When the energies in our own home can flow undisturbed, we live in peace and balance. Vastu Shastra, the Indian architecture theory, makes use of this principle. Those who plan their homes according to their unique principles will find more balance and inner peace. How Vastu Shastra works and what you can do to make your own four walls more harmonious is revealed here.
What is Vastu Shastra?
Vastu Shastra is made of Sanskrit words for a living (Vastu) and teaching (Shastra). It means the learning of good living. It was already mentioned in the Vedic scriptures and is already several thousand years old.
How does Vastu work?
Vastu says that all life on earth is influenced by energies that can be both positive and negative.
Various factors, such as the five elements, the cardinal points, the planets, the sun and the moon, have an effect on us and bring balance or disharmony. A peaceful life, therefore, means living in harmony with the cosmic forces and making sure that the energies in the house can harmonize well.
Houses and properties should therefore be aligned in such a way that the energy streams can always flow well. Only then can the people who live in them live in harmony and balance, which is why the structures of the land and buildings are critical.
If a house is planned according to these particular principles, it would bring prosperity, health, happiness and peace. Worldwide, there are even numerous buildings built according to Vastu principles, the most famous being the Taj Mahal!
Vastu and Feng-Shui: The differences
The Indian teachings are often associated with Feng Shui. Although Vastu is much older, there are many similarities. In both Indian Vastu and Chinese Feng Shui, energy flows play a role in the interior design. Also, both teachings refer to the five elements, even if they are each defined slightly differently.
Nevertheless, the two teachings differ in their principles. Vastu focuses more on architecture, while Feng Shui usually focuses on interior design and creates balance by placing particular objects. In concrete terms, this means that although there are many similarities between the two principles, there are also some differences. Therefore the two teachings should not be equated.
Vastu Architecture: The most critical Vastu rules
But how does Indian architectural theory work? Well, to be able to align a house or a room optimally, Vastu takes various factors into account, namely.
- The five elements
- The eight cardinal points
- The course of the sun and moon
- The influence of the nine planets
- Geological and climatic influences
- The magnetic field of the earth
- The energy grids of the earth
- The influence of non-material entities
According to Vastu Shastra, the sun emits mainly stimulating energy until noon, which hits the northeast, east and southeast primarily. From noon on, however, the sun has a calming effect and then hits the southwest, west and northwest.
All these influences can have both positive and negative effects. Vastu Shastra means using positive impacts and inhibiting the negative ones. If all these principles are taken into account in architecture, the energies can flow freely, and the finished house is in harmony with the cosmos.
The ideal Vastu house: floor plan
But what does such a house look like? According to Indian principles, the optimal building ground is on a slope that rises to the west and south and falls slightly towards the northeast. Ideally, the floor plan of a Vastu house should also be square or rectangular.
Positive energy flows come from the northeast through the morning sun. They have a cleansing and soothing effect and should therefore definitely find their way into the house. Therefore it is good to place doors, windows, verandas and balconies in the north and east of the house if possible.
According to Vastu, there is a particular arrangement of rooms, which uses mainly positive flows and thus brings balance into your home. In concrete terms, a floor plan according to Vastu, therefore, looks like this:
Strengthening colour: dark green
Ideal for movement and exchange, for guest rooms, office, waiting room, toilet, storage of light goods
Element: Air, Water
Strengthening colour: white
Here is a strengthening quality, perfect for a study, bedroom, balcony, terrace, safe
Element: Water, Ether
Strengthening colour: violet
The purifying energy gate, ideal as meditation and study room, conference room, entrance, bathroom
Element: Earth, Water
Strong colour: Indigo
Brings harmony, is suitable as a children’s room, dining room, bedroom.
Strengthening coloUr: Rainbow
The resting pole should be as open as possible, for example as an inner courtyard, atrium or atrium, possibly also as a living room.
Element: Fire, Ether
Strengthening colour: yellow
Opening, good as entrance or foyer, also for balcony, dining room or meditation room
Strengthening colour: blue
Heavy, consumed energy, right as the master bedroom, storage room or office
Strengthening colour: black
Hot, massive energy, suitable as a bedroom, living room and storage of bulky goods
Strong colour: orange
Brings joie de vivre and pleasure, perfect for kitchen, heating, fireplace or electrical appliances
Vastu in the bedroom
The bedroom is the place in the apartment that should bring us relaxation and well-being. If you have problems sleeping, it is possible that the bedroom is wrong and the energies cannot flow properly. Ideally, the bedroom should be located in the southwest of the apartment. There, the heavy punches ensure incredibly deep and restful sleep.
The bedroom furniture
The southwest is also the best place for positioning the bed. Under no circumstances should it be in the middle of the room, because otherwise the valuable energies will be inhibited in their flow.
Other life forms, such as plants or fish, are also rather disturbing in the bedroom. This means: aquariums are better moved to another room, preferably to the northeastern part of the living room, because there they should bring wealth and success.
It would help if you banned electrical appliances from the bedroom because they also disturb positive vibrations. If there is no other way, the devices should at least be as far away from the bed as possible. Advantageous colours for a restful night’s rest are green and blue tones. Brown or grey also have a soothing effect. Red, however, as long as it is not too bright, makes for more passion.
The right Vastu sleeping direction: In which direction to sleep?
Our sleeping direction is especially important for our well-being. Especially if the bedroom is in an unfavourable position, this can be compensated a little bit with the right sleeping direction. According to the theory of architecture, this has a considerable influence on how energy can flow favourably.
The ideal sleeping direction is, therefore, with the head facing south. This brings balance and wealth. If the head is facing west, however, this is also advantageous and can bring prestige and fulfilment. A sleeping position with the head facing east, on the other hand, stands for spiritual progress and mental balance. Only a head position facing north is very unfavourable. Heavy thoughts and dreams can arise, and the quality of sleep can suffer.
Vastu in the living room
The living room is a place for meeting and socializing. It is a great place to spend time with your guests or your own family. Therefore, hang many happy family pictures in the living room to strengthen the relationships with the individual family members. Photos or paintings depicting violence, tears or negatives are taboo. Especially in the east, however, you can hang paintings or pictures of the sunrise. The television should preferably be placed in the southeast of the living room.
Our tip: A room fountain in the north corresponds to the Vastu principles and has a calming effect.
Furnishing with Vastu: a few tips
If you already live in a house that is not ideally aligned architecturally, you usually have little opportunity to change a lot. Therefore, we would like to give you a few final tips to support the energies in your home a little and to make your living situation more harmonious.
- Heavy furniture should be placed mainly in the south and southwest of a room.
- The centre of the room should never be full but should remain as free as possible so that the room energy can flow undisturbed.
- Valuables, money or bank statements are best located in the north of the apartment because this direction stands above all for wealth and prosperity. Taboo, however, are the south, northwest or northeast.
- A work table should preferably be positioned so that you are sitting at it and looking east. This is the best way to support concentration.
Whoever aligns his apartment according to Vastu Shastra brings more harmony and peace into his own four walls. But even if there is nothing more to be done with the architecture, a lot can be achieved with a few simple measures such as the right sleeping position or changing the positioning of the furniture. Give it a try and make sure that the energies in your home can flow again undisturbed!