Saturday, July 4, 2009
MEANING OF VASTU -
The meaning of vastu is dwelling, which is the home for god and humans. Vastu shastra is based on various energies that comes from atmosphere like solar energy from sun, cosmic energy, lunar energy, thermal energy, magnetic energy, light energy, wind energy. These energies can be balanced to enhance peace, prosperity and success. If a house is made according to these principles, the inmates enjoy all the happiness in life. If it is against vastu principals, it will be a place for all sort of problems, worries and no peace.
WHY VASTU IS IMPORTANT..
Vaastu considered the interplay of various forces of nature involving the five elements of earth, water, wind, fire and ether and strives to maintain equilibrium as these elements influence, guide and change the living styles of not only human beings but every living being on earth.
Vastu Shastra unifies the science, art, astronomy and astrology, it can also be said as an ancient mystic science for designing and building. Vastu Shastra helps us to make our lives better and will secure from things going wrong.
Vastushastra is based on various natural energies-
* Solar Energy from Sun. Lunar Energy from Moon
* Earth Energy
* Electric Energy
* Magnetic Energy
* Thermal Energy
* Wind Energy
* Cosmic Energy
Vastu can be used for every structure like room,house,temple,shop industry, town planning, tour, cities and even for earth. Vastu can be used for micro as well as for macro level.Every creature on earth starts its life with sunrise as it performs day & night. Hence there is much importance of sun in every one life. It gives ultra violet rays in morning and infra red rays in evening which one basic need to reduce / generate bio-chemical germs, N2/ Oxygen / CO2 on earth.
Sun indicates light (illumination) will power, generosity, solar system, luck or fate, mobility and in body. It rules over bone, eye, heart, spinalcord, blood circulation and soul etc. Hence east direction is auspicious; it belongs to lord Indra. North is considered auspicious since magnetic lines of forced moves from North to South, thus origin of all the life.
AUTHENTICITY/FACTS OF VASTU
The biggest Proof of vaastushastra can be found during the time of Ramayan and Mahabharat. Even in the cities of Mohanjodaro and Harappa the application of vaastushastra can be seen. Since the science goes far back to the times of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna there are many interesting mythological stories concerning the origin of Vaastupurush (the deity).
Geographical situation of an area affects the nature thus the vastu for every place changes. We see that some countries are much advanced, developed and prosperous while others are much backward. For e.g.
* Japan, existence of deep water in North and the East is considered most auspicious according to vastu shastra. The eastern side of Japan is widely spread and open. Thus Japan gets full benefit of the rays of the sun. This is why Japan is rich and prosperous. There is sea in Southeast and south of Japan, which is a place for Fire, this is why it suffered the attack of atom bombs explosion and earthquake.
* If we take Africa as a continent, we all know the northeastern corner of this continent is interjected. Northwest portion is projected, southeast and south have unlimited water, these all conditions are inauspicious according to vastu, that's why African countries are backward, uneducated, poor. But on the contrary, in the north of this continent, there exists Mediterranean Sea, which is favorable according to vastu. In the eastern part, river Nile flows and that's why civilization developed in Egypt and now Egypt got name and honour for its world famous pyramids.
* Why to go far, lets discuss our own INDIA, we know we have the Himalayas in the North and Northeast side of our country which is against vastu, thus there is lot of poverty in our country. There is water in Southwest and southeast side of our nation, thus we have to face the attacks of foreign empires. One thing that makes India famous is that we have our slope towards east, which is a very favourable and auspicious sign.The location and construction of the famous Balaji Temple, the most prosperous in India, are all according to Vaastu.The most famous prosperous industrial houses have also been studied; The Tata head quarters in Mumbai, Akbarallys the most successful retail store in India.
PLOT ACCORDING TO VASTU -
The best shape is square. Rectangle is also excellent provided the length is not more than 1.5 times the width. Where the plot is neither square nor rectangular, the following requirements should be ensured.
1. Angle at D must be a right angle.
2 .Angles at A and C should not be less than a right angle.
3. Angle at B should not exceed a right angle.
Where the aforesaid requirements are not obtainable, remedial measures are to be adopted. This is done by cutting off the interference and giving it away or keeping it off the corrected boundary through barbed wire fencing. The rejected area can be made a receptacle for dumping garden refuse etc. to make compost. This correction is a MUST before any construction activity is taken up.
Corners - Cut or rounding off at the corners is best avoided. This is particularly baneful at the north-east.
Ideally the downward slope should be from all sides to the north- east. Alternatively, the slope should be either to the north or to the east which implies that the plot would be facing the north or the east. Ensure that the slope is to be corrected, if a fault is noticed.
In plots facing the west or the south no relaxation of the direction of slopes is accepted. Instead, remedial measure is to be adopted. For instance, if the plot faces south, the direction of the slope of the entire plot should be made to the east only and, instead of a surface drain running in the south direction make vertical exit points leading into an underground drain which discharges the drainage out of the house in the south. Which means that the adverse slope underground is permitted as a compromise. In short, whatever be the direction of the face of the plot, ensure that the slopes conform to the directions as discussed earlier in respect of open areas. The purpose is to let the plot have freedom for air and light from the north and the east and restriction from the west and the south.
Plot with roads on all the four sides ensures progress and prosperity. Such plots are uncommon. But then, a plot with road to the north or to the east is also excellent. The one with roads on both the north and the east is still better as it receives the maximum impact of the Eshan force.
Plots facing the west or the south are not so good, but need not be rejected. These are amenable very greatly to remedies. These remedies, basically, are in the form of ensuring the above related slopes, receptivity, location of the main door and the location of the main gate. Sometimes, we find a road ending blindly. A plot located at such an end suffers from the adverse impact of the forces generated by the traffic operating on the road. The residents of the homes on such plots make no progress and suffer from multiplicity of problems.
The excavation for the compound wall should be started from the north-east and proceeded till the south-west end is reached. The erection of the wall should be done in the reverse order. The underlying idea is to ensure that weight at the north-east end is maintained always at being less than the weight at the south-west end. To serve this purpose one more care should be taken. The western and southern walls should be kept thicker and taller than those on the northern and the eastern sides. So also the walls at the east and the north may be retained at a low level topped with barbed wire or chain link fencing.
Vastu provides the keeping of the main gate in the compound wall as per the following directions.
1.North facing plot- at E
2.East facing plot - at F
3.South facing plot- at G
4.West facing plot - at H
The height of the doors in the gate must not exceed the height of the compound wall.
We divide the study based on open space, outhouses, underground water storage, well, septic tank and plantation.
The open space
Adequate care must be taken to ensure that the space between the main house and the compound periphery on the northern side is distinctly more than that on the southern side. Similarly, the space on the eastern side must be maintained as more than that on the western side. This is regardless of the direction which the property faces in relation to the abutting road.
The corners at N-W, N-E and S-E belong to air, God and fire. Any erection therein, which restricts free movement of air along the walls, interferes with smooth operation of the natural process allotted to the respective corners. Not that a cover is entirely forbidden, the only precaution required is that a distance, say about one meter, is provided between the outhouse and the compound wall or the periphery for circulation of air in the corner . Moreover, the roof of the cover at N-E should be low, say not more than two meters. In the other two corners the height should be less than the height of the main building. None of these three corners may be utilized for storing lumber, scrap etc. N-W is suited best for employees and vehicles. S-E is suited equally well for employees but as a second choice for vehicles.
The position at S-W is different. This belongs to the demoness. Hence, we do not allow freedom of air in the corner. The outhouse in this corner is erected adjacent to the two walls and the height of the roof may be kept higher than that of the main building with advantage. Utilization is recommended for lumber, scrap and all such material which mostly remains static or out of use. It must not be used as a garage, else the vehicle would get neglected and develop faults conducive to stagnation and expensive maintenance. The accommodation in this corner is not to be allotted to an employee. Else, he becomes obstinate and unruly. If a tenant is put there, he assumes a firm foothold and may never agree to leave.
The Plot & Topography:
We continue with the study of the requirements in respect of the space lying between the periphery and the main house. We covered some details regarding utilization of the corners for outhouses. To conclude, it is necessary also that no outhouse comes into contact with the main building. There should be gap enough to permit circumvention of the main house.
Other items which fall outside the main house in the compound are, underground water storage, well, fountain, septic tank & soak pit as also trees and plants. Surface drains also have to be taken into account.
Underground water storage & well
These are located only in the north-east zone but off the diagonal connecting the north-east angle with the south-west angle. A fountain or a waterfall is also very beneficial to have in the north-east zone.
Septic tank and soak pit
The best place for these is the western end to the northern side of the house. The second best is the northern end on the western side of the house. There is absolutely no alternative slot for these items.
