Earth-shaking tenets, the very essence of Vaasthu

By S BS Surendran

The surface of the earth, according to traditional cosmology, was divided

into two parts, the East and the West on the basis of sunrise and sunset and

into North and South on the basis of the magnetic poles. If you can

visualise a grid encompassing these four points you will get a square, known

as the mandala.

The Earth’s tilt on its axis, the flow of magnetic lines that envelope the

surface of the Earth, the effect of sunlight and moonlight collectively, all

have an effect on our existence. One cannot deny the fact that the human

body reacts to environmental factors like wind, water, temperature and

energy lines.

The word ‘Vaasthu’ is now well known world-wide and along with its growing

popularity, has drawn sceptics and those who pass it off as a mere ‘mumbo

jumbo’. Today, there are many who have adopted Vaasthu in their building

constructions and there are scores of consultants offering solutions and

designs as per Vaasthu.

Most often, Vaasthu has been perceived by many as a religious practice. This

is due to the lack of a proper traditional interpretation of the

science-base of technological matter, that one meets with a Vaasthu

treatise. Vaasthu is a technical subject and with a proper understanding of

the interpretations and logical reasoning, many confusions and

contradictions can be overcome.

The word Vaasthu is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘Place of dwelling’ and

originates from the Vedas. The Principles of Vaasthu have semblance with the

principles of Quantum Physics, emphasising that ‘everything vibrates and

pulsates’. It also asserts the notion through Vedic Philosophy, that

‘everything is interconnected.”


Vaasthu had a great impact in the design of ancient temples and architecture

in early civilisations and its influence is still prevalent in modern times.

Veda meaning knowledge is an essential part of all existence. Vaasthu Shilpa

Shastra originated from the Sthapatya Veda and it deals with Vastu and

Vaasthu, that is energy and matter respectively. Vastu in simple terms also

stands for the materials used for a Vaasthu, that metamorphoses into Vaastu.

The Vaasthu shastras address the energy contained in the Earth as, Vaasthu

Purusha, where purusha means subtle energy that permeates the Earth and

Vaasthu is the material body of the Earth, evolved out of the energy.

Hence Earth energy is considered as embodied energy. All animate objects

including human beings are tied to the Earth, with no scope for escape, and

therefore they should try to live in harmony with its subtle and physical

qualities. Vaasthu science establishes an emotional integration, between man

and the Earth and finally between man and the built-up space. The

integration was therefore felt indispensable for a peaceful life on earth

and in built-up environments.

Past practices

Back in the olden times, there were many unique yet effective methods

adapted by Vaasthu scholars in identifying a suitable place for dwellings,

solely based on the availability of a perennial water resource, quality of

soil to ensure cultivation and levels of the plot to offer protection from

the forces of nature.

Some of the interesting and unique methods adapted were digging of a three

feet deep pit, filling it with water and throwing flowers into it, to

observe the direction in which they move. The movement of the water current

in the clockwise direction was a indication of perennial water.

Smelling the soil, or floating four wicks of light in a plate in the water

inside the pit was a method adopted to understand the toxic nature of the

soil. This helped in deciding the nature of the soil and the quality of

obnoxious gases in and around the site. Lands containing impurities, dead

animal bones, charred wood or charcoal, lignite were all considered impure

and in modern day terminology ‘cancerous’.

The fact that Earth must be kept free of ‘man made’ impurities has been

dealt elaborately in Vaasthu science under the title Bhugarbha and it also

cautions of long term association with bad earth which would be harmful to

the physical and spiritual well being.

Orientation of a building is also an important aspect of building design.

This is a skill which positions the building with respect to the cardinal

directions of the magnetic fields. This concept was arrived at with respect

to the Sun’s position to the Earth’s movement.

The Sun is directly opposite and closer to the Earth’s surface on March 21,

on which day the flow of energy from the Sun to the Earth would be maximum

and, the days and nights equal. From that day on, the Sun moves upwards and

later downward at fixed intervals towards the Northward path (Uttarayana –

upward movement) and the Southward path (dhakshinayana – downward movement).

How it works

The man-made globe used in astronomical laboratories have longitudes and

latitudes. Although these are imaginary lines they are quite significant

from the Vaasthu point of view. The longitudes or dirkha rekha and the

latitudes or aksha rekha, having uniform space between lines and

intersecting each other at right angles, create a kind of energy grid over

the Earth’s surface that has great significance.

Accordingly Vaasthu turns layout plans into a grid consisting of 9 x 9 = 81

squares and when such a grid pattern is oriented to the cardinal directions

or is placed parallel to cardinal directions of the Earthly grid, the plan

of the house is said to lie exactly over the Earthly grid. Any distortion,

deviation or deflection of the grid lines of the proposed building-grid from

that of Earth’s grid is said to be in disharmony.

When we speak of energy and its influence we need to understand that Earth

itself is swathed with magnetic bands of energy, known as the Van Allen

Belts. These result in many kinds of currents in the atmosphere and ocean

although some of them are governed by poles, gravity and moon phases. People

often say that ‘they have free minds and that they can do what they want

to’. In reality these magnetic and cosmic fields have a great influence on

our behaviour patterns.

The human body is akin to a compass and does have its own in-built

biological compass needle. Haemoglobin in the blood cells of every human

body contain, at the center, a trace of iron. We have all observed that when

iron filings are put on a paper and a magnet is placed close to it, the iron

filings move around and follow the magnetic pole. Similarly our body gets

influenced due to the energy emanating from the magnetic belts and

establishes our balance in the energy field surrounding us.

Energy & Equilibrium

The band of magnetic energy would be different at different locations. So,

whenever you move from one location to another, travel long distances or

even move into new premises, you will feel the change. What one needs to

understand is the fact that energy keeps changing constantly and varies not

just due to the environment and interiors of the building, but also due to

other extraneous influences too.

A piece of land without any structure on it allows unhindered flow of energy

through and over the plot. When a structure is put up on a plot we first dig

the earth, put up walls and fix doors, windows etc. This in simple terms

would amount to creating an imbalance in the equilibrium for the movement of

energy in that piece of plot.

Vaasthu or feng shui are tools to restore this imbalance in equilibrium

through proper orientation of the structure, layout, setbacks, placement of

doors and windows, the garden and levels of the plot. In feng shui one goes

a lot more deeper by organising the interiors , the decor, colours, lights

etc thereby help channelise the energy into the building more effectively.

Adopting Vaasthu or feng shui provides one, a space that is comfortable and

supportive with an unhindered flow of energy, creating a perfectly balanced

environment that ensures enhanced wealth, health and prosperity.

The writer is a Master Fengshui Consultant an Traditional Vaasthu


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