Vastu – A victim of unscrupulous interpretation
Writing about Vastushastra was in back of my mind, purpose of writing is to clear the fears in the mind of the people about the misconception of Vastushastra and its tenets, the fear created by consultants by threats of destruction, death, disease and miserable life. If Vastushastra is called science then there has to be logical answers to all the tenets; well I will try to clear the fears in the mind of people, identify the problems Vastu is facing in the present day context and to give solution.
Vastushastra has fascinated some and irritated others but it has intrigued everybody. This ancient science deals with architecture at the material and psychological levels. Its tenets have a strong scientific and even sociological basis. There is wealth of information in Vastushastra that only serious study can unearth. But it should not be forgotten that the tenets – the do and don’ts – were written in much simpler times.
In any writing on Vastushastra, one must first ponder the fact that the person who discovered, studied and compiled the tenet of Vastushastra have almost eluded the pages of history. Among several scattered works in Sanskrit literature on Vastushastra, a few treatise give comprehensive information defining Vastu as “anywhere where immortals and mortals live’ and dealing with all facets of god’s and men’s dwellings, from the choice of the site to the iconography of the temple walls; and also village layouts and construction techniques. An outstanding example of a comprehensive text on Vastushastra is the Mayamatam. Written sometime between the 11th & 12th century.The content of the Mayamatam are much more tightly structured and systematic than other preceding and encyclopedic text such as the “Manasollasa or the Samaranganasutradhara. Other better known treatises on architecture and iconography are the Mansara and the Kamikagama both of which are particularly akin to the Mayamata.
The truth is that the original Vastu script is lost and all modern available texts are only compilation, this has made Vastu a victim of unscrupulous interpretation. I am not saying that all Vastu gurus are mouthpieces and can only tell you what you have to do and what happens if you don’t. Majority of them cannot answer the important question – why? Most Vastu gurus are non-professional and cannot possibly give any scientific explanation. They might ask this question “All this talk about science is fine, but can Vastushastra be applied totally to a urban home or blocks of apartment?”
Yes and no. — It is impossible to adhere to Vastushastra completely in a city mainly because of congestion. If Vastu asks you to leave particular direction open and there might be a tall building standing there: more over an apartment in a city might not adhere to Vastu tenets so go to micro level make adjustments in interiors as the exterior cannot be changed.
Each house has eight directions i.e. North, South, East, West, North-East, North-West, South-East and South-West and if vastushastra tenets are followed in the house it will definitely solve a lot of problems of city dwellers, so concentrate on your interiors. As Vastushastra tenets are based on four elements of nature – SUN ENERGY, MAGNETIC FIELD OF EARTH, WIND ENERGY AND GRAVITATIONAL FORCE, out of the above four first two are directly connected to individuals mental and physical health directly, the other two are connected to the architectural part of the house.
One thing you should keep in mind is that Vastu is only an attempt at raising your quality of life. Quality of life depends on your physical and mental well being and financial standing.