Vaastu dates back to the times when the sages lived - probably 6,000 and 3,000 BC. The mention of Vaastu can be found in ancient scriptures like the Rigveda, Atharvaveda, Ramayana, Mahabharata, Mayamatam, Manasa saar, etc. Ancient Indian architecture depended on this science for the building of almost all the palaces and temples. Although the exact origins of Feng Shui are debatable, it is thought to have originated about five thousand years ago. Scholars have recorded various aspects of Feng Shui as early as the Song Dynasty 960 BC . However, the basic principles of Feng Shui were first written down during the Han dynasty 25 AD . Vaastu works on three principles of design that cover the entire premise. The first one is Bhogadyam, which says that the designed premise must be useful and lend itself to easy application. The second is Sukha Darsham, in which the designed premise must be aesthetically pleasing. The proportions of the spaces and the material used, in the interiors and exteriors of the building - ornamentation, colour, sizes of the windows, doors and the rooms and the rhythms of projection and depressions - should be beautiful. The third principle is Ramya, where the designed premise should evoke a feeling of well being in the user. Also, Vaastu is a complicated form of science put together by seventeen sages. There are certain rules that should be followed while building a house or a building. For instance, the building s underground water tank or well should be situated in the northeast direction. But, if the building has an overhead tank then it should be placed in the southwest direction. Also, more space should be left to the north and the east of the building compound and less on the south and the west. Open space should be kept around the building and if the plot has a road on the east-north directions, it is better for the inhabitants. In the kitchen, the platform should be placed in the east with the cooking stove on the right hand side and the sink and the water on the left. The mandir of the house should be in the northeast direction. The permanent or the heavy items should be kept in the south and southwest side of the building and so with equipments like TV, radio or any other entertainment device. Sleeping in the right direction is also an important factor in Vaastu the head should be in the east or the south directions. Vaastu Shastra, in addition, also says what kinds of plants and trees are good for the family residing in the building. It is believed that if a house is built on these few rules, then that particular house will never face serious health and money problems and the family members will live in harmony. In practice, Feng Shui is optimising one s space in a specific period of time. Traditional Feng Shui gives equal importance to Time, Space and Action. So it is important to have a mix of the right action, in the right place at the right time to do well. The most important principles therefore are earth luck , the energies that are present in your space and time. The second is the man luck , which are your own actions and free will. So how you use the available opportunities make a difference in your life. The third one is heaven luck , which is your fate and destiny and least in your hands.
Even if Vaastu and Feng Shui both mean to harmonise you with your surroundings, they have totally different philosophies. It is very difficult to say which is better, but the fact is that both are encompassed in the blanket of misconceptions. People believe that Feng Shui means changing everything that they had done around their homes earlier. But it is not true. In fact, the real masters say that if you have been having a satisfactory life in the terms of health, wealth and relationships, your house is utilising all the energies properly, so do not disturb it. Also, they warn against generalising of the good and the bad directions, as these directions vary from house to house and person to person. Therefore following these directions and putting up cures, especially the water ones, can do more harm than good as water is a very strong cure and is quick in showing both good and bad effects. And lastly, laughing buddhas, fortune bamboos, wind chimes and a few other Feng Shui items are not necessary. A good Feng Shui master will tell you affordable and simple alternatives that are very much Indian and pleasing to the eye. So if you believe that an idol of Goddess Lakshmi represents wealth, you install it in your wealth corner and not the three-legged toad. Vaastu is also a victim of misunderstanding. It is believed that as Vaastu is done at the time of the construction of the house, what happens latter, good or bad is inevitable and cannot be changed. But Vaastu Shastra believes that just like humans, a building has a life that weakens after some years. Therefore, to rejuvenate it, the resident must do a Vaastu puja every 30 years. Whatever the differences, both these methods have proved that there is a definite science involved and should not be taken lightly.
