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Who is Vaastu Purush ?
Vaastu Purush is said to be the lord of any house, building or structure residential or commercial and mental, physical as well as economic wellbeing of the owner and occupants solely depend upon his blessings. Vaastu Purush is present in each and every plot whether it is big or small. He has a fixed and peculiar body. His head remains hanging down and his body is spread all over the length and breadth of the ground. There is an interesting story in the MatsyaPuran in which the birth of VaastuPurusha is narrated. By reading that story one knows why the worship of the VaastuPurusha is necessary before beginning the construction of any building.
PAURANIC STORY OF VAASTU PURUSHA
Long long ago Lord Shiva fought against the demon named ‘Andhaka’ and killed him. While fighting with demon, Shiva was very much tired and began to sweat profusely. A man was born of the drops of Shiva’s sweat. He looked very cruel. He was very hungry. So he began to make penance to appease Lord Shiva and get a boon from him. Shiva was pleased with his penance and appeared before him.The devotee prayed to Shiva,”Oh Lord! Please permit me to eat away all the three worlds.” Shiva said,” Let it be so.” The devotee’s joy knew no bounds. He got possession on all the three worlds and first he was ready to eat the terrestrial world (Bhooloka). Then the celestial (Devatas), Brahma, Shiva and the demons (Rakshasas) also were terrified and caught hold of the devotee encircling him.
VaastuPurusha, being arrested like this, said to the Gods, “Oh, Celestial Beings! You have all caught hold of me and tied me on all the sides. How long shall I be like this, in this position hanging my head down like a prisoner? What shall I eat? Listening to those words, the celestial beings said, “Today is BhadrapadaShuklaTritiya Saturday and ‘Vishakha Star’; So you lie down here on the ground changing your position once in three months, i.e. from ‘Bhadrapada’ to ‘Kartik’ you lie down putting your head in the Eastern direction and your feet towards the West. During the months of “Margashirsha”, ‘Pausha’ and ‘Magha’, you lie down towards the South looking towards the West and put your feet towards the North during the months of ‘Phalgun’, ‘Chaitra’ and ‘Vaishakh’ put your head towards the West and feet towards the East., looking towards the North; in the months of ‘Jyestha’, ‘Ashadha’ and ‘Shravana’, put your head towards the East. North and the feet towards the South & look towards the East. Whatever side you may turn, you will have to lie down on the left side only. You will be known as ‘VaastuPurusha’. You will tease the people, to your heart’s content, who construct buildings and temples, dig wells and tanks on the side towards which you see and in the direction towards which you hold your feet. You may trouble and even devour those people who construct the aforesaid buildings and temples etc. In the direction where you lay your head and back and those who lay foundation-stone without worshipping you or without satisfying you with “Homa” and the like. Then the Vaastu-Purusha was quite satisfied. Since then the worship of Vaastu-Purusha has been in vogue and it has become compulsory for those who want to construct any kind of building.
VAASTU PURUSHA – RITUALS
The presiding deity of Vaastu is called VaastuPurusha. While laying the foundation stone for a new building or while entering a new building, Vaastu Puja and VaastuHoma are performed as prescribed by our scriptures to propitiate the VaastuPurusha and to ward off the evil aspects. I invite the attention of the readers to Canto 56 of the Ayodhyakanda and Canto 15 of the Aranyakanda of the Ramayana. In the first reference Sri Rama mentions to Lakshmana the efficacy of Vaastu and Vaastu Puja as follows :
which means, ‘this Vaastu Puja has to be done by those who wish to live long’. In his commentary on this passage, MaheshaTirthastates :
वास्तुशब्देनगृहाधीष्ठिताशिखिपर्जन्य प्रभर्तिपॅंचचत्वारिशदेवताउच्यन्ते |तासां शमन्म्होमनैवेदबलिभि: पूजानंबोधायनेनोक्तम |
By the Vaastu is meant the forty five deities starting with Agni, Parjanya etc., who occupy the house. Sage Bodhayana has given in the Grihyasutras the procedure to propitiate these deities with Havana, offerings, etc.’ this has to be done by everyone while entering the new house to have a long and happy life.
If one takes the initiative and pains to delve deep into our age old texts, he will find clear cut instructions for keeping the idols of different gods in the Puja in different directions. Even in Panchayatana Puja the idols of the five gods Aditya, Ambika, Vishnu, Ganapati and Shiva have to be kept in a particular order placing them in different directions. When we do the Puja of Sri Satyanarayana Swami, we place the Grahas, Dikpalas and others in different places. All these indicate that each direction (dik) is controlled by one invisible power called Dikpala.
This power is like electricity which is not visible to the naked eye. Electricity can only be seen through a light, fan or any other appliance. If one does not have the required apparatus, this electricity energy cannot be experienced. Similarly, to experience this divine invisible power one has to be thorough with this subject and must possess the power of concentration. Without these prerequisites, one will definitely not be able to understand or experience the efficacy of this Shastra. It is not proper to advise with half baked knowledge, which, in the long run, will prove dangerous to all concerned. Of late, we find some people trying to interpret this science with their own logic. By mere chance some of their versions may come out correct. But unless it is supported by the authority of the Shastra, it cannot be confirmed as right.
