What is Vastu
Vastu is a composite whole or professional blend of five elements -- Earth, Water, Ether, Air and Fire. Their equitable proportions create bioelectric magnetic energy, which bestows health, wealth and prosperity. Vastu Shastra is a scientific structural design principle and is the prime method for synchronizing your structure with nature.
Vastu is the ancient Indian tradition of architecture. The word Vastu refers to a shelter, either for the self or deity. Vaastu Shastra means the science (shastra) of construction of a Vaastu. Vastu in Sanskrit means nature, a surrounding or environment. The word "Vaasthu" came from Vasthu - represent anything existing e.g. house, building etc. Shastra in Sanskrit means Systems or Knowledge.
Vastu Shastra is based on the forces and elements of nature. Vastu harnesses positive energies and vibrations within homes and commercial work premises, which leads to an atmosphere & environment of absolute harmony, peace, good health and success.
Our ancient sages and commoners for building homes, temples, and cities keenly practiced the path of adaptation of Vastu Principles. This has gained momentum in modern times.
According to the Vishwakarma, the celestial architect, Lord Brahma was the first recepient of this knowledge from Lord Shiva as a part of the Vedas, just like He received the knowledge of Jyotish.
Vaastu Shastra as is practised presently is based on the 125 verses contained in Brihat Samhita of Varahamihira. This very point indicates the vital link between Jyotish and Vaastu. Unfortunately, what the standard Vaastu experts are applying today is the use of temple architecture in homes and offices. There is a need to use the Astakavarga and other charts of Vedic Astrology along with Vaastu principles for every individual home, provided this is to be designed for a particular person to occupy for a long period. If instead flats and apartments are being designed for the general public, then the standard principles can be used.