- Agni – the lord of fire, located in the southeast direction
- Aap – water, one of the five elements
- Aakash – space, one of the five elements
- Atman – individual consciousness
- Brahma – the creator of the universe
- Brahmastan – the central courtyard and energy center of the house, the heart of the house
- Dhumam – southeast
- Dwajam – east
- Gajam – north
- Jiva – the soul
- Jyotish – indian astrology
- Kakam – northeast
- Kharam – northwest
- Mayan was an architect and town planner of ancient India
- Mayamata – a treatise on building and architecture, authored by Mayan
- Purusha – consciousness itself
- Parmataman – universal consciousness
- Prana – life force
- Prakriti – nature
- Shrishti – creation of the entire universe
- Simham – south
- Sthapati – a master sculptor/architect of Vastu Science
- Sthapatya ved – the science and art of applying the universal laws of Vastu Science to to towns, buildings and sculpture
Also: sthapatya veda, sthapatyaved
- Sutregrahi – vedic term for draftsman
- Swanam – southwest
- Takshaka – vedic term for carpenter
- Vaastu Purusha – the energy contained in the Earth
- Vardhaki – vedic term for mason
- Vastu – Derived from the the word “to dwell, live”: That which lives forever. If you take the universe and crush it into a drop, that is Vastu: the substance of the universe. It is eternally living.
- Vaastu: what has issued out of Vastu is Vaastu. Vaastu is the manifest Universe: every “thing” in it. Vastu becomes Vaastu. E=mc2 Energy becomes matter: this is the Divine formula
- Vastu Purusha Mandala – The plan of the layout of a temple or a residential building
Also: mandala purusha vastu, mandal purush vaastu
- Vastu sastra – science of energy, of energy applied in a vastu
Also: vaastu shastra, vasthu saastra, vaastu shaastra and other spellings
- Vastudevata (vastupurush) – the energy – or deity – of the premises
- Vasthu Vidya – knowledge of vasthu
- Vidya – Knowledge
- Vedanta – a name for the vedic texts, the Upanishads
- Yrushabham – west
Sacred Geometry: Rectification of an existing structure
I have found nothing in the traditional texts on Vaastu architecture that documents a protocol for rectification of an existing structure. It may be there, but I have not seen it.
My research has lead me to believe that Vaastu architecture principles were founded on the premise that one constructs a new structure that follows the geometric patterns of resonance with cosmic energies. Existing non-compliant structures are not addressed.
However, because in modern times there is a demand to somehow apply Vaastu principles to existing structures, we have developed some protocols for rectification.
The most important point to understand regarding rectification is that the results are not really predictable. In rectification, we take some of the basic principles of the science and “tweak” the building as best we can.
The considerations for rectification are:
- Orientation of the building: buildings turned more that 10 degrees off the cardinal points of the compass may not be very responsive to rectification.
- Main door location.
- Room function and location.
- Geometry and mandalic frequency of the building with regard to the application of Ayadi calculation analysis.
- The creation of a Brahmastan at the center of the building.
My latest idea for a solution to existing buildings is to either
- create a space within the house that has a perfect orientation and resonance for good influences, or
- create a small structure within the compound of the property that is a perfect with regard to Vaastu principles and rely on it to spread a positive influence.
The rectification projects in which I have been involved seem to work, but the results are only anecdotal.
Here are samples of possible approaches to rectification:
Vaastu Design | Sacred Geometry
Sacred geometry is a fundamental ingredient of Vaastu Design.
What is “sacred geometry”?
Wise men over the ages have noted patterns in nature from the largest macrocosmic entities in the cosmos to the tiniest microscopic particles, invisible to the naked eye. You could call them laws of nature. These geometrical blueprints structure all of creation. Each pattern is an architypical foundation for objects in nature and each has unique vibrational resonances. Yet each part is intricately and wondrously tied to the whole of creation – to shape a reality of unity permeating all of diversity.
Buildings are a living organism, like the human nervous system, and can be designed in “harmonic resonance” with the basic underlying energy structure of the universe.
Vaastu design (also spelt vasthu and vastu) uses the fundamentals of sacred geometry to create structures for human beings which, due to their shape, size, orientation, and other factors, create health, wisdom, happiness, successfullness, security, and prospertity for their inhabitants – be they homeowners or business people.
