Summary: This article examines the personal benefits we can expect from living in a home which meets the ‘good Vastu’ criteria.
Benefits from Homes with Good Vastu
The ancient texts on Vastu describe numerous benefits to having a home with a good Vastu. The benefits are said to be as follows:
- An increased sense of wellbeing
- Improved health 
- Greater harmony in ourselves, our family and our relationships, less quarrels
- More self-awareness and inner peace – being more ‘connected’ with both our true self and our natural environment
- Increased creativity leading directly to better problem solving – any issues arising are more easily solved and apparent problems become lessened
- Increased wealth and financial stability 
- Better spiritual progress
- Greater sense of protection and security
- Less risk of theft and damage from storms, floods, etc
 Just as ‘sick building syndrome’ (also known as ‘a building with very poor Vastu’) negatively impacts on our health, so a building with good Vastu positively impacts on our health. Vastu gives us ‘well building syndrome’.
However, we should be aware that Vastu is only one of the factors that affect our health. From a Vedic perspective other factors, such as our age, our returning karmas (which can also be reflected in our genetic makeup), the surrounding environment, our diet and chosen lifestyle can also affect our health. Fortunately, Vedic technology has ways of modifying at least some of our returning karmas via the remedial techniques prescribed by the karmic engineering system of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). It also gives appropriate advice on diet and lifestyle tailored to our individual physiology through another of yoga’s sister sciences: Ayurveda (a holistic healthcare system).
 The Vastu of a home is said to have a direct influence on our prosperity and financial stability. A good Vastu is said to improve our chances of acquiring and maintaining wealth, whereas a poor Vastu is said to increase our chances of financial loss.
However, Vastu is again only one of the factors that influence our ‘gains’ and financial stability. Common sense tells us that wealth depends to a certain extent on our abilities and the effort we make in our endeavours i.e. our overall ‘merit’. From a Vedic point of view another factor is our returning karmas. Some of these can be assessed, and if necessary, improved through the remedial measures offered by the systematic remedial measures of Vedic Astrology. We should also take conventional financial advice and evaluate all the factors before investing!
In the West we tend to view wealth as just financial gain, whereas in the Vedic tradition it is viewed more holistically. For example, if we are not in good health it is difficult to enjoy our wealth. The various aspects of ‘wealth’ and prosperity are covered by the eight forms of Lakshmi mentioned in the Vedic literature. For example: the wealth of knowledge, wealth of food, wealth of children, wealth of courage and strength, general prosperity, money and good fortune, etc.
Additional Information on Vastu
- Vastu: Key Design Principles
- Frequently asked questions on Vastu FAQs – 1, FAQs – 2, FAQs – 3
- A general Introduction to Vastu
- Article from Wikipedia on Vastu Shastra
- A detailed article on Vastu factors to avoid in the surrounding environment
- From the Maharishi Vastu website: summary of benefits of Vastu compliant living and effects of poor Vastu, as stated in the ancient Vedic texts.