Shastri Arun Vyas
Vãstushãstra stands tall and apart.
This oldest school of architecture is still in practice.
The ancients ranked it high. They called it Sthapatya Veda – The Science of Establishing – which covered the entire gamut of architecture, sculpture, designing and construction, and classified it as an Upaveda. The Design Philosophy of this unique system is deeply interwoven with the elements of Space and Time, Form and Rhythm, Cosmic Directions and astronomy, an above all, it has a spiritual approach to the design philosophy itself.
It is the only system in the world which has the amazing capability to determine the Harmonic Quality of a Spacial Dimension and its relationship with an individual. A Vãstu practitioner uses this knowledge to design Living Rooms whose spacial energies are in resonance with the owner and his family. People who live and work in Vãstu compliant buildings experience Inner Peace, develop an Intuitive Mind, and therefore are able to make correct decisions in life to become successful, prosperous, wise, and stay healthy.
Vãstushastra is neither a magical science, nor occult, or a corrective science. Vãstushastra is a science of designing spaces, the oldest and highest form of architecture – holistic, logical and very effective. Its principles were derived thousands of years ago and are valid even today. It replicates in a structure the same harmony which exists in the cosmos and keeps it going like a well-oiled clockwork, which maintains the equilibrium of the planets and the stars and sustain life on earth and take evolution forward.
Vãstuvidya designs an Outer Space - a Bãhyãkãsh - which bring calm and peace to the inner space of the dweller - to his Chidãkãsh. When the Chidãkãsh is calm and at peace, the mind is calm, the intellect is sharp, the intuitive faculties perform better, so one can studies better, sleep better, remain healthy, take appropriate decisions in business and life, and grow richer financially and socially. The highly potent vibrating energies of such outer Space of his dwelling not only give him the Pranic strength to work more efficiently, but also help to convert the work and the effort into fruitful results, enabling him to enjoy the fruits of his efforts, look well after his dependents, make good money in life. And finally, an attuned Bãhyãkãsh sows the seeds of spiritual purity in the Chidãkãsh. It is a cyclic movement, leading to material and spiritual prosperity, peace and happiness. This is the real magic of Vãstushastra
The practice of Vãstu, therefore, is about understanding the causal relationship between Energy and Form, between the shape, size and directions, then to use mathematical calculations to design spaces which have the vibrations of the required type – either academic, commercial, creative, research oriented, curative, judicial, governance, defensive, productive, industrial, domestic etc.
A Vãstu practitioner is a Bramha in its own way, for he is carving out living space out of Emptiness. That is a delicate and pious task, a job which needs special skill sets. The conditions for being a Vãstu practitioner are tough. Besides knowing the nuances of the Vidyã, the person has to a sadhak, a spiritual aspirant who is also learned, humble, at peace with himself, not greedy, benevolent, doing works and deeds of charity, travelling to holy places/tirthas, having a complete clarity of thought, confident, in command of his surroundings, a worshipper of the Divine.
There has been a renaissance of Vastushastra in the past decade or so, and it is not a haphazard development, but because Nature has a bigger plan. The time has arrived when the need for Vãstushastra is growing more than ever before. Not just because the pressures at work are increasing and to counter them we need a finely tuned home to go back to, but the larger reason is that we are witnessing a great shift in human consciousness, as if a new dimension is opening up. All the prophesies of annihilation of human species and doomsday have failed to stop the human consciousness from taking the northward route. Humanity has today reached a peak from where it is about to leap into the spaces of higher consciousness. It is on the threshold of a spiritual awakening, of the beginning of a journey to understand who we really are, and not to reinforce the artificial sense of a derived or adopted social identity. The whole nature is under a cycle of evolution. With it comes an intrinsic need for a holistic system of architecture – of Vãstushastra - which can create environments where this intellect can blossom, where we can act seated in consciousness and inner strength, where we are free from all selfish and egoistic movements, where we care for each other and love becomes the uniting thread for all humans.
The Philosophy of Vãstushãstra, Vãstushãstra and Yoga & The History of Vãstushãstra
The Philosophy of Vãstushãstra
Space is not an inert void, but a humming, pulsating, living and a Conscious Entity. Space is the Unseen Divine, the Womb of our Universe from which are born Light, Sound, Matter, Heat, Air, Time, Thought, the entire Creation. In an esoteric sense, the study of Vãstushastra is the understanding of the manifestation of Space into tangible objects like Matter and intangible objects like Sound, Light, Time and Thought.
The ancient sages studied Space and utilized their understanding to prepare this unparalleled and amazing system of designing Townships, Homes, Shrines, Palaces, Forts, Furniture, Vehicles, Statues etc.
Vãstushãstra and Yoga
Vãstushastra has a strong similarity to the principles of Yoga. Like the flow of Prana in a healthy body, a Vastu design aims at creating a harmonious Pranic flow within the building. The geometric centre of the plot is the naval or Manipur, the North-Eastern part of the plot is the head with the Sahastrãr Chakra, and the South-Western part is its base with the Mulãdhãr Chakra. The diagonal line from North-East to South-West is Sushumna, the carrier of life force from head to below. To the west of this diagonal is Pingala, the Surya Nadi, and to the right of this diagonal is Ida, the Chandra Nadi. Manipur, the centre of the plot has a high concentration of energy and is called Bramhasthan, or the Place of Brahma.
The History of Vãstushãstra
Matsyapurana mentions the names of 18 sages who are said to have established the science of Vastu:
भृगुरत्रिर्वसिष्ठश्च विश्वकर्मा मयस्तथा।नारदोनग्नजिच्चैवविशालाक्षः पुरन्दरः॥
ब्रह्माकुमारो नन्दीशः शौनको गर्ग ऐव च।वासुदेवोऽनिरुद्धश्च तथा शुक्र बृहस्पति॥
अष्टादशैके विख्याता वास्तुशास्त्रोपदेशकाः॥
Of all these names, Vishwakarma and Maya are mentioned in the ancient books as master builders. Rgveda has hymns to both. Vishwakarma is regarded as the architect of the Universe and is widely worshipped; Maya is known as the architect of the Danavas, the descendants of Danu, the third wife of Sage Kashyap. He was the foster-father of Mandodari, Ravan’s wife, and the author of the classical work of Surya Siddhanta on astronomy and Mayamatam on Vastushastra.
The following are some important ancient works of Vãstushastra along with some Agamic and Pauranic literature which have references to Vãstu shastra.