Trees and plants
The importance of receptivity to the salubrious vibrations from the east, the north-east and the east and the need for screening off the baneful effect from the directions opposite to the above, is a good guide in putting up trees and plants. For trees the south in itself is good and so is the west. But it would be better if the quantum of shade provided by the trees on one side is matched by that on other side. Except as hereinafter stated, no tree should be grown in the north and the east. The one at the north-east is the worst. Residents of such homes are vulnerable to serious illness.
There are some other considerations also for the choice of plants. Except rose and a few medicinal ones, all thorny plants give rise to tensions in the environment. Cactus is the worst. The sharpness of the thorny points is nature's device of emitting negative currents.However, if the compound is large permitting enough distance while circumventing the house, a very limited number of such plants may be grown in the western half of the southern periphery or the southern half of the western periphery. Priority in this space is deserved much more useful items like plantain, papaya, mango, guava, custard apple. Gulmohur, Ashok and Neem are a good choice amongst the shady ones.
Amongst the beneficial plants, the best is Tulsi. If a bougainvillea or lime plant cannot be removed, its baneful effect can be drastically curtailed by keeping one or two Tulsi plants close by. Even otherwise Tulsi has an exquisite quality of neutralizing negative currents and spreading health in the environment. It is commendable to keep at least one Tulsi plant in the north-east area of the premises, but its height should not exceed 1.5 meter.
As already discussed, the downward slope should be either to the north or to the east. Surface drains, which in these days are provided, at best, for storm or rain water only, have to follow the same direction. This is extremely important.
THE MAIN HOUSE
The main structure should occupy a place in, so to say, south-west type of setting within the overall dimensions of the entire property. The purpose is that the proportion of the surrounding open space is in accordance with the principle enunciated in the earlier article under the head OPEN SPACE. To recall, it may be stated that between the house and the periphery there should be markedly more open space in the north than in the south and similarly, more in the east than in the west. Placed thus, the plan makes an ideal beginning for the making of a real good house.
A square or rectangular shape is best. Plans with cuts and curves at corners of the house are no good. Such a cut at the north-east corner of the house is positively deleterious for the well being of male progeny in the family. This is a well confirmed fact.
Exigency of requirement in a complex, like a school or a hospital, may require giving its layout shapes such as the ones represented by the alphabets L or U. It is easy to observe that these shapes bear the representation of two open arms, with an angle in L and a back in U. Facing the north or the east with the arms extending towards these direction is exceedingly favorable. But facing the west or the south is fraught with the highest degree of unhappiness as illustrated below. Midway cases are also best avoided.
To seek further extension some planners adopt the shape of H or T. This is not proper because with the arms stretched out on two opposite directions the favourable effects get mixed up with the unfavourable ones. The shape of E, with the arms opening to the east or to the north, is easily the proper alternative. The shape of F also is suitable with the vertical bar turned as a horizontal base and the arms pointing to the north.
HOME ACCORDING TO VASTU -
We all care about our homes and spend time, effort and money, trying to make them more comfortable. Similarly, at the places where we work, environmental stresses contribute to overall load, preventing us to reach our full potential. Resisting these external forces becomes more important for growth and development.
NorthWest- The room in this direction is suitable for guests and girls.
South-West- The Chief of the house should have his room in this direction.
South-East- No bedroom should be located in this direction. The children do not take interest in studies. There is no sound sleep. People have much anger. Decisions are generally taken hurriedly.
Your Prayer Room- Room for prayer and meditation is recommended to be in the north-east corner of the house. Deity or image of god should not face the south direction. Ideal positions are such that you face east or west while praying.
Bathroom - Bathroom should constructed in the West and South directions and the flow of its drains should be towards North-East.
Toilet - Toilet should be constructed mainly towards South or West. Never build toilets in the direction of eastern corner ant the face should be towards south or West while discharging stool.
Bed Room - According to vastu, the master bedrooms should be in the South-West corner of the house. If the house has more than one floor then, then it should be on the top most floor.The ceiling should be in level, this makes the energy of the room uniform, which in turn gives one a steady state of mind. Children s room should be in the north west or west side. To have a better concentration they should have a separate study close to their bedrooms.
Children`s Room - The children`s room, should be constructed in the North-West corner.
Drawing Room - It should be in North-West, South or west direction. The furniture should be kept in South and West directions. Open space should be maximum in North and East directions.
Dining Room - The dining room should be constructed in South-East. The dining room and kitchen should be on the same floor and it should be adjacent to the kitchen from the left. The entrance to the dining room and the main door should not be facing each other. The dining table should be square of rectangular in shape and should not be attached or folding against the wall.
General Room -Though, it is sparingly used; yet it should be constructed in the North-West.
Guest Room - It should be in North-West corner.
Kitchen -The kitchen must be situated in fire angle, i.e. in South-East. The face of the cook should be towards the East. The water tap in kitchen should be in the North-East direction. It is better if the stone on which food is cooked, is of red colour.
Study Room - The North-East,North-West,North,West,East corners are best for a study room. If the study room and place of worship room are adjacent then it is considered most beneficial. These directions attract the positive effects of Mercury increasing brain power, Jupiter increasing wisdom, Sun increasing ambition and Venus helps in bringing about creativity in new thoughts and ideas.
Store Room- If essential then the store room should be constructed in the southern part of the building, other wise grain and other provisions can be stored in the kitchen or in other rooms and cupboards. Things should not be stored in diwans and box beds because it effects the magnetic environment of the self and the room causing sleeping disorders.
Height of Rooms - According to vastu shastra, the rooms in the northern part of the house should be larger than the rooms in the southern side by 6-9 inches, and lower by 1-3 inches. Height of rooms should ideally be, 12- 14 feet. Doors/Windows As far as doors are concerned, the main door should be larger than the inner doors and all doors should open towards the walls. All windows should be at least 3 feet 6 above ground level, and should be at the same level from the top. Window openings should be on the northern and eastern sides of the buildings
Waste Storage- Daily wastes from the kitchen should be kept covered in the south- west corner of the kitchen.
Water-Tank- It is best to keep it in the North-West, but could be kept in West also.
Doors - The doors should be in the North and East. When someone enters, the waves emerging from the doors affect his / her mind because the magnetic waves always flow around us.
The Interior :
"Homes" within the house: The interior signifies the space enclosed by the outer walls of the house.As named earlier these directions are northeast, east, south-east, south, south-west, west, north-west and north. We do not have the liberty of setting up kitchen, lavatory, bedroom etc. just anywhere within the precincts to suit the convenience of the so-called modern architecture..
The diagram alongside illustrates the position of the slots corresponding to the eight directions. The central slot, Brahmasthala, is supposed to be kept vacant and clean to afford free movement or circulation. This is health giving also because it provides the much-needed ventilation for the surrounding areas of intensive activity.
1.The north-east: aspected by Eshan, this place holds the monopoly to host all work related to worship and meditation. Additionally, it also admits reception, study and office.
2.The east is suited for reception, bath (excluding WC), verandah, drawing room, unmarried son's bed room.
3.The south-east belongs to Agni (Fire). It holds the monopoly to host the kitchen which, in any other place, portends serious digestive disorders in the family and overstrain for the cook. Inside, at a safe spot or on the outer wall, it is well advised to have utilities such as electric meter, circuit breakers, inverter, generator etc.
4.The south is suited for bed-room (other than Master bed), staircase.
5.The southwest is suited exclusively for master bedroom.
6.The west: This suits children's bed room, study, overhead water tank.
7.The northwest belongs to Vayu (air). This is the best place for a daughter to be married and for guests. It is good also as a washing area.
8.The north serves best as a bedroom for a married son. It also suits a living room.
Going through the eight areas equips us with the awareness of their attributes. We know, then, where these are rigid and where, accommodative. This background comes handy when we go to take up all the items- the various activities- subject wise in every detail. But before we proceed, we have a point, which needs clarification. A confusion may arise in the status of the plot itself as a result of deviation in the axis of the meridian.
FEATURES OF MAIN ENTRANCE:
The size of this door should be larger and appearance more impressive than those of other doors. If the shortcoming is noticed in the door, the immediate need is not to run for replacement right away. Instead, the remedy lies in giving an artful decorative treatment along the margin zone around the main frame to make it stand out and speak for itself as most prominent. All the same, it is imperative that the magnitude of the height be maintained at 1.5 times the width of the door. Since most of the doors these days are 6 feet x 3 feet, the size 6.5 x 3.5 feet for the main door would be quite suitable.
The timber deployed in the making of this door should of the best quality available, preferably Teak. Else, any other good quality timber may be used but it should be of the same type throughout and also well seasoned.
The shutter in this door is to fixed ensuring that on opening it moves towards the inside of the house and not outward.
As far as possible this door should be provided with dual shutters opening to 180 degrees. However, where the space is subject to limitation, single shutter may be accepted in which case, when viewed from the outside, the shutter is mounted to the left side.