Posted On : 4/16/2009 10:01:16 PM
Umesh Upadhayay Reward Points : 31200 Member Since : Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Vastu Shastra has its origin in India and Feng Shui originated in China. The basic concept of both these sciences is to conserve the cosmic or the vital life force within one s home or workplace. When the fundamental principles of both these sciences are used together at one s home or workplace, the results could be remarkable as I have read. One of the differences, lets talk here in Feng Shui, is the southeast direction which is considered to be the wealth area, which is ruled by wood and nourished by the water element. Whereas, Vastu Shastra considers the southeast direction to be the fire area. When incorporating both the sciences one can have the cooking stove in the southeast of the kitchen facing east, according to Vastu Shastra rules. As per the experts, to increase the cash inflow, one can energise the southeast corner of the bedroom with fresh bamboo plants in the water along with some hard currency as per Feng Shui.
Posted On : 4/16/2009 10:03:09 PM
Riya Sen [Guru] Reward Points : 93800 Member Since : Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Both Vaastu and Feng Shui are ancient sciences from India and China respectively. Vaastu, which literally means to live, works on the premise that the earth is a living organism, out of which other living organisms emerge. This life energy is known as Vaastu Purusha. The Vaastu Shastra works for a bounded premise i.e., a house, building, industrial area or shop. The main aim is to form a balance between the outside atmosphere and the atmosphere within the premise. Vaastu makes use of five elements - prithvi earth , agni fire , tej light , vayu wind and akash ether , the earth s magnetic fields i.e. the north and the south pole and the sun s rays. Feng Shui literally means wind and water, is based on the idea that individuals should live in harmony with their environment. It was believed that if we live in balance with the order of the world, we could attract fortune and prosperity. This science makes extensive use of the wind and the water - the former is supposed to carry the energy and the latter is supposed to retain it. In addition, Feng Shui also makes use of five elements - earth, fire, water, wood and metal. So even as the basic premise of both seems to be the same - living in harmony with the environments and seeking equilibrium with it - both sciences have vast differences in the way they operate. Probably due to the fact that they have originated in two geographically and culturally different areas, and different times. Vastu Shastra is voluminous and scattered ancient Indian literature dealing with knowledge of architecture, iconography and art relating to structures and buildings. It comprises of independent works which are classified under the general heading of Vastu Shastra. It is an ancient practice to construct buildings in harmony with natural forces for well being of humanity as a whole. It is rich Hindu philosophy which is given in number of ancient works including Vedas. Vedas or sacred lore are considered to have reached us directly in the form of hymns or mantras. The word Vastu has been derived from VASTOSHPATI used in Rig Veda and is meant to provide protection, happiness and prosperity in this life as well as after death. Rig Veda in part 7, chapter 54/1 says. Feng-Shui China and Vastushastra India are understood in a proper perspective, as both these disciplines in their own ways define the relationship between man and the cosmos. In Chinese language Feng means wind & Shui means water, implying thereby that the technique involves balancing of the cosmic element water & the cosmic quality wind in a system to achieve harmony with the cosmic forces. Fengshui and Vastushastra both aim at removing obstructions so that energy can flow freely, which creates environmental harmony. Feng Shui is a science incorporating astronomy, geography, the environment, the magnetic fields and physics. Feng Shui is not a religion or superstition - modern science has proven it to be a complex mathematical system. Vaastushastra has clear-cut definitions- Vastu means abode or a house & shastra means science or technology, i.e. it is the scientific method of house construction. Feng-Shui considers a land having reddish or yellowish soil as a good geomantic land. Vastushastra considers a land with white & yellow coloured soil for house construction. Red coloured soil is tolerated in Vastushastra, but a site with black soil is prescribed for construction purposes, as such lands are prone to water-logging problems- a kind of environmental pollution. Feng-Shui insists that a body of water should flow in front of the main entrance of the house. There is no preferred direction of water flow as Feng-shui allows positioning of the main entrance in any directions, depending on the birth year of the owner of the house. Vastushastra on the other hand considers water flow in the direction N.E. to the Vastu as a beneficial factor with lunar-shaped Chandrakar N.E. directional flow as a pointer to frame & prosperity. A major discrepancy in both these disciplines pertains to the direction of ventilator openings. Feng-shui considers N. as evil & prefers S. direction for window openings. In contrast Vastushastra dictates the position of windows should