Vaastu is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘dwelling’ or a building used for residential purposes. The first mention of Vaastu is found in the Yajurveda, the ancient text of Hindus believed to be over 4000 years old. They cover a wide variety of buildings like places of worship, marriage houses, party houses, palaces and chariots and dwellings. The first book on this subject is believed to have been written about 3000 years back by saint Vishwakarma. Vaastu is a science that is complete in itself and can bring happiness to the whole world.
What is Vaastu ?
Habitation is the basic need of every living being. Man builds houses for his living. Any piece of land and structure built on it is known as ‘Vastu’. It has been derived from the word ‘Vaas’ which means to live. It’s practice started with Vedic period. We can find many references in Vedas, Puranas and other subsequent literature. Our ancient saints have concluded that anything living or non-living in the universe is made up of five basic elements or Panch Maha Bhoot. They are Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air) and Aakash (space). When these five elements are in harmony in our body, we are healthy and active and when their equilibrium is disturbed one is devitalized or unhealthy. Same is true with our place of living or work. Vastu is the only science which instructs how to maintain best equilibrium of these five elements in a building and make best use of them to energize mental and physical energies of inhabitants to the maximum extent. In other words vaastu tells us how to make use of these five elements for the maximum convenience, comfort and security keeping them in perfect harmony in our home or place of work so that one should enjoy health, wealth, prosperity and growth.
Legend of Vaastu Purusha
Lord Shiva had killed a devil named Andhak after a long war which had continued for years. A spirit originated out of the perspiration of Lord Shiva and consumed all the blood from the body of the devil. His hunger was still not satisfied. He then undertook penance. Lord Shiva was impressed and highly satisfied by his penance and offered him a ” Vara ” that he can eat anybody he likes . The spirit then went wild and started eating men and animals. This terrified even the Gods in heaven and to conquer him the various deities representing the various directions sat on his back making it impossible for him to get up. . When the spirit asked for forgiveness Lord Brahma offered him a blessing that : “After building any structure, the people who offer you prayers and worship you as Vaastudevta will be blessed with pleasures and prosperity. However those people, who do not offer you prayers shall be at your mercy and you may trouble them in any way”. As the head of the Purusha is in Northeast the northeast of the plot therefore should be kept vacant.