Sthapatya Veda: the Science of Vastu

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Sthapatya Veda: the Science of Vastu

"We shape our homes…and our homes shape us” (Sir Winston Churchill)

Vastu Shilpa Shastra, the ancient science and the art of designing and constructing buildings in harmony with the laws of nature, finds its origin in Sthapatya Veda, which in turn is a part of Atharva Veda, one of the four Vedas.

Vastu Shastra is universal in its application. It is not confined to any particular group of people. It enhances the development of all human beings, and its timeless principles, by working in accordance with fundamental laws of nature, can operate in any culture, climate, geographical? location and do not depend on any religious or political beliefs.

In recent years, and particularly in India, there has been a major revival of interest in homes and public building spaces constructed in ways that have been shown to be much more conducive to the happiness, success and well being of the occupants. While Feng Shui has made become virtually a household name today, Sthapatya Veda - the most ancient system of architecture, from which other ancient and modern systems, including Feng Shui, grew – is beginning to get the attention of architects, developers and home owners the world over.


((M. Sthapatya Veda provides a reliable series of rules of architectural cause and effect, so that (for the first time in modern history), we can be assured that we are designing buildings that will have only beneficial effects on their users. Vastu principles take into account the effect that the energies of the natural order - the earth’s five elements, magnetic fields as well as the sun’s rays - have on mankind and the environment. Sthapatya Veda architecture considers the interplay of these various forces of nature and strives to maintain equilibrium, since these elements influence, guide and change the living styles of the occupants of the buildings by greatly affect their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual energies.))

Most architects grasp these principles when they start using them, because they are the essence of architecture—they are the DNA of architecture. In some abstract way, architects study them in school and have seen them in great buildings throughout history, but then all, of a sudden, it is made concrete through the formulations of Sthapatya Veda.

The Trinidad & Tobago Peace Government is committed to the implementation of programmes which have been scientifically proven to raise the consciousness of individuals, and therefore the wider community, including, especially, education, housing and food programmes that are more in alignment with the laws of nature.

The founder of the Peace Governments worldwide, His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the world’s foremost vedic scholar and scientist of consciousness, ranks poor vastu as one of the most significant contributors to social chaos. Maharishi is urging all governments to rebuild their parliament and administrative buildings according to Sthapatya Veda, stating that government buildings with proper vastu would streamline a country's administration, eliminate conflicts and problems in society, and ensure the safety and security of the people. He has said that countries will remain weak as long as important decisions continued to be made in the existing offices with bad vastu.

In India, Sthapatya Veda architects, or sthapatis, are frequently hired by corporations to help assess and redress vastu weaknessess in buildings, in order to increase productivity and success. Recently in Bangalore, for example, noted corporate sthapati and astrologe,r Somayaji, attributed the frequent breakdown at Karnataka Power Corporation's (KPC) Raichur Thermal Power Station mainly to faulty vastu. Somayaji said that KPC's other power plants have (either) been erected by keeping vastu in mind ((or have naturally found the right energy vibrations over time.)) "Unless the vaastu of this particular plant is corrected, frequent problems, loss of power and money will continue," he said.

Among the many fascinating pieces of evidence emerging with respect to the beneficent and protecting power of vastu include the experiences of residents in Southern California, USA in 2003, during the tragic series of forest fires that destroyed thousands of homes. Eyewitnesses report that the fire seemed to do an ‘astonishing jog’ around the six Maharishi Sthapatya Veda houses that were located within the fire’s range. In the case of one house, two fire fighters noted with amazement that “‘the fire lacked the ‘desire’ to destroy this house”, which was the only one among several in a cul-de-sac not to burn.

So in considering the profound effects of the built environment on their welfare, the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago should certainly heed Maharishi’s recent words of advice given at an address to the Parliament of World Peace in August this year: If you are living in non-vastu buildings, as soon as possible change to vastu buildings. Build your homes. Do whatever you can. Otherwise if you are continuing to live in a non-vastu building, you will never achieve anything in life, much less the supreme goal of life [spiritual enlightenment].”

A beautiful quote from the Sthapatya Veda text defines the blessings that good vastu brings:

Shastrenanen sarvasya lokasya param sukham

Chaturverg phala prapti shlokshch bhavedyuvam

Shilp shastra parigyan mrityoapi sujetaam vrajet

Parmanand janak devanami dimiritam

Shilp vina nahi jagtishu lokeshu vidyate

Jagad vina na shilpanch vartate vasau prabho

Because of VASTU SHASTRA, the whole universe gets good health, happiness and all round prosperity. Human beings attain divinity with this knowledge. Followers of VASTU SHASTRA get not only worldly pleasure, but also experience heavenly bliss.

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