be in the N.E.or N.E. directions only. Feng-Shui attempts to offer the households protection against yellow dust and sand which the chinese mainland receives from the deserts situated on the N. border of that country. Vastushastra follows scientific logic in selection of the window directions, in the sense that it considers the beneficial effects of early morning sunlight. Location & design of rooms in Feng-Shui are based on the traditional Le-Shu grid of nine squares which assigns different directions. In Vastushastra the location of rooms are designated in the Vastu Purush Mandal, consisting of nine squares as influenced by the journey of the sun in its various phases. To be sure, there are also differences between the two ancient arts. In Vastu Shastra, the North direction is generally regarded as auspicious because it is regarded as a source of magnetic energy. The East direction is also regarded as auspicious because this direction is the source of solar sun energy. In contrast, in Feng Shui, the North direction is generally regarded as inauspicious. This is because in China, the North direction is where the sands and cold winds from Mongolia blow from. In Feng Shui, the South and Southeast direction is generally regarded as auspicious as the warmth of sun can be felt from these directions. Because of the differences in their philosophies, there are also important differences in their practice. In Vastu Shastra, the cooking stove in the kitchen should generally be placed on the right while the sink should be placed on the left. In Feng Shui, the basic principle on the cooking stove and sink is that they must not be facing each other. Moreover, in Vastu Shastra, sleeping with head pointing to the South or East directions is considered auspicious while as in Feng Shui, the sleeping direction should generally be in accordance to the person s auspicious directions. In Vastu Shastra, big or heavy furniture like sofa, TV, radio equipment, etc should be placed at the South or Southwest sector of a house. This will leave more space in the North and East area - considered to be auspicious. In Feng Shui, these furniture should generally be placed at the North sector, directly opposite the auspicious South sector.
The principles of Vaastu Shastra and Feng Shui can be scientifically and metaphysically explained. Both have nothing to do with religion of philosophy. The aim of these principles is to bring about harmony between man and the environment in which he is living. The aim is to bring about harmony between man and cosmic principles and teach him to show deference to nature and its laws. All human activity takes place in a particular place and at a particular time. Vaastu and Feng Shui help us create an environment that is favorable to our well being and one that is in tune with cosmic order. But while doing this, we cannot expect these two theories, to do away with all the problems that affect our environment. By applying the principles of Vasstu and Feng Shui we can only improve our environment. While trying to improve out environment using the principles of either Vaastu or Feng Shui, we must consult experts on the subject. If these principles were so simple and easy then, everyone who has read anything on both should be an expert. This is not the case. So while planning to make changes in the environment using these principles always use the best expert. Vaastu principles are based on the rays of the sun and the energies of five elements. For these principles to be effective, they must to applied as a whole and not in bits and pieces to suit immediate needs. You must apply Vaastu principles with complete belief and with respect for its laws. If not the principles will not withstand testing times. The remedies provided by Vaastu are based on compass direction. A particular environment for example a house is studies based on the year it was built. In Feng Shui remedies vary based on time and other astrological calculations for that house. In Feng Shui the most important thing is to determine the chi of the house. After this the expert will analyze whether there are any faults in the chi. Both the theories are based on elements and the flow of energy. But it is not advisable to follow principles of both theories together. Do not consult a person who gives remedies by combining the remedies of both. Do not be fooled by consultants who offer discounts. Feng Shui is the Chinese Art of Placement, which allows the people who practice it to bring about harmony, in our environment from various points of view. Feng Shui uses an octagonal chart called the Ba Gua that helps us to decide which areas in the house or building is relevant to each of the Eight Aspects of Life. Namely: 1. Career 2. Helpful People and Travel 3. Children and Creativity 4. Marriage and Relationships 5. Reputation 6. Wealth 7. Family and Health 8. Knowledge and Self-Cultivation After these areas are determined furnishing, colors and art that represent the attribute you want to enhance are choose. It encourages the person to positively interact with the area to bring about the desired change. Hence the use of colors and furnishing etc. to match the attribute you want to enhance. Feng Shui uses detailed observation and awareness of everything in nature. Using the principles of this theory to decorate your house is like incorporating the scared in your daily life.