Know basic about Vastushastra & Fengshui



The existence of the universe is based on the five basic elements of ‘ sky’, ‘wind’, ‘fire’, ‘water’ and ‘soil’. These five elements have to be balanced in our home too. This very art and science of balancing and enhancing these five elements in a dwelling, forms the basis of ‘Vastushastra’.

When first selecting the piece of land where a structure will stand, an expert in ‘vastushastra’ can guide to bring about the best potential in the persons who will work or live there. This is of primary importance and proves to be very beneficial.

For the balance and optimum flow of positive energy, the building should be constructed according to certain natural laws. Just as in the human body, all the parts and organs should be in the proper proportion to one another, in order to correctly perform their functions. A structure that is incorrectly built bring imbalance and lack of harmony in the lives of the people who live or work in it.

At the beginning if the structure is built according to the laws of ‘Vastushastra’ it saves the trouble of trying to make corrections later on, which are often very difficult.

Ancient ‘vastushastra’ considers the surrounding topography, to define the kind, and direction of positive energy flow. Here we consider mountains, rivers, valleys, sloping land, etc. These have been formed in their respective places due to certain laws, as we read in the annals of geology, and geography.

There are eight directions in all, that are basically considered. The four basic ones are – North , South, East , West. And the four sub-directions are North-east, North-west, South-east, South-west.

The East is considered the direction of the male member, of father figure of the house.

The South-east is the direction that influences health of the members living or working in the place.

The South represents wealth, a good harvest, happiness and peace.

The West is the direction for growth, progress, and fame.

The South-west stands for birth and death.

The North-west represents business, work, friends and enemies.

The North direction is the direction of the mother, or motherly figure of the inhabitants of the place.

The North-east, represents the new generation or new members in the group.


The Chinese believe the interactions of the five elements - earth, wood, fire, metal and water - can be combined in different quantities to create all the permutations that are found in the forces of nature.

The elements have various connotations :

• Fire : Fire is red, an auspicious color. It represents summer and is placed south.
• Water : Water is black or dark blue, a solemn colour. It represents winter and is placed north.
• Wood : Wood is green, a prosperous colour. It represents spring and is placed east.
• Metal : Metal is white or golden, an intense colour. It represents fall and is placed west.
• Earth : Earth is yellow or brown, a colour of attainment. It represents the centre.

The elements are, in fact, involved in two kinds of cyclical relationships: the productive and the destructive cycles. In the productive cycle, fire produces earth, which produces metal, which produces water, which produces wood, which in turn produces fire. In the destructive cycle, wood destroys earth, earth destroys water, water douses fire, fire melts metal, which in turn will chop down wood. Feng Shui practice requires that these individual symbolic elements be incorporated into the positioning of homes and workplaces using the Chinese system of categorising everybody's date and hour of birth according to the elements.

This is a very intriguing ancient art of facilitating and balancing the "Chi" or cosmic energy in and around the place of dwelling, to enhance peace, harmony and success in our lives.

The origin of Feng Shui dates back to some 3000 odd years ago, when it was used only for the royal families of China. A large number of structures were erected in accordance with its principles. Singapore, centre of a lot of trade, and activity is said to have been constructed entirely according to Feng Shui. No wonder then about the high energy of activities there.

Feng Shui has been described as the art of creating wealth, prosperity and harmony.

It can be translated as "Wind" and "Water". It is an eco-art, linking man and his destiny with his surroundings. Feng Shui is pronounced as "Fung Shway". By following Feng Shui, one can rightly channelise the Chi energy and significantly enhance the good luck, and health of yourself and all persons living with you. I have been practicing Indian Vastushastra for many years. And has given great results. But in many instances, it is not practical to make alterations in the structure, which are required to be made, like changing the direction of the kitchen, or the lavatory. The bedroom etc. Here Feng Shui comes in to suggest simple methods to set a house to give you the maximum benefit.

It has become a common misconception, that by placing certain objects, commonly associated with Feng Shui, such as the "Three legged toad", hanging bells on the door, and Chinese coins Inside it, one has applied Feng Shui. Feng Shui implies the correct arrangement of things, in the house, & its surroundings, to facilitate the flow of Chi Energy. The Chi energy is the collective influence of wind, water , earth, fire, and wood.

An expert in Feng Shui, goes through the house, and finds out what is ill placed.

A house is divided into nine equal parts, corresponding to the eight directions, and the centre.Each corresponds to the following:

•Helping Friend,
•Elders, Superiors

Ongoing over what has been placed where, and in what manner, a Feng Shui expert is able to find out in which area of your life there is, or could be a problem. Each of the above mentioned areas have an element of their own, like the career area correspond to the water element. So if there is a fireplace there, are sure going to be problems related to career. The fame area corresponds to the fire element. So if there is a water tank, or blue colour there, the fame will be hampered. Feng Shui offers simple solutions to balance these by intelligent rearrangement, use of objects, and colours that represent the desired element, or counteract the offending one.

Feng Shui is about living consciously on earth, thereby enjoying the highest quality of life force energy, and enhancing our energy and creativity, to increase the potential for social and financial success, prosperity and harmony. Disregarding this principle, may put a person in a position where he is against the flow, causing turbulence and disharmony, thereby experiencing life as a struggle, in spite of his best talents and efforts.