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Vasthu Sastra and Vedic Astrology

Normally as a Swamiji, I used to speak or write about Vedic Astrology. In this issue I wish to give you a few ideas about Vasthu Sastra and give you all a few crispy ideas about Vaasthu Sastra.These days, we often hear people talking about Vaasthu kala. However, none of us has an exact idea as to what is this Vaasthu shastra all about. Indian Vaasthu shastra is the science of direction that combines all the five elements of nature, namely earth, water, air, fire and space and uses them to the benefit of humankind. It is an art of using these five basic elements also known as Paanchbhootas, for the prosperity of humans.

Vaasthu shastra is an art that enables us to lead a peaceful life, by creating congenial living conditions. An ancient Indian art harnesses the energy of natural elements like the heat and light of sun, gravitational force of earth, direction of winds, the intensity of rainfall etc and uses them to balance with the surroundings of humankind. Thus, Vaasthu vidya is the art of molding the natural environment to suit the needs of human beings. Vaasthu shastra is the scientific study of directions that creates equilibrium by balancing the different elements of nature and using them for the benefit of humans. There is a great importance of Vaasthu shastra in our life, as it paves way for happiness and prosperity to knock our doors. Vaasthu is very rational in the sense that it is based on scientific study and not on assumptions. In addition, there is surety about its permanency, as it takes into consideration the directions, which are static. Read further to know why Vaasthu should be followed.

Talking about Vaasthu, the best part is that, its guidelines are very simple and easy to follow. It can be applied to virtually all sets of constructions, then be it a house, a particular room, temple, commercial complex, industry etc. Vastu extracts the positive energies of the five natural forces of nature, like solar energy of sun, lunar energy of moon, wind energy, magnetic effects of earth etc and balances them to bring harmony in the life of humankind. Consult a good Vaasthu expert, follow the advice sincerely, and then open your arms to receive good luck, health and wealth. These days, the concept of consulting Vastu expert for creating peaceful settings at home and workplace, has gained popularity. This architectural scientific study of directions, more popularly known as Vastu is not new. In fact, it has its origin in the Stapatya Veda, a part of the Atharva Veda. Thus, the origin of vastu study can be said to have taken place thousands of years ago. It is interesting to explore facts about Vaasthu origin. The early principles of Vastu were framed based on observation of the sunrays at different durations during the day. Vastu study has incorporated the principles of sculptures, construction and architecture, as were described in the epics. One can find its mention in different epics like Matsya Purana, Skanda Purana, Agni Purana, Garuda Purana, and Vishnu Purana. References can also be found in the Mahabharata; of different houses built for the kings, which were constructed following Vaasthu guidelines. Even Buddhist literature makes numerous mentions of different buildings based on Vaasthu. It has become a tradition of passing the knowledge of Vastu shashtra from one generation to another.

First, let me explain who Vaasthu is. Vaasthu Purusha is the god for construction of structures and buildings. Once upon a time, an unknown person came into existence and he obstructed the earth and the sky with his huge body. The Devtas suddenly caught the person and threw him below with his face down, and different Devtas held whichever part of the body of the person, the Devtas became presiding deities of that part of the body. The creator, Brahma, had made the person as “god of the house” - ‘Vaasthu Purusha.’ There is another interesting story of Vaasthu Purusha in Matsya Purana. It narrates the birth of Vaasthu Purusha. In an encounter with a Rakshasa called Andhakasur, Lord Shiva became tired and exhausted, and he began to sweat profusely. A man was born out of the drops of Lord Shiva’s sweat. He looked very cruel. He was very hungry and began to make penance to appease Lord Shiva and to get a boon from him. Lord Shiva was pleased with his penance and appeared before him. The devotee prayed to Lord Shiva, “Oh Lord! Please permit me to eat away all the three worlds.” Lord Shiva granted his prayer. He got possession of all the three worlds and was about to eat the terrestrial world. The celestial beings, Brahma, Shiva, and the demons were terrified and they caught hold of the devotee and encircled him. Forty-five deities caught hold of the devotee and pressed him down. This Devotee has been in that position ever since that time. Lord Brahma blessed him and said that he would be the deity of all the plots and constructions, and offerings would be made to him. In return, Vaasthu Purusha is said to be taking care of the inmates of the building. Let me narrate the Vedic verse here. “VAASTHU VARCHO MAHA KAAYO KRISHNANGO RAKTA LOCHANAHA. AISAANYAAM MASTHAKAM DHRUTHWA NANAIRUTHYAANGATHAMAARABHETH. AAKUNCHITHA KAVACHAM VAASTHUM UTTHAANAMASUTRAAKRUTHIM.

The variations of the measurements of the rooms in house will result in the following problems. If the master bedroom is improper in measurements, it will create unnecessary problems between the husband and wife. Health related problems would also occur. If the children’s room varies from the measurement the education, physical and mental health of the children will be spoiled. Atharva Veda tells about many yantras for solving these kinds of problems. For example, Amruta Sanjeevini Yantra is to be worshipped for solving the health related problems. The Yantra should be fortified with certain number of “Rasaayanams”, and then only the Yantra should be worshipped. The term “rasaayanam” used in Atharva Veda is entirely different from the word’s usage in Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, the word “rasaayana” means “combination of different chemicals”. However, in Atharva Veda it should be split as rasam+ayanam. Rasam means “juice” and ayanam means “route”. The juice of the specified mantras is to be extracted and the Yantra should be fortified. The mantras will vary according to the severity of the problem. From one mantra to one--hundred and eight mantra. Atharva Veda tells about many yantras for solving different problems. The specified Yantra should be worshipped with the specified mantra. Then only one can get the complete result of it. I wish to state the names of a few yantras that are used widely. For education, “Vidya Sanjivini” Yantra should be worshipped. For solving the problems of visible and invisible enemies and for martial problems, “Satru Naasa karini”, for getting good fortune “Adhrushta Mohini” and there many yantras prescribed. Before doing alterations according to Vaasthu, the consultation from a learned scholar is necessary.