Deciding upon architecture takes a whole lot of time and attention. Doesn’t it? It requires a lot of sliding and gliding and picking up and dropping down. Even after all the effort and time, it might feel odd that when you sit on that sofa you don’t feel happy-happy. Or after a full night’s sleep, you don’t feel that satisfied. Well, it might have something to do with the direction in which your furniture is placed or what we call is the science of architecture.
Indians have their own way of positioning furniture called Vastu-Shastra. Vastu Shastra translates to the science of architecture, literally. It describes space arrangement, the principles of design, measurement, ground preparation, layout, and spatial geometry.
Why Is Vastu Shastra Important?
Vastu Shastra explains that all things in the universe have a level of energy and that every building or land has a vibration of energy associated with it. The universe is built of positive and negative energy. Vastu aims at eliminating the negative energy and enhancing the positive energy.
It is aimed at harnessing the higher energy levels within the self and can help in various aspects of life such as increased earning potential, helping in rising higher in career, living a blissful life, keeping peace within the family, etc. While some of this might sound ridiculous to you, there are some scientifically explained reasons behind it.
When you increase the positive energy within you it helps you in performing better in all aspects of life. Be it at work or at home, a happy, healthy mind and body is essential to ace every field.
Elements Of Vastu
As per Vastu, the universe is made of 5 elements namely Earth, Air, Space, Fire, and Water. It says that the balance of these elements, in the science of architecture, is very important for attracting positivity at home. Every element has a dominant direction as follow:
It is known for providing stability and patience. It dominates the center and diagonal directions in every corner. Hence, before buying a home, selecting a perfect site for it proves to be absolutely important.
It is known for bringing the element of fun and happiness in life. Alignment of the windows and doors proves vital if you want to receive proper airflow in your home. It dominates the north-east.
It represents cognitive energy & mental space. Space is responsible for all forms of social energies, and it dominates the west.
Fire represents money, confidence, and success. It dominates the South. Also, there should be a proper space for the sunlight to enter and make your home brighter. It dominates south-east.
Water is one of the major supports of human life. Hence it is associated with immunity & health. It dominates north-east. Therefore, any water bodies or aquariums, the pool must be in this direction.
Is Vastu And Feng Shui Same?
Vastu Shastra and Feng Shui, both utilize the five elements. However, Vastu Shastra uses earth, water, fire, air, and space, Feng Shui replaces earth and space with wood and metal.
While Feng Shui promotes a positive way of life and increases the flow of positive energies at home, Vastu Shastra is more about constructing a home/dwelling that is suitable according to the guidelines of this theory.
However, both Feng Shui and Vastu were developed to create a positive atmosphere around you so that people are able to make the best out of their home. After all, we are mentally and financially invested in our house. So it becomes our safe space.
5 Useful Vastu Tips
1. Bathroom, Doors/Windows In The East
From 6 am to 7.30 am, the Sun is in the eastern part of the home. This is the time for bathing and prepping for the day. Hence, the east is a good location for a bathroom used for bathing purposes only. In addition, there should be many openings and no obstructions in the east so that the beneficial rays of the morning sun will engulf the house.
2. Master Bedroom, Wardrobes In The South-West
After lunch, it is time for rest. Therefore, the time between 12 pm and 3 pm is called Vishranti, the resting period. Now, the sun is in the south-west section of the house. It is a good location for a master bedroom and the wardrobes should be kept on the west wall to reduce the heat.
3. Sleep Facing The South Or East
The human body itself acts as a magnet with the head, the heaviest and most important part of the body, as the north pole. If the head is rested in the north while sleeping, the north pole of the Earth and that of the human body repel each other, affecting the blood circulation, causing disturbed sleep, tension, and other connected problems.
4. NO To Swimming Pool/Water Bodies In South-West
The sun emits more infra-red rays during evening hours that are harmful for us. Water bodies placed at south-west corners are not desirable. The reflected infra-red rays from the water body in this direction enter the house and have an adverse effect on the human body.
5. Kitchen In The South-East
The time between 7.30 am to 9 am when the sun is in the south-east part of the house. It is the best time for preparing food to be eaten later in the day. The sun emits more ultra-violet rays in the morning hours than any other time of the day, which has a good effect on the human body and the environment surrounding him.