The main frame of the door is to be fixed ensuring that it is off the close by wall by about two feet. But where, as in modern homes, space is limited, the gap may be retained at a minimum of 5 inches.
The level of the main entrance should be a little higher than the approach way. The steps leading onto it should be odd in number.The fixing of the main frame of the door must be done at an auspicious Muhurta.
On auspicious and festive days the entrance is to be decorated with Haldi and Chandan paste (Turmeric and Sandalwood) paste along with “toran”, i.e., a cord knotted with mango leaves.
The entrance calls for fixing a decent image above and putting the signs of swastika along the sides.
A temple facing the entrance is an unfavourable feature for the house. See how the idol faces. If the idol’s eyes are trained on the main entrance of the house in question the adverse is substantially reduced. So also is the case where the temple is on the other side of the road and the distance to it from the house is at least 80 feet. In any case, it is preferable to screen off the view with the help of a sufficiently raised compound wall as also by planting approved shady shrubs (or even trees if the direction is west or south) to bar the unfavourable feature.
Selection of a Building site
The Vastu Shastras address the energy contained in the Earth as "Vastu Purusha" where "Purusha" means the subtle energy that permeates the Earth and "Vastu" is the material body of the Earth that evolved out of that energy. In abstraction "Purusha" is but a subtle substance "Vastu" or essence of the subtle universe which, in other words, means "universal consciousness". Earth is a conscious living being suspended in space and existing as an extension of the universal being. Earth is evoked and poojas are offered to it before excavation for construction. This is called "Vastu Shanti" or the "appeasement" of Earth. A prayer is made to the Earth before starting the earthwork:
"O Mother Earth! May you fill the plot with your energy and make it fertile. May you bless us with wealth and prosperity. I bow to thee!"
All animate objects including human beings are tied to the Earth, with no scope for escape, and therefore, they should try to live in harmony with its subtle and physical qualities. This is an emotional integration that the Vastu science establishes between man and Earth and finally between man and the built space. The built space is created by man in accordance with a formula by which the Universal Being has created the material objects of nature.
A site where water is found at the depth of a "man's height with upraised arms" is know as "Purushanjali matra" and is said to be good for human habitation. Water flow underneath the land should be in a clock-wise direction, along with the motion of the Earth. A way to test for this is to dig a pit three feet deep, fill it with water, throw flowers on the surface and watch whether they move in a clockwise direction.
While defining the physical characteristics of a good soil and site one of the Vastu texts says:
"The soil of the habitable ground should be soft and close grained (hard and well consolidated) and be overgrown with fragrant flowers, creepers and shrubs. Further it should be of good odor, spacious in extent and of even level. Also with sub-soil water flowing in clockwise direction. "
The evenness of grains and compactness of the soil are tested by digging a pit of 3 hastas (8'-3" x 8'-3" x 8'-3") and refilling the pit with the excavated soil. The soil is good if a part of the earth remains after refill, bad if there is insufficient soil to refill the pit and fair if no earth is left over after refilling.
The fertility of the soil is verified though a test because it is a reflection of the fertility and prosperity available to human life inhabiting the land. This is ascertained by sowing seeds on the site and observing the duration of germination, ranging form three to seven days.
There is a very sensitive test for ascertaining the quality of the ambience prevailing in the particular area to be taken over for residential purposes. For this test, a certain number of cows and calves along with bulls are left free on the site, over grown with seedlings and saplings, to graze. The purpose is to ascertain the sensitivity of the soil conducive to procreational tendencies of human beings. If the bulls raise affectionate and alluring sounds and run towards the cows to mate with them, this is good. This is considered to be a very good sign. It foretells affectionate and intimate relationship between master and mistress of the house to be built on that site. The spiritual ambience that prevails in the area accounts for such behavioral overtones.
Vastu designers adopt a practical way of identifying the quality of the building site from the very sight of the vegetation that grows there. If the leaves are thick, green and of dense growth, the soil is considered to be the best one for human habitation. Such a feature ensures the presence of water underneath and on that account the fertility of the soil is recognized.
Living near big factories that pollute the air is objected to by the Shastras. Even the factories of the shilpis were kept away from the towns or cities in the olden days. Also, temple complexes are recommended to be located in far flung areas such as mountain tops, forests, riverbanks or seashores.
Marshy lands, slushy sites, clayey soils are disallowed by the Shastras.No improvement of defective soil or site is recommended in the shastras.
Lands containing skulls of animals and human beings, broken stones, tiles, scraps of iron, nails spikes, hair, husks, charred wood or charcoal, white ants (termites?), serpents, rats and frogs are stoutly objected to. They are considered to be cancerous. This aspect of keeping the earth free from impurities is covered very elaborately by Vastu sciences under the title "Bhugarbha". The concept in this context is that the life-long association with bad earth is harmful to physical and spiritual well being.
The natural lie of the ground is also to be studied. This aspect is known as "declivity of the ground" or "plavanam". In general, the ground with its southern and western parts raised and inclined respectively towards north and east is recommended. This ensures the flow of underground water in the clockwise direction throughout the year. This trait is noticeable in the temple buildings with the water chute directed either to the north or to the east. Wells should only be in the Northeast quarter or corner of the site. The energy starts moving from this point of northeast of an enclosed space. It is common that every building, village or town should be enclosed by a compound wall to be vibrant. The walls form the cup that contains the energy. Every plot of land that is demarcated into a habitable Vastu moves clockwise with its axis situated at the center of the built space. This axis, though invisible to the physical eyes does exist, just as there also runs a thread of consciousness in the human body from the center of the skull, down below and between the legs, which is called Brahma Sutra. This thread of consciousness is also established very consciously in a house built according to Vastu principles. This thread or plumb of consciousness introduced in a built space ensures not only stability, but also mobility (growth) of the energy enclosed and it is expended to the dwellers to experience harmony and develop physically and spiritually.
Slope of land:
West elevated - sloping towards the east: promotes material growth and prosperity.
South elevated - sloping to north: brings in wealth
East elevated - sloping towards west: loss of wealth
North elevated - sloping towards south: loss of inhabitants
Northeast elevated - sloping towards southwest is bad.
Southeast elevated - sloping towards northwest is good.
Northwest elevated - sloping towards southeast is bad.
Southwest elevated - sloping towards northeast is good.
South east and east elevated - west and northwest are low-lying is good for human beings
South and Southeast elevated - north and northwest low lying brings name and fame in all activities.
Southwest and south elevated - north and northeast low-lying, the family of the indweller will multiply and be long lived. Added to this such a plot is blessed with long life.
West and southwest elevated - northeast and east low-lying brings welfare and comfort to the occupant.
West and northwest high - east and southeast low, is said to create commotion and enmity.
North and northwest high - south and southeast low creates disease.
North and northeast high - low from south to southwest leads to annihilation.
East to northeast elevated - west to southwest low-lying causes decay of family.
There is a sloka in a text called Vastu Vidya, which can be memorized by practitioners:
The plot with its
South east high -- brings in wealth
Southeast low -- loss of wealth
South high -- free from illness
South west high -- brings in wealth
West high -- blessed with progeny
North west high -- loss of property
North high -- generates disease
North east high -- excessive grief
East side high -- death of children
There is also an indication of high or low ground with respect to profession. For individuals involved in physical labor--declivity on the west, commercial activities -- declivity on the South, political leaders and rulers -- declivity on the East, intellectuals and professionals -- declivity on the North.
The sound of the ground, when tapped with an instrument (a spade or pickaxe) should be that of a horse, elephant, bamboo, veena (stringed instrument), sea or dundubi (percussion instrument).The land should have the odor of lotus or padiri flowers or grains or cows.
Land possessing the colors white, red, yellow, black or gray, tastes such as bitter, acrid, astringent, saline, sour or sweet, such a site brings in wealth and prosperity.Land possessing the smell of curd, ghee, honey, oil, blood, corpse, fish or birds are rejected due to negative effects on the health.Places with heavy and giant trees should not be selected.
Water should be reached at a depth of 7'-6".The location of the building should not be close to public institutions or monasteries, temples or palaces.
Sites where thorny trees grow should be avoided. Graveyards should be avoided.
Shapes of the building site to be avoided are circular, triangular, polygonal with irregular sides, serpentine, curved like the back of a tortoise, ground with rise in the center, shapes of bird, fish, drum, willow, conch, chameleon, lizard, monkey, pig, python, chisel, pickaxe or cat.
Location of a building at a place not easily accessible or at the junction of 2, 3 or 4 roads, or opposite to a road (perpendicular) should be avoided.
