Saturday, November 9, 2013

RER Frank Talk - VAASTU of Buildings in Bangalore Regions


As often mentioned in this column, Vaastu is based on the climate and topography. Naturally, the prescriptions made by Vaastu will not agree with the prescriptions of any other similar systems of other countries, which vary according to its climate and topography.

The most popular systems in Asia are Vaastu and Feng- Shui. Vaastu, the Indian science of construction has its source in ancient religious texts, whereas Feng- Shui, the Chinese science of construction owes its origin to North India and was popularized in China by Buddhists. As the topography, climate of these Asian countries vary, the practice also differs, often contrastingly.

Vaastu recognizes five elements Air, Water, Fire, Earth and Sky. Feng-Shui has Water, Fire, Earth, Metal and Wood as the five basic elements. Unfortunately, Vaastu did not get required recognition in this country as such it suffered from want of research and updating. Feng- Shui is much respected in China and is periodically updated to suit the requirement of the changing culture, tradition and progress.

We shall examine one simple example. Vaastu does not recommend the water bodies in South or West, lest the water bodies absorb harmful rays of the setting sun. It holds good in case of open wells and other uncovered water bodies. But nowadays sump tanks are covered and as such the water is not affected by the evening sunrays. No doubt the modern people will scorn at such suggestion, which is obsolete.

There are other set of people who mix superstition with Vaastu. Northeast is recommended for water so that it gets purified from the morning sunrays. But some people place a bucket of water in the Northeast corner of their house, though the water source, or storage is located somewhere else. Similarly a stove is placed in the southeast corner of the bedroom.

    These directions are recommended to harness the natural elements, provided the water source, storage and kitchen, fireplace are located in that direction but not otherwise. Placing a bucket of water or stove will in no way help. Vaastu pundits should educate the people on these blind useless practices, which are tarnishing the image of Vaastu.

A comparative account of Vaastu and Feng- Shui would establish how these subjects are wedded to climate and topography. Vaastu prefers northeast for doors and windows, which helps inflow of positive energy. Feng- Shui recommends southeast as most favourable direction which is compatible with its physical and climatic conditions of China. Fire is associated with the Southeast in Vaastu, so advocates the location of kitchen in this direction. Feng Shui acknowledges south for the kitchen. North is highly venerated direction in India where mighty Himalayas is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva. Feng-Shui respects South direction as holy. No doubt, India lies South of Himalayas and China lies at North of Himalayas. Northeast or Eeshanya is most preferred direction for water in Vaastu, Chinese prefer North for water. Hindu Shastras acknowledge the Southwest or Nairuthya as good for senior citizens, where as Chinese prefer East for such aged people.
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The tradition and culture also has its impact on this subject. Dragon is most admired in China symbolizing growth and fertility. In India, dragon is the symbol of destruction and the snake is considered as a symbol of growth and fertility. Rudraksh, pyramids, triangle and such tantric figures find important place in Vaastu where as laughing Buddah and lovebirds are recognized as auspicious in Feng Shui. No doubt Vaastu is perfect science but mired in superstitions and blind practices without regular research and updating. Vaastu experts have a duty in extricating this magnificent system and make it more contemporary.

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