KERALA

Where spirituality meets aesthetics

VASTHU, THE blending of culture, architecture, spirituality and aesthetics, is once again emerging as a favourite subject for modern engineers and architects.

Vasthu like other Indian sastras is on the path of revivalism. Unfortunately, due to the degradation in social values and unlimited thirst for money, Vasthu also runs the risk of falling prey to the interests of the money market. In the face of ignorance, many become easy victims to this trend.

Through this column, I hope to clear at least some of the basic doubts regarding this sastra and will prepare the readers in identifying the right and wrong in Vasthu. Nature’s flow Vasthu is the common name for Sthapathya Veda, which deals with human existence in nature. Vasthuvidya is an ancient Indian science/architecture governing human existence in tune with the nature’s flow.

Nature’s flow adopts the same principle from the micro-level to the macro-level. Every thing in nature is cyclic, including the solar system, climatic cycle, atomic structure, the occurrence of day and night and even the life cycle.

This means that the death and birth cycle is also inevitable, which in turn give strength to the Karmic theory (Karma Sidhanta). The invisible cosmic power in the universe which is acting everywhere along with various other forms of energy also prevails on earth.

Even a slight variation in this energy field will affect human existence in a very big way. Vasthuvidya is that branch of science, which makes this energy field favourable for human existence by controlling the dimension and location of buildings.

The principle behind the practical Vasthu is the same the world over, but will show slight changes based on the local social set-up and climatic conditions.

The basic principle governing Vasthu is that "Good future comes from good deeds, good deeds comes from good thinking, good thinking comes from good environment and good environment means environment in tune with nature."

This is what Vasthu provides. The scriptures of Vasthu are spread in a number of Agamas, Samhitas and Puranas.

The authentic texts available today for reference are Mayamata, Viswakarmaprakasika, Isanasivagurudeva padhati, Manasara, Vasthuvidya and Samaranganasuthradhara. These basic texts are dated between the 8th Century AD and 11th Century AD and are written in Sanskrit. Since this a practical science with a touch of spirituality, an acharya who practises this sastra needs to be endowed with noble qualities and has to be free from a competitive mentality.

He has to be knowledgeable about almost all sastras and should able to understand the pulse of nature. This only happens if he is in tune with the nature’s flow. One has to be very careful in choosing the `acharya’ before going in for Vasthu consultation. Vasthuvidya Gurukulam, Aranmula, is the only centre in the Government sector working for the promotion and preservation of Vasthuvidya.

The institution has tried its best to identify the scriptures and to interpret it correctly for ordinary people.

Such efforts are required in several parts of India to unearth and utilise the sastras and ancient techniques for the betterment of mankind.

(The author is a consultant engineer Vasthuvidya Gurukulam, Aranmula.)

MANOJ S. NAIR

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