1. Barren Land with no sign of greenery.
2. Land on which shadow of temple, towers, temple walls, temple flag post fall.
3. Avoid buying a land with too much wet soil or water seeping from ground.
4. Avoid buying a land near bridges and large buildings.
5. A plot which is narrower in the west or in south, in comparison to the north and east portion, is not good.
6. Land with many cracks in the soil/ground is not good for living.
7. Presence of bones and coal in the land is not good.
8. Land which previously, in any time, belonged to any temple or charitable trust etc.
9. A plot which is very much raised in comparison to it's surroundings.
Cleaning of Land
The plot should be cleaned before any furnither work is done on the land. Any type of pits, stones, throny bushes etc must be removeed while cleaning the land. If there is a gun arabic tree(babool) in theland, it should be uprooted first. Levelling of Land South-West of the plot should be gently raised in comparison to the north-east side of the plot. If the land contains any well or other depressions, they should be filled up and leveled. Well in East, North or North-East A well or temporary sump should be dug in the east, north or north east and only water from this sump/well should be used for cunstruction and water from any other souurce must not be used for construction.
Raw material to be used for construction like cement, bricks etc. should be kept in the south, west or south-west of the plot, and never in the north east.
Construction The construction of the house must be started within 90 days from the day of coomplition of the boundry wall. Bhumi Pujan
Its is extremely necessary to worship the land before starting the construction. The prayer should be done in the north-corner of the plot by a learned Pandit.The first digging must be done by the owner or the architect on a aspitious time as set by a learned astrologer. The aspisius munths for starting work are:
* March - April
* April - May
* July - August
* October - November
* January - February
And the best days for starting the work are:
Excavation for the main house or any other portion including the boundry wall should only started from the north-east direction of the house, and it should progress from north to west ot east to south. An when these excavations are to be filled i.e while laying foundation, while starting the construction, they must be filled from south to east and from west to north.
A temporary shed, if needed to be constructed, for a watchman or for storage purposes, should be counstructed in the south-west of the plot. And the door of the shed should be in the north-east. The construction of this shed in accordance with Vastu prevents thefts and helps in smooth flow of the constructon work. After the completion of the work/construction of the builing this shed must be demolished; and should not be used for further storage/living etc.
Vastu Interiors and Colors
Astrological texts like Brihat Jataka, Jataka Parijata and others have assigned certain colors and directions to the planets as follow:
Different shades and hues of these colors can be used for the interiors and exteriors on the basis of the Janma Rasis or Moon-signs of the house owners. For instance, let us take the owner’s Janma Rasi as Mithuna (Gemini) and the spouse’s Janma Rasi as Meena (Pisces). The respective lords are Mercury and Jupiter. Green for the exteriors and yellow for the interiors in their varied hues, can be used to make the house look beautiful and compatible to you astrologically.
Colors can also be used based on directions. For instance, North-west rooms can be white, North rooms can be in light hues of green, West rooms can be greys, South-east rooms can be varied colors, North-east rooms can be in shades and tones of yellow like cream etc. and South rooms can be in shades and hues of red.
Colors can be used in a variety of ways. We can paint our walls with a range of colors. We can wear clothes with colors of our preference; we can drink solarised water in colored glasses. We can use curtains, carpets and furniture with different colors of our liking.
Study rooms can be green, kitchen and dining rooms can be orange, mediation and prayer rooms can be white, living and discussion rooms can be cream and hues of yellow, and bedrooms can be blue. Parents may, perhaps, find rooms colored blue ideal for their children who tend to be aggressive.
Properly used colors play an important role in health and can contribute to stable mental and physical health and alleviate human suffering.
Exposing the body to colored light is also said to act as a support in healing. Color therapy texts tell us that green light can alleviate heart problems and cancer, blue can treat painful ulcers, inflammatory disorders and back problems. Red is good for skin problems, bladder infections and anaemia while orange works on allergies and constipation. Yellow light alleviates muscle cramps and gallstones. Orange is said to stimulate the nervous system and increase your appetite.
Shades and hues of red can be used when a person is suffering from blood ailments, anaemia, bodily weakness, colds, circulatory deficiencies, paralysis, baldness etc. Red also stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, respiration and blood pressure, and can also assist in burning fat and reducing weight. Pink, which can be considered as a hue of red, is an appetite suppressant, relaxes muscles, relieves tension and soothes and calms frayed tempers! Orange energizes stimulates desire for food and digestive system and is good for chronic asthma, phlegmatic fevers, inflammation of kidneys, epilepsy, cholera etc. Shades and hues of blue can be used for throat troubles, laryngitis, goitre, typhoid and other fevers, jaundice, sore throat, small pox and related ailments, hysteria, insomnia or sleeplessness, lowering blood pressure, itches, painful menstruation, underweight problems etc.
Green is good for alleviating problems related to heart, ulcers, headaches, flu, blood pressure, is soothing, relaxing mentally as well as physically, helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, nervousness etc. Yellow can alleviate stomach problems, digestive disorders, constipation, stress and nervous disorders, energizes, relieves depression, improves memory, stimulates appetite etc. Indigo (dark blue) is recommended for eye troubles, facial paralysis, lung disorders, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, ear and nose complaints, deafness, infantile convulsions etc. Violet and its hues are good for ailments related to mind, diseases of the scalp, rheumatic and similar pains, kidney and bladder weaknesses, suppresses appetite, provides a peaceful environment, good for migraines etc.
Colors have the strength to either depress or exhilarate and play a very important role in health and happiness. Interfacing the above colorful suggestions with certain basic Vastu guidelines as below will enhance the quality of your life.
1.Orient your furniture to the cardinal directions such that you face East or North.
2 Keep the Northeast of all your rooms dirt-free.
3.Pedestal fans can be in Southeast sectors so that they blow towards Northwest.
4.Trash, litter and garbage can find their places in the Northwest of the site, building or rooms.
5.Avoid placing your desks facing a doorway. Avoid also sitting with your backs directed to a door opening.
6.Place your mirrors on East or North walls.
7.Select the color of your carpets as recommended above.
8.Your aquariums, water fountains and drinking water containers can be placed in the Northeast areas of your site, building or rooms.
9.Northeast rooms painted white or shweta are ideal for elders, patients and pregnant ladies.
10.Elders can sleep with their heads to the South and young students can sleep with their heads to the East.
11.Light indoor plants are ideal in the North, East and Northeast. Heavy plants in the West, South and Southwest are excellent. Rose, cactus and thorny plants find a compatible place in the Southeast.
12.Electrical and electronic gadgets will find their placement in the Southeast of the rooms in order.
13.Never ever sleep or sit under beams. If necessary, conceal the beams with artificial ceilings.
Arrangement of Furniture
Sofa sets can be against the south and west walls (and if need against east walls), not touching them. The area between the sets relating to the southwest (strength corner) can have waist level landscaping done with heavy indoor plants and small rocks and stones. This high rise area can even have a small idol of Lord Ganesha on the west wall. Furniture arrangement, however should give allowance for free movement from the living room into other rooms. Avoid their cluttering. The area between the sets that relate to southeast (energy) can have a floor level (or a table mounted) podium lamp that draws attention to your living room with a nice red or orange light.
Water fountain and fish aquarium -
The primary element water is ideal in the central north of the living room. This can be in the form of a small water fountain that runs throughout the day. They can be sheet fountains; they can be winding fountains (to the east) and they can be sprouting fountains (in all directions). Fountains that are made of natural materials like copper, stone, glass, clay, stainless steel, bamboo, etc., are recommended and can be wall, floor or tabletop mounted. The soft and soothing sounds of the water can assist in better interaction with family and guests. As an option, you can have a small fish aquarium with seven fishes of one family (red and gold) and two fishes of a different family (black) in the central north of the living room.
Protruding and sharp corners
Let not the furniture face protruding and sharp corners of columns or pillars. Such protrusions and sharp corners imbalance the primary elements. To minimize the imbalance, they can be aesthetically camouflaged with indoor plants. Avoid camouflaging with thorny plants. Such corners or edges can be softened with cascading, crawling, or tree-like plants. This will serve to diffuse the depressing energies. Mirroring columns from ground to ceiling level will also help in the diffusion.
Paintings and Pictures
The north wall of the living room can have paintings/pictures of long distance waters to stimulate the positive aspect of the primary element water. The east wall can have a painting or picture of the rising sun — the beginning of the dawn of a day. The south and west walls can have innovative paintings of a gentle elephant herd, high rise mountains with heavy plant life and similar pictures or paintings that denote strength. The use of paintings and pictures can create an active ambiance and respite. Paintings such as waterfalls on the north wall provide positive energy. As a rule, avoid paintings that depict death, violence and negative aspects of life.
Electrical and Electronic Gadgets
If a television/audio visual set is required in the living room, it can be placed such that it is viewed facing the east or north. The power can be drawn from sockets placed in the east of southeast (poorva agneya) of the living room. Other devices like air conditioners, air coolers, audio systems, etc., can also be placed with power being drawn from the east of southeast. Fire places can be the southeast or northwest corners of the living room but never to the northeast and southwest corners. Pedestal fans if used, can draw power from the poorva agneya.
