Many of us have heard of Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophy of harmonising with our environment, but do you know about the principles of Vastu Shastra? The doctrines of Vastu have been written about in Hindu scriptures, which contain guidelines for building and creating a home in accordance with different energies. The word Vastu actually means ‘dwelling’ in Sanskrit, and the principles are influenced by the nine planets and the five elements – fire, water, earth, air and sky.
Hindus believe that by following the rules of Vastu within their home, they can achieve peace, health and happiness. If you don’t build according to Vastu, so the positive forces overcome the negative forces, then living in this dwelling could cause disease or disaster. These ancient rules of architecture are still used today to create a harmonious home. If we can harness the positive energies surrounding us, why not invite these into our home?
Vastu has a similarity to Feng Shui in that it recognises two different energies – positive and negative, Yin and Yan. However the practices differ, and Vastu is more specific in the structural descriptions and much more comprehensive – the rules encompass décor colours, directions, location of rooms and furniture placement.
If you’d like to build or decorate a home following the ancient practice of Vastu, then here are some precise tips for each room.
It is very important to feel at peace in your bedroom, so creating a bedroom according to Vastu is fundamental to a harmonious home.
Sleeping – If you have trouble sleeping have you ever thought about changing the direction of the bed? Vastu guidelines suggest you should sleep with your head pointing south, which provides a deep sleep. The north has too much magnetic energy and can disturb the sleep.
Door – The door to be the bedroom should be able to open at least 90˚, which allows you to maximise the opportunities in your life.
Mirrors – According to Vastu principles, mirrors should not be hung in the bedroom as they can lead to frequent misunderstandings and your troubles can be constantly reflected back to you. However, if you do require a mirror never place it on the North side of the bedroom.
The lounge or living room is the focal point of the house, so it’s crucial to ensure it is a positive and happy place. Follow these Vastu rules to ensure it harnesses the correct energy.
Location – If possible the living room should be at a lower level to the rest of the house, as this respects both the occupants and guests. It is also favourable to have the living room on the north east side of the house, which creates more harmony in the household.
Sitting – When sitting down or entertaining, the owner of the house should always sit facing the north or the east. Other occupants and guests should sit opposite the owner.
Colours – The Vastu guidelines indicate not to use dark colours in the lounge, except on the east wall. Lighter colours are preferred, including white and green.
Electricals – In Vastu philosophy, south is the direction of fire, which indicates where all electricals should be kept. Televisions, telephones and other gadgets should be placed at the south side of the room.