Role of India (in vastu)
India is the mother of vastu as our saints formulate principles of vastu here. Vastu was written down thousands of years ago where our sages kept in mind the effect of energies and sunlight and balance all the five elements in a manner to have the maximum benefit out of it.
Vaastu Shastra a super science, evolved some 5000 years ago in India. Ancient in comparison to Chinese discipline of Feng Shui, which is 3500 - 4000 years old. Vaastu Shastra essentially deals with practice of architecture and building / construction science, but it touches every facet of life on this earth and the universe. The ever-present link between man and the cosmos is the basic theme of Vaastu Shastra.
The word " VASTU " has been derived from VASTOSHPATI used in Rig Veda and is meant to provide protection, happiness and prosperity in this life as well as after death. Vastu Shastra believes in the existence of Vastu Purush who is main deity of a building. In this regard Rigveda ( Oldest among 4 vedas) says:
AVA TVAM VASTUNYU IMASI GA MADHYE
YATR GAVAU BHURI SHRINGA AVASAH ||
which means Vastu has a relation with greh devta (deity of the home).
It is the Indian science of space and architecture and how we may create spaces and environment that supports physical & spiritual health and prosperity. It evolved during Vedic times in India. The concepts of Vastu Shastra was transferred to Tibet, South East Asia and finally to China and Japan where it provided the base for the development of what is now known as Feng- Shui.
Vastu Shilpa Shastra, the ancient mystic science and the art of designing and constructing buildings finds its origin in Stapatya Veda, which in turns is a part of Atharvana Veda, one of the four Vedas. According to modern historians Ferguson, Havell and Cunningham, this science developed during the period of 6000 BC and 3000 BC.
Proofs of vastu shastra can be found during the time of Ramayan and Mahabharat. In the cities of Mohanjodaro and Harappa the application of vaastu shastra can be seen. In the Matsya Purana, seventeen preceptors of Vaastu have been mentioned.
These principles, called Vastu Shastra, were evolved over thousands of years out of experience and foresight of ancient Sages of India and are very valuable for the well being of mankind. According to Shastras, if we worship, revere and respect the lords of these eight directions, they will shower on us their blessings and benefits. Our saints have searched vastu shastra; we are only researching it.
It is an ancient science, which helps one to get the natural benefits freely, offered by the five basic elements of the universe in which we all live. Five basic elements of the universe are These basic elements are Akash (SKY), Prithvi (EARTH), Paani (WATER), Agni (FIRE), and Vayu (WIND). Vastu shastra is a complete understanding of direction, geography, topography, environment and physics. Vastu is essentially the art of correct settings one can place himself in such a manner as to derive maximum benefits.
The ancient relics say that Vastu is based on "positive" and "negative" forces, which are constantly interacting with each other on the surface of the land. These forces should get disturbed whenever any structure is erected on a vacant land, to maintain a balance.
If there are more positive energies than the negative energies, the result of such a construction would yield more benefits to the inmates leading to a more successful, healthy, wealthy and peaceful life, contrary to this if the negative energies dominate the premises the effects could be negative.
In ancient times the human habitats were generally constructed according to the rules of Vastu Shastra and people lived happily. In those days the members of a joint family used to be content, prosperous and happy. But, today, despite the families being small, peace and happiness remains a far cry. As times advanced, we started ignoring our old culture and tradition. The rules of Vastu Shastra too were ignored. No wonder the people experienced all kinds of troubles. You will be surprised to note that even today the residents of South India follow the rules of the Vastu shastra and are more peaceful and materialistically and economically more prosperous than North India.