Focusing it into the northwest of the living room will keep the primary element air (vayu) balanced. Wind chimes in the northwest sector also aid in the balance. Ventilators above the windows keep the hot air away and aid in making the living room a stress free zone. Chandeliers and ceiling fans can be avoided in the exact center of the living room
Avoid having the pets in the living room or any of the interiors of the house. A kennel outside the home, not touching it, is suggested, as a first option. However, if they have to be kept within the home you can have them in the northwest and southeast rooms/kennels.
Mirrors should only be fixed on the north and east walls. No mirrors should be place/installed in study rooms and opposite to beds in the bedrooms.
Heating appliances must be placed in the southeast of the room. Fridge should be placed in the northwest portion of the room. Television sets should never be placed in the southeast of the rooms.
The kind of paint colours used in the house greatly effects the mood and general nature of the inmates. The psychology of the man can be disturbed is wrong type of colours are used. In entrance of the house, avoid red, black and gray colours, while using white, light blue and dark green colours are good.
Plants Within The House:
According to Vastu, cactus or related plants should never be kept in the house. Plants with red flowers and bonsai of the trees are not allowed in the house. Avoid plants in the northeast corner of the house. Avoid pots along the north and east walls of the house.
Paintings and Statues:
Vastu doesn't allow to use northeast corner of the house to hang paintings or any other thing, so as to keep the northeast clean and light. Paintings with scary marks and evil things should be avoided. Paintings depicting scenes of Ramayana and Mahabharata should be avoided; however, Vastu allows the use of other puranic paintings. Paintings of nude should be avoided. Paintings showing violence and abstract paintings with clashing colours should be avoided. Avoid keeping statues of gods in bedrooms. Vastu suggest paintings of nature scenes, prayer, and temples for good health and better living. Avoid keeping heavy statues in the northeast corner of the room. Never keep any stuffed animals in the house.
Fountains and Fish Tanks: Never keep fountains and fish tanks in bedroom and study.
Prayer Room: Room for prayer and meditation is recommended to be in the north-east corner of the house. Deity or image of god should not face the south direction. Ideal positions are such that you face east or west while praying.
Bed Room: The master bedrooms should be in the South West corner of the house. If the house has more than one floor then, then it should be on the top most floor. The ceiling should be in level, this makes the energy of the room uniform, which in turn gives one a steady state of mind. Children’s room should be in the north west or west side. To have a better concentration they should have a separate study close to their bedrooms.
Kitchen: The ideal place is south east corner of the building or a kitchen in the west of the building can also be tolerated.
Study Room: The best locations for this room are the north, west, north west, east, north east. These directions attract the positive effects of Mercury increasing brain power, Jupiter increasing wisdom, Sun increasing ambition and Venus helps in bringing about creativity in new thoughts and ideas.
Dining room: The dining room and kitchen should be on the same floor and it should be adjacent to the kitchen from the left. The entrance to the dining room and the main door should not be facing each other. The dining table should be square of rectangular in shape and should not be attached or folding against the wall.
Bathrooms: Bathrooms and toilets should be adjacent to the north- east corner. They should never be constructed in the center or in the south -west corner of the house.
Drawing Room: It should always be constructed towards the north. The rooms located in the northern part of the house should be bigger in size as that compared to the rooms in the southern part of the house. They should be shorter to them in height by one to three inches. This is an important rule of Vaastu Shastra. Furniture should be square or rectangular in shape.
Store Room: If essential then the store room should be constructed in the southern part of the building, other wise grain and other provisions can be stored in the kitchen or in other rooms and cupboards. Things should not be stored in diwans and box beds because it effects the magnetic environment of the self and the room causing sleeping disorders.
Waste Storage: Daily wastes from the kitchen should be kept covered in the south- west corner of the kitchen.
Height of Rooms: The rooms in the northern part of the house should be larger than the rooms in the southern side by 6-9 inches, and lower by 1-3 inches. Height of rooms should ideally be, 12- 14 feet.
Doors/Windows: As far as doors are concerned, the main door should be larger than the inner doors and all doors should open towards the walls. All windows should be at least 3 feet 6 above ground level, and should be at the same level from the top. Window openings should be on the northern and eastern sides of the buildings.
Staircase: Southern or south-western portions of the building are ideal for locating staircase. Do not design staircase of a building in the north-east portion. The steps should climb from east to west or from north to south. If there are landings or turnings in a staircase, it should wind up in the clockwise direction. The number of steps in a staircase should be an odd number so that if you start climbing the steps with the right foot, you will reach the higher floor on the right foot itself.
VASTU FOR LIFE -
Students who have difficulty in studies can study in South-east rooms sitting in the North-east corners of the rooms facing East. Intelligent students can select a North-east room and study facing East sitting in the central East of the room.
Students are advised to sleep with their heads to the East. They can have their beds in the South-west corners of their rooms. Experiments in medical electricity have brought to light that if a current of electricity is passed from one part of the body to another, it subdues all inflammation in that part of the body where it enters. Now, in lying down with the head placed Eastward, the current of thermal electricity which is constantly passing over the surface of the earth from East to West, passes also through the body from the head to the feet and subdues inflammation. Therefore, there is a clear and healthy head, which, in turn, makes the student study and understand his lessons properly. It is precisely for this reason that sage Markandeya said that a man becomes learned by lying down with his head placed Eastward and is troubled with distressing thoughts by lying down with his head placed Westward.
These disturbances can sometimes be traced to the South-west. Check if there is a water source (water sump or well) in the South-west of the house and if so, close it by filling it up with cement or earth. If you find that the South-west of the house is chopped off, this could also be the reason for the hostility among the family members leading to depression in the elders’ rational thinking.
Care should also be taken to see that no door is either on the South or West of the South-west of the building. A door on the South-west of a building (or room) is likely to create family disturbances.
Health is another important aspect of family happiness. General health can be improved by sleeping with the head placed South. Disturbed minds can make use of central East rooms with their beds to the South-west corners of the room and not touching the walls. My remarks earlier on the importance of health can be studied with advantage in this context.
Contentment and happiness in your profession is another contributory factor to family happiness. Apart from looking into the placements of your room in your office and the arrangement of furniture in that room, it is necessary that you get used to facing East. The East sector ruled by the Sun is synonymous with health — physical and mental. You will be able to think properly and take fair decisions on anything related to your profession.
Financial problem -
Trace improper flow of money to several factors. The ancient works have invariably recommended a North of North-east water source. We find that temples, which are financially prosperous, have their Pushkarnis or water areas in the North of North-east. If you are planning to go for a well, underground water tank, a bore or even a swimming pool you can locate it in the North of North-east of your site.
It is also said that Lord Kubera rules the North. You can place your assets like jewellery, cash, bank cheque books, property papers and other important documents in a central North room of the house with the almirahs kept in the South-west corners of the room and opening towards the North. This way, the revenue of the family can stabilize.
SOME USEFUL TIPS BASED ON VASTU -
1.Allow a bright light on the main door.
2.It is best to leave only maximum 5 door open.
3.Avoid keeping a T.V. set in bed-room.
4.Avoid keeping any water feature or plants in the bed room.
5.Do not use seperate mattresses and bed-sheet.
6.Arrange the furniture to from a square or a circle or an octagon in.
7.Brighten the corners.
8.Place a picture of bright sunrise on southern wall in living room.
9.The wind should come from south-west in the bed room.
10.Dining-room should not expose to the front door of your house.
11.Never put mirror in kitchen.
12.Keep the broom and mops out of the sight in kitchen.
13.Keep the bathroom and toilet door closed as much as possible.
14.Windows should open outward normally.
15.Do not keep prickly cactus, plants in the house.
16.Place an aquarium in the sourh-east corner in living room.
17.Place a happy family picture in living room.
18.Please cheque ther aren't grown very high trees like Bangan, Pipal, Thornytrees.
19.Please cheque the gate of the lift is not in front of the main gate of the house.
20.There should not be any room which has shape.
21.There should not be obstructive houses surrounding your plot.
22.The house should be fully airy and has enough water resource.
23.The seat in the latrin should be NORTH-SOUTH.
24.In the office, sit facing the door
25.Hang a picture of mountains behind you in the office.
26.Place the computer on your right side on the table.
27.A ladder to go up stair curved on the right side should be devided in to two parts.
It should be constructed leaving north-east or south-west direction.
Ladders stepping down towards north or west creates waste of Lakshmi.
28.One should never hoard stale food, withered flowers, torn clothes, waste paper, waste materials, empty tins, old jars and useless things.
These things prevents Lakshmi from entering the house.
29 If there is marble flooring in the house you should see that the old leather shoes are not lying here and there.
Marble is considered to be holy stone. If possible avoid marble in bedroom, bathroom, latrine.
