Vastu shastra (vāstu śāstra – literally “science of architecture” is a traditional Hindu system of architecture originating in India. Texts from the Indian subcontinent describe principles of design, layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement, and spatial geometry. Vastu Shastras incorporate traditional Hindu and (in some cases) Buddhist beliefs. The designs aim to integrate architecture with nature, the relative functions of various parts of the structure, and ancient beliefs utilising geometric patterns (yantra), symmetry, and directional alignments. In his review of research on superstition and real estate, Stuart Vyse concludes that “…just as in the case of feng shui, there is no scientific basis for the claims of vedic architecture”; others have described Vedic architecture claims as a form of pseudoscience.
Vastu Shastra are the textual part of Vastu Vidya – the broader knowledge about architecture and design theories from ancient India. Vastu Vidya knowledge is a collection of ideas and concepts, with or without the support of layout diagrams, that are not rigid. Rather, these ideas and concepts are models for the organisation of space and form within a building or collection of buildings, based on their functions in relation to each other, their usage and the overall fabric of the Vastu. Ancient Vastu Shastra principles include those for the design of Mandir (Hindu temples) and the principles for the design and layout of houses, towns, cities, gardens, roads, water works, shops and other public areas.
What Happens if a Building Doesn’t Follow Vastu Shastra?
We can certainly say that if a building is not constructed on the rules and principles of vastu shastra then the thinking and action of people inhabiting or working in these buildings is not harmonious and progressive.
Dwelling in a building which is not according to vastu shastra principles can lead to loss of money, physical illness or disorder and in some cases untimely death of inhabitant or some near and dear ones.
On the other hand if the building follows principles of vastu then all Divine Powers help and support people’s positive thinking and progressive actions.
Benefits of Vastu Shastra
Many factors govern the life of a human being; his fate, karma and vastu of the place where he lives and work.
Apart from karma of a person, fate and vastu affects life’s quality.
If the vastu is poor but the fate of a person is good then results obtained can range from poor to mediocre; where as if the vastu is good and fate is unfavorable then the ill effects are minuscule.
It is important to follow vastu shastra guidelines while constructing a house, shop or any other structure as it changes a man’s destiny for betterment.
The application of vastu shastra are tremendous, read our article to know how you can follow vastu shastra in your home for a better, happy, successful and prosperous life.