Five Elements of Vastu Shastra
According to Vastu, (or vaastu or vasthu) shastra there are five basic elements in the whole world / universe. They are the Earth, Water, Air, Fire (Heat & Light) and Sky(Cosmic). Vastu is a Cosmic Science of balancing these elements in the proper proportions for harmony.
Vasthu stands in Earth. Earth depends on water-water is balanced by Agni (Fire), Agni is controlled by air (either). Air movements is possible in Akasha (sky). Similarly the Purusha – living beings. The body (earth) depends the water. Contents in the body balanced by the Agni (fire). Agni-heat is controlled by the air. Breathing which is possible only if we are having space (Aakash) inside the human body.
Fire Element – Vastu Shastra
Fire, together with Water, Earth, Wind and space is one of the five known basic Elements, which represent the substance of the world.
Fire in its physical appearance can do for you what the sun itself does for the whole world – it provides you with light and warmth and can serve you as heat source to cook upon. Fire is also an impulsive and a dangerous element, that can smoulder and suddenly burst.
Fire can give wings of courage, compassion and devotion.
It is seen as the force burning inside us, giving us an iron willpower to go for our goals, bestowing upon us the passion to do it with all of ourself, resulting in the honour and freedom to do it without backstabbing and with an open face.
Fire is the transformer, converting the energy of other objects into other forms: heat, light, ash, and smoke.
The Buddha defined the Fire element as “that by which one is warmed, ages, and is consumed, and that by which what is eaten … gets completely digested.” In other words the Fire element within is metabolism. It’s our energy.
Water Element – Vastu Shastra
Humans are not separate from nature but connected to earth as a part of an interconnected web of life. The element of nature act as a whole to create and maintain an energy — the force of life. A energy efficient environment attracts many benefits and more positive opportunities.
Water element is one of the strongest element of Vastu Shastra. Water is what gives life on our planet. Without it, we would not exist. Water is the essence of life. Water has always been synonymous with authority & power. During ancient times, water has been used as an elemental solution by the kings by placing their palaces near bodies of Water. If you look at world’s most capital cities today, they are either located near the water or have large rivers or lakes nearby. Majority of ocean-side and lake-side properties are usually more expensive.
Water body near the house or business premises is a good placement because it keeps the energy flowing and prevents it from being “locked”. Its real essence speaks of movement and the flow of life. It invites everyone to move & bend and not to stay rigid or to struggle. Moving and flowing water can encourage those who come into contact with it to accept continual change and not to struggle unnecessarily in the life. Flowing water can ease tensions and allow the vibrations of the life force to enter us and nourish our aura.
If properly applied, the water element can make a world of difference. Water installed into a wrong direction might have the reverse affect on you and the inhabitants of your premises.
The effects of a water body in a home are amazing. Our bodies and mind welcomes the cooling effect of the water.
Sources of Water element in Vastu Shastra:-
Water Pot (Mangal Kalasha)
A waterfall painting or any art representing water
Earth Element – Vastu Shastra
The earth element is represented by anything made from soil or stone. Objects of clay, ceramic, brick and concrete possess the vibration of earth. Crystal cluster also belongs to the earth elements. Anything made of earth largely yellow, orange or brown in colour represents the earth element.
South west area denotes earth element which indicates heaviness. Master bed room in the house, Master cabin in the Office and Heavy machineries in the factory are highly recommended to use south west zone. It gives more stability and controlling powers.
Wind Element- Vastu Shastra
Wind element is located in the north west zone. The Air or Vayu is vital for our survival. Our sense of sound, touch and feel are related to Air. All communication, networking energies can be improved if the wind element is has all vastu compliance.
According to vastu, plantations, window, door & ventilations impacts the wind element benefits.
Space Element- Vastu Shastra
space element is related to the center portion or the brahmasthan.
The Brahmasthan, a space central to any premises is the most calm and cosmically connected place. The Brahmasthan is the heart the house, and it should always be left open and free of obstructing objects. It is also best if this portion is open to sky so that premises have a benefit of space element according to vastu shastra. You can see courtyards in the center of Ancient Indian homes and Indian temple design; the original examples of Vastu Shastra, forbids the actual use of the brahmasthan. While designing the house or office , do not put pillars, staircase, toilets, kitchen or any heavy objects at the center. Even in case of factories no heavy machineries or goods to be placed at the center of the unit. It may result in to the poor production as well as pile up of the dead stock.