Vaastu shastra is an ancient science which helps one to get the natural benefits freely offered by the five basic elements of the universe in which we all live. These basic elements are Akash (SKY), Prithvi (EARTH), Paani (WATER), Agni (FIRE), and Vayu (WIND). Vastu Shastra can be applied by keeping in harmony with these basic five elements of nature. It is an edifice science that was developed by our learned people thousands of years ago. Its application today is purely architectural and its principles are based on becoming one with nature. Like astrology and palmistry it is a vast & complicated science, easily misunderstood by most people.
Most people all over the world will not think twice before spending huge amounts of cash on designing their houses and they should rightly do so. But when the house does not bring them peace and harmony and instead the ill effects of vaastu are experienced the same people consult astrologers, palmists, tarot card readers and some blame their destiny or luck.
Vaastu is essentially the art of correct settings one can place himself in such a manner as to derive maximum benefits.
The ancient relics say that Vaastu is based on two forces "positive" and "negative" which are constantly interacting with each other on the surface of the land. These forces should get disturbed whenever any structure is erected on a vacant land, to maintain a balance.
If there are more positive energies (forces) than the negative energies, the result of such a construction would yield more benefits to the inmates leading to a more successful, healthy, wealthy and peaceful life, contrary to this if the negative energies dominate the premises the effects could be negative.
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Dictionary of Vastu Shastra
Aagney - It is the lord of fire , and is positioned in the South-East direction.
Aap - Means water , which is one of the five elements that constituent our universe.
Aakash - Means Space , which is another element that constitutes our universe.
Aura - It is defined as a luminous radiation , a radiant light around a person's head or body. The different colours appearing in the aura have been studied by physics , and various tints of each colour suggest different characterstics.
Atman - The individual consciousness.
Brahma - The creator of the universe.
Istaka - The brick , as known in the Vedic times.
Jiva - the soul.
Kalpadruma - The wishing tree.
Purusha - The consciousness, the life source.
Parmataman - The universal consciousness.
Prana - The life.
Prakriti - The nature.
Samadhi ( Sthiti) - To sit with folded legs on the ground in one posture for meditation.
Shankh - The counch , a sea shell through which the sound is produced and is mostly used in religious ceremonies.
Shrishti - Creation of the entire universe.
Sthapati - The architect , as known in the Vedic times.
Sutregrahi - The draughtsman , as known in the Vedic times.
Takshaka - The carpenter , as known in the Vedic times.
Vardhaki - The mason , as known in the Vedic times.
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