The existence of the universe is based on the five basic elements of ‘ sky’, ‘wind’, ‘fire’, ‘water’ and ‘soil’. These five elements have to be balanced in our home too. This very art and science of balancing and enhancing these five elements in a dwelling, forms the basis of ‘Vastushastra’.
When first selecting the piece of land where a structure will stand, an expert in ‘vastushastra’ can guide to bring about the best potential in the persons who will work or live there. This is of primary importance and proves to be very beneficial.
For the balance and optimum flow of positive energy, the building should be constructed according to certain natural laws. Just as in the human body, all the parts and organs should be in the proper proportion to one another, in order to correctly perform their functions. A structure that is incorrectly built bring imbalance and lack of harmony in the lives of the people who live or work in it.
At the beginning if the structure is built according to the laws of ‘Vastushastra’ it saves the trouble of trying to make corrections later on, which are often very difficult.
Ancient ‘vastushastra’ considers the surrounding topography, to define the kind, and direction of positive energy flow. Here we consider mountains, rivers, valleys, sloping land, etc. These have been formed in their respective places due to certain laws, as we read in the annals of geology, and geography.
There are eight directions in all, that are basically considered. The four basic ones are – North , South, East , West. And the four sub-directions are North-east, North-west, South-east, South-west.
The East is considered the direction of the male member, of father figure of the house.
The South-east is the direction that influences health of the members living or working in the place.
The South represents wealth, a good harvest, happiness and peace.
The West is the direction for growth, progress, and fame.
The South-west stands for birth and death.
The North-west represents business, work, friends and enemies.
The North direction is the direction of the mother, or motherly figure of the inhabitants of the place.
The North-east, represents the new generation or new members in the group.
The place where two directions meet is called a corner. It influences the elements of both the meeting directions. So if a corner is missing or cut during designing, it creates major problems in those areas of the lives of people living or working in the structure.
When buying a land always prefer the one lying on the North or East of the present place of dwelling. If you can buy a land to the North-east, do not worry about how much you pay for it. It will prove to be extremely lucky to you.
The height and slope of our home or workplace influences our luck. This must be correct according to specific directions. The land or place that has a downward slope towards the North, and East, will bestow innumerable pieces of good luck. If the West and South are at a higher level, life will be rewarding. People living in such places accomplish big deeds without great effort.
The North-east is considered the most important direction, and must be enhanced correctly when building a structure. Heavy objects, and obstructions are like putting heavy burdens on the life of people living in it.
When sleeping , the head must be towards the South.
Do not place pictures of wild animals, or battle scenes in the house.
Large trees should ideally be towards the South.