Monday, April 14, 2008

Biorhythms in Architecture: Vaastu shastra


Vaastu shastra, or vastu, as it is more commonly known, is the ancient Indian system of architecture that involves designing a home or a building in a manner that aligns it with nature's five elements – earth, water, air, fire and space. The result is meant to enhance residents' well-being.

Vastu houses observe the principles of vastu – an ancient methodology involving elements of architecture and design that states one can align a house to nature's five elements to create physical, spiritual and mental well-being.

Vastu asks us to align our biorhythms with the universal rhythms in which the sun plays the most vital role. The sun's rays from the northeast in the early morning are a source of rejuvenation. On the other hand, exposure to the southwest, where the midday sun rays ultimately collect.

We honour the positive aspect of the morning sun by placing lightweight, low and delicate furnishings in the north and the east so that the healthy rays of the sun flow freely through each room. Also, vastu houses, especially those that are built from ground up, deploy mathematical calculations believed to maximize the flow of good energy into the house – Hindu temples in India follow vastu strictly.

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