Vastu Shastra takes into account the various natural energies which are available free of cost on the Earth and in the atmosphere like: Solar Energy from Sun, Lunar Energy from Moon, Earth Energy, Sky Energy, Electric Energy, Magnetic Energy, Thermal Energy, Wind Energy, Light Energy, Cosmic Energy.
Prana is the Sanskrit for “vital life”. It is the notion of a vital, life-sustaining force of living beings, comparable to the Chinese notion of ‘Chi’. It is an auto-energizing force which creates a magnetic field and permeates each individual as well as the Cosmos at all levels. This self-energizing force is is the bond between the galaxies, the planets, humans and molecules which keeps the whole Cosmos in order. All beings are born through it and live by it. When they die, their individual breath dissolves into the cosmic breath.
The Cosmic Energy exists everywhere in the Cosmos and is essential to maintain the order of human life and to expand the Consciousness. Humans use cosmic energy in their day to day activities. In order not to feel exhausted and tired they need to get Cosmic energy through the day.
WHY IS ‘PRANA’ OR COSMIC ENERGY AN IMPORTANT VASTU SHASTRA FACTOR?
According to Vastu Shastra, there are invisible energy lines that run like a large grid across the Earth from North to South and from East to West. The electromagnetic field thus generated affects the human body at the cellular level and controls the organs of the human body. It is believed that when a structure is placed on Earth, the equilibrium is affected because the physical structure causes a break in the electomagnetic field. Hence this equilibrium needs to be restored so that the the cosmic energy or Prana (read electromagnetic energy) flows harmoniously through the building as well as around it.
It is surprising that the Vastu pundits of ancient times knew of this ‘life-force’ and so, “Prana” or the cosmic energy was considered an important Vaastu factor and taken into account while designing buildings. One of the goals of Vaastu in designing, is to restore balance between the building structure and the cosmos because when buildings echo the underlying cosmic principles, they vibrate in harmony with the universe and these vibrations affect the inmates in a positive way creating peace, prosperity and contentment in their lives.
In Vastu, the movement of cosmic energy also called ‘prana’ through a 4-sided building is believed to be similar to the flow of energy across the Earth. It flows in a definite direction – fom the North-East direction towards the South-East and North-West corners before heading to the South-West. Keeping this flow in mind, Vastu Shastra prescribes an ideal plan called the “Vastu Purusha Mandala” to ensure that the ‘prana’ or ‘cosmic energy’ moves smoothly through a building and around it.
It is believed that if a house is designed on the lines of the Vastu Mandala, the prana will flow smoothly through the building and around it without any obstructions. The Vastu Mandala is a square, metaphysical plan of a house which shows the position of the rooms of a house in the eight cardinal directions. In the Vastu Mandala, the main entrance door is positioned in the North-East to facilitate the entry of prana into the house from the North-East. Also, there is a cental open court which facilitates the flow of prana into all the rooms.
The Scientific Explanation: Every creature on Earth starts it’s activities at sunrise and goes to sleep after sunset and therefore the Sun, assumes a lot of importance to living things. Because of the importance of sunlight to humans, the main aim of Vastu Shastra is to ensure that the inmates of a house are inadvertently exposed to the useful rays of sunlight while performing their activities, even if they are inside the house the whole day. But during a day, people perform different activities in different rooms at different times and the Sun’s position keeps changing from sunrise to sunset. So to ensure that the inmates get exposed to sunlight constantly, each room in the Vastu Mandala is positioned so that it faces the Sun at the time of the day when it is most likely to be used by them.
At the crack of dawn, the Sun is positioned in the North-East direction. Then it moves to the East, South-East, South, West and North-West in India. In the Vastu Mandala, the main entrance door is positioned in the North-East corner to ensure that the early morning sunlight floods the house. This explains why the ‘prana’ or life-giving energy, is symbolically believed to enter from the North-East, early in the morning.
This post was about the Earth’s Energy (Prana) and it’s effect on living beings and thereby, the design of buildings in Vastu Shastra. Read about another Vastu Shastra Factor that affects us and our buildings, namely:
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