“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.