30.In a place of worship in the house it is necessary to have open atmosphere. Use marble in the worshiproom.
Take care that there is enough light and air. Latrine should not be near worship room.
keep cleanliness and always light insense sticks.
VASTU SHANTI TIPS FOR PEACE AND PROSPERITY
-When sitting for worship, keep your face towards North-West and sit in that corner to intake air from that direction.
-Cash boxes can be located in the room towards the North (treasury). But if the box is heavy (such as a safe, heavy almirah) then it should be kept in the Southwest corner and the door of the almirah should open towards the North.
-TVs and computers should ideally be placed in the Southeast corner of the living room or study room. They should not be placed in the Northeast corner or Southwest corner.
- Telephones can be placed in the Southeast or Northwest corner but not in the Southwest or Northeast.
-An aquarium with 9 gold fish and one black fish, in the north east corner/portion of the house or factory is very good.
-If the north-east area is untidy or unshapely, the well being of male issues is found to be precarious.
-One should sleep with his head pointing towards the South.
-Students should be facing east while studying, for Academic Excellence.
-If the kitchen is off the proper place, some member or the other is always found to be suffering from severe digestive disorder.
-Keep the Gas in the south east corner of the kitchen
-Person should face the east while cooking.
-Drinking water should be in the north east of the kitchen.
-While Taking meals the plate should be in South-East.
-The statue of Hanumanji should not be placed in South-East. It may create fire hazard.
-All the doors should open inside so that the energy may remain inside.
-The hinges of doors should be noiseless. If so. The hinges may be greased periodically.
-The doors should open towards right hand.
-Bed should not be put under a beam.
-There should not be five corners in the ceiling of a room.
-Efforts should be made a leave the rooms open on North-East side.
-While ascending the staircase, the face should be either towards the north or the east.
-The seat of the toilet should face North-South.
-No doors or windows should be provided on South-West side.
-Almirahs and beds should be set very close to the South - West wall and at a distance from the north - east wall.
-A house should not have paintings, which depicts depressing scenes, i.e. like an old woman crying, scenes of war or poverty. It should have picture of say, a sunrise, an ocean, mountains, flowers or laughing children.
-Tall trees are nowhere recommended close to the main building. For trees the south in itself is good and so is the west. No tree should be grown in the north and the east. The one at the north-east is the worst.
-Small decorative plants and shrubs may be grown in the north and the east. The height should not exceed, say, half a meter at the north-east increasing gradually to not more than 1.5 meter as one moves from the north-east to the north-west or to the south-east end.
-Except rose and a few medicinal ones, all thorny plants give rise to tensions in the environment. Plants exuding white sap should also be kept off. Lime and karonda etc. are OK in an orchard but not in residence or business premises.
-Amongst the beneficial plants, the best is Tulsi. It is commendable to keep at least one Tulsi plant in the north-east area of the premises, but its height should not exceed 1.5 meter.
-Growing creepers/climbers with support on the compound wall or a house wall is best avoided.
-Cactus should not be planted or kept in the house.
-In the South-West Corner of the house one should sleep pointing his head towards south.
-If north of any house is blocked it blocks prosperity.
-Water flowing/water fountain from north to east is very good.
Directions & their respective Rulers
--North-east (Eshan) is ruled by Sadasiva or God Himself. Hence this direction is paramount, which demands keeping it scrupulously clean, open and highly receptive in a welcome "mode" always.
--East is ruled by Indra, the chief of the gods, giver of pleasures. The direction also represents the realm of the rising Sun projecting ultra-violet rays, so essential for health in several ways.
--South-east (Agneya) is the habitat of fire, the storehouse of energy.
--South is the abode of Yama, the god of death.
--South-west (Nairitya) is the abode of Putna demoness.
--West is the abode of Varuna, the god of ocean. It is also the direction of the setting Sun which gives infra-red radiation.
--North-west (Vayavva) is the abode of air/wind, the invisible, but the most effective blessing for all objects in need of motion/movement for their efficiency.
--North is the abode of Kuber, the god of wealth.
REMEDIES FOR CONSTRUCTION MADE AGAINST THE PRINCIPLES OF VASTU:
=Sometimes, it so happens that the man does such acts, out of ignorance, which harm him and their remedy seems impossible. Here, we are giving solutions to the problems of those, who had constructed their houses against the rules of Vastu -Shastra. To overcome following information is given, however, it is strongly recommended that the Vastu of your own house especially correction of Vastu should be done with the help of Vastu expert and should not be attempted by acquiring shallow knowledge or tips for Vastu. Few ill effects of Vastu if not done correctly and remedies are discussed below for only general information.
=If some river or drain is flowing in a direction other than the north-east direction of the house and has anti - clock movement, then it is advised to place a statue of dancing Ganeshji facing the west on the north-east corner of the house.
= If the boring has taken place in the wrong direction in a house or a factory, then it is advised to place a picture of Panchmukhi Hanumanji, facing South-West to the boring.
=If a naked wall is seen while entering into a flat, then either a picture or a statue of Ganeshji should be placed there. The naked wall is the sign of loneliness. Hence, the wall should not be kept naked.
=If high voltage overhead wires pass over a house, then a plastic pipe filled with lime should be erected from one corner to the other of the affected area in such a manner that its both ends should remain outside by at least three feet each. This will eliminate the evil effects of energy being generated out of the overhead wire. In certain cases, energy circles can be improved by using Swastika Yantra. But, this requires a lot of care. This should be handled under the supervision of an able Vastu Shastri.
VASTU DOSHA REMEDY
(1) Ganesh pooja, Navagrah shanti & poojaof Vastu purush.
(2) Navachandi Yagya, Shantipath, agnihotra yagya.
(3) Vastu purush idol, Nag (snake) made of silver, copper wire, pearl and powla. All these items to be put in a red cloth with red earth and keep that in East direction.
(4) Red sand Cashew Nut, Powla in red cloth - keep that in West direction on Tuesday and worship that with seemed incense will bring peace in house.
(5) Old buildings should be demolished after permission of Vaastu Purush by prayer.
(6) During demolition - The Earthen Pot, Water, or Seat etc should not be taken home.
(7) Daily worship the entrance step - worship with Swastik - Design of Earthenware Pot., Shubh-Labh etc. with Rice and Kumkum. Do not enter the house putting your entrance step.
(8) Rakhshoghna Sukta jaap, Homa and anusthan should be done.
(9) Recite this mantra 12500 times - starting from Tuesday - minimum 108 times daily till 12500 are over "Om Namo Bhagvati Vaastu Devtay Namah" - Do Dasamsa Home in the end.
(10) Prayers to Vaastu Purush.
(11) If South-West is cut or there is uneasiness in the family, do Pitrushanti,Pindadan, Nagabali, Narayan Bali etc.
(12) Do Rudri - Every Monday and Every Amavasyaday.
(13) Keep phot or idol of Ganpati in house.
(14) A pooja room in the house is must in every house.
(15) Do not enter house for residence doing Navagrah Shanti.
(16) The house which is vacant since some years should be taken in use after doing Vastu Shanti. After doing Vaastu Shanti – do not keep that house empty for more than 3 months.
(17) Never keep underground cellar empty.
(18) Do not keep South-West room vacant nor give it on rent.
(19) In kitchen do not keep any Power - (Shakti)except fire & water.
(20) Light a lamp daily evening near waterpot in the house.
(21) Do Grah Shanti every year because we are doing many sinful things in our life.
(22) If some river or drain is flowing in a direction other than the north-east direction of the house and has anti - clock movement, then place the statue of dancing Ganeshji facing the west on the north-east corner of the house.
(23) If the boring has been done in the wrong direction in a house or a factory, then place the picture of Panchmukhi Hanumanji, facing South-East to the boring.
(24) If a naked wall is seen while entering into a flat, then either a picture or a statue of Ganeshji should be placed there or a Shree Yantra. The naked wall is the sign of loneliness.
(25) If high voltage overhead wires pass over a house, then a plastic pipe filled with lime should be erected from one corner to the other of the affected area in such a manner that its both ends should remain outside by at least three feet each. This will eliminate the evil effects of energy being generated out of the overhead wire.
IDEAL HOUSE WITH PERFECT VASTU:
The following are the guidelines to design and construct an ideal house which houses prosperity, protection and peaceful environment in the house. It is essential to understand and interpret these ground rules and then apply.
The main door of the house should preferably be located in any of the exalted positions from the Northeast corner - either from North of Northeast or from East of Northeast. Doors can also be in the South of Southeast or West of Northwest but in no case, should the main entrance be from the center of any direction. Also the main entrance or door should be avoided in all the following four directions, namely, North of Northwest, East of Southeast, South of Southwest and West of Southwest. There should not be any obstruction or water body just opposite the main entrance.
