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The genesis of our knowledge and practices is the vast fountainhead of Indian Vedic knowledge—our texts, the scriptures, and other oral and written traditions. This ancient Vedic knowledge and culture laid great emphasis on the effects of natural and built environment on human life and wellbeing. Call it instinct, call it second sight, or whatever name you may, but our ancient seers had a deep understanding of the correlation between our happiness, our health and our prosperity and the energies emanated by our living spaces.
The principles of Vastushastra
- At the core of Vastu lies the theme of Macrocosm-Microcosm. If we dig down into the individual unit of a Jiva (Human body), we find the different aspects perform different functions—the body, the head, the atman, etc. And they are all interlinked to function as a whole. In the cosmos too, every dimension has a unique purpose, and they all come together to give our life purpose. Similarly, in the architectural metaphor, every building, every room, every corner of every room have a purpose as regards our health and happiness. These should be designed with sacredness in order to bestow wellbeing and peace to its occupants.
- The balance of the PanchMahaBhutasis another theme that is reflected in Vastushastra. The physical biology of the universe has been described in terms of life (jiva) and self (atman). The Indian Vedic knowledge offers an integral vision of PurushPrakriti. The elements of nature are set into an order that causes a process of intellectual cultivation and purification. There is a five fold order comprising of origination, binding, interlocking, overlapping and transcending.
Vastu Shashtra is essentially the art of correct setting in order to optimize the benefits of five basic elements of nature (PanchMahBhutas) and the influence of magnetic fields surrounding the earth. Unlike the universality and anonymity of the modern architecture, the practice of Vastu is specific to a particular context-position, place, person and time. It is integral to Prakriti (comprising of Panchbhuta, viz., air, water, fire, sky/ether and earth), Pran (life), Purush (man) and Panchang (five limbs of time or Kala).
- The relationship between Kala (absolute time) and space is explained beautifully in our Vedic wisdom. This leads to the basic principle of creation. Space is the ultimate substance, filled with minutes particles called ‘Paramanu’ (nucleus). Every Paramanu is a minute space possessing energy. This material is called Vastu which is eternal and metamorphoses itself into the manifest world. It is superpotential and hypersensitive. It vibrates in dimension of time (Kala). The space is sensitive enough to order theses vibrations into rhythms. The fusion of space and time, when interlocked with Prakriti and Purush takes the form of Vastu. The architect or artists assume the role of Jiva-atman, the microcosm. The macrocosm is the Pramataman.
The connection made by VastuWorld
- All our architectural thought processes as well as best practices go back to our ancient wisdom. We respect the timelessness of our traditional Indian philosophies and values, and we integrate them into the modern context.
- We have been able to perfectly match age-old principles into modern-day settings. This amalgamation aids us in creating buildings that are not just brick-and-mortar structures, but offer a confluence of the timeless universe and the individual energy of the occupants in the milieu of the natural elements.
- When this balance of Prakriti, Purush, Pran and Kala is integrated to create the vision and the process of design and building, the resulting harmony, wellness and sound health have to be only experienced to be believed.
Come, let us together bring home the wisdom of eternal architecture to create mindful spaces in today’s modern ecosystem.