गृहरचना वच्छिन्न भूमे।
The land suitable for house construction is called Vastu. Vastu is also considered to be that land on which a building or a house is constructed. In other words Vastu is that knowledge which gives us information regarding the construction and the utility of the house.
Similarly king Bhoj Parmar states in the fifth shloka of the first chapter of his famous 'Samrangan Sutradhar'
वास्तुशास्त्रदृते तस्य न स्याल्लः क्षणनिश्यचः।
तस्माल्लोकस्य कृपया शास्त्र्मतेदृदीर्यते।।
Apart from the principles of Vastu shastra there are no other guidelines for proper construction of a house.
In brief, keeping vastu of a place in harmony with the principles of vastu shastra is vastu.
समारांगण सूत्र धनानि बुद्धिश्च सन्तति सर्वदानृणाम्।
प्रियान्येषां च सांसिद्धि सर्वस्यात् शुभ लक्षणमफ।।
यात्र निन्दित लक्ष्मत्र तहिते वां विधात कृत।
अथ सर्व मुपादेयं यभ्दवेत् शुभ लक्षणम्।।
देश पुर निवाश्रच सभा वीस्म सनाचि।
यद्य दीदृसमन्याश्रच तथ भेयस्करं मतम्।।
वास्तु शास्त्रदृतेतस्य न स्यल्लक्षनिर्णयः।
तस्मात् लोकस्य कृपया सभामेतंदुरीयते।।
A house constructed according to the principles of vastu bestows all kinds of happiness, wealth, wisdom and peace. It also gives freedom from debts. By disregarding these same principles the same abode can cause undesired journeys, defamation, disappointments and unhappiness. So all houses, villages, towns and cities should be constructed according to the principles of vastu. This shastra has been composed by the rishis for the benefit and progress of mankind.
Narad Samhita also advocates that vastu propagates the aim of health, wealth, prosperity, peace, happiness and progeny of the owner of the house.
Vastu shastra is a very deep and profound subject, which is based on the principles of science and spirituality. The houses constructed in harmony with the principles of Vastu are auspicious and bestow happiness, while those which violate these guidelines cause destruction. Similarly industrial and professional complexes based on vastu principles promote success and happiness. The aims of residential vastu are attainment of Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha, while those of professional and industrial vastu is attainment of 'Artha' or money. Proper vastu in industry also promotes production, profits, customers and success. It produces harmony between the management and the workers and also between the industry and society. It also helps the industry to fulfil its social responsibility.
- Q1. What do you mean by the term Vastu? What role does Vastu play?
- Q2. Write the names of five important classical texts of Vastu Shastra.
- Q3. Which Vedic texts provide us the knowledge about Vastu Shastra?
- Q4. When did Vastu Shastra originate and in which era did it spread and by which means ?
- Q5. What do you mean by Panchamahabhootas ?