Balconies should be planned towards the East and North and should be definitely avoided in the South and West. If balconies in the South and West cannot be avoided, then larger balconies must be provided towards the North and East. Care should be taken while providing balconies so that a cut or truncation is not created in the Northeast corner.
The kitchen should be ideally situated in the Southeast corner of the house and as an alternative in certain cases, may be in the Northwest corner, but in both cases, the cooking platform should be arranged to facilitate cooking while facing east only. The Kitchen should never be in the Northeast corner and it should also be avoided in the Southwest too, as both locations will create problems with respect to the health and finance of the inmates.
Rooms in the West and East can be used for dining. The appetite can be stimulated in the dining hall by having the walls painted in light pink or orange. A rectangular dining table is the most preferred. In the dining room, while eating, one should sit facing East or West.
Grains and other food can be stored in the Northwest sector. Oil, butter, ghee, milk and other oily liquids can be stored in the Southeast of the Northwest room.
When a generator or transformer is to be located outside the plot, it should be placed in an open space in the Southeast sector. As a second choice, it may be placed in the Northwest sector.
The overhead water tank should be located in the Southwest corner of the terrace preferably in the West of Southwest.
Penthouses, if built, should be in the Southwest corner of the terrace leaving an open space in the North and East.
The prayer room should be planned in such a way that it is placed either in the Northeast corner or in the central portion (Brahmasthana) of the house. The pictures of the god should touch the wall on the East side in the prayer room facing West; inmates should perform their prayers facing East for better concentration and devotion.
No garbage should be thrown or dumped in the Northeast corner of the building or plot and the Northeast should always be kept free and clean.
Heavy equipments such as the grinder, fridge, etc, should be placed towards the South and West walls in the kitchen. Even in the storeroom, racks should be built on the South and West walls.
Rainwater should flow West to East or South to North and ultimately flow out from the Northeast corner of the house or plot.
The Northeast, North and East walls should be decorated with photo frames, mirrors, and paintings of gods and with wallpaper with natural scenery; whereas the West, South and Southwest walls can be decorated with scenery in a dull or matte finish. The South wall can be used for hanging pictures of departed souls. Pictures of living beings may be hung on the Eastern wall.
It is always advisable, and it is considered profitable, to purchase additional adjacent plots on the Northeast, North and East sides.
Under no circumstance, should one acquire any plot adjoining the South or West sides of one's plot. Any adjacent land acquired on the South or West side can be disastrous to the person.
The master bedroom should be in the Southwest corner, while other bedrooms can be in the CentralSouth and Central-West directions. A bedroom in the Northwest is also recommended but should be used as a guest room or only for daughters. Bedrooms should be avoided in the Southeast corner.
It is preferable to have children's rooms in the West or North. Children should have their study desks in the North or East of the room and they should face East while studying.
One should sleep with one's head pointing towards the South. Children, however, can sleep with their heads pointing towards the West. No one should sleep with their heads in the North.
The bedroom can be painted in light to deep blues to induce sleep. Green is advised for study rooms to promote intelligence. Sandal/ yellow is advised for the prayer room.
The living room should be located in the North or East sectors of the house. Heavy chandeliers or fancy lamps should not be located in the geometrical center of the rooms. They may be placed slightly towards the West or South of the room.
TVs and computers should ideally be placed in the Southeast corner of the living room or study room. They should not be placed in the Northeast corner or Southwest corner.
Telephones can be placed in the Southeast or Northwest corner but not in the Southwest or Northeast.
Living rooms can be painted in white, yellow, light pink, light blue or green. Grey, red and black are to be avoided.
Always keep the center of the room, building and plot, free from any loads, weights, pillars, columns, beams, water bodies, etc.
It is preferable to have the staircase towards the South, West or Southwest of the building but it may be in the Southeast or Northwest, depending on other parameters. Staircases should be avoided in the Northeast, North and the East.
Circular/spiral staircases are generally to be avoided. The number of steps in a staircase should be odd, including the landing step, and they should rise from East to West or from North to South. It is better to make sure that the steps are by the South and West walls, and that it should be constructed in such a way that the movement is in a clockwise direction while going upwards, that is from the ground to the higher floors.
Toilets should be located in the Northwest corner of the building or in the Northwest corner of the rooms. Where Northwest toilets are not possible, Southeast toilets are allowed. Other alternative directions for toilets are Central-South or Central West. Closets in the toilets should face North or South, along the North-South axis; and should not face the East or West. See figure for all possible locations for toilets and bathrooms.
Toilets should be avoided in the Northeast, North and East.
Mirrors in the toilet and dressing room should be on the North or East walls.
A bathroom in the East sector is most preferred as the beneficial rays of the morning sun can enter and promote the health of the user.
In the office or study room, the table should be placed in the Western or Southern side so that one sits facing the East or North. No equipment, furniture, cupboards, etc, should be placed touching the North or East walls and if it becomes unavoidable, they should be kept at least 4" or 6" away from the walls.
Cash boxes can be located in the room towards the North (treasury). But if the box is heavy (such as a safe, heavy almirah) then it should be kept in the Southwest corner and the door of the almirah should open towards the North.
The storage or lumber-room can be located in the Southwest, adjacent to the Master bedroom.
If possible, the house should be extended by 4 feet to 5 feet in the Northeast direction to ensure the Northeast directional bliss for the household. Growing tulsi and other beneficial herbal plants in the Northeast will promote good health and prosperity.
Pictures of landscapes depicting mountains should be hung on the South and West walls only Landscapes containing water, such as pictures of lakes and rivers should be on the North and East walls. Pictures of eagles, battle scenes, and carnivorous animals should not be used for interior wall decorations. Pictures of horses, cows and elephants can be used for decoration purposes.
The directions of East and West are important as far as obtaining the energy from the sun is concerned. The importance of the directions of the North and the South lies in the flow of magnetic waves which flows from North Pole to South Pole. Therefore southward portion of every building should be higher than the northward portion.
Besides this it should also be kept in mind that the inclination of land, building, floors of rooms etc. should be towards North-East. In other words the parts in the West and South of the building should be slightly higher than those in the North and East.
Vaastu Shanti Tips for Offices/Businesses
-Money and valuables should be kept in an Almirah or safe facing north.
-If north is blocked it can be cured with the help of regulators.
-A boring or tube well in south is very harmful for finance.
-A pit or under ground tank in south is also very harmful for finance.
-Certain pictures of god goddess and proper placement of mirrors brings financial gains in the house.
-Water flowing from north to east is very good.
-A water fountain in the north east part of the house or factory is very good.
-An aquarium with 9 gold fish and one black fish, in the north east corner/portion of the house or factory is very good.
-In the office, the temple should not be placed at the back of the owner’s seat.
-The owner seat must be facing east or north. West is also permissible but it must not face south.
- There must always be a solid wall behind the owner’s seat.
-The owner’s desk must always be rectangle.
-The central point of a factory, house and office should be empty.
-Vaastu Shanti Tips for Offices/Businesses.
-In the office, the temple should not be placed at the back of the owner’s seat.
-The owner seat must be facing east or north. West is also permissible but it must not face south.
-There must always be a solid wall behind the owner’s seat.
-The owner’s desk must always be rectangle.
-The central point of a factory, house and office should be empty.
* The place of seat arrangement for managers, executives and directors must be located in south, west and southwestern direction of the office premises
* As per the Vastu principles it is really good to set the accounts department in southeast direction.
* The appropriate place to set the reception is in the northeastern direction of the office.
* With respect to Vastu principles, it is good to seat the employees facing the north or eastern direction
* The central portion of the office must be set empty
* As per the Vastu principles, it is good to place rectangular desk for the MD
* Placing bore-well or fixing tank in the direction of south is not really recommended. This will affect the owner with less and insufficient cash flow.
* The best and right direction of keep the storeroom is on the northwest and southeast location.
* It is recommended to set the marketing department in the direction of northwest
* Fixing of some idols or images of god and goddess in the right location of mirrors will bring you improved financial gains.
* Setting a water fountain in the location of northeast of the office premises is really good and recommended.
* Placing an aquarium containing 1 black fish and 9 gold fish in the location of northeast of the office premises is really good and advisable.
VASTU IMPLEMENTATION TIPS
1. A plot with all corners 90 degrees having two sides road front and back is a good plot.
2. The open space left in North and east should be more than South and West.
3. The maximum construction should be done in South, West and southwest portion of the plot.
4. A pond or a water body should be placed in Northeast corner of the house.
5. A house should be designed in such a way so that there is maximum entry of sunlight and proper cross ventilation.
6. The entire opening should be made on the North and East Side of the house
7. Trees of any kind should not be grown in eastern or northern, northeast directions.
8. Only small plant can be grown in North, east, Northeast.
9. The hearth or oven must be arranged in eastern southeast direction of the entire house, in such a way that the person cooking faces east.
