Vastu Shastra: The Yoga of Space
|Vaastupurusha Mandala naming the 45 gods and Brhama. All Vastu structures are based on this primary mandala. Calculations for a structure are based on the alignment of the stars and planets during the date, time and place of the inhabitant’s birth.|
It is told in the Brihat Samhita, the story of Vaastupurusha:
“The god Shiva was once engaged in a battle with a demon. As the fierce struggle went on, Shiva began sweating profusely. Vaastupurusha was born out of Shiva’s beads of sweat. His origin in strife made him very hungry and he started devouring everything in his path. The other gods went to Lord Brahma for protection, begging him to do something about this new creature that was destroying their world. Brahama gave Vaastupursha a push and he fell to earth, landing face down. Immediately Brahma told the gods – who were forty-five in number – to sit on Vaastupurusha and not allow him to get up. After they did so, Vaastupurusha prayed for Brahama’s mercy, entreating that he had been created hungry and that he was only following his nature. Brahma felt sorry for him and granted him the blessing of having his endless hunger fed by offerings from the inhabitants of the dwellings built upon him. In return, Vaastupurusha was to stay embedded in the earth and take care of the inhabitants’ health and prosperity. But he could seek his own sustenance if the inhabitants didn’t feed him properly. Those who did not abide by Brahma’s rules would awaken the creature’s hunger and suffer the consequences”. Translation by Talvane Krishna, M.D.
As with all myths, the true meaning of the symbol of Vaastupurusha goes much deeper than the story, itself. This story is our story. Consider for a moment that we have both a physical body and a subtle body or spirit. Just as our body and spirit are connected, so is the house (body) and Vaastupurusha (spirit).
This subject of Vastu Shastra is vast. Encompassing architectural design, sculpture and gardening, Vastu maintains that “SPACE itself turns into spatial forms and it has it’s own mathematical order or dynamics for changing into aural and visual forms. This spiritual science molds us and directs us to experience the inexplicable spiritual bliss by effecting a communion between its own artistic creations (below) and spiritual consciousness (above).” – Dr. Ganapati Sthapati (Master Vastu Architect)
In order to create a truly sacred space through Vastu, there are specific principals that must be followed. This science works directly in conjunction with the 9 directions, 5 elements, the 9 planets, the geographical characteristics of the land and more. Authentic Vastu is a highly complex science that requires thoughtful study and precise execution and measuring, for example: floor dimension to wall height, wall height to roof pitch, etc. It is over 10,000 years old and comes from the Pranva Veda – the first and “source Veda”. “The vital energy of air inside and outside the house is regulated and made to be in free and unobstructed operation by a mathematical calculation. This mathematical order is a systematic calculation of the manifestation, or evolution, of space-energy into spatial form. This order, or numerical measure, is the basis of structuring resonance with universal energies.” –Dr. GS
According to Vastu (also spelled vasthu and vaastu), buildings are living organisms like the human nervous system, and can be designed in “harmonic resonance” with the basic underlying energy structure of the universe. As above, so below; macrocosm/microcosm. So, what does this mean for us? By using the fundamentals of sacred geometry and by plugging into the vibrations of the universal energy through design and construction, we create a truly harmonic dwelling that can promote health, happiness, peace, success, security, and prosperity. This is the very foundation upon which AHKí is built.
EVERYTHING plays a role in our health, wealth and overall well being. Our bodies need the right diet, exercise and sleep, our minds need release from negative and unproductive thought patterns and our environment needs to flow in accordance with the energies of nature. It is helpful to have ALL these elements in place to lead a healthy and happy life. Consider this: think about how sometimes you walk into a space and feel immediately good or safe, and other locations make you anxious or uncomfortable - just like meeting someone for the first time, is there an attraction? Aversion? It’s all about the energy (the vibes) – when two or more vibrational sources are resonating on the same frequency, beautiful music happens. When frequencies collide, things can feel “off key”. The Vastu concept then becomes the vehicle to help build an environment that aligns the frequencies that bring health, happiness, peace and well being.
ALL that being said, it is not necessary that one be required to know or understand or even believe the principles of Vastu in order to feel it!
A little history about our mandala:
Much of Vastu is based on Jyotish/Vedic astrology. Michael Borden, our Vastu architect, required us to provide our birth information so he could chart our birth stars or nakshatras. Then, based on our nakshatras and the size of the house, he partnered us with a mandala. Michael explained: “There were only a few mandalas (a square grid that the floor plans are laid down upon) that worked in the target size and compatible with both your birth stars. The one I used is a very auspicious mandala. It is associated with the Ayadi value 107. This value has the highest degree of positive attributes available in science of Ayadi. Ayadi equations are the formulas we use to set the frequency of the structure and align it with earth, cosmic and personal energies”. So, based on these calculations we received the mula mandala – mula, in sanskrit, means root – for those of you familiar with the chakra system, you’ll recognize this word in “Muladhara”, the root or base chakra.
Roots represent strength and stability, and the basis from which things can grow. We look forward to the opportunity of offering this sacred space as a place for YOU to explore your own inner strength, stability and growth.
A little about our logo:
If you are interested on learning more about Vastu, please visit Michael’s site: http://www.vastu-design.com/