VaastuShastra came into being thousands of years back with the earliest references in the Vedas, Puranas, Ramayana and Mahabharata. It is as relevant today as it was centuries ago, since it tries to bring into a harmonious flow the energies between man and matter. It is scientific knowledge which facilitates a better living, by optimum placement of the elements in the appropriate directions. VaastuShastra tells us that we as humans can create for ourselves a veritable utopia that balances the elements within with the elements outside ourselves.

Each human is trying to attain happiness, health and prosperity. We use Vaastu in our homes, offices, temples, cities, countries etc so as to attain that goal. A good knowledge and application of Vaastu will create a beneficial flow of vital energy in our lives which will attract abundance of resources and a feeling of prosperity.

The Five Great Elements or Panchamahabhutas are Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. The ten directions are North, South, East, West, North-East, North-West, South-East, South-West, Up and Down. Placement of the right element in the right direction attracts abundance, well-being and joy. Placement of the wrong element in the wrong direction brings about lack, dis-ease and suffering.

While there are numerous degrees of happiness or suffering for example, we can always try to create the best one possible for ourselves at any given point of time.

While buying a piece of land or property it is essential to study the quality of the land, soil, earth etc before one goes ahead.

In a home, fire- that is the kitchen- should be in a particular direction. A water body- that is underground tank or pond- should also be placed in the optimum direction. The flow of air or ventilation should be such that there are no pockets of blocked energy in the house. Space should be used in such a way that it is pleasing to the eyes.

Vaastu is based upon Earth’s position in the galaxy, the axis on which it is inclined, the resulting magnetic fields and gravitational force, the position of the Sun and Moon etc. When we consider the magnitude of universal forces, a human being is a miniscule part of it. In order to better his life, man has evolved from a cave man to where we are today. With the discovery of fire, the invention of wheels, tools, transport, agriculture, architecture etc our journey began into civilization. Today we have invented such a high technological society that the earth has become a global village. Things are accessible as never before. We have instant access at our finger tips to someone on the other side of the world.

In our quest for making life easier, we have forgotten how to use our natural resources. In fact, humans have been abusing the natural resources, plants and animals, in the name of progress.

Earth has life only because of the presence of the Five Great Elements. These elements are also what make up our human body. They give our lives meaning but as they are freely available we do not attach value to them.