Summary: Good Vastu creates a more healthy, harmonious, prosperous and peaceful home. By following the rules of Vastu we can help create harmony in our lives by designing our living spaces to be in tune with the laws of nature. This article examines the major Vastu (Vedic Architecture, Sthapatya Veda) factors to consider before buying a brand new house, or before moving into an older property.
Top Tips for Better Homes through Vastu
Whether buying a brand new house or moving into an older property here are some top tips based on Vedic Architecture’s principles to help get a better Vastu:
Avoid major negative influences from the nearby surrounding environment. So don’t move into a house near to cemeteries or crematoria, prisons, hospitals, heavy industries, power stations, abattoirs, etc. See detailed article on locations to avoid
Reject outright houses with an inherently poor Vastu, such as those with a south facing front door, toilets in the north-east corner, etc.
Modify dwellings to improve Vastu factors. For example, if we can change a main entrance direction from the inauspicious south facing to a much more beneficial east or north facing, we can improve the property’s Vastu considerably. Even changing the direction in which we sleep, so our head points towards the East or South, can improve matters.
Optimise Vastu for the building by re-allocating rooms according to the principles of Vedic Architecture. For example, we could re-designate certain rooms as the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, etc., according to their orientation and location in the building.
Mitigate for less than ideal Vastu. For example, it is said we can improve the general ambiance and harmony in a building by using appropriate yantras, mantras, certain crystals, homas and pujas, burning incense, Vedic Chanting, playing Gandharva Veda music, etc.
So we should avoid major negative influences from the surrounding environment. We can also modify and optimise entrance orientations, sleeping directions and room utilisation so as to increase the beneficial effects. If we further increase the positivity of the environment by suitable mitigation strategies we should end up with an acceptable Vastu. This will ensure a life-supporting, happy and harmonious home in which to live.
We should all accept that a perfect Vastu is, in most cases just not possible. Unless of course we build a purpose designed dwelling conforming to all the rules of Vedic Architecture, in an optimally planned community, laid out according to the Vastu rules of town and city planning.
Although not specifically stated in the Vastu rules, it seems to make sense to buy a house from people who are reasonably happy, healthy and prosperous and who want to move for some reason other than misfortune.
A detailed article on factors to avoid in the surrounding environment
A general introduction to Vastu
Article on Benefits of Good Vastu in the Home