What is Vastu Shastra?
Vastu Shastra is an ancient Hindu system of architecture and decoration that based on the correlation between the laws of nature and human dwellings. This system stresses living in tune with the environment and the five natural elements. Vastu Shastra has similarities to the philosophy of Feng Shui, which has been practiced in China for over 2000 years. The ancient Indian philosophy of Vastu Shastra is follows some of the principle of what we know as “holistic” or “positive” living. Vastu Shastra promises a more prosperous, healthy life with the realignment of ones home decor and environment. Vastu Shastra states that a home is not just a living space, but your own “human temple”. It is an extension of our mental state, and reflects on our personalities. Our homes directly influence our moods, thoughts, behavior, and social lives. With the proper placement of furniture, fountains, windows, doors, etc. we can achieve a harmonious balance that produces a better quality of living. In Vastu Shastra, a strong emphasis is put on the location and direction of items within our home. It concerns balancing the natural elements – earth, water, fire, and space – within your home. One can achieve this balance through directional alignment. The directional alignments are North, North-East, South, South-West, East, South-East, West, and NorthWest. Each has its own significant purpose in fulfilling the constant relationship between the elements of life.
What is the history of Vastu Shastra?
Vastu Shastra was initially an ancient science of building spiritual temples, in which buildings were constructed to take advantage of nature. By correlating the magnetic fields and the rotational influence of the sun, moon, earth, and other planets, this ancient Indian concept brings balance to man, nature, and his buildings. The location of these buildings was to ensure benefits to a persons health, wealth, and wisdom. Having evolved over the centuries, interior designers, and decorator or the average person can use these same techniques in a variety of ways for conducting all energy sources, and sustaining a natural balance of life.
How can I use Vastu Shastra in my home?
Because Vastu Shastra is based on directional alignment of things, its relatively easy to in your home by applying the rules of Vastu. First start by dividing your home into a grid based on the directional alignments of Vastu Shastra. Once it is divided each direction holds a purpose and place for things. Using light color hues also improves the quality of your life due to the positive energy they release.
Vastu Shastra in your Kitchen
Vastu Shastra states that your kitchen Your kitchen should be located in the SE portion of your household. It should obtain a East or North entrance place. Never put your stove in front of the kitchen entrance, nor locate your kitchen under a bedroom or bathroom. The suggested colors for a kitchen are yellow, orange, or red; these colors represent energy.
Vastu Shastra in your bedroom
All bedrooms should be either square or rectangular in shape. Vastu Shastra recommends not putting an aquarium in these rooms for loss of wealth. Bedrooms should be painted in blue, green, grey, or light pink hues. Avoid clutter should be under your bed, nor any mirrors facing it. This is the place to hang up pictures, paintings, or inspirational word art. Also according to Vastu Shastra, you should never keep your bedroom pitch dark.
Vastu Shastra in your bathroom
While bathrooms go widely unnoticed, they are one of the most important parts of your house. It should be located in the Eastern part of your household. Bathrooms should be kept clean for proper sanitation. They should be painted with white, grey, or pastel tones; avoid dark hues that represent negative energy. Plants are a great to add beauty and aesthetic to any bathroom.