:: An Introduction to Vastu
Principles of Vastu-Shashtra have been there in every ancient civilization. The specialists adjust them to suit the direction of wind and magnetic effects of their environment. Architect Prof. Talbore Hemlin has described, with the aid of pictures and diagrams the architecture and the principle of Vastu relating to Roman, Greek, Japanese, Eqyptian, East and West Asia, Islamic and Christian civilization, in more than 700 pages of his book, “Architecture through the Ages”. On account of the Principles of Vastu, the construction of the Pyramids of Egypt has not been affected by time.
In modern times, Indian Vastu-Shashtra and Chinese Vastu-Shashtra, known as Feng- Sui, are most prevalent and recognised by Scientists. In matters of interior decoration the congruence of Vastu-Shashtra with Feng-Sui produces a surprising positive effect.
Scientists are undertaking effective research in this field. Dr. J. N. Pandey of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, in his research has proved the principles of Vedic Architecture on the basis of the effects of bones lying underneath the ground of the house. A scientist of Ohio State University, Dr. Hari Sharma has established the scientific truth of the various principles relating to the health of the body and mind on the basis of Vastu-Shashtra. Dr. Tony Adunadar, internationally reputed scientist of Lebanon has proved in a definite way, on the basis of the established Vedic elements of the body, as to how arteries and veins of brain, body and heart vibrate and are stimulated in agreement with Vastu-Shashtra. Intensive research work is being conducted in India as well as abroad on the basis of ancient treatises of Vastu-Shashtra.
Morris Schidler, architect of U.S.A. built the new residence of the non-resident Indian, Mr. Kirit Patel on the 20th January, 1995. He was guided by the principles of the architectural Ved found in our Atharva Ved. He says that this phenomenon caused a divine spiritual experience in him. Kirit Patel says that he now feels hunger in the dining room and gets a feeling of wonderful satisfaction after meal. Similarly in the drawing room feelings of groupism, people's welfare and mass contact are excited. In the study room, memory and intelligence are sharpened and the consciousness of wisdom is elevated. In the bed room, a sense of rest, which is definitely peaceful, emerges. In the worship place situated in the north-east, the heart is filled with faith and devotion which give supreme delight.
Even Lord Rama had built his hut in Panchwati according to the principles of Vastu-Shashtra. In ‘Dwapar Era’ the golden city of Dwarka was constructed as per Vastu Shashtra and was ultimately submerged under the sea as Lord Krishna desired. Most of the city of Hong Kong has also been constructed on this principle. Even the modern palatial building of Micheal Jackson is also based on this principle.