India being a rich country in terms of culture and tradition, houses use some helpful vastu rules for home designing and positioning. This also lies in the same line of the fact that in order to achieve maximum benefits of life’s energy giving sources, one’s body must be in complete balance with the nature and according the vastu principles. All of this embodied as guiding main vastu principles in the ancient tradition is known as Vastu Shastra.
In layman’s verdict, Vastu means the land to live while Shastra refers to a peaceful balance between men with nature. This study basically teaches us to lay out our house design by following some basic principles of vastu in such a way that we as humans get the maximum benefits of the natural forces poured-off by the nature. The system on a ground level deals with the five elements in Indian Mythology namely, air, water, earth, fire, and sky which are believed to be sources of natural power.
These five vastu elements are capable of giving off energy as per the Hindu beliefs. As humans, we are required to absorb this energy right at the place where we are positioned. Therefore, Vastu Shastra in all also helps us understanding and appreciating traditional values.
Before getting deeper into vastu shastra basic principles, a clear concept regarding five elements and its significance to human life is necessary. As per the ancient Hindu tradition, Earth is believed to have formed 460 million years ago just like a big fiery ball. It is due to possessed magnetic forces that have created a surface to be formed out of the rocks that melted through the passing of time. Hence, just like a magnet there is an existence of two poles: the North Pole and the South Pole.
Later therein came the concept of space represented by the sky, the air inherent in space, or vacuum, the earth which is the solid surface, the water which comprises ¾th of the earth’s surface and the fire which is natural to the sun.
Sky, the element that denotes space, vacuum, and endless infinity houses unimaginable power that can reach our earthly existence.
Air, the element that is biologically needed by all living things on earth either for survival or for ecological balance.
Water, an element that is gained through rainfall from the skies and fills up the gaps and low lying areas of the Earth.
Earth, which is formed out of the molten rocks and attracts all other elements because of its great magnetic force.
Sun, the messenger of fire and the main source of life on earth plays a vital role in vastu shastra since it is worshipped as the personified version of God and is the potential source of creation. The invisible powers coming out from these elements can come in all directions. Hence it becomes necessary to position the property/house by considering some basic principles of vastu that natural life forces come into play.
Aim/Object of Vastu Shastra Ideology
Now, when we all know that by following principles of vastu shatra while designing and developing we get the maximum benefits from the natural imbalance.
Below listed are some main objects for using these basic vastu rules to avoid any problem and to achieve the maximum benefits of vastu shastra, Here are some methods and tactics that are the basic objectives of the vastu ideology:
Dharma or Religion: With the power of natural forces, the main aim is to achieve spiritual happiness among the residents of the house. Not only this, the teachings of the religion also come into play while having conversations with family, friends, businesses, and people within the community. Hence, religious maturity promotes us towards a harmonious future.
Arth or Wealth: The aim is to gain wealth and provide comfort and luxury to the resident.
Kama or Desire: The main aim of this is to have the house and entire family members fulfil their heart’s desires that are over money. Real and intangible desires will only come to life when happiness, harmony and contentment will fill up the rooms of the vastu house.
Moksha or Salvation: The souls of today crave for salvation or redemption as a way of cleaning the inner self. The positive energies surround us in such a way that in all it steers us to choose amongst the good and best.
The aim of vastu principles is to fill in our homes with positive energy forces that can help us achieve the four main focuses of our human existence; so that eventually we go through this life with much satisfaction and contentment.