For civilized people a comfortable residence is as necessary as food and clothes. Vaastu friendly house and workplace leads to contentment, comfort, peace and happiness. A Sane mind in healthy body can only work to achieve desired goals so vaastu plays a vital role in it. Vaastu balances Pancha Mahabhootas (Five Elements) or their energies which works to create a compatible environment for a person to achieve the goal of Dharm, Arth, Kaam, Moksha.
There is an invisible and constant relation between all the five elements. Thus, the person can improve their conditions by properly designing their buildings by understanding the effectiveness of these five natural forces. Vaastu Shastra combines all the five elements of nature and balances them with the person. It takes advantage of the benefits bestowed by the five elements of nature to create a congenial living and working environment thereby facilitating spiritual well-being and paving the way for enhanced health, wealth, prosperity and happiness.
Vaastu is dependent on directions and directions are ruled by planets.
North East is Ruled by Jupitar
East is Ruled by Sun
South East is Ruled by Venus
South is Ruled by Mars
South West is Ruled by Rahu
West is Ruled by Saturn
North West is Ruled by Moon
North is Ruled by Mercury
Residential Vaastu and Commercial Vaastu have different goals. Where residential vaastu has Dharm, Kaam, Moksha as primary goals and commercial vaastu works to achieve Artha as sole goal. vaastu at any of both places not only affects the owner but it affects the dwellers and workers. So both the places should be vaastu friendly. At residential vaastu we re-charge ourselves with contentment, comfort, peace and happiness same time we exhaust our energy at workplace to the fulfillment of desired goals.
Our ancient books have regarded every thing either living or non living which has come into existence Is made up of Five Elements only. Vaastu is an ancient doctrine which consists of precepts born out of a traditional view on how the laws of nature affect human dwellings. Because in vaastu shastra it has been perceived that there is a vaastu purush (deity) lying on earth. However our Rishis have related every beneficial thing of mankind with religion. This is the reason that even some plants (not all) have been related to a particular Deity/God so people should not harm them. Vaastu had long been essentially restricted to temple architecture, there has been a revival of it in India,
Original Manuscripts of vaastu are not available these days. Now days most of the available books not only of vaastu or astrology but of any other subject too are the re-prints or not authentic. We are very well aware which is well mentioned in our history that if any loss to our country has been done is of KNOWLEDGE in the form of BOOKS. Nalanda was ransacked and destroyed by an army. The great library of Nalanda University was so vast that it is reported to have burned for three months after the invaders set fire to it, ransacked and destroyed. Now you can imagine that fire of 3 months engulfed how many manuscripts. Nalanda University was destroyed thrice: in the mid-5th, early 7th, and late 12th centuries. The first two times, Nalanda was rebuilt by the rulers of the day. But by the time Turkish Muslim invaders destroyed it for a third time in 1197, the enthusiasm for Buddhist learning had long declined and there was no ruler in the region with enough clout to restore the institution to its former glory.
Vaastu is a vedic science of layout has evolved over the centuries as a result of man’s efforts to improve his standard of living. Vastu Shastra is a Vedanga, a branch of Sthapatya Veda, which in turn is a part of Yajur Veda. The body of Vastu knowledge is monumental with lakhs of shlokas, which were handed down to succeeding generations by word of mouth and through hand written monographs such as:
- Manasara Silpa Shastra (by Manasara),
- Mayamatam (by the Mayasuras),
- iswakarma Vaastushastra (by Viswakarma),
- Samarangana Sutradara (by Raja Bhoja),
- Aparajita Priccha (a dialogue between Viswakarma and his son Aparajita, written by Bhuvanadevacharya) Silparatna.
- Other treatises such as Agni Purana and works by Kautilya and Sukracharya are not popular even though they preceded the above mentioned documents.
Vaastu shastra was limited to temples only which kings used to get done for their state.
It was confined only to the architects (Sthapathis) and handed over by word of mouth or hand-written monographs. The principles of construction, architecture and sculpture, as enunciated in the treatises on temple architecture, have been incorporated in the science of Vaastu.
From ancient literature, we gather that Vaastu was treated as the science of construction of temples and royal palaces. In Amarakosa, a Sanskrit dictionary written by Amara Simha and
epics like Skanda Purana, Agni Purana, Garuda Purana and Vishnu Purana, the principles pertaining to the science of Vaastu had been enunciated. Apart from these works, epics like the Bruhatsamhita, Vishnu Dharmottara Purana, Viswakarma Vaastu Shastra, Samarangana Sutradhar and Aparajita Prutchcha, have been responsible for Vaastu taking shape as a science.
In the Matsya Purana, seventeen preceptors of vaastu have been mentioned. They are Bhrugu, Atri, Vasishtha, Vishwakarma, Maya, Narada, Nagnajit, Vishalaksha, Purandara, Brahma, Kumaraswamy, Nandisa, Shounak, Bhargava, Vasudeva, Anirudha, Shukra and Bruhaspati.
The first official treatise on Vaastu, the Kasyapa Silpa, has been attributed to Sage Kasyapa.
In the treatise Agama Shastra, which explains the science of temples, Vaastu is considered as the basis for any type of construction. Excavations at Harappa and Mohenjodaro also indicate the influence of Vaastu on the Indus Valley Civilization.