The term Vaastu Shastra is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Vaas’ meaning to reside or to stay. ‘Shastra’ means art or science, and together the two words mean the ‘science of architecture’. It is an age-old field of architecture that was given immense importance in ancient India. In fact, a house, commercial or community dwelling was never designed or constructed without integrating the Vaastu aspects. This significance of Vaastu is not lost even today. Since today’s customers are increasingly demanding these elements, even modern western designs are created today as per Feng Shui or Vaastu Shastra.
Here are a few extraordinary affects of certain Vaastu guidelines that are sure to surprise you:
The Main Structure: As per Vaastu guidelines the main structure of any establishment should be placed in the dead centre of the design. In this way the main structure is given immense importance as the other property in the establishment surrounds it. As per ancient Vaastu, this space is reserved only for the highest, such as a deity.
90 Degrees: Although it is advisable to buy a piece of land that is cut out in a rectangular shape, still, in case you buy a non-rectangular plot it is highly recommended that the south-east and south-west edges have a 90-degree angle. This seemingly weird practice is actually based on a very strong psychological and special principle. All ancient Vedic sciences, including Vaastu, were co-related in that they were all a study of the relationship between the human mind and nature. Supposedly, this precise angle of the south-west and south-east corner helps in giving stability to the residents of the establishment, by giving it a strong and well-designed shape towards the south.
‘L’ Shaped: It is not advised to buy property where the design of the plot is ‘L’ shaped. This design reflects an incomplete aesthetic sense, and loses its positive energy because it is, actually, an incomplete rectangle. The side from where it is open becomes prone to negative energy and leakage of opportunities. As a result, it is surmised that an ‘L’ shaped plot results in incomplete goals and missing opportunities for the owners as well as residents.
Surrounded by Roads: A plot of land or property that is surrounded by pathways or roads on all four sides is considered highly auspicious. Logically, it is an obvious fact that any property, especially a commercial one stands to profit hugely if it has this kind of connectivity. But, Vaastu goes beyond the obvious. As per Vaastu, it is not just the connectivity, but also the energies that attract towards such a piece of land. If surrounded on four sides by roads, the land becomes a centre of attraction over time. More the inflow and outflow of fresh energies, higher the level of prosperity.
Narrow Entry: When dealing with construction, the design of the entry into the house or establishment has an important affect. A narrow entry is recommended as per Vaastu, where the other end of the construction is wider. In this manner, the design formed is somewhat similar to a triangle, with the narrow end serving as the opening and the wider end serving as the main area. This arrangement is said to help in financial matters as well as keeping negative energies away. The narrow entry helps in the filtering of good opportunities, and the wider end of the house helps in storing this accumulated positivity.
While all Vaastu recommendations are a mixture of ancient knowledge and observable differences, no Vaastu tip can be guaranteed to have an effect. Nowadays, there are solutions to virtually every Vaastu flaw in a building, apartment or house. One’s judgment of how Vaastu-optimized a house is, varies from person to person. On a safer side, if you are a Vaastu enthusiast, it is better to invest in a property that has been designed by the developer as per Vaastu considerations.