The Power and Glory of the East

“Sun rises in the East and sets in the West” – There’s more to this statement than just science.

East is the governing direction of solar energy. St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of Italy had rightly stated, “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” Not only does the East brighten our home, it is also the direction from which we receive positive energy.

To go back to the basics, the aim of vaastu is to bring about a balance between the atmosphere outside the home, factory or office and the atmosphere within. To attain this balance, vaastu uses the panch bhoota, the five elements that are the basis of creation – earth, fire, water, air and ether. It also uses the earth’s magnetic fields, the north and the south poles as well as the sun’s rays.

Of these, the eastern direction which brings in the Sun’s first rays holds the key position. It is the first direction in Vaastu Shastra, and since the Sun rises in the East, it rules this direction. This is why many begin their day with the Surya Namaskar.

People have been worshipping the Sun since ancient times. They understood that the Sun connects with life on Earth and nurtures it. In modern times, we focus on the fact that it is the prime source of Vitamin D. Hence, we have the openings to our houses, in the form of doors and windows in the East. It is also the primary reason behind facing the East when performing puja, meditation or pranayama. When you give importance to the East, you are following the principles of Vaastu and of natural living.

Vaastu Principles & The East

East is a powerful direction that brings good luck, peace, harmony, and good health. It can also bring recognition and respect. Keep this part of the house open, light and clean. Heavy walls and insufficient ventilation can bring stagnation into your life.

East is also the direction of prosperity and victory. Placing mirrors on the eastern walls can double your prosperity.

Blessings & Pitfalls

House Entry

  • Leave the Eastern direction of your home open for sunlight to enter. The Sun’s positive energy can then be absorbed by the walls and the corners of your home.
  • Avoid placing scrap of any kind – be it plastic, metal or dirt – in the East. This principle is valid for homes, offices as well as factories. Cluttering the area with these things can attract punishment from the Government in the form of taxation, penalties and so on.

Kitchen

  • Face the East while cooking. This keeps everyone healthy and the food tastes good too. Facing the North too makes the food tasty.
  • If you face the West while cooking, it is likely that you will eat stale and cold food. Facing the South is not recommended since it gives rise to agitation and ill-health in the family.

Rooms

  • Drawing rooms, study rooms, dining rooms, and children’s rooms can be located in the East.
  • The master bedroom should not be in the Eastern area of the house.