“Space is the fundamental source and energy for all things, for their origination and for their existence. This important scientific concept, the tradition of Vaastu has been holding with it from the Vedic period and, in fact, from the period even prior to Vedic times. It maintains that SPACE itself turns into spatial forms and it has its own mathematical order or dynamics for changing into aural and visual forms. In Indian civilization, all temples, sculptures, architectural constructions … are the creations by shilpins of the tradition of Vaastu Science. Being born of this tradition, these creations render not only physical pleasure but also spiritual bliss and well being. This spiritual science … moulds us and directs us to experience the inexplicable spiritual bliss by effecting a communion between its own artistic creations and spiritual consciousness.”
“Space is energy filled or energy stuffed. If this energetic space gets limited or enclosed by four walls then the building becomes a living organism, having rhythmic vibrancy. Like the inner space enclosed with-in our bodies, the house also feels and vibrates. This rhythmic vibration is made to resonate with our inner vibrations and by this resonance the indweller of the house is able to be in harmony and communion with the universal space (Paramatma) and to experience spiritual bliss.
— Dr. Ganapati Sthapati
Online Seminar on Vaastu Design
The free seminar taught on this website presents both a general understanding of the principles of vaastu and sacred geometry and the specifics of designing a structure.
Here’s an extract from one of the first few lessons regarding this general understanding:
“The cubical prism is the basic structural design adopted by the ancient Vaastu vedins for the construction of a house. The house built on this design is known as ‘dandaka sala’ …or single phased house. …The vital energy of air inside and outside the house is regulated and made to be in free and unobstructed operation by a mathematical calculation. Only this mathematical order has been rendered as the units of measurement in Vaastu technology…. This mathematical order is a systematic calculaton of the manifestation or evolution of space-energy into spatial form. .. This order or numerical measure is the basis of structuring resonance with universal energies…In the heart cave of the body there is inner space and inside the inner-space there is the vibrant thread of consciousness. It is this thread of consciousness that functions as the string of sarira-vina (bodily insturment) (The structure vibrates with cosmic energy and the bodily insturment resonates with this vibration) To create and offer the house of supreme bliss, and to enable us to experience that supreme bliss here in this mundane house itself — these are the prime motives of the Vaastu science.
— Dr. Ganapati Sthapati
Here is a traditional procedure for an Auspicious Vaastu Ceremony
In general, there are formal ceremonies that are conducted at the “auspicious time,” the times of ground breaking, foundation stone laying and moving in, but they are in Tamil or Sanskrit, so they are not available to us except if we engage a Vaastu Pundit. My teacher, Ganapati Sthapati, has always encouraged me to conduct my own ceremony, telling me to use my own inner knowledge of what to do. We come from the heart with a good intention for the structure, which is to be an alive being, and also with respect for the Mother Earth upon which the home sits, rooted in Earth energies.
The main purpose is to achieve a deep sense of identity with the Earth energy, the Mother Earth, with the Being of the house and with the blessing energies of the Masters of the knowledge of Vaastu Science. This is for the purpose of arousing these cosmic forces and directing them in a positive way for the project.
A simple ceremony should be conducted at the auspicious time.
This is the time of the awakening of Vastu Purusha. Work beginning at this time will be completed without any impediment and the constructed building will yield prosperity, wealth and longevity.
At this time, a foundation deposit can be placed for the house. This deposit consists of precious gems and metals. It should be placed so that it will not be disturbed during construction. Contact me for information on how to obtain this.
You can bring flowers, incense and fruit.
If possible, you can stake the perimeter of the building. At least locate the area of the North east corner of the main rectangle or square of the building. There place a clean cloth or mat so you can sit and meditate and say the prayer for the house. At the proper time have incense burning and have the fruit and flowers to lay on the northeast area as offerings to Vastu Purusha.
You can use you own words also, and these:
Protector of the dwelling, recognize us: Be an excellent abode, the non-inflictor of disease.
Whatever we ask of thee, be please to grant. Be the bestower of happiness on our bipeds and quadrupeds.
Protector of the dwelling, be the preserver and augmenter of our wealth.
Possessed of cattle and horses, Indra, may we, through Thy friendship, be exempt from decay: like a father to his sons, be favorable to us. Protector of the dwelling, may we be possessed of a comfortable, delightful, opulent abode bestowed by Thee.
Protect our wealth, whether in possession or expectation and ever cherish us with blessings.
Protector of the dwelling, remover of disease, assuming all kinds of forms, be to us a Friend: the Grantor of Happiness!
Place the foundation deposit at this time and/or place the fruit and flowers on the northeast ground. Sit in silence a few minutes and then you are finished.