Vaastu and Astrology are the two divine sciences with the help of which one can plan to have a peaceful and happy life. These two sciences deal with invisible forces which make one’s life happy or otherwise. Let the persons practising these two sciences exercise proper care while giving predictions or advising their clients about their future. They should also be conversant with the remedial measures as detailed in our traditional scriptures.
The difference between astrology and Vaastu is that astrology gives general direction of one’s life. It defines one’s weakness, tendencies and strength, which one can try to overcome by improving oneself and minimise the weakness through efforts. It gives some solace to one in difficult circumstances.
By using the principles of Vaastu one can definitely, within a reasonable span, improve one’s financial stability and also relationship with the outer world. Once you make the necessary and requisite changes in your house or workplace, other things automatically follow.
Vaastu : An Introduction
The word ‘Vaastu’ is derived from the Sanskrit Dhatuvasa which means to live. So, VaastuShastra is the science which deals with the layout of the site and the building to be constructed. It also gives elaborate details about the construction of townships, palaces, complexes, etc. The main objective of this Shastra is to make humanity live in as perfect a harmony as possible with Mother Nature. This Shastra was given to us by the Maharshis. There are 8 directions in which 4 are called the cardinal directions and 4 sub directions.
In Vaastuthe area is divided into eight parts : East, South, West, North, North-East, South-East, South-West and North-West. Each of these directions has a deity called Dikpala. The Dikpalas are as follows :
The Vedic texts have given different hymns to the eight Dikpalas. Indra is the king of the Devatas. The Sun rises on the Eastern Horizon. Hence East is given the most prominent place followed by North, the direction of Kubera, the lord of wealth. East is the point of health, virtuous living, and fame. North is the point of wealth, name, prosperity. North has astronomical significance also as it points towards the Pole star or the DhruvaNakshatra.
Whenever we discuss about the Vaastu of a plot or building, we first fix the North and East points and then proceed with the mapping out of the building. While fixing the norms for a dwelling houseVaastuShastra has fixed the Southern side for the bedroom. It also states that more space is to be left on the Northern side of the plot. Let us examine the logic behind this. Cool breeze comes from the Southern direction which is described as Malaya-maruta. To enjoy this breeze we require space on the Southern side. ‘A’ and ‘B’ construct one building each, side by side. The Northern side of ‘A’ will be the Southern side of ‘B’. So, automatically when ‘A’ leaves more space; on the Northern side. ‘B’ will have more open space on his Southern side which will facilitate free flow of air. The bedroom which is supposed to be the Southern side will have a lot of fresh air. This means that when one retires to bed after a tiring day’s work, he will enjoy the beautiful cool Southern breeze which will induce good sleep. On the Eastern side also one is supposed to leave more open space. This enables the early morning Sun rays to fall on the front yard and the building. The Sun rays are an antidote for many evils.
The VaastuShastra has been discussed in our scriptures, as well. We find references to Vaastu in the Ramayana at many places. VaastuShastra lays down separate norms for dwelling houses, palaces, complexes, public utility buildings, etc.
Nowadays, we argue that cities are overpopulated. It does not mean that the regulatory authorities should allow haphazard constructions. For construction of temples also, VaastuShastra coupled with Agama Shastra is scrupulously followed. There are varieties of Agama Shastras. Shaivagama, Vaikhanasagama, Pancharatragama are a few to be mentioned. For preparing idols in the temples, ShilpaShastra is followed in consonance with Agama Shastra. All these are independent Shastras. These are mentioned here to enable the readers to understand our glorious and rich traditions and culture.
A study of ancient literature bearing on Jyotisha, mediine, Vaastu, etc., will reveal that the vision of ancient sages was far more deeply based on, and intimately correlated to the realities and values of life than dreamt of in modern times.
A careful examination of Hindu methodology which is necessary for a right understanding of Hindu attainments in VaastuShastra reveals that the whole movement was genuinely and positively scientific, the ultimate goal being spiritual; and it was arrested at an important stage due to political convulsions.
Though perception, observation and experiment were the main criteria of truth, institutional wisdom now neglected in the name of scientific temper, was mainly responsible for development of disciplines like Jyotisha, Vaastu, etc.
According to Indian tradition, eighteen sages, such as Bhrigu, Atri, Vashishtha, Vishvakarma, Maya, etc., have established the science of Vaastu. Amongst the more important works we have Vishvakarma-Vaastu-Shastra, Samaranganasutradhara, Mandana-Sutradhara, Rajasimha-Vaastu, Diparnava, Shilparatna and Mayamata. There are other works which are generally based on one or the other of the classics. Vaastu is also dealt with in the Agamas, such as the Karrukagama, Suprabhedagama, Vaikhanasagama, etc., and works on Tantra, such as the Hayasirsa-tantra, Kiranastantra, and Puranas such as the Agnipurana, Matsyapurana and Vishnudharmottarapurana, etc.
