity. Much like other Vedic practices such as yoga and meditation, Vastu is simply a life-enhancing practice which stands on its own.
Q3. Is Vastu Shastra applicable to the Hindus only?
A. No, it applies to anyone. The Vastu Shastra is, in fact, a science of directions formulated many thousand years ago for anybody who wishes to make their living or working space an optimally charged with positive energies.
Q4. Can Vaastu defect can be corrected by performing poojas, yagnas etc.?
A. No. Vaastu is science related to natural energies, and only applying Vastu remedies can neutralize Vastu defects.
Q5. What factors is the Vastu Shastra based on?
A. Vaastu Shastra is a combination of living energy forces and environmental energies such as the Earth’s magnetic field and gravity, solar energy, wind speed and direction and cosmic radiations.
Q6. Will I come across as superstitious or fatalistic for putting my faith in Vastu?
A. Vastu Shastra manipulates elements of nature to benefit you, and seeking assistance from nature has always been a wise choice. At the end of the day, you will be the one profiting with peace, health and wealth.
Q7. When will I notice the benefits of Vaastu?
A. Once the elements of nature are rightly balanced in your environment, many opportunities will arise. It is up to you to take notice of and seize these opportunities. Some improvements may be immediately noticeable.
Q8. What are the basic principles of Vaastu 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. Vaastu is the science of arranging man-made environments 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 Vaastu Shastra, we protect ourselves from these rays.
Each element of nature is associated with a particular direction.