Many perceive Vaastu and Fengshui to be two different sciences and hence they contradict, however the fact remains that both have many commonalities and quite simple to follow.
Vaastu or Feng Shui is not just about building structures, which are supposed to usher in “luck”; it is a lot more than that. It is the art of spacing, positioning, planning and orienting not just the structure but also even the furnishings to offer greater support to the occupants. In short, it is the study of the energy around the occupants, its cause and effect and the effect of the immediate surroundings or environment.
The principles of Vaastu can be applied either for an independent house or for apartment dwelling, however as the building bye-laws laid down vary from city to city, and the concept of the design and décor differ between individuals at times it would appear that adapting Vaastu would be extremely difficult in any construction.
A simple approach to Vaastu would be in terms of providing the right plot levels, set backs, proper layout and allocation of rooms. How do we go about this? The basic understanding to allocate rooms in the right sectors is a step after getting to know the interpretation of the magnetic fields and compass directions. Presuming that one has got to know the axis of the plot and located the cardinal magnetic directions, it becomes a lot easier to design a home as per Vaastu tenets.
Let us take a look at some of the very generic rules in décor and room placement as per the basic school of Vaastu which only deals with fixed direction like the Fengshui Eight mansions school. The other advanced schools of Vaastu quite similar to Flying Star Fengshui based on the natal charts of the occupants and the house would have a different layout and design.
Main door: - While designing doors, one needs to pay attention to the windows too. Windows are the space where energy enters and leaves the room although they are secondary to the doors. Windows in line with the door are considered bad as the energy coming in rushes out through the window. Maintain a ratio of three windows to every one door in a room. Ensure that windows don’t occupy every wall in a room; restrict it to just two walls in a room as too many windows in a room represent loss of wealth.
The main door should be the largest door in the home and the door should not open into a kitchen area. Moreover the position of the main door is critical and would vary depending upon the direction and axis of the plot, however doors at North of Northeast, East of northeast, South of Southeast and Wet of Northwest are considered good door poisonings. Doors on the cardinal compass directions are considered bad positioning.
Kitchen: -What we eat, where we eat and how we eat are all part of the science of health and vitality; hence kitchen location is vital to the overall harmony of the home. Kitchen has many elements which operate in tandem or could be conflicting like Water, fire (stove /electricity), Air (gas) etc. A kitchen positioned at either Southeast or Northwest of the building is considered good; here again depending upon the facing direction of the plot it could be better positioned. For example for a North facing and West facing plot kitchen at South East quadrant is preferred and for South facing and East facing plot kitchen at North West quadrant is ideal. The logic here is not just Vaastu to support the fire energy positioning but also to ensure that the fire is not close to the entry for buildings facing the above axis. In addition locating the stove and sink is of great importance so having the water body more towards the Northeast quadrant either on the north or the East wall and the Stove towards Southeast or even northwest within the kitchen is essential.
Master bedroom; - This is one of the most important rooms in a home. In Vedic philosophy it is said that deep sleep is when we reunite with the source, hence if we sleep deeply we awaken refreshed ready for the new day. Quality of sleep is far more important than the length of time. Certain locations are more conducive to peaceful sleep than others. Locating a master bedroom is preferred either at Southwest corner or if you cannot than West or the South sector of the home is also acceptable. In case it is s studio apartment and none of the rooms mentioned are available for use as bedroom than you could still try to figure a way out to locate the bed at the Southwest sector of the room. Using wooden bed/cot is preferred as wood is benign and warm as against metal beds, which are cold and oppressive, and metal is said to be associated with the planet Saturn. Wardrobes and heavy furniture’s located at the Southwest of the Master bedroom is preferred in case you cannot position the bed in that sector.
Living room: - This room is the sanctuary for relaxation. Vaastu treatises says that the centre portion or the”bramhasthana” of the house is not conducive for major activities as it receives least amount of cosmic energy, hence it is beneficial if a major portion of the living room occupies the central zone of the building. Quite often Vaastu practitioners recommend Wet or north for locating a living room as west represents memory and intelligence as it is an exalted position for planet mercury hence a good place for communication, entertaining and social activities. North sector represents Jupiter planet for learning and study so a large living room with space for using as study or an area to sit and read is in line with Vaastu tenets for locating a living room. Remember to orient your sofas and heavy furniture’s such that they occupy the South and west sectors of the room and avoid furniture or blockages at the Northeast sector of the room.
Toilets: - In the earlier days the toilets were away from the main house and later they were made ‘en-suite’ or attached. Ideal location for toilets are Northwest or west sector and if it is a bathroom only then East would be acceptable. The Bathroom is ruled by the planet moon and represents a place of cleansing and rejuvenation. Toilets should not be too close to kitchen as the food energy and toilet energies are incompatible and moreover the Vaastu texts say that food being prepared absorbs the energy of whichever direction the stove faces hence sharing of toilet walls with kitchen is also considered bas Vaastu. The toilet pan should be oriented and aligned with the north-south axis and not cut across the magnetic axis when the person uses, as this is supposed to create health problems relating to digestive system.
Vaastu reminds us of the basic relationship between earth, man and cosmos. By adapting the principles of Vaastu to our lives, we can create a healthy environment with harmonious living and working conditions and re-establish a positive relationship with nature. Vaastu is an opportunity existing in the nature for the benefit of the mankind to create a harmonious balance between your external environment and our own body and mind.
Both Vaasthu and Fengshui have a common goal – “To harmonize your place of dwelling “ hence adapting them in our structures can only aid us to move ahead more positively.
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