Vaastu: The Science of Vaastu

The Science of Vaastu

Experience has confirmed that nature, building and man’s placement in it, have great effect on living, working and happiness. All the inter-related principles of the science of building, such as orientation, proportion and decoration are shaped by the principles of cosmology and the laws governing it. The science of Vastu provides a set of conceptual tools that can be applied in practical ways.

Vastu means proper place to live in. It should be habitable. Life require basic elements i.e. air, fire (light), water, earth and space. The house in which he lives should provide the benefit of these elements. This means he is well connected to the environment and ecology.

We are enveloped by a series of environmental hazards in our day to day life which leads us to unresistable, endless physical and mental disorders.

Harmony with the environment, peace for the spirit and health for the human being are the criteria for healthy homes. These have deep roots in the human experience and in traditions of home building according to the cultures across the world.

It is rational : Vaastu is the study of impact of the Sun’s rays on the earth. Vaastu reads the characteristics of a house and explains its effects on the residents in a scientific manner, we can surely count it among the other sciences.

It is permanent : The principles of vaastu is based on directions which are permanent. Likewise the effects of vaastu are also permanent.

It is beneficial : The basic purpose of vaastu is to make the lives of people happier and problem free.

It is universal : Since vaastu is based on the properties of the earth and the sun, it is surely universal. Nationality, religion, caste etc. have nothing to do with the science of vaastu, it is equal for one and all.

It is practicable : It is very simple to follow. Build your house according to the guidelines provided by vaastu and lead a healthy and happy life.

Since it possesses all the features mentioned above and is based on action, cause and effect it can most definetly be concluded that it is a science.

According to Vaastu, there are 5 basic elements in the whole world. They are the Earth, Water, Air, Fire(Heat & Light) and Sky(Cosmic). Vaastu is a science of balancing these elements in the proper proportions for prosperity and harmony.

In a broader sense vaastu is a science of directions and it accounts for 8 directions; North, South, East, West, North-East, North-West, South-East and South-West.

The critical aspects of the design of a building should also include the aesthetics of both the exterior and interior space.


Any given physical space can be perceived in its connection with primary energies. The eight directions, the heavens and the earth are considered significant influences on growth and prosperity.

This research article is submitted by Guruji Dr. K. Venkatesan, BE, MTech, EdD, PhD, DDiv