10. The shadow of any tree should not fall on the house.
11. Pictures of any war scenes, demons, one in anger should not be placed in the house.
12. The slope of the property should be from West to east or South to north.
14.Allow a bright light on the main door.
15.It is best to leave only maximum 5 door open.
16.Avoid keeping a T.V. set in bed-room.
17.Avoid keeping any water feature or plants in the bed room.
18.Do not use seperate mattresses and bed-sheet.
19.Arrange the furniture to from a square or a circle or an octagon in.
20.Brighten the corners.
21.Place a picture of bright sunrise on southern wall in living room
22.The wind should come from south-west in the bed room.
23.Dining-room should not expose to the front door of your house.
24.Never put mirror in kitchen.
25.Keep the broom and mops out of the sight in kitchen.
26.Keep the bathroom and toilet door closed as much as possible.
27.Windows should open outward normally.
28.Do not keep prickly cactus, plants in the house.
29.Place an aquarium in the south-east corner in living room.
30.Place a happy family picture in living room.
31.Please cheque there aren`t grown very high trees like Bangan, Pipal, Thorny trees.
32. Please cheque the gate of the lift is not in front of the main gate of the house.
33.There should not be any room which has shape.
34.There should not be obstructive houses surrounding your plot.
35.The house should be fully airy and has enough water resource.
36.The seat in the latrin should be NORTH-SOUTH.
37.In the office, sit facing the door.
38.Hang a picture of mountains behind you in the office.
39.Place the computer on your right side on the table.
40.A ladder to go up stair curved on the right side should be devided in to two parts.
It should be constructed leaving north-east or south-west direction. Ladders stepping down towards north or west creates waste of Lakshmi.
41.One should never hoard stale food, withered flowers, torn clothes, waste paper , waste materials, empty tins, old jars and useless things. These things prevent Lakshmi from entering the house.
42.If there is marble flooring in the house you should see that the old leather shoes are not lying here and there. Marble is considered to be holy stone. If possible avoid marble in bedroom, bathroom, latrine.
43.In a place of worship in the house it is necessary to have open atmosphere. Use marble in the worship room. Take care that there is enough light and air. Latrine should not be near worship room. Keep cleanliness and always light incense sticks.
* Construct your house in such way it admits bright light into the main doorway
* It is really advisable to allow 5 doors of a maximum opening
* Setting television in the bedroom area is not recommended
* Keep the plants and water sport far from your bedroom
* Never split bed sheet and bed mattresses
* Set your house furniture in the form of circle, square or as octagon
* Keep the corners bright
* It is good to fix an image of bright sun in the southern wall of the living area
* Construct your bedroom, where wind must blow from south to west
* Your house dinning hall must never get exposed to the entrance door of the house
* Setting a mirror in the kitchen room is not recommended
* Do not place the mops and brooms in the kitchen. Keep it far aside
* It is good to keep the doors of your toilet and bathroom closed most the time
* It is good to set your windows opened towards out face
* Growing of pricking plants like cactus in your house is not advisable and recommended
* It is good to place the fish aquarium in the southeast corner in your living area
* It is good to stick a happy family photograph or picture inside your living room
* Growing of high trees such as Bangan, Thorny trees and Pipal is not good and recommended
* Ensure that the lift gate is not set in face of the entry main gate of your house
* Building your house rooms in shape of oval, or circle or triangle is strictly not advisable
* Your house should never be in disturbed by any obstructive buildings
* Ensure that your house is good with right air circulation and water source
* Your latrine seat must be kept facing towards northern south
* It is good to sit facing the doorway, while you sit in your office
* It is good to set a mountain wallpaper behind you in your office
* Never keep a ladder that faces towards west or north, as it makes waste of money
* Never wear torn clothing, withered flowers, as these will prevent the goddess Lakshmi entering into the home
Vastu Tips for Factory
1. The shape of the land, roads, uninterrupted availability of water and electric power etc. should be kept in mind.
2. According to `Vastu Shastra` the main gate of factory should be kept in the East, North or North-East of the plot. All other doors can be kept in North-East, East, North or North-West.
3. The guardroom of the factory should be in North-West of the Northern gate and to the South-East of Eastern gate.
4. There must be open space in the North- East. The land of the factory should be elevated in South-West.
5. The store of the factory should be in the South-West.
6. The North-West corner should be used for car-parking.
7. The administrative block should either be in the North or in the East.
CREATING MOOD WITH COLOR
Color has a profound effect on our mood. In clothing , interiors , landscape and even natural light , a color can change mood from sad to happy , from confusion to intelligence , from fear to confidence. Particular colors have different effects on each individual . Response to a color may be influenced by a number of factors such as the body's need for a specific color , a sad or happy memory associated with a color. In previous decades , certain colors or group of colors dominated every palette . Now in millenium , the stopper is out and uniqueness and personal preferences are really in. There are no absolutes in the world of color. Some colors make you want to get out of your chair , others make you want to nestle down and read. Some colors are articulate and must be listened to. Others are very quiet . Some colors indicate that you have travelled or are well read. Yet others create a desire for closeness , intimacy and love. Following are some of the most typical responses to various color groups.
NURTURING NEUTRALS : These colors create a sense of peace and well being. They foster quiet conversation with family and friends and can dispel loneliness. Throughout time , mankind has found a sense of peace and tranquility when in touch with " Mother Earth " . It follows that colors which impart a sense of warmth and serenity come directly from the earth. In addition to the earth colors in the neutral group are colors associated with sea such as sand , shell , coral , pearl , stone , seaweed. GREEN is a color which helps us to adjust to new environments and situations. It will always be found among the 'nurturing neutrals'. The BLUES represented here will range from winter sky to stream to midnight. The neutrals are somewhat like the furniture while other palettes are more like accents or accessories.
INTELLECTUAL COLORS : These are the sharp , witty and unique colors which convey a message that the owner has travelled , is well read and has something to say. These colors will command respect without being overbearing. This palette also starts with a earthy , warm base. Grey is a color which promotes creativity and will often be found in foundation of an intellectual palette. These greys will be warm and gentle. Some tones of blue suggest communication and trust , so it will naturally be found in the intellectual palette. Navy blues will often find their way in this palette , but its effect is warm and never cold and fragile. Red also appears in this intellectual palette , but the shades will be earthy and complicated burgundy , cranburry.
PLAYFUL COLORS -These colors are exiting and used for a fun providing environment These playful , whimsical palettes create their own kind of music , like the sounds of children playing. There are highs and lows , lights and darks and always movement and activity. Used in active spaces within the home , a 'playful' palette can add energy and vitality. But if overdone , this type of palette becomes irritating and stressful. The foundation of this palette is WHITE . This could be anywhere from vanilla ice cream to snow drift to winter moon. Then comes the bubble gum pink , buttercup , wintergreen , all the berry colors and crayon colors. Many of these colors will be cool , and even in lighter tones there will be brightness and clarity. The bottom line in creating this type of palette is that the colors should suggest a sense of freedom , play and downright fun.
HEALING COLORS : This palette includes the colors which are very refreshing and rejuvenating. Like nurturing colors , 'healing colors' also begin by getting in touch with nature. The first group of colors considered in this palette is GREEN. Because they have the power to help us adjust to new environments , skillful designers use lots of plants and other forms of green . Healing greens may be warm or cool , but not muddy or mysterious like those in the intellectual palette. Healing palettes also take inspirations from warn earth tones. These palettes usually contains contrast as well as a clarity of color that is inspiring. They will include a range of lights and darks but will never be muddy.
ROMANTIC COLORS : Many species including the human beings attempt to attract the opposite sex with colors. RED is the color of sex and lust and is often called the most romantic of colors. It is no accident that red is the chosen symbolic color for the Valentine's Day. In interior design , however , a less intense , softer tone of red is far more conducive to romance than the pure hue. Often referred as PINKS , these colors vary from cool to warm and from light to dark. Pinks have an interesting quality that seems to halt the body's ability to stay angry. PURPLE is another color which is definitively romantic because of its passionate , unpredictable and quixotic characteristics. Paler , less intense tones of ORANGE such as apricot and peach are often included in the romantic palette , suggesting purity and innocence. BLUES in the romantic palette will be cool and inspired by water.
PERSONAL STYLE : There are no trends in color as important as personal style. Today , most designers draw from many historical periods as well as contemporary influences and mix them together to create unique personal spaces. The most effective color palettes reflect and enhance the interests , collections and activities of the people who live there as well as architectural features.
The effects of color on mood will vary from individual to individual. Color schemes have emotional messages too. An awareness of the emotions generated by different colors is helpful in planning personal palettes that will be pleasant to live with , but it must be understood that this information is not absolute. Subtle changes in tone can increase or decrease the emotions evoked by a particular color , allowing it to be included in many diverse palettes.