Vaastu principles are more or less common all over India, living from times immemorial as a cultural entity. Vaastu has retained its traditions for thousands of years and it is as relevant today as it was when first propounded. There are also Vaastu texts for Jainism and Buddhism, such as the Gautamiyam, Bauddhamatam and Chaitya. The VaastuShilpatraditions is purely Indian in its fundamental concepts and currency.
There is a belief that the text of the Brihat-samhita, has as its source the work Manasara, though there are some differences of opinion regarding this. Manasara is a comprehensive treatise on architecture and iconography. According to some scholars it is considered to be a “source of all presentations of architecture in Purana and Agama as well as in more specialised textssuch as the BrihatSamhita and Mayamata. In fact this treatise is identified as a VaastuShastra, the first Vaastu being the earth”.Manasara represents the universality of Vaastu tradition and contains also the iconography of Jain and Buddhist images. This work is universally consulted all over India.
The literature on Vaastu can be roughly classified as ShilpaShastra and GrihaVaastu or Devashilpa and Manavashilpa. It is said that the Shaivite and Vaishnavite Agamas of various persuasions as well as the Grihya sutras and the Arthashastra contain abundant material on Vaastu, but somewhat scattered.
The planetary positions determine the strength and weakness of the horoscope and how the planets influence the directions and sub-directions in Vastu Shastra. Vastu Doasha represents a flaw in particular direction and a corresponding fault in the vibrations of a particular planet. The remedial measure in such cases aims to enhance the positivity of a planet and reduces the malefic effects, to attain harmony and balance with the natural force.
Sphatik or quartz crystals and crystal beads have their own importance as purifier or during meditative chanting. Because of the silica base, Quartz crystals have a very stable energy and a very precise and regular frequency. The immaculate structure responds to energies such as light, heat, sound, bio-electricity, and even waves. So the crystals are considered valuable due to their ability to respond to the thought waves and bio-electric energies; which helps in rebalancing the body and various troublesome situations in life. Charged crystal sets up a powerful energy field which encourages the person’s own subtle to vibrate at finer frequencies and clean away the dense negative vibrations. Another effective remedy is of crystal charged with Reiki. It is most effective to remove Vastu dosha.
Any mantra associated with a specific planet adds its vibrations to the lost portion of the aura to attain cosmic balance in human body and mind. The various bad effects of a faulty direction can be removed by chanting the mantra of the planet governing that direction. Mantra is the key to access certain functions or programmes of your brain for performing a specific task, such as harmonising labour relations, improving your cash flow, opening new product lines, attracting new clients, etc. The effectiveness of the mantra depends on the correct pronunciation too. Sound energy generated by chanting of mantras correctly and with correct pronunciation imparts a specific rhythm to the atmospheric atoms, for charging the creative energies of the entire space.
A yantra is a symbol or diagram that eliminates the harmful effects in its vicinity. By chanting of beej mantras, performing havans and other rituals, the yantra go through a series of purification and energising processes which make them potent to ward off negative vibrations in the surroundings. Specific Vastu yantras propitiating Vastu purush with mantras of Vastu shanti can be used or Nav Grih Vastu yantras for specific directional faults can also be used as per the direction wise classification of the planets. Other yantras like bagula mukhi yantra, matsya yantra, kanakdhara yantra, shri yantra and kuber yantra can be used to dispel Vastu faults as well as usher in wealth and prosperity in home, business, shop, office or factory.
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Varied variety of sounds produced by vibrations, have different effects on the beings and they act or react as per the sound produced. Believe it or not, sound has major relation with our mood and as a pleasant music can cheer us up, the loud and screeching sounds can disturb it. In fact, harsh sound causes noise pollution, which in turn, without our noticing, causes tension, stress, and other disorders like blood pressure, migraine and so on.
Thus to restore the balance, harmony and peace within a family, the right kind of sounds should be prevalent in the house as per Vastu.
- The sweet and soft conversations between family members lighten the mood and spread a positive ambience.
- Avoid watching television during meal time rather prefer to have pleasant conversations or soft music.
- Sacred chants or healing rhythms of devotion should be played early morning in the house.
- Dripping faucets or leaky taps should be repaired as soon as possible.
- The hinges of the door should be kept well oiled, to avoid creaking sounds.
- Close the door gently so that the mind and body remains calm.
- The bell cast from an amalgam of five metals improve the positive energy flow in the environment, dissipating the negative vibrations.
- Wind chimes are also an important source of peaceful and serene environment.
- The soft melodious tunes can induce peace, relaxation and reduce sadness, tension and anger.
- Hanging wind chimes, changing harsh sounding door bells with pleasant-sounding ones and having rippling water fountains can be a means of adding the right sounds to any environment.