About Vaastu Shastra
To understand Vaastu more, one must know about the Panchbootas or the Five Elements in Vaastu Shastra. The five elements are: Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Space. One must keep all five elements in balance to achieve a state of well-being. Now we will talk about the elements individually.
Earth (Prithvi/Bhumi) – Earth is the first and foremost element of Vaastu. It is the third planet from the Sun. The Earth influences human lives with its gravitational and magnetic qualities. It comprises of the land structure, land form, landscape, flora and fauna. It also establishes availability of local construction materials and their work ability. In India, we worship our Bhumi and give her a place of our mother.
Water (Jal) – Water is one of the largest elements of nature as 80% of our body and two-third of the Earth’s surface is covered by it. It is represented by rain, rivers, sea and is in the form of liquid, solid and gas. It forms a part of every living organism and provides life. Where there is water, there is life. The type, form and pattern of life also greatly depend on relationship of earth and water. If we see our history, all the cultures had developed on the bank of any water bodies, so this shows the influence of the water on our life, since ages.
Air (Vaayu) – It is an important element without which life cannot exist. As a life-supporting element, air is very powerful life source. Pure air with oxygen is good for brain and blood. Atmosphere of earth, which is about 400 kms, in depth, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon-di-oxide, Helium, other gases, dust particles, humidity and vapor in certain proportions. Air deals with the entire body surface through skin, blood system – through respiration. Air also represents the movement. This element has a proper direction in Vaastu, which is north-east direction. According to Vaastu Shastra the air should enter the house from north-east direction.
Fire (Agni) – It represents light and heat without which the life will extinct. All the days and nights, seasons, energy, enthusiasm, passion, vigor is because of light and heat only. Sun is a source of mental energy too. Best minds evolve in a natural process where the sun was temperate. Sun has played an important role in development of visual qualities of architecture in terms of textures, colors and above all the expressions of vitality. Vaastu Shastra provides proper directions for the placement of fire sources, which is south-east direction. The fire sources like kitchen fire and electrical gadgets should be placed in south-east direction to get positive energy as well as benefits.
Space (Aakash) – Space has no limit and is endless. Quantitatively, space is filled with galaxies, stars, Sun, moon, constellations and all the nine planets. Space influences human lives and Vaastu Shastra provides proper guidelines for Space and according to it, the house construction should be in such a way that light enters the central area of the house. It is an unending region, remote from the earth, in which not only our solar system but the entire galaxy exists. Its effective forces are light, heat, gravitational force and waves, magnetic field and others.