The design regime for the Vastu architect follows specific parameters:
- Orientation and siting considerations
- Building Layout with regard to a grid called “Vastu Purusha Mandala”
- Dimensioning with regard to the client¹s birth time
- Exterior door locations
- Room Placement
The selection of a building site is a very important factor in Vastu Architecture. The Earth is considered a living organism in Vastu Science. Sthapati says, “The Vastu Shastras address this energy contained in the Earth as Vaastu Purusha¹. Purusha means subtle energy that permeates the Earth and Vaastu¹ is the material body that evolved out of the energy… In abstraction, Purusha is but a subtle substance: Vastu¹ (or essence of the subtle universe) which means universal consciousness¹ or awareness¹. Earth is…a live material object suspended in (a sea) of space and existing as apart … of the Universal Being. ”
The general slope the site is very important. Sloping down to the East, North East or North is considered to be beneficial with the opposite having negative effects for the occupants of the structure. From my research, this seems to have something to do with the flow of water over and under the site. Also, the position of water on the site or in relationship to the site is considered: Northeast being the best location for a body of water. Fencing a plot with acceptable proportions is also important. It is because when vast land is limited by boundary lines it takes a form. That is, formless takes a form.
Of utmost importance is the orientation of the structure with respect to the cardinal points of the compass. According to Vastu Science, a network of energy lines covers the globe of the Earth: an energy grid. These lines are very similar to what we know as the longitude and latitude lines. The lines are conduits by which the energy concentrated at the center of the vital Earth flows out and spreads over the Earth. They are also lines of absorption of solar, lunar and stellar energies. The Earth pulsates with life and rays its energy through this grid system. Vastu Science relates that all planets are suspended or soaked in the ocean of space, which is the source of energy that sustains all embodied energies including man and other animate beings that live on the Earth.
The concept of the energy grid has been the ruling element of Vastu science in the domain of traditional designs pertaining to Indian architecture. The building plan is laid out with respect to an energy grid called the “Vastu Purusha Mandala”. One typical grid is 9 x 9, but there are many other traditional grid forms consisting of odd and even numbers. This grid can be made of squares or rectangles. When the grid plan of the structure is oriented to the cardinal points of the compass it is said to lie exactly over the earthly energy grid. (Establishing of the building grid in exact relationship to the cardinal points of the compass applies to temples. For secular structures it is best to rotate the structure about one degree to the north of true East.) Once the designer establishes the grid, he can lay out the walls and pillars of the building on this pattern. Sthapati says, “This establishes a kind of geometric congruency or harmony with the earthly grid. If the structure¹s grid is in harmony with the Earth¹s grid, then the built space and the Earth respond harmoniously energetically. If there is any distortion, deviation or deflection in the grid lines of the proposed building grid and that of the Earth¹s grid, then the built space is said to be in disharmony with the Earth¹s energy grid system.” Vastu science holds that we are wedded to the Earth and constantly exposed to the energy fuming out of it. To be in harmony with this energy is the goal. Again Sthapati: “Just as we, human beings, harbor in our heart an atom of Divine energy by which we are able to vibrate with life…the Earth also vibrates from within sending forth energy waves.” The Vastu designer brings about harmony between the vibrations by implementing particular a mathematical order called Ayadi.
The knowledge of Ayadi is used by the designer to determine the effects of the physical structure on the individual. The homeowner is born under the influence of a particular birth star. The building is considered to be a living being and also has a birth star. Ayadi calculations attempt to harmonize the energies created by the influence of the birth star of the person and that of the building. When these energies are harmonized the dweller experiences material prosperity and spiritual well being. Ayadi is also said to be able to effect the fate of the individual.
Another significant element in a Vastu residence is the Brahamastan or central courtyard. In a grid of 9 x 9 it is the center nine units. It is the energy heart of the house. It is the lung of the house. This part of the house should always be left open and free of obstructing elements (pillars or walls) and mechanical services. It is best if this portion, at least, is directly in contact with the Earth. It is traditional, where climate permits, to leave the Brahmastan open to the sky so that the energetic space surrounding the Earth is attracted into the house.
This provides the inmates of the house with beneficial spiritual energy. When there is a roof over the Brahmastan then there should be a natural light source, a skylight or cupola with windows, at the roof. Also, if possible, a small vertical passage can be provided at the apex of the center. Room location in the building is an important factor in Vaastu architecture The location of a particular room defined by function is determined by respecting the particular element that rules that area of the building.
Practical Design Matrix
All these principles (and more) taken together give the architect a design matrix for creating buildings that live and vibrate harmoniously with universal energies. I have found them easy and pleasing to use. I am convinced that this information is worth study and application by anyone interested in understanding the significance and full potential of